01 of 09
Laundry Room Style On A Budget
Kelly Marzka is a wife, mom, blogger and creator of a really stylish laundry room. On her website, View Along The Way.com, Kelly takes us on a step-by-step transformation of her functional but dull and boring laundry room to the one you see here. This space is so lovely that the task of doing laundry has to be more fun. And, she and her husband did the refurbishing for only $157!Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
What's Wrong With This Laundry Room?
Here's Kelly's laundry room before the transformation. Believe it or not, this is the improved version after a coat of paint and the addition of a wire shelf for storing laundry supplies.. When Kelly and her husband bought their home, the laundry room had no storage and dirty beige walls with a wallpaper border of clothes hanging from a clothesline!
If you must haul laundry to a laundry mat or have a washer crammed in a dark corner of the basement, this area may look like the Taj Mahal.... But if you have a designated laundry room, the addition of some basic amenities and a bit of decorating will make your tasks easier and more enjoyable.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Expensive Wallpaper Look With Stenciling
A new coat of paint in your favorite color is the least expensive way to change the look of your laundry space. But Kelly took it a bit further and created the look of an expensive wallpaper by stenciling a peacock feather design on one wall. Using the design on just one wall is a treat for the eye but doesn't overwhelm the small space.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Laundry Room Storage Is A Must
Every laundry room must have supplies like detergent, bleach and stain removers. Keeping it all in closed storage not only looks more organized but is also important for safety reasons. All of the brightly colored bottles and containers are attractive to kids and it is our responsibility to prevent poisoning accidents.
Kelly was lucky enough to find a storage cabinet at a yard sale for just $25 that her husband could adapt for the laundry room. Adding side shelves gave her a chance to add... decorative items and even more storage. This is the perfect place for baskets or coordinated canvas bins to hold lost socks or other supplies.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Great Laundry Room Floor Redo
One of the most unattractive features in the laundry room was the dingy vinyl floor. The vinyl was in good shape and is a good water-resistant choice for laundry room flooring but it was ugly. Replacing the floor was not in the budget so Kelly choose a great alternative - floor paint. With the proper cleaning and preparation and the right type of paint, vinyl can be successfully painted. The finish is durable and easy to clean.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Best Laundry Room Drying Rack
The addition of a wall mounted drying rack is not only attractive, it is one of the most practical additions to a laundry room. So many clothes will last longer and look better if they skip the trip through the high heat of a clothes dryer.
If you don't have enough wall space for a large rack, choose a retractable indoor clothesline that can be wall mounted or one of many sizes and styles of collapsible drying racks that can be stored away when not in use.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
Accessories Make A Laundry Room Happy
When you're faced with mountains of dirty clothes, it helps to have some things around you that make you happy. Kelly choose to include framed photos of her adorable children. You may like classic laundry-themed fine art prints or vintage soap and appliance advertising. Just be sure that whatever you add to the space makes you smile.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Brighten Your Laundry Room LightingGood lighting is key to seeing stains and problems that need specific care when handling laundry. Kelly's husband Adam, a very creative and talented fellow, created a version of high-priced lighting fixture she wanted. If you don't have an Adam, think beyond the basic ceiling fixture and add a decorative feature. Just be sure that the wattage is high enough to provide the lighting you need.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
A Fabulous Laundry Room
Take one more look at what a small budget, plenty of elbow grease and some of your time can do for a laundry room. This transformation will serve the Marzka family for years to come and, if they ever decide to sell their home, make a big impact on potential buyers.