DIY Laundry Room Makeover-The Reveal!

September 30, 2021

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Who doesn’t love a good before and after? Oh my gosh! This one is incredible. When my mom asked me to re-do her laundry room, I jumped on the opportunity. Room makeovers are so much fun and so rewarding! It never ceases to amaze me what a little bit of paint and a little bit of wood can do to a space. So good! Alright, so let’s jump in. But before we get to the good stuff, I have to show you the before….

Dated laundry room painted yellow with a large metal star and a shelf

We truly had no idea how yellow those laundry room walls were until I started painting on the new color. But first I added all new trim. Normally I go with a design more like this, but lately I’ve been liking a more simple trim, so I went with this pattern below…..

Metal door with pinewood trim around it

For my door trim, I always use 1×5’s and for my baseboards, I like to use 1×6’s (pinewood). Pretty simple….

Tile floor with yellow walls and new pinewood baseboards

Before I could get to any of the painting and get rid of that bright yellow, I had to knock out all of the wood projects first. Next up, vertical shiplap walls. This is truly as simple as: 1. Deciding how high you want your shiplap to go (we chose about 3/4 of the way up) and then adding a 1×5 pine board as your border. Be sure to use a level to make sure it’s straight. Place your border all the way around the perimeter of the room or the walls where you want your vertical shiplap….

Yellow walls in a laundry room with bare baseboards

2. Start placing your vertical shiplap boards. I like to use 3/16″ underlayment plywood for my shiplap. I rip them to 5 1/2″ wide and attach them to the wall using my nail gun. Use a spare sheet of underlayment to space your boards apart from one another….

Vertical shiplap unpainted walls in a laundry room

Next up, I added carsiding to the ceiling. Carsiding is always my go-to for ceilings. I’ve never been able to find it at Home Depot, so I always get mine at Carter Lumber. Before adding the carsiding, I painted around the ceiling first…so I wouldn’t have to tape off the ceiling later. Behr White Moderne is the color I chose for the top of the laundry room walls–above the vertical shiplap.

And now, I was ready to attach the carsiding. Full tutorial on how I do this, right here! Isn’t she lovely?….

Carsiding ceiling with white walls and putty colored trim in a laundry room

Add the Jacobean stain and she’s amazing!! (Amazon Affiliate Link Included)

Stained carsiding ceiling with white walls and vertical shiplap

After finishing up all of the painting on the walls, my mom had her handyman come and put the washer and dryer back in. That was a happy day for my parents, I’m sure! (Trim and vertical shiplap: Benjamin Moore Pale Oak; Walls: Behr White Moderne)….

Putty color vertical shiplap with washing machine in a laundry room

And with all of that finished, I was ready to move onto the cubby space. What used to be a closet was now going to become open shelving. First up: painting the walls in this space Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. Then using 3/4″ plywood, I cut three shelves to fit….

Open shelving with plywood shelves stained and black walls

Of course, I needed to cover up that raw edge that plywood has, so I ripped 1×4’s down to about 2 1/2″ wide and added those to the fronts of my three shelves. Much better!

Stained shelves in a open closet with black walls

And last but not least, the doors. Painted on primer first….

Laundry room with 2 exterior doors prepped for painting

We went back and forth on whether to paint them the same color as the trim or make them pop. We chose to make them pop!

Laundry room with black doors and tile floors

Adding a shelf above the washer and dryer is multi-functional. Not only does it provide a great space for decor and laundry essentials, but it also takes the eye away from those unsightly electrical outlets….

Laundry room with a black washer and dryer

In a space as lovely as this, laundry might become a not-so-daunting task. Emphasis on “might”.  :)  ….

Laundry room with black washer and dryer with a shelf above it and decor

Open shelving in a cubbie space with black walls and white baskets



Until next week,

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