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How to Makeover a Room With a Small Budget + Laundry Room Reveal

Am I the only one whose laundry room doesn’t get much love?  Why is that?  Maybe because it’s my least favorite room in the house. I’m in that room doing something I don’t like, laundry.  My laundry room is also too small. It’s a perfect square, which is great!  It’s just too small of a perfect square.   This inexpensive laundry room makeover is one of my favorite DIY home decor projects thus far.

I’d really love to knock out a wall to make it bigger, but every time I mention that E gives me the side-eye so that’ll have to wait. Hopefully, I’ll be able to wear him down eventually! Even though the laundry room isn’t my favorite thing, I thought, that poor room shouldn’t have to suffer anymore!

Laundry room makeover

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been giving it some love and I’m very happy with how it turned out.  Now I don’t mind doing laundry!  It’s all about the surroundings!

I wanted to keep the budget for this room makeover low.  For some reason, I have not been good about recycling as we go from room to room.  This time, my goal was to recycle as much as possible.  My budget was $150.00.  Doesn’t seem like much, does it?  Y’all $150.00 will go a long way; think sales and coupons! An inexpensive laundry room makeover is possible and I’m going to tell you how in this post.

Laundry room

One of the keys to keeping room makeover costs down is using what you have.  Yes, it’s fun to shop for new home decorating ideas and decor, but I’ll be honest y’all.  I don’t have an unlimited supply of funds and honestly, don’t know anyone who does so that means I have to be savvy about how I do things.  I pick and choose the rooms that will have large budgets.

The laundry room didn’t make the large budget list, hence the inexpensive laundry room makeover.  The large budget is for rooms like the living room and E’s closet (because we have to build it from the ground up).

I don’t know if I should be happy or worried because we have this big ‘ole shed and I have another closet in my office where I keep my supplies (if you ask E, he would say worried!). The great thing about having all of that storage is that more than likely, I’m going to use what’s in them.  To keep costs down, you don’t have to just go into your “stash.”  Go shopping in the other rooms of your house.  Is there decor in one of those rooms you can use?

Some things I just don’t throw away, unless they are ruined or I absolutely know without a shadow of a doubt I’ll never use them again.  I have rugs, shelves, pictures, and other items that I don’t use in the house, but guess what?  I’m sure at some point, I’ll end up using them for a fresh, new look.  This is why I stick with neutral colors in our house.

At the drop of a hat, I can wake up on any morning and decide I want to “redo” something.  Guess where I’m going first?  Yep, you guessed it!  The shed and the craft closet.  Then I make a list of what I may need to purchase.

If I see a really great sale, I’ll often buy some items even if I may not need them at the moment.  Have you ever had an idea for something you wanted to do in a room, but you couldn’t quite find what you needed?  Happens to me all the time!  If I run across those items I will purchase them if they’re on a great sale. A few items I will purchase on a good sale:

  • Pillows
  • Bedding
  • Pictures
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric

The above items can be switched out as the seasons change and make a big difference in a room.

Sink before


Sink after

The only things I purchased were,

  • Laundry room sign – $35.00
  • Hooks to hang the laundry room sign – $7.88
  • Clamp sign – $8.00
  • Paint Primer – $8.99
  • Gray and white geometric rug – $12.99
  • Gray and white stack-able containers – $11.96
  • Light panel – $2.99
  • Shelf holders- $4.46
  • Wood W – $4.23
  • Faux grass – $3.99
  • Metal tin – 2.99
  • Wood family sign – $3.99
  • Washing board – $12.99
  • Glass jar – $1
  • Small plants – $5.98
  • Yellow chalk paint – $5.99
  • Wire shelf for inside the vanity – $8.99
  • TOTAL: $142.42

UNDER budget by $7.58!  I am so happy!

Everything else I had in my shed from previous projects.

I debated if I wanted to keep the room white, add some wallpaper, have an accent wall, or paint the room a color.  I decided to keep it white because I wanted a white room so bad.  And I knew this was the only way I was going to get it.  I wanted a little splash of color so I chose yellow.  If I’m going to do something I’m not particularly fond of, I want to do it in a happy environment.  Who can be unhappy around yellow?

Ya know, it took longer to tape up the room than it did to paint, which is typically how it goes.  I’m pretty picky too so that may be why it takes me a bit longer!

Inexpensive Laundry Room Makeover

Here’s what I did to spruce up this room:

  • A fresh coat of white paint
  • Painted the vanity gray
  • Added new doorknobs to the vanity
  • Made a shelf
  • Added decorations
  • Added the laundry sign
  • Added a clamp sign
  • Added a rug
  • Changed the light switch fixture
  • Made storage for the things I want to “hide” with the gray and white storage bins.

That’s it!

Making over a room can sometimes seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be if you take it step by step and plan things how you would like them.

Are you ready?  Here is what my inexpensive laundry room makeover looks like!

Laundry Room Makeover Reveal

In case you are wondering what I used to clean the poor sink that was covered in paint, I used alcohol! Yep, plain ‘ole rubbing alcohol and a rag.  With some rubbing, it all came right off, and now it sparkles!

Laundry room shelves

Redoing this room was so much fun! The changes I made have given this room a totally new look and feel that I just love.  Hello, y’all…I’m going to go and do some laundry now and be happy about it in my new laundry room!


  1. Sara says

    Wow, it turned out amazing! I love all of the little decor details and the vanity color. Glad you are co-hosting with us at the Home Matters Party:) #HomeMattersParty

  2. Nicole says

    The painting made such a big difference! I love how your added decorations to your laundry room. My space is really small too. I need to use some of your ideas and spruce my laundry area up a bit. #HomeMattersParty

  3. Sahana says

    Amazing makeover, Lynn. Love the “Laundry” sign. Keeping it neutral all around the house really helps to switch things. #HomeMattersParty

  4. Jeannee J Taylor says

    Lynn, First, I love that you shop your house! I do too! I think your room makeover was a smashing success! Love the look and that you even covered the details like the light switch! Thanks for sharing! #HomeMattersParty

  5. Allie says

    Hi! I found your site through the Let’s Be Friends Blog Hop. Your project turned out great! I love your Laundry sign. I am trying to decorate some built in shelving in my bedroom on a budget right now. I am hoping garage sale season will have some treasures in store for me :).

  6. Raquel Sofia says

    Waaaw! It’s looking awesome! I think bigger rooms take too much effort and phychological strenght, so I appreciate small rooms, enought to welcome all my basic needs. 🙂
    I will suggest some frames with positive, laundry related (or not) phrases. It might help a bit more when ypu feel exausted when doing something you dislime that much.

  7. Paige Strand says

    Lol in Vancouver, you don’t get a laundry room. You have a closet and within, is the washer/dryer!

  8. Ron Pickle says

    Great! some times it is a blessing to have limited budget for the home make over as it brings out the creative best in you, there are quite a few interior decorators who specialize in the transforming the interiors of the house at ridiculously low budget, so some research and imagination could make any thing possible, even at $150, as you did!

  9. Nigel William says

    Great renovation idea Lynn! I was wondering if you could tell me how long did it take you to complete the renovation? I want to apply some of your ideas in my bathroom´s renovation plan.


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