Before and After: Laundry Room Makeover for Less Than $500
Host Joan Steffend and designer Barbara Sculati turn a utilitarian laundry room into a charming vintage space to make that never-ending job a little more enjoyable.
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$35 - Paint
The walls are brightened with a coat of chartreuse paint.
$22 - Lighting
The existing ceiling light fixture is removed and replaced with two wall-mounted fixtures.
$53 - Ceiling
The pipes in the ceiling are concealed with bamboo window blinds attached to the ceiling with hooks and chain.
- matchstick blinds: Big Lots - 4872MTCH
$76 - Carpet
A new carpet remnant is brought in.
$18 - Laundry Storage
Two rattan window blinds are used to conceal storage space behind the washer and dryer.
$4 - Sink Apron
The utility sink is outfitted with a fabric apron secured on a tension rod between the washer and dryer.
$59 - Work Table
The existing laminate countertop is covered with foam and fabric, then a sheet of clear vinyl so that it can be easily cleaned. (The three layers are stapled directly to the countertop.) The shelves underneath are hidden behind fabric curtains.
$21 - Shelving Unit
A black shelving unit is hidden behind a fabric skirt to make it more visually appealing.
$39 - Cabinet
The cabinet above the shelving unit is accented with a fun painted pattern created with a small sash paintbrush and a permanent marker. On top is a thread holder made out of a piece of lumber and nails.
$17 - Laundry Center
Buttons are used to dress up some plain wooden brackets, which support a clothes rod and clothesline.
$24 - Drip Tray
Peel-and-stick vinyl tiles are attached to a wood board and set underneath the laundry center to catch any water drips from the hanging clothes.
Watch as this living room and entryway are transformed into updated contemporary spaces for under $500.