As a mom of five, I spend a lot of time in the laundry room. When we had our fifth child, I suddenly felt like we had very little space both in our home and especially in the laundry room. I realized we needed some major reorganization and storage solutions so our family of seven could live a little more peacefully, ha! We decided to completely revamp our laundry room and I’m excited to share our laundry room makeover ideas with you.
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BEFORE AND AFTER
We didn’t have a space to put backpacks and lunch boxes every day, my kids would just throw them in a pile by the back door. My kids always had shoes left in random places throughout the house! Anyone else have this problem? I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been trying to rush out the door, only to be delayed because someone couldn’t find their other shoe. It was a nightmare!
We had bins of craft materials, colors and coloring books, and paints in different places all over the house. I’ve acquired quite a bit of party supplies over the years from planning so many kids parties. I just didn’t have space to put everything, and I really needed a solution so I started searching for laundry room makeover ideas.
Our laundry room is mid-size. There was an existing sink with an outdated countertop and fixtures. The light was a long industrial overhead light and we just had overhead cabinets on one side. The paint color was a very light neutral khaki color. I wanted lots of storage, a place house laundry baskets, a place to fold clothes, a space for shoes, a space to hang backpacks. I had a long list of needs and wants for a mid-size space. But after meeting with a carpenter, we made a plan to fit everything in and it was exactly what we were needing!!
UTILIZE CABINET SPACE FOR STORAGE
Our first step was to have custom cabinets built on the opposite wall. This gave me space for all my craft and party supplies. I have bins of crayons, paints, and markers and they fit perfectly inside the cabinets. Now the kids and I know where everything is and when we want to do a project or just simply sit and color, they know just where to look.
As I was scrolling through laundry room makeover ideas, I was drawn to a very clean, light monochromatic look. I polled my friends and got advice that was all over the place from painting it a bright color like blue to using a neutral like gray. I want to transition my house to white walls and more neutrals, so I decided to go with Sherwin Williams Navajo White paint which blended in very nicely with the existing cabinets which were already a creamy off-white/ivory color.
CREATE CUBICAL FOR LAUNDRY BASKETS
We now have four cubes for our laundry baskets and I love that they are strolled all over the floor. How do you handle your laundry sorting? We sort our dirty laundry daily into the four baskets so when one gets full, it’s time to throw it in the washer. We have a basket for whites, a basket for towels and linens, a basket for jeans and pants, and a basket for darks. On top of the baskets, I now have a space to fold clothes. I love being able to take care of it there and put the folded clothes in baskets to be taken to the kids rooms.
CREATE MUDROOM SPACE
As you can see we now have three baskets for shoes where we keep their everyday tennis shoes and flip-flops. This has been an incredible help to keep their shoes from being left all over the house! I love having a bench where they can sit and put on their shoes. The hooks above the bench are a life-saver as well! If you have kids, you need hooks for backpacks!! This is also helping me teach the kids about taking care of their things and being responsible for putting them away each day.
On the opposite wall, we replaced the countertop with quartz that is white with a marble look. I absolutely love it! We chose quartz because it is durable and maintenance free, perfect for a mudroom/laundry room space! I love how quartz has veining in it but it’s more cost-effective than marble. For the backsplash, we used white subway tile. We replaced the previous shallow sink with an undermount sink that is much deeper. We installed a new faucet that has a pull-down sprayer, another lifesaver for a busy mom. I can better clean off muddy shoes, dirty pants, etc. I really love how the white backsplash and white countertop blend in well with the walls and cabinets to produce a very monochromatic look.
The last few touches were to add a few decorative items. I chose this pink orchid to add a pop of color. We hung a chandelier (I had to have a little glitz!) and a blackout balloon shade. I went with the ballon shade style because it is such a small window and I wanted something to frame the size, and I love the elegant but chic feel of a balloon shade. It’s very southern if you ask me (wink). In the beginning, we set out to achieve a very light, clean, airy, organized space, and I think that’s what we ended up with!
Here is the space is in full use. It really makes my heart happy to see all those colorful backpacks lined up because of the lives that those packs represent. As crazy as life can be, I feel so blessed to be a mama! I hope you enjoyed these laundry room makeover ideas. We sure had fun renovating this space and doing a few DIY projects. We really love how everything turned out and it’s a great storage solution for our family. Do you have any storage hacks you can share in the comments below? If you have kids, I would love for you to check out my daughter’s vintage nursery room. As always, thanks for reading along. I hope you will pin this and save it for later!