I love doing mini renovations around the house. Just doing a few small things can really change the way a room looks. My favorite rooms to redo are small bathrooms and laundry rooms. I’m not really sure why, maybe because they are small so you can usually do them fairly inexpensively. Also, if for some reason they don’t turn out quite like you were hoping it’s not to much of an investment that you can re do the re do.
With all that being said. There are lots of things that Corey and I want to do around the house as far as renovations go. We are trying to be patient about it and give the house a little time to prove it’s functionality. After living here a year or so, I think we will have a better idea about how we want certain rooms to flow and an overall style/scheme that we are going for with the house as a whole. That is not to say that we haven’t done a few small things here and there to liven things up a bit.
Our laundry room was noting special. Big enough for a washer and dryer, a rod to hang things up to dry on, and a small space you could possibly put a freezer or extra fridge. Other than that….pretty boring.
Here are some before pictures. Pardon the mess. But as you can see there are no cabinets in the laundry room, so storing things neatly was practically impossible.
All of our cleaning supplies, extra bags and swim stuff ended up just kind of jumbled in this room. My original thought was to go with something in a turquoise or teal color to make the room feel clean and fresh. But, I wanted to do this as inexpensively as possible. So, I went to Lowes and Home Depot to look for mis-tints. These are paints that people have returned because the color didn’t match or was not what they were looking for. They are super discounted and on any given day you can find lots of neutral and fun colors anywhere from $5-$10. If you don’t have an exact color in mind, this is definitely a fun way to do it.
We ended up going with horizontal stripes in this nice, fresh sage green color.
We did stripes on all the walls except the wall directly behind the washer and dryer. We didn’t want to have to move them out to paint because there is not much wall that will be seen above. Plus, we may eventually hang some cabinets above the rod for extra storage, so there was really no point.
Next, we knew we needed to add some kind of storage. So, in our thrifty, turn nothing into something, kind of nature, we made a trip to the Goodwill Superstore. (Yes, they do exist and they are a great place to find unique pieces to re-do for a super great price). There we scored a perfect piece for storage. It was an ugly black computer like thing for only $10.49!!! I was so excited to re-do it I didn’t take a before picture. But here is a couple of “during the process” pictures.
Like I said, this piece was originally black. So I mixed up some chalk paint with the left over green paint from the stripes and put it on the entire computer/book case. Then, for an accent color we went with this super pretty melon color. It is bright, and fun, and a perfect, unexpected complement to the fairly neutral sage color. We also mixed this into chalk paint and put it on the outside of the cabinet. (so the inside is still sage green) After all the paint had dried, I used some pretty fine sand paper to scuff up the top a bit, so the green could show through some.
After that it was just moving it in (thank goodness it fit just perfectly). and adding some coordinating accessories.
Overall, I love how it turned out. The melon cabinet works perfect to store all of our cleaning products and laundry soap. And the melon colored laundry baskets I got at Michaels clearance for 3 buck a piece and now neatly hold all of the girls swimming stuff. All the other accessories were thing I already had around the house.
So in total, this little reno cost us about $15 in paint, $10 in supplies, $10.49 for the cabinet, $6 for 2 laundry baskets.
Under $40 dollars.
I love when you can make such a big impact on such little money just by being smart and thinking outside the box. Plus this allows us to save for some more invasive project to come (….master bath/closet & kitchen)