The Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Makeover

Adding a shiplap accent wall in the laundry was the perfect style addition!

My laundry room was a sad, sad little room. I can’t even say that it was functional as the one available shelf was so high that I’d have to chunk the items I wanted to store in there up to that shelf. Needless to say it was a messy maze of sheets that almost made it… beach towels that almost made it… and paper goods that almost made it… etc. Then I also had “fall down.” This is when I’d stretch to my limit to reach an item on that one too high shelf, only to have all of the items that were under the coveted items come tumbling down on top of the washer or dryer depending on the side of the shelf from which I was pulling.

I needed a new system. So I sketched an idea. If you’ve seen my sketches before, you’ll see, I haven’t improved at sketching AT ALL, but it was clear enough to get the Mean Man to get the gist and that was all I needed. I showed a lower shelf over the washer and dryer and a double shelf to the right of the entrance.

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Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Makeover

Here are some before pics:

Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Makeover

I think The Mean Man didn’t want to embarrass me because before he took these pics, he kinda straightened up things a bit. Normally there would be an unruly stack of towels and whatnot up on that high shelf, plus the fall downs from that shelf are usually on the dryer, and at the time, I happen to know there was a pile of sheets on the floor waiting to be washed. He doesn’t know that we are all very honest with each other about how not perfect we are!

So I told The Mean Man I thought I wanted to do shiplap for the back wall so we looked around the interwebs for some samples. Luckily a ton of people are decorating with it so we saw lots of examples. We purchased a sheet of plywood at Loew’s and had them rip it into 6″ boards. Marty then sanded them smooth so they’d hold the paint nice and smoothly.

Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Makeover

We took down the existing too high shelf and removed its supports. Luckily the side walls were textured under those support blocks! All that was needed was to scrape off the caulk then paint those areas with some left over exterior paint we had in the garage.

 

Next he determined how long to cut the boards. Now our project was easy because the width of our laundry room is only 6′. Our boards just ran in straight rows. We still measured each board, however, because even though our house is new construction… that’s no guarantee that everything is square and even. Important tips… START AT THE TOP. Place the first board and make sure it’s level. If there are any gaps at the top or sides, you’ll just caulk those in. You don’t want your boards to seem like they’re running downhill. We used nickels for spacers.

Now in the meantime, prep on the shelving was being done. We bought two 2×12 boards and cut them to the size of the shelves we wanted. The long wall has two shelves that are almost 6′ long. The short wall has two shelves about 3′. Those boards were sanded, the edges rounded, they were stained, and had several coats of Polycrylic spray (sanding in between coats). They turned out beautifully!

Back to the shiplap… The Mean Man continued adding boards with nickel spacers until the wall was completed. The most tedious part was cutting out for the plugs and such. When all the shiplap is applied to the wall, then it’s time to caulk up any gaps. Then all of those nail holes had to be filled. After the caulk dried, we taped off the walls to get ready to paint the boards.

We used a Valspar paint with an eggshell finish- Pale Bloom is the color. It took two coats for complete coverage. The boards are pretty thirsty.

 

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34 Comments

  1. Fran Rhoads

    Love your laundry room! What fun! I’m sending this to my daughter who is remodeling her laundry room.

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    • Kelly

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you’re going to share it with your daughter! Hopefully she’ll find some little ideas that she may want to use. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings to you!

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  2. Jess

    Everything looks great! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    • Kelly

      My pleasure! Thank you for the opportunity. Blessings!

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  3. Calypso in the Country

    It turned out great! We all love shiplap, don’t we!
    Shelley

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    • Kelly

      Thanks so much! I guess we should thank Chip and Jojo! It really makes a nice rustic statement- and it’s fairly easy- and I’m all about easy! Blessings to you!

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  4. Pat Bigbie

    I absolutely LOVE your laundry room!!! We are renting right now, but I have this site bookmarked, so when we go to get our house bought I am using lots of your ideas…thank you for sharing!

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    • Kelly

      Pat- Thank you so much for taking a minute to leave such a nice comment! I’m glad you’re finding some ideas you’ll be able to use when you move into your own home. It’s so fun to just make your home you own. Hopefully you’ll find some decor things you can use in the home you rent as well. I still have lots to share from all we’ve done decor-wise with in the new house. Blessings to you!

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  5. Lela

    This laundry room looks fantastic! I love the shiplap wall the gorgeous shelves. Thank you so much for visiting Inspiration Thursday and sharing your makeover!

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    • Kelly

      Thanks so much! I’m so glad to have an avenue in which to share. You’re a blessing to me!

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  6. Tara

    I LOVE it! Looks soooo nice! Soon you will be finding all kinds of places to add planking. I use 1/4″ plywood to plank, too. I started with 2 walls in one of my bathrooms last year and since then, I planked all the other walls in that bathroom, behind my fireplace, my kitchen island and most recently in my entry closet. Its a sickness!

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    • Kelly

      Tara- Thank you for taking a minute to share the encouragement! And YES, I find myself waking up thinking of other stuff in the house that could use a little jazzing up! Isn’t it crazy how it drives you?! I hope you hang in there with me to see what else I come up with. I got a fever, and the only prescription is more shiplap! 😉 Blessings to you!

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  7. Carol, The Red Painted Cottage

    It looks like a NEW room! We have a laundry closet that also serves as our pantry and it’s so yucky looking. This will be one of our future projects. I also love how you added the shiplap, which makes a world of difference 🙂

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    • Kelly

      Carol- Thanks so much! I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I think a room like the laundry room is a great place to try something out… that way if it doesn’t turn out quite as awesome as you’d expected… no one will really ever see it but you! 🙂 Happily- I’m glad to leave the laundry room door open so everyone who passes by that hallway can see it. And yes- the shiplap was an easy but dramatic design element. I can see why it’s so popular. Thanks again for stopping by and taking time to comment. Blessings to you!

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  8. Kelleysgirl

    Kelly, we must be on the same page. Of course I love all things rustic, and shiplap is next on my list of things to do. I have several rooms I want to incorporate it into–including my laundry room! Your finished project looks very similar to what we plan to do also, with maybe an added shelf. What a beautiful job my friend!

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    • Kelly

      Suzie- Thanks so much my friend! I’m telling you, the shiplap is a relatively easy element that can really change the look of a room! I know you’ll do a great job on whatever room you tackle as you do on all of your projects. Blessings to you my dear as you gear up for summertime!

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      • Kelleysgirl

        Not sure if I missed it in the post, what thickness of plywood did you use? I think we plan to actually use the underlayment panels that are about 1/4 inch, and about 10 bucks a sheet. And did they charge you to rip the plywood?

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        • Kelly

          We used Lowes 15/32 CAT PS1-09 Pine Sanded Plywood (actual: 0.435 in). It was $23.65 a sheet. They cut it down for free- my favorite price!

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  9. Toni @ Small Home Soul

    That turned out great! I love Shiplap too. I envy people with inside laundry rooms that can be made to look cute. Mine is in the garage so I live vicariously through you 😊

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    • Kelly

      Thanks so much! And I remember having my laundry in the garage early in my marriage. It was kind of nice because our girls were babies so there were loads upon loads of laundry to do- it was nice to hide it out there. But hey- lots of those ideas will translate into any other room in the house. Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings to you.

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  10. Janet Trieschman

    I love your laundry room transformation!
    Thanks for sharing your post with us as #CCBG Creatively Crafty Link Party http://tryit-likeit.com/entries/link-party

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    • Kelly

      Thank you so much! And thank you for giving the opportunity for me to share. I’m fairly new at this and am having a really great time connecting with so many amazingly creative people. It’s such a blessing. Thanks again! 🙂

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  11. Marie

    Your laundry room looks great! I love your detergent dispensers, too. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday this week!

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    • Kelly

      Marie- Thank you so much! I actually just did my first load of laundry last night. I totally smiled to myself as I hauled the laundry basket into the room. And the dispensers worked great; no drips! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share. It’s a blessing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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  12. Vashti Q

    Looks great! I love the white wooden slats on the wall and the shelves. 😀

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    • Kelly

      Thank you so much! I’m amazed at what an impact that wood made in the room! And I am loving having some shelves that I can actually use! It’s not just a prettier space- it’s so much more functional. Thanks for stopping by and for taking time to leave a nice comment. Blessings to you.

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  13. Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper

    Yes to the shiplap! It looks so good!

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    • Kelly

      Thanks so much! I am just in love with the look! So simple- but it makes such an impact. I appreciate you taking time to comment! Blessings to you.

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  14. Tina Buenzow

    Howdy fellow Texan i’m in Cypress! I love your stuff! i’ve been wanting to do this to my rental property which my daughter lives in and also to my house as well! Yours turned out so awesome! Great to meet you!

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    • Kelly

      Tina- It’s always lovely to hear from a fellow Texan!! Thanks so much for the nice compliment. I was so please with how the “shiplap” look turned out, especially considering how easy it was! It just adds such a nice style element. I hope that when you get down to business, that the project turns out to be as easy and fun for y’all as it was for us. Great to meet you too! I hope you check back often and subscribe for weekly updates if you’d like. Blessings! -Kelly

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  15. Jenelle Ehly

    I seriously love your site.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you build this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my own website and want to learn where you got this from or what the theme is named. Many thanks!

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    • Kelly

      Janelle- Thank you so much! I purchased this theme from Themify.me. The theme is called Elemin and is a WordPress theme. I honestly had NO idea what I was doing, but once I figured it out, I can breeze through it now. I chose all of the colors and fonts as I built the site. I often wonder how others feel about the look of what I did so I’m so happy to have the feedback. It’s not for the faint of heart- but the Themify website tech help people generally respond to questions and problems fairly quickly. It’s not a drag and drop site- it’s a little more difficult that that but I’m happy with it. I hope this helps!

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  16. Lauren

    I love a good laundry room transformation! this is great, those decanters for detergent have to be my favourite little touch.

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    • Kelly

      Lauren- Thank you so much! My laundry room makes me almost want to do laundry (almost). Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings – Kelly

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