Laundry Area Makeover | Redo It Yourself Inspirations : Laundry Area Makeover

Friday, January 17, 2014

Laundry Area Makeover

Before                                                             After

Where I "cringed", not over the laundry duty, but because of the off balance and unorganized space. 

Our temporary laundry area in the utility room was to be just that. So leaving it content as dingy and "just get by with it" has been five years now and the "temporary" may be a bit longer.  It is the "dark area" of the home. It could scare children if the door to it was left open. It contains a furnace, water pump, hot water heater, and the never ending laundry piles.  I decided to go ahead and revamp it to continue to live with it thanks to a hutch top that was free. I couldn't pass it up. Of course, this hutch to laundry cabinet redo turned into a whole space makeover. Why not fix all of the issues while I'm at it.  Keep in mind, this small space is intended to eventually be renovated into a walk in closet from the adjoining bedroom so I didn't get permanent with this project. It just became more appealing and organized to live with until the next renovation starts.

The whole project started with this. An ice and snow covered, smelly and dirty, but free,  hutch top. How could one pass up on an opportunity.  I brought it in to dry it out. 

A lot of cleaning and some sanding showed life. I removed the top molding and detached the fixed center door, which needed to be carefully pried off. 
Then cut off the bottom of the hutch. 

Heavy duty sanding, cleaning and vacuuming out.

Painting exterior, gloss black.  Then white satin interior. 

Adding center door with hinges and catch and door hardware. 

I like these silver tone knobs that I removed from another project. 

Box legs from craft store (Hobby Lobby) on each end for an added touch. 

Now moving on to the washing machine pedestal. Remember my dining room set to island? I saved the trestle legs from the table. Glad I did, cutting them down to size for this was just right.  My son thought I was making a kiddie table.  Because the washer and dryer are exact sizes, I only had to measure the dryer pedestal to get this sized for the washer. 

A piece cut down to size from a scrapped cut up desk top serves as the top of the pedestal. It's quite thick and solid with oak veneer. Long deck screws into each leg made the piece solid. I stood and jumped on it just to be sure.  Just light sanding all around to adhere paint was all that was needed.  

Ready for painting. 

The plywood floor in the utility room needed a little dressing up too. Using painters tape, I set the design as diamond shapes on a diagonal and sprayed black gloss enamel. At the same time, changed the blue appliance pedestal drawer to black. 

Then on to painting the washing machine pedestal and placing it in. (Big job! Lots of help and muscle needed there.)  

Mounted the revamped cabinet above the appliances. 

Stained in the raw wood spaces between the sprayed black design. Then clear coated the floor for protection.  And... a cubby for the laundry basket. Yay! 

Now for the "doo-dads".  A piece from our original staircase reno job. Already marked up and old looking with holes and cracks. I just sanded it, stained it with a Mohogany color, then sprayed the around the outside with flat black paint. When dry, I gave a light sanding or wipe off for an old worn look.  This left all of the dents and dings dark. 

Sprayed clothespins black.

Printed out my images to decoupage. 

Glued and screwed in the clothespins.

Then put it all together. 

This is for my "tips" where I put the loose change I find during laundry.  

Laundry Rules print is framed. Declaring "finders keepers".  Last weekend, my husband brought home this cute little cast iron flat iron and asked if I would use it. Of course! I wonder if this is what he meant. 

Even though this is temporary, it's not so scary anymore. 


  1. Temporary tends to never really be temporary. But you did an awesome job with the makeover! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  2. You're right. Long term temporary does become permanent in most situations. :). Thank you, for a fun party! It's great to gather fabulous ideas and recipes. My files are getting larger as I fill them with all of my favorites.

  3. Hi! Stopping by from the Social Scatter and I have been browsing around your blog. We totally need to be friends! I really enjoy repainting or giving furniture or other items a makeover too! And I REALLY love your laundry room makeover!!!

  4. Thank you, Dee! I enjoyed catching up on your blog and following all of your social links today. We can certainly have a lot of fun during our get togethers! See you again soon! :)

  5. Yes! I look forward to sharing re-dos with you!

  6. What a terrific upcycle project!! love it! Hugs
    P.S. I hope you will share this at my hop. You can link up tonight or tomorrow.

  7. My laundry room looks like your first picture! I absolutely love how nice it looks after your project! I should do the same thing this summer!! Thanks for inspiring me and for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop!

  8. Thank you, Katherine! I'd be happy to hop right over and link up. Thanks for the invite :)

  9. It is so much more convenient this way, Shawna. You are going to love it. I can't wait to see yours when you're finished! Thank you for checking out mine.

  10. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . Hope to see you sharing again this week. Big Hugs

  11. What a great idea, and it looks fabulous :)