When we moved into our home just over a year ago, I knew we’d be investing a lot of money into the home. Sure it was a new build, but nothing about our home was customized. In previous homes, the furniture and decor we had just… worked. I was never truly happy, but I also didn’t want to spend $1,000’s of dollars on things that may not fit into the rooms of our forever home. Going about decorating like that may sound weird, but it worked for us. Once we were in our home, it was time to get to work. On a limited budget, I decided to work room by room decorating each space until I was happy with it then moving onto the next.
DIY Laundry Room Makeover
It’s finally time to work on upstairs, and I knew just what room had to be fixed up first – The laundry room! It’s completely and utterly not functional. It’s a pretty small space but enough to move around. Plus, it’s upstairs where 4 out of the 5 bedrooms are, so that made it a huge win in my book. But without a window, it was a dark place I never wanted to be in. Something needed to be done.
Notice the lack of shelves. How is someone supposed to work in this place? I did have a 3-tier plastic bin that I was using and it “worked” but no, I needed a real laundry room. Time to get to work.
I painted the room. Our entire house was white but no, not covered in white paint, just white primer. Seriously, talk about lazy builders. I couldn’t even wash the walls because the drywall would then crumble away. For the laundry room, I went with Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. It’s a pretty off-white that I’ve been dying to use. I also knew I wanted shiplap in the room. As I said, it’s a smaller space, so I figured just putting shiplap on the main wall would be better than all over.
After searching Pinterest for hours upon hours of how to install shiplap, I took a shortcut becuse of time and money. Ready for this?
I used shiplap wallpaper! Yep, It’s peel-and-stick wallpaper. I needed just one roll of this stuff. The packaging says it doesn’t work on textured walls but I went for it anyway and so far, so good. Installing the wallpaper was easy peasy. A little measuring and cutting with a box cutter and I had the paper up in about 20 minutes flat without the help of my hubby.
I only did half the wall with the wallpaper so to prevent the “This Is Definitely Wallpaper Because It’s Still Flush With The Rest Of The Wall” look I added a piece of chair rail left over from the bedroom makeover we previously did. We installed two cabinets that we found on sale at Lowe’s and added hardware to each one. We made the long shelf simply by cutting a 1×8 pine board to size and stained it. The brackets holding the shelf up are from Hobby Lobby. I waited until they were 50% off then snagged 4 of them for $2 each.
Wall paint color – Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
Shiplap Wallpaper – NuWallpaper in Shiplap
Cabinet pulls – Liberty 3″ from Home Depot
Wreath – Signature Magnolia wreath from Magnolia
Glass containers – Anchor Glass Jar from Target (1 gal and .5 gal)
Lables – Handmade on a Cricut cutter from Michaels
Wood shelf hardware – Black Flat Metal Bracket from Hobby Lobby
See how I created a Faux Brick Wall in my master bedroom here!