We updated our boring laundry room and created an amazing industrial farmhouse space. Wait until you see this laundry room transformation.
I’m so excited to share my laundry room makeover with you!
My husband, Chris, and I have finally finished updating our drab builder’s grade laundry room and created the room of my dreams. We’ve completed a bunch of projects along the way.
- Laundry Room Inspiration Board
- How to Hang a Custom Wood Interior Door
- The Best to Stain a Wood Door
- How to Choose the Perfect Stain Color
- How to Install Floating Vinyl Floors
- Protecting Your New Vinyl Flooring
- What You Need to Know About Creating Shiplap Feature Walls
- DIY Wood and Industrial Pipe Shelving
And now I find myself walking in there all the time just to look at the transformation.
It really is amazing!
Well at least I think so and I’m pretty sure you will too.
It almost makes doing laundry fun… well maybe…almost!
Before we see this amazing laundry room transformation let’s take a look at where we started.
How to Plan a Laundry Room Makeover
We’re lucky to have a room dedicated just for laundry.
And we even have a little left over space for storage…and the dog bowls of course.
In our last home, the washer and dryer were in a closet in our tiny powder room.
Before that our laundry area was under our stairs with a super pretty bifold door cut on an angle along the stairs right in our living room…yup…fancy first home!
So I’m sure you can appreciate how excited I was to have an actual room just for laundry.
Apparently so excited that I didn’t do much to the room except paint and add some additional wire shelves.
I figured I could always close the door so it didn’t really matter what the room looked like.
Except that we never close the door.
Remember the dog bowls…yup those darn dogs want to be able to get to their water bowl so the door stays open. All…Of…The…Time!
It was time for an upgrade!
I wanted the first room we see when we come into our house to be pretty, not cluttered.
Creating an inspiration or mood board is really helpful when trying to plan a room makeover.
Putting your inspiration photos & ideas in one place helps organize your plans so you can create the space you want.
My mood board for the modern farmhouse laundry room I envisioned for my room makeover has some ideas that I didn’t actually do in the space.
But that’s okay, because sometimes your ideas may change along the way. It’s all part of the process during a room transformation.
Wanna see it?
Here we go…
Industrial Farmhouse Laundry Room Transformation
I’m so stinkin’ excited about this room!
I took lots and lots and lots of photos once the room was finished so get ready for it…
Farmhouse Custom Wood Door
First, let’s take a peek inside the room from the hallway through the awesome clear glass window on my new custom wood door from Woodgrain.
I may forget to turn the light off sometimes just so I can see my amazing laundry room transformation.
The gorgeous white oak door was stained by yours truly in a custom color I created to get the absolute perfect shade for my laundry room.
A few people asked my why I picked a door with clear glass instead of seeded or frosted.
I love the look of the clear glass, and remember, this door stays open 99% of the time so I didn’t feel the need for privacy glass.
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And I’m pretty sure I’m always going to keep my new laundry room neat & organized!
The beautiful new door needed pretty new hardware too.
I love how the matte black door knobs and hinges pop against the stained wood door.
Easy Updated Laundry Room Flooring
Our old laundry room had sheet vinyl flooring that the builder installed.
Although I originally wanted to replace the linoleum floors with brick tile, we decided to lay a floating luxury vinyl tile floor instead.
It was so easy to install this new vinyl floor right over our existing laundry room floor.
The new slate-looking vinyl is super easy to clean and looks great with the modern farmhouse vibe of the room.
And isn’t that rolling hamper so cute?
Having a small hamper in the room to throw dirty dish towels or other things that used to just pile up on top of the dryer waiting to be washed is so helpful.
Lighten and Brighten with Shiplap Feature Walls
One of the biggest changes to the laundry room is the shiplap feature walls.
Chris and I installed the Woodgrain S4S boards 3/4 of the way up the walls to create accent walls.
We hung the shiplap boards on the long wall to the right of the room and the far back wall.
Behind the washer and dryer, we installed boards to create a shiplap feature wall but stopped where the wall bumps out a few inches.
I really struggled with which walls to shiplap and if we should take the boards to the ceiling during the makeover project.
Going back and forth during this process was a little stressful for Miss Indecisive over here! LOL
But in the end, I’m 100% happy with the decisions we made!
Absolutely no regrets!
Because I just love how the shiplap brightens the room without making it feel closed in.
DIY Industrial Farmhouse Shelving
The layout of our old wire shelves worked great in our small laundry room.
So when building the new farmhouse-style wood shelves we decided to go with the same arrangement.
But giving the room a completely new look by using regular pine boards that I stained and a combination of black iron plumbing pipe parts to make the shelves.
Hanging space is a must for me so we made a hanging clothes rod out of black iron plumbing pipe attached to the bottom of a wood shelf.
And now I still have plenty of space to hang drying clothes.
I used different black metal brackets on the bottom shelf just above the washer and dryer to allow me to hang that shelf as close to the appliances as possible.
What Storage Solutions Did I Use?
I wasn’t sure how I was going to replace all the storage space the old wire tower shelves provided on this small wall.
We considered stock pantry cabinets but the sizes weren’t quite right for the wall. Then thought about building more open wood shelving but I really wanted some closed storage in the laundry room.
I’ve always wanted vintage school lockers but never knew where I could put them in my house.
So why not in the laundry room?
It was the perfect solution…they’re narrow so they don’t take much floor space in the small room. And they’re the perfect width to fit on the wall when you come into the laundry room.
And they hold so much more than I thought they would!
The white plastic baskets that I used to have on the wire shelves were replaced with pretty new storage options.
Wicker and metal baskets store towels and other laundry room essentials.
And glass jars and containers hold laundry detergent and supplies.
The mix of different textures gives the room more visual interest than using the same storage containers throughout the space.
How I Decorated My New Laundry Room
Anne & I had a bit of fun taking some pictures in our laundry rooms!
We’re just so darn happy about finishing these spaces in our houses.
Did you see Anne’s french country laundry room?
You have to go check it out! It’s so pretty!!
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I wanted my new laundry room to be bright since there’s no natural light in the room.
But I really hated the old ugly fluorescent light we had so I replaced it with this industrial light fixture.
Do you recognize this awesome light?
I may have borrowed it from Gavin’s bedroom…okay so I stole it.
But don’t you think it’s just perfect here. It totally goes with the industrial farmhouse vibe.
Don’t worry I got him a new one!
Most of the storage baskets & containers in the laundry room are both functional and decorative.
But this vintage bucket is purely decorative. There may be a few rusted holes in the bottom of the bucket so not very functional.
Adding some faux greenery adds more texture and color to the room.
I found these great vintage pieces at a local antique mall.
The vintage washboard and scale are so fun and styled with some faux plants they create a pretty vignette on the wood shelf.
On the opposite side of the room I bought a new metal sign from Kirklands.
I’m thinking about adding more to this wall. Do you have any ideas for me?
And because it’s so fun to look back at how far this room has come here’s a side-by-side comparison.
What’s your favorite part of my laundry room transformation?
If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!
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