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:
- 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
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
- Industrial Farmhouse Laundry Room Transformation
- How to Install a Farmhouse Custom Wood Door
- Installing Luxury Vinyl Floating Floors
- How to Install Shiplap Feature Walls
- DIY Industrial Wood and Metal Shelving
- Adding Vintage Lockers for Extra Storage
- How to Decorate a Laundry Room
- Before and After Laundry Room Makeover
- DIY Projects in this Laundry Room Project
How to Plan a Laundry Room Makeover
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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
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
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 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
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.
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
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!
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
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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
What’s your favorite part of my laundry room transformation?
I don’t think I can decide!
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Sources: glass canister | small faux plants | industrial ceiling light | laundry sign | LG washer and dryer | locker basket | shelf brackets | lockers | door knobs | large baskets with handles | black hinges | small basket | rolling hamper
DIY Projects in this Laundry Room Project
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Wednesday 25th of January 2023
What are the dimensions of you laundry room? We are planning a remodel and a laundry room is on the list!
Wednesday 25th of January 2023
Hi Deanna - How exciting! Remodels are so fun but often the planning is a bit stressful. My laundry room is almost 9 feet deep (8' 11" to be exact) and it's 5" 8" wide (but it does have a small bump out behind the lockers that's 4" so that part of the room is only 5'4" wide). Good luck & have fun...it will be so worth it when it's finished. Let us know if you have any other questions! :)
Tuesday 8th of November 2022
This laundry room transformation is amazing! It turned out so so cute. I am wanting to update ours soon! Hoping to paint our wood cabinets a fun green. Thanks so much for all the inspo!
Tuesday 8th of November 2022
Thanks so much Jackie! :)
Saturday 22nd of January 2022
What did you do with the pet bowls?
Saturday 22nd of January 2022
I found 2 matching dog bowls at Home Goods that coordinate with the room perfectly. Both the food & water bowls sit right in front of the lockers. And since the lockers are on legs there are no issues opening the bottom row of doors with the bowls in front.
Monday 27th of December 2021
So I used a large drink dispenser for my liquid detergent but it poured so slowly…,o would go do something then come back to see if it was done. I then forgot about it and left it running for hours…. Big mess, how does yours pour??
Wednesday 29th of December 2021
Oh my goodness April...the same exact thing happened to me! So now I have a big orange container sitting on my pretty shelf. I need to find another solution that looks good in my laundry room.
Sunday 28th of November 2021
Love those shelves with the black bar underneath for hangers. Where can I find those at?
Sunday 28th of November 2021
Thanks so much Melissa. I actually built the shelves. Here is the blog post with all the details and directions for building: https://simply2moms.com/how-to-make-custom-diy-wood-and-industrial-pipe-shelves/