Laundry Room Update

Laundry Room update

When we moved into our house in 2019, the laundry room was useable and very much outdated. The countertop was hunter green, and the walls were greige. As much as a 90’s theme laundry room is so in fashion, this thrifty momma was itching for an update.

old laundry room

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Published July 26, 2022
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Prep and Paint

The first thing to do was to paint the walls. The dirty greige went away as fast as the can could open and the paint could get plastered on the walls. As luck would have it, we had an extra amount leftover from painting the hallway bathroom. And what redo starts without painters’ tape and a drop cloth? However, as much as the room is in desperate need of a facelift, the floor will have to stay. The 90’s linoleum is a dirty yellow and this update will be lacking a huge floor renovation.

paint the walls and cabinets

In addition to the floor that would have to stay, the florescent light was another item in the laundry room that needed to stay. As much as the light was awful and old, it was functional and did not need to be replaced.

ceiling lights had to stay in the laundry room update

The old cabinets matched the rest of the house in an outdated 90’s golden oak. Firstly, the cabinet doors were removed, sanded and painted white. Also, the cabinets on the walls were sanded and painted white.

laundry room update

Little miss Elliana was not impressed with the laundry room remodel. Or she was upset that the floor had to stay. Either way, she is the cutest little crier ever.

Elliana crying in the laundry room

Many uses for Liquid Starch

Something that I have been wanting to try is wallpapering. As much as it would be a fun to wallpaper a fun accent wall in the laundry room, our walls will not allow for it to stick. Back in the 90’s, the plaster was swooshed on with sand in a stunning shell-shape. To get wallpaper to stick, the walls would have to be sanded smooth. I do not have the time, patience or desire to do that.
For a fun experiment, I wanted to try to use a fabric on the walls. To have the fabric stick to the walls, you use liquid starch to stick it to the walls. Not only does the liquid starch dry clear, but it will let the fabric also be removed without leaving a residue on the walls.
When shopping at a local thrift store, this King-sized bed sheet was just resting on the shelf waiting for a project. The background was white with a grey design and my favorite turquoise dot in the center.

King sized bedsheet instead of wallpaper

Secure the fabric

The first step to stick fabric to the walls is to use tape or thumbtacks to then secure the fabric to the wall near the corner. Then, drape the fabric and measure it against the wall.

laundry room update with fabric on the walls

Using a paint roller, with liquid starch in a paint tray, paint the starch on the wall and then lay the fabric on the wall. Once the wall has been painted with liquid starch, continue to stretch the fabric over the desired space. Once against the corners, cut the fabric to size and then tape the edges until it is fully dry. The liquid starch does dry quickly, however let it fully dry for 24-hours as the fabric will be wet as well.

fabric on the walls for a laundry room update

Cover the whole wall

As the cabinets are above the washer and dryer, the wall behind was also in need of the glorious fabric. As the sheet was a King, there was plenty to spare to place on the entire wall.
The perfect way to source fabric, and this is a well-kept secret, is a thrift store. I found this bedsheet at a local Goodwill for only $3.99.

laundry room update

Replace the doors

Once the cabinets were dry, and the doors were fully painted, they were then replaced.

laundry room update with doors back on the cabinets

Hang a rack for a Laundry Room Update

Tyler also installed a clothing rack so we could hang clothes after they are washed. As there was none before, it was incredibly helpful and necessary.

hanging rack in laundry room

Hang the brooms

What is a laundry room without a hanging rack for the mops and brooms? Behind the door was a convenient rack and spot for my always present 5-gallon bucket with laundry soap. Everyone needs a 5-gallon pail of homemade laundry soap. For my recipe for made from scratch laundry soap, click the link below.
Instead of buying new equipment, you can use what is around the house or available. When we bought the house in 2019, this rack was still there and caused us to not need to buy a new one.

hanging rack for mops and brooms

Total Laundry Room Update Cost

This Laundry Room Update did not cost a fortune. As we already had the paint, the only cost was the bedsheet and liquid starch.

Liquid Starch $5.38
Bedsheet $3.99

The total cost for this fun update was $9.37.
And the entire bottle of liquid starch was not even used.

Art for the Laundry Room Update

A few years ago, Tyler and I went to a painting party with a group of friends. We painted “Scream” by Edvard Munch. His is on the left and mine is on the right. The Laundry Room Update was the perfect spot to display these magnificent works of fun. Instead of buying new wall-art, just use something you have around the house.

art in the laundry room update

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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