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Budget Laundry Renovation

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Our laundry room has been an embarrassment for the last ten years with its cluttered shelves, yawning gaps behind the washer and dryer, a cluttered sink, and dark, dingy cabinets. Well, I finally decided to do something about it. The problem with wanting to remodel the laundry room has always been money. I'm surprised, though, at how little this remodel job cost. My out-of-pocket for this project was around $50, but that's because I used materials and supplies that I already had on hand. I estimated what it would have cost if I were buying everything now and it came to less than $200. Still a very budget-friendly renovation!


Materials used:
* Oil-based primer
* White satin paint
* Curtain track
* Drapery pins
* Tiles
* Tile grout
* Tile adhesive
* King-sized flat bed sheet
* Stainless steel paint
* Plywood for counter
* Storage containers
* Hooks
* Electrical tape
* CDs
* Yellow spray paint
* Yellow latex paint
* Cabinet pulls
* Wood glue
 
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Step 1: Hide Clutter

Because our laundry room is also where the water heater and central air are located, the biggest bang for my remodel job came from hiding this side of the room from view with a curtain. For this, I painted a king sheet with a floral pattern and hung it  from a drapery track with drapery hooks (my younger sister came to town like a whirlwind of DIY kindness, and the ceiling track installation was one of the many helpful things she left in her wake. You can buy special tracks for ceiling installation, but my sister used a wall-mount version that cost about $20 and screwed it to the ceiling). 
Below is a video showing how I painted the flat king sheet. I wanted a pretty pattern, but anything pre-printed was too expensive, so I bought a set for $16 and painted the flat sheet.
Not shown is the top hem sewn on the sheet. For this, I just folded the edge of the sheet over about four times and sewed the layers together into a hem where I inserted drapery hooks.



To hide the clutter around the sink, I added two cheap storage containers under the counter. One was screwed to the wall at the back of the cabinet and the other to the back of one of the doors. I aiso added hooks behind one of the cabinet doors. Now all the soaps, sponges, rags and gloves are tucked out of sight.
Amazing! It's just awesome what a little bit of this and a little bit of that can do!!!
flyingpuppy (author) 1 year ago
Can you use a expo marker on the glass door? If so, would make a great memo station!
flyingpuppy (author)  flyingpuppy1 year ago
Odd. I did not write this question. But to answer whoever did, THANKS for the idea. I often write myself notes on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase pen. Now I can write it on the laundry room cabinet door!
sunshiine1 year ago
I love the yellow! By the way I had to chuckle over your pictures. I have taken some like that of our place. My family did not believe me about how bad things got until I sent them pictures. We are in the middle of fixing up our place. I love your new laundry room!
Sunshiine
flyingpuppy (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thank you Sunshiine. Of course, you're going to show us the before and after pictures, right? : )
ToniRose1 year ago
Very clever. Your wood glue rivet trick will thrill the steampunkers.
flyingpuppy (author)  ToniRose1 year ago
Thanks. I've seen some lovely plaques on Pinterest made with glue and paint and thought to try it out here. I also tried it on a chair, but got impatient with the glue and painted over it before it was completely dry. The glue bubbles all imploded. : ( Lesson learned.
My goodness! Fantastic renovation!
flyingpuppy (author)  scoochmaroo1 year ago
Thank you!
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