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Wait Until You See This Amazing Laundry Room Transformation

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.

Click any of the links below to see the DIYs we did for this transformation:

Now that it’s all done, I find myself walking in there all the time just to look at my new laundry room.

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

view looking into laundry room from open door washer and dryer on left side of room with wire shelfing above and on wall straight ahead wire storage shelves with towels and bins on left side of room

I’m super lucky to have a room dedicated just to laundry.

And I even have a little leftover space for extra storage…and the dog bowls, of course.

Our last home had a washer and dryer closet in our tiny powder room.

In our very first house, the laundry area was under the 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.

view of laundry room with artwork on leff side with storage shelves on right beyon washer

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.


It was time for an upgrade!

I wanted the first room we see when we come into our house to be pretty, not cluttered.

inspiration mood board for laundry room

Creating an inspiration or mood board is really helpful when trying to plan a room makeover.

Putting your inspirational photos & ideas in one place helps organize your plans so you can create the space of your dreams.

When I started planning I created a mood board.

I envisioned a modern farmhouse vibe and planned some ideas that I didn’t wind up doing when actually starting the makeover.

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

woman sitting on dryer with wood shelves behind her and set of vintage lockers to left of photo


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…

How to Install a Farmhouse Custom Wood Door

view through glass window in top of wood door into room. lockers and washer and dryer on left side of room with wood shelves above appliances and shelf with hanging clothes rod on back wall

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 I was looking for.

A few people have asked me why I picked a door with clear glass instead of seeded or frosted glass.

Well, honestly I just 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.

view of stained wood and glass door from inside room with set of lockers on right side of room with basket above

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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.

Installing Luxury Vinyl Floating Floors

metal rolling hamper with fabric liner on floor with hanging clothes above

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.

How to Install Shiplap Feature Walls

laundry room transformation with shiplap walls diy wood shelving and plumping pipe hanging rod industrial lighting from ceiling lockers and appliance on left side of room

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.

laundry room wood shelves over washer with shiplap behind and lockers to side

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 Ms. Indecisive over here!

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 Wood and Metal Shelving

diy wood and plumbing pipe shelving over washer and dryer in laundry room with storage baskets and laundry essentials on shelves

The layout of our old wire shelves actually really worked great in our small laundry room.

So when building the new farmhouse-style wood shelves I decided to go with the same arrangement.

But giving the room a completely new look with the wood and metal.

I used regular pine boards that I stained and a combination of black iron plumbing pipe parts to make the shelves.

full view of laundry room transformation decorated in an industrial farmhouse style with wood shelves and shiplap walls along with vintage school lockers

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.

Adding Vintage Lockers for Extra Storage

school locker set on left side of laundry room with washing maching and dryer nest to lockers with wood shelves above

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.

Also tossed the idea of 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 had a good spot for them until now!

It was the best solution!

The lockers are narrow so they don’t take up much floor space in the small room.

Plus, 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!

laundry room wood and black iron pipe shelves with baskets and glass storage items for laundry supplies on shelves

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 to Decorate a Laundry Room

woman standing on dryer in completed laundry room transformation. washer dryer vintage lockers on left side of room wood shelves over washer and dryer and along back wall shiplap on walls

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 reveal?

You have to go check it out!

It’s so pretty!!

close up of industrial light with caged style cover and 5 light bulbs hanging on ceiling in laundry room

I wanted my new laundry room to be bright since there was 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 kinda stole it.

But don’t you think it’s just the right look for this room?

It totally goes with the industrial farmhouse vibe.

Don’t worry I got him a new one.

close up of vintage metal bucket with wood handle and faux greenery in bucket spilling out and onto diy shelves

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 it’s not very functional.

Adding some faux greenery adds more texture and color to the room.

And since there are no windows in here fake plants are a must.

laundry room shelves decorated with faux plants vintage school scale and vintage wash board

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 beautiful vignette on the wood shelf.

long metal sign that read laundry co wash dry fold hanging on wall above shiplap

On the opposite side of the room, I bought a new metal sign from Kirkland’s.

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.

Before and After Laundry Room Makeover

side by side comparison photo of old and new laundry room

What’s your favorite part of my laundry room transformation?

I don’t think I can decide!

collage of product images in AnnMarie's laundry room makeover project

DIY Projects in this Laundry Room Project

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