Laundry room before + after on a tiny budget

I’m convinced that there is nothing worst for an adult than laundry. I hate laundry and it hates me back, it makes it clear when it piles up and refuses to put itself away, one can dream right?! But even worst is having to do laundry in a an ugly sad space. So we decided to take on a little project and update the laundry room on a tiny budget because thats how our bank account works.  We started the laundry room makeover early August and we just finished it because even small projects tend to take long when you’ve got to work around two schedules and a demanding toddler. The great thing about making over such a small space is that 1. It’s small! Projects that would take days in a large space can be done in just a few hours! This space is tiny, nothing more than a hallway with a space for a washer and dryer, but even tiny gets the job done. Since the tech geniuses haven’t figured out how to get laundry to sort, wash, fold, and put itself away, it means that I’m stuck doing it. If thats the case then I need a bright, fresh room and the best washer and dryer a mama can ask for to do so in.

Let’s get to the project part of this post, seriously such an easy and affordable update. We used this tutorial from Pinterest to shiplap the wall for cheap, it worked great and we didn’t spend more than fifty dollars with glue, white paint, and nails included. We purchased four wooden brackets from IKEA and then got one piece of wood cut in half at Home Depot for easy and super affordable shelves, these two were under twenty-five dollars including brackets. We also spent thirty dollars on plants to brighten up the laundry room and decorate for cheap, we already had the baskets. It can be a little hard for me to balance functional + beautiful but aren’t we all like that? I feel like the open shelving is perfect because it forces me to keep the area tidy and baskets make it easy to hide the not so pretty things. If you are wondering about detergent bottles, well one of the best features of  this GE washer is that it holds up to 75 oz. of detergent and automatically dispenses the right amount for each load, no more detergent bottles hanging out in the laundry room. I know what you are wondering, then why does she have those bottles there? Dimensions! Now you know if the shelves can hold/fit detergent bottles.

I still want to add two drying racks and linen hampers but those will have to wait a bit since I’ll probably have to get the linen hampers custom made and will have to take a trip to IKEA for the drying racks! Promise to update you.

Don’t judge the me for the Raid bottle! We had fire ants in our garage this summer and some were making their way into the laundry room! I wasn’t trying to deter them with peppermint oil! I wanted them dead.


In case you’re wondering why in the world does this washer have a wifi icon? Let me elevate your laundry experience, both the washer and dryer come with this feature. Keep in mind that you will find this super useful if you hate laundry and are part of the “lets run it a second time club,” because you left the laundry in there for a day or three. The wifi feature allows you to control and monitor your laundry from anywhere with a smart device or Amazon Alexa. It will also text you to let you know that your laundry is done so that you dont leave it in there for days! Don’t roll your eyes at the feature until you try it.

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