Emergency Laundry Room Redo

Ok, so not a call 9-1-1 sort of emergency.  But when your washing machine goes out that’s a bit of an emergency in my book.  Our washer was old, maybe as old as I am, ugh.  I knew I wanted to redo the laundry room but it really wasn’t at the top of my list.  Until the washer went out.  Then I decided that before the new washer and dryer were delivered that I would paint and put up new shelves.  Why do I do this to myself?

Check out these machines and the SO not functional layout of this laundry room closet.

Laundry closet redo


It’s lovely right? Check out when the dryer door is open.
Laundry room redo

I knew that if I got a stackable washer and dryer it would give me space for hanging clothes and a bit more storage. The first thing to go was the shelf above the washer. Easily taken out with a crow bar and a little elbow grease.
Laundry room makeover

After filling in nail holes and a few other blemishes I gave the whole space a coat of Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore.

Laundry room paint color

I decided to do a little accent painting on the walls. I saw it first on House Tweaking. Dana used toilet paper rolls to paint circles on her bathroom walls. I did a little test and decided to go a little bigger, I used a plastic cup, and I made my circles random instead of stacked up.
Painting circles

So I taped off a section around the closet and started painting circles in Simply White by Benjamin Moore.
taping off walls
painting circles on wall
Here’s the result after the tape was removed.
random painted circles on wall
circles on wall in laundry room
For the shelves I taped off the existing shelf above the dryer and painted it white.
painting laundry shelf white
I took the wood from the shelf that I removed and cut that into pieces that would fit next the pillar that sticks out between the machines. I painted them white and then installed them 18 inches apart below the existing shelf. They are small shelves but more accessible than the big shelf was above the washer.
installing shelves in the laundry room
There is no natural light in this closet, although you will see a bit of a branch shadow on the laundry wall from the window across the room, so I changed out the lightbulb for a bright LED.. And the new Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer arrived (and all the paint was dry, yay!)! Here’s the final look, I’m so pleased with the result! What do you think?
Laundry room makeover stackable washer and dryer
Laundry room redo
laundry room makeover

Here’s the before and after again.

 Laundry closet redo

 Laundry room makeover

Love, Melinda

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19 thoughts on “Emergency Laundry Room Redo

  1. Wow I love your laundry redo! Wonderful idea with the plastic cup circles on the wall, I will have to remember this for an alternative to a back splash in my mud room! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love your make over of your laundry room. I did mine a few months back due to all the wire shelving almost killing me as it launched into me from the wall one day while folding clothing. I love that you stacked your washer and dryer. Awesome job with this room! Stop by and see our blog -
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    • It would definitely depend on the setup of your washer and dryer. We stacked the machines where the original washer was so no re-plumbing necessary. We needed a 10 foot long washer cord to reach the old outlet but that’s about it. Working on your laundry room?

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