Our laundry room gets spruced up with some paint and inexpensive storage!

Our laundry room is basically a large closet off of our dining room/entry room in our home. Is having the laundry room in our dining room ideal? Of course not, but with an old house sometimes the only options are really not all that great. But, I digress, so far it hasn’t bother Joe or I at all, the dining room is big enough and our laundry room/closet is plenty big enough so it hasn’t at all been a problem. We have a scratch and dent certified new LG washer/dryer combo, just in case you were wondering why there was only one machine that looks like a washing machine in the picture 🙂 We love our washer/dryer combo so far and I, personally, would never go back to two machines. Here’s how it looked when I got started:

A laundry room gets some new storage and a folding station. Tip and tutorial on how to build easy laundry room storage @GrandmasHousDIY

This is after we installed and then gave the upper cabinets a face life. After that there was a whole lot of ugly going on. We did not extend our new wood floors into the laundry closet/room and the whole room is still lacking doors so I needed to do something badly in here. First thing was: we really needed more storage. Second thing was: I happened to have an old metal counter top (it came off of this cabinet that we ended up using in our kitchen) that needed a home, so, I got to building!

A laundry room gets some new storage and a folding station. Tip and tutorial on how to build easy laundry room storage @GrandmasHousDIY

The construction was as simple as simple can get. Just a frame of 2x4s the depth and width of the counter top built right around the washer/dryer combo. I used screws and our impact driver for the whole assembly and it came together really quick and easy. (I will be covering the two sides of the cabinet in the future with plywood to help cut down on the noise from the machine as well.)

A laundry room gets some new storage and a folding station. Tip and tutorial on how to build easy laundry room storage @GrandmasHousDIY

I used scrap 1x4s for the shelf supports and carefully used screws on them as well… I say carefully because 1x4s split very easily. From there I went hunting for shelf material and found we had a 1×10 left over from other shelf projects in our garage. With the shelves in we immediately started using them! It’s still wasn’t pretty yet but it was SO great to finally get everything off the floor. (Note: I know that this warm and damp environment is the worst possible place for squash but we simply had no other place for them, I will be moving them to a better location soon.)

A laundry room gets some new storage and a folding station. Tip and tutorial on how to build easy laundry room storage @GrandmasHousDIY

After a few days I finally had the time one day after work to get moving on making the entire thing pretty and nice. I knew I had some extra dowels in the barn left over from my grandparents so I just went to walmart in search of a little curtain of some kind. I cut the dowel with a pair of scissors and used some left over eye hooks that I screwed in to rest the dowel in.

A laundry room gets some new storage and a folding station. Tip and tutorial on how to build easy laundry room storage @GrandmasHousDIY

From there I just needed lots of white paint. I went ahead and hit the floors with one coat as well because they just looked dirty before (though they weren’t) I think the whole room/closet came together nice! Having the metal counter top now for folding is just awesome and the three deep shelves as well as the upper cabinets took care of all of our storage needs! Now, I just need to get closet doors built and put in so I can show you our dining room!

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  1. July 13, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    It looks really great Tarah! The addition of the curtain makes it look cozy and homey. And now you also have a bit more storage for your essentials. Pinning and tweeting.

    • July 13, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Thank you so much Mary! 🙂

  2. July 20, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Each post amazes me. You are transforming even small spaces into something useable! This is such a nice project and came out really cute.

  3. August 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I love your laundry room updates. We recently remodeled our laundry room as well.

  4. August 12, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Thank you for sharing at SYC! 🙂 Jo

  5. Jann Olson
    August 14, 2016 at 2:19 am

    It may be a small space, but you have done a great job of utilizing it! Love the skirted curtain. I have never heard of a washer/dryer combo. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. August 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I think this is brilliant! I’m moving soon, and the laundry area is in a closet. You’ve made me realize that small laundry spaces can still be very functional. Thanks for then inspiration!

  7. August 15, 2016 at 3:32 am

    I’ve never really considered a washer/dryer combo. I always thought everything would take too long, but you’ve made me think it might be a good idea. When I move home at the end of the year, I want to do some minor tweaking in my laundry so that the machine is higher up off the ground so it’s easier to access. I’d like some sort of built in with maybe a deep drawer as the base then the washing machine and then the dryer on top. Hope I can make it work.

    • August 15, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Hey Libby, a washer/dryer combo is definitely not for everyone. The perks far out way the cons for us though: it plugs in to a regular washer outlet (not the huge outlet/breaker that a dryer requires) so it uses A LOT less energy. I love that it takes up half the space. It cost us about half what buying two machines would have ($900 at a scratch and dent LG Supplier). I didn’t have to cut a hole in my roof for a dryer vent (yay!!) because it just vents into the house which is a real perk in the winter time. However, you have to think when one load would normally have been drying you would have been able to wash another load so if your house hold has a ton of laundry, this setup really might not be for you. Joe and I do 3-4 loads a week (sometimes less) so the time factor no big deal for us. Hope that helps!! Thanks for commenting!

  8. August 16, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Looks great!! You guys are really creative in make good use of your space!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Pinned!

  9. August 16, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    This is absolutely charming! I love what you did with your little laundry room! The little skirt and a fresh coat of paint did wonders for that little space!

    Thanks for sharing this with us at Tuesday Talk, I enjoy your little fixer-upper stories.

    • August 17, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you so much Ruthie!

  10. August 17, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I love this! What a great way to spruce up your space. Now it’s lovely and functional!

  11. August 20, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    I love the way you make the best of the space you have. Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story and have a great week!

  12. August 30, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    What an awesome idea! It looks amazing 😀

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  13. August 30, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Wow! What a great idea!!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  14. August 30, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Loving how it looks now. You did a great job and for very little money too! Thanks for joining the DI & DI Link party, we hope you had fun!

  15. September 1, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    This would be perfect for anyone without kids at home! I love how your laundry room turned out! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Pinned & sharing

  16. September 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Tarah, your creative talent never ceases to amaze me! I love the addition of the little curtain it just makes is look so warm and cozy! Thank you for sharing with us at #SimplifyWednesdays Pinned, Shared, Tweeted

    • September 1, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Thank you very much Carla! 🙂

  17. September 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    This is great idea and I love the storage space you created. Awesome job. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

    • September 1, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you for coming by Vanessa! 🙂

  18. September 2, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Simple, yet lively and pretty! Gives me a push to finish our laundry area makeover/creation! 🙂

  19. September 7, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Very pretty transformation.

  20. September 11, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Wow! That is such an adorable idea! It’s such an improvement 🙂 My laundry closet is very blah. Thanks for sharing your great post at Together on Tuesdays Blog Hop.

  21. Laurie
    September 13, 2016 at 3:48 am

    Tara, Perfection! Love the new look and the material you used for the curtain. Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Create-Bake-Make Link party! I enjoy seeing all your wonderful projects! Have a great week!

  22. September 14, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Love this! What I wouldn’t give for a laundry room! Now I have an idea for making it gorgeous when we get a bigger place and I can have one! x #bloggybrunch

    • September 14, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks Claire! This was really simple and makes me happy every time I see it!

  23. September 20, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    It has turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Blog Linkup Party! xoxo

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