Monday, September 26, 2011

Green and Frugal Laundry Room Makeover!

My laundry room is nothing spectacular but I spend an awful lot of time in that tiny box of a room. Not only do I wash, dry and fold clothes there, but we walk through it each and every time we go out to the garage. It's bare, white walls and lint covered baseboards left much to be desired.Why not make it a more inspiring space to work in and walk through? Here's what I did:

Clean: All walls and baseboards were scrubbed with hot water and vinegar. The vinegar loosened the linty grime and once dry, there was no pickle-y smell left over. Green and cheap!

Paint: I used Valspar's low VOC paint in Homestead Yellow. VOC's, or Volatile Organic Compounds include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long term adverse health effects. VOC's are also  a contributing factor to ozone, a common air pollutant. The lower the number of VOC's, the better the paint is for the environment.

Floors: The floors got a good scrubbing with the same concoction I used on the walls and baseboards. I added color and comfort with two recycled rubber rugs I got at Lowe's on clearance. They were four dollars each. Score!

Decor: God bless the internet. I found great laundry themed images here and here. I printed them out, slapped 'em in some dollar store frames and hung them up. I also added a series of hooks for drip drying my unmentionables and a contraption to hang the mop, broom and dustpan.

Viola! I love it! A little purging, a little rearranging and my laundry room is a bright and sassy space that makes folding laundry a little more palatable. My little makeover was easy on the planet and easy on my pocketbook. It doesn't get much better than that!



  1. Cute! Now come do the guest bathroom!

  2. Oh I love this! Especially the 'self serve laundry' sign.
    What a great way to make those dreary chores a little bit fun!

  3. Oh my gosh super cute.
    With this many people I am just glad if everyone can find their left and right shoe...matching shoes is even better! lol... in the laundry room


  4. Who knew a laundry room could use a makeover!! I guess they all can. Ours is really small but in need of a scrub down and de-cluttering too!