Quick, Easy, Laundry Room Upgrade


I know that a laundry room is kind of “whatever space” that seems to be overlooked often, but cleaning this space up is usually a quick project because of it’s small size and lack of intricacies.

For that reason, we decided to refresh ours and upgrade our laundry room. It can easily be done in a weekend or even a day if you don’t have much going on. We started with a fresh coat of Sherwin Williams Sea Salt paint followed by wood tone laminate over top of the dated looking laminate. Lastly, we replaced the cheap wire shelf with a piece of solid wood. Decor was added for a finishing touch.

Let’s be real who actually washes, dries, and folds laundry?! I am the worst at putting laundry away, it sits in the basket for a month then I end up washing it again because it is so wrinkled. These fun printable signs will add a little humor to this annoying household chore.

Wash – Dry – Place in Basket for Weeks 

Step 1: Download PDF Printables 

Step 2: Print out at home using 8.5 x 11 inch premium card stock paper. 

Step 3: Frame in 8 x 10 inch. If the print outs do not fit in your frames, cut them with scissors or a paper cutter. I removed the glass from the frame and laid it on top of the print out then traced the area. This will allow you to easily center the wording.

Tip: I recommend doing a test print out on plain printer paper, before inserting your card stock into the printer. If you do not have a printer, take the file to Staples, Shutterfly, Vistaprint, and more. (I printed mine at home). 

Download Free Printables here!

Under $200 Laundry Room Update

We know it sounds like such a random space to spend money on, but we love projects. We had extra paint leftover from another project, so we figured why not update this space. Below are the pictures of our laundry room before we started this project. The walls are an off white color and the flooring is a pink builder grade laminate. The shelving is cheap and starting to bow in the center from the weight of products.

To get started, we removed all cleaning products and shelving then painted the entire space. Painting around the dryer and washer was a little tough, but I painted as far down as I could reach with a roller. After applying 2 coats of paint, we removed the washer from the laundry room. Check out our post on painting tips and tricks to make your paint project easier.

We got away with just removing the washer, but you may have to remove both, one or the other, or neither. It depends on your layout, but for us, it was definitely easier to just remove the washer.

Before removing the washer, make sure that you are ahead on your laundry because you may need to leave the washer (and possibly dryer) disconnected for a couple days to complete your laundry room upgrade.

We took pictures of the set up of our washer before removing it, so we could easily put everything back together. After everything was disconnected we put furniture sliders under the washer, and easily slid the washer out of the laundry room.

We then took photos of the dryer set up and disconnected everything from there. (Make sure to turn off the gas for this part if you have a gas dryer). We did not remove the dryer, instead we just slid this back and forth during the installation of the flooring. Now that almost everything was out of the way, we went back in and finished painting all the areas that could not be reached before.

After everything was painted and dried, we installed the peel and stick vinyl flooring. We used peel and stick vinyl because vinyl can handle moisture, the material is easy to install, cut, and was affordable.

This flooring was perfect for a laundry room, and we spent just over $100 on flooring, with boxes to spare. This was super easy to install and we only need a box cutter to cut the floor.

We decided to apply the flooring right over the previous laminate because we did not want to apply the new flooring directly to the sub floor, and it saved us a step. The peel and stick vinyl is very thin, so it laid down nicely over the previous laminate.

We started laying the flooring down against the back corner then worked our way over, making sure the seams of the floor were staggered. Flooring can vary in color in each box, so be sure to mix each box while laying down the flooring.

Carefully start to work your way left to right, and peel the remaining paper from the floor as you work your way to the end of the plank. Do not firmly push the flooring down until the plank is in the correct place. Once you are confident the plank is in the correct spot, slowly push down on the floor from left to right making sure the plank is straight as you push down.

The plank may shift slightly when laying it down, but you can peel it back a little to adjust the plank. You do not want to readjust the plank too many times as this may prevent the floor from sticking correctly. So, do not rush while laying the planks down. If you are having trouble pushing the flooring down, a dry paint roller can be used to roll over the planks and lock them in place. 

Now that the entire first row has been installed, start laying the 2nd row the same way. Make sure to stagger the length of the first piece in the 2nd row by about 6 inches, so seams do not match up. Staggering the planks like this is important because the floor could buckle, if the seams are too close together.

To cut the planks use a box cutter with a large piece of scrap wood underneath. When cutting the very ends of the planks, be sure to cut the side that will be covered by the baseboards or quarter round.  Continue to stagger each row throughout the entire project. 

You may also have to make cuts around ducting, but that’s another good reason to choose a floor that’s so easy to cut.

After the floor has been installed, add baseboard and quarter round if necessary. We only needed to remove the existing quarter road to lay the new floor down. Once the floor was finished, we installed new quarter round in the space. The quarter covers the ¼ inch space left between the wall and floor. 

For our laundry room upgrade, we added wood shelving as well. The shelving was very inexpensive, costing around $30. We found heavy duty shelving brackets at Home Depot under $7 per bracket. We also, purchased the recommended screws in black to mount the shelves to the wall. In the same isle at Home Depot, we found a quality piece of pine wood measuring 1 x 10.

Shelf Brackets from Home Depot

Putting laundry away is still painful, but at least we have a cute little functional space to fold clothes. The plant and laundry sign were purchased on clearance for less than $10 each. I already had the basket and black picture frames. See below for the after photo of our laundry room. Let us know if you have any questions on this project!

If you have extra frames laying around these prints will be a nice addition to your laundry room upgrade. The Wash, Dry, Place in Basket for Weeks digital prints can be downloaded here: Laundry Room Digital Printables.



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