Laundry Room Plans

A few weeks ago, I blogged about some MINOR laundry room updates & chatted about how I gave this neglected space a temporary fix. (little did I know just how “temporary” that fix would really turn out to be). After the post was published and I was looking back at the pictures, I quickly realized how much I disliked this room (and not because it was the room that was home to my not-so favorite chore). My intentions were there when I took small steps to decrease the ugliness, but these mini DIY projects were comparable to putting a band-aid on a life threatening wound… not working out too well. I needed more than a band-aid, more like a DIY doctor. *seriouslythough

Allow me to remind you of what the laundry room looked like when we moved in:

Don’t get my wrong, I’m NOT a huge brat that needs all new everything (or anything for that matter). And although I disliked the orange, glossy cabinets, which were actually the cabinets from our house’s original kitchen cabinets, I DID really appreciate the extra storage & their price tag…. FREE! When we moved in, I knew that this room would be on the DIY to-do list.

Fast forward a year & a half:

I tried to work around the “vintage” cabinets and bring pops of white, fun baskets, and anything else I could to add a little more “glam” to the space. I guess it was the thought that counted, but unfortunately, these items were like that useless band-aid & just seemed to highlight the old cabinets even more…#notwhatIwasgoingfor. As time passed, these old and greasy (and yes, I mean greasy from being in the old kitchen for 40+ years) cabinets moved further up my to-do list. I planned to tackle this project in the summer, when I was on summer vacation as a teacher, but I just couldn’t take it any longer. Spring hit and those darn cabinets had to go… immediately. 
So that’s where I am today. In the process of DIY-ing the HECK out of this room. You can rest assured that I will definitely be keeping the cabinets (FREE sounds good to me!), but I will NOT, and I repeat NOT, be keeping the orange tint any longer. This is more along the lines of what I have in mind for this space…  

B's Laundry Room Plans

I hope to bring far more WHITE into the space to create a more airy, clean look; one that will flow with the rest of the house. I hope to incorporate baskets and more opportunity for storage/hanging clothes to dry when necessary. I hope to bring in some colorful art to add a little personality to the space, and most importantly, I hope to get rid of the orange cabinets and never, ever look back! I may be biting off a little more than I can chew a little too close to the end of the school year, but heck… I’m determined to stop the bleeding regardless of how long the DIY surgery takes! 
Hopefully, I’ll have some serious updates for you next week… stay tuned. In the meantime, any advice? Laundry room ideas? Cabinet tips? I’ll take all the help I can get…

UPDATES: You can check out my progress here —
White Cabinet Tutorial
Laundry Room Reveal
Gallery Wall Prints for FREE

The Year of Casey

Hey there!

I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.