A Renter’s Laundry Room Makeover

Here’s the current progress on our laundry room.  We added the most functional item to date, the counter top.  This $50 Ikea counter spans from wall to wall so I don’t need to worry about a sock getting stuck in the crack between the washer and dryer.  And we always had a 10 inch gap between the dryer and the wall–now that’s surface area since it’s covered by the counter top.  We had to cut the shelves to fit this space but we got lucky with the counter, it was 60 inches wide and it was a perfect fit.  And as you can see I’m still trying to decide what to do with the chalk board wall.

Here’s the during photo without the counter.  This counter is the single best item we purchased for the space and we didn’t even attach it to the wall so it will go with us when we move.  I am now spoiled and will always want a laundry counter in every home.  All we had to do was adjust the feet on the washer and dryer so they were exactly the same height and then set the counter on top.   It does hang over a bit in the front so my husband will cut a few notches in the back to allow for the plug and stuff so it can scoot back flush against the wall a few more inches.  But I’m not pushing my luck and reminding him right now, I’m just happy it’s there.

I still stand by what I wrote in the last post about this room, even though we are renting, when the laundry room door is open (which is always) you can see straight into this room from the front door and I was tired of builder grade everything.  It was so worth it to spend a little of our own money on this room.

Here’s the final breakdown::

  • $15 Chalk paint
  • $60 Lack Wall shelves
  • $50 for the basket light–I’ll probably take it with us when we move unless I’m tired of it or too lazy to take it down
  • $50 for the counter

We can take the light and counter with us if we want so really, it’s as if we spent $75 on this makeover for our rental which was more than worth it.  It really finishes off the first floor of the house.  Sometimes the best, most impactful thing you can do is makeover a tiny space.

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  1. “Sometimes the best thing you can do is makeover a tiny space.”


    I’m totally thinking this about my laundry room (tiny space).

    Of course, right now there’s a can of paint spilled on the floor that my middle child SWEARS he just *saw* fall because “it was on an edge, Mama,” but had nothing to do with.

    So…maybe I should start with the floors?

    • Thanks for the laugh! I honestly think every little boy in the world is related somehow, because mine can barely talk and I can visual him next to wet paint saying “Oh, sor-ry Mummy!”…

  2. Very sweet. I agree … little makeovers go a long way.

  3. Beautiful! Can I ask where you got the lovely rug? Is it one you already had? So pretty!

    • target! it’s a pain though, it moves around too much and I hate gripper things

      • I hate those gripper things too–adjusting and readjusting, ick!. I just read in a magazine that “to keep floor mats in place, apply silicone caulking to the backs. Start with a line along the edge, then repeat every 2″ until you reach the middle. Spread flat with a putty knife and let dry as directed.” Maybe it will help. :)

  4. It looks wonderful! Well worth the effort if you are looking at it all the time.

  5. Looks great! Which counter did you get from IKEA? I’ve been contemplating putting one on top of my washer and dryer and like the thought of just laying it on top and only $50.

  6. btw, what did you end up doing with the ceiling? repaint or something else around the light fixture?

  7. Amazing what a difference just the new shelves make. I need to get rid of my wire ones!

  8. Abbie, I once knocked over a can of latex wall paint in the small bathroom I was painting at the time, looked at the puddle spreading, and decided to just spread it around some more to “paint” the entire floor (which was a nasty tan vinyl). Never did get around to putting polyurethane over it, but it’s been wearing fine for years (though the bathroom isn’t used that much). Maybe your spilled paint is a hint ;-)

  9. I love you.
    I don’t have a laundry room, but I did happen to notice the *making over a renter’s kitchen* at the end of this post.
    I have been trying to figure out how to cover some funky walls in my hallway/kitchen. We rent and are not allowed to paint the ugly(dark and gloomy)wood.
    I am going to dig out my glue gun and do a test patch right now.
    Did I say that already?

  10. I have a little bit of laundry room envy – my laundry is in the unfinished part of the basement and the washer and dryer are not even on the same wall… i’m still at a loss of what to do.

    However, I loved your last line of “the most impactful thing you can do is make over a tiny space” – I’m currently in the process of makingover my tiny first floor power room – I’m hope it gives a bit of elegance to an otherwise drab 1st floor. Baby steps.

  11. You have a disco ball in your laundry room. Love it.

  12. Does your landlord mind about you doing stuff like painting and attaching shelves? And are landlords normally okay with this sort of thing, or is it hit and miss (just wondering about approaching ours)

  13. This is AMAZING! My laundry area looks like your “before” right now and I am itching to give it a good makeover! One question, my front loader washer moves around a little (an inch here and an inch there) during cycles with towels or sheets. Do you ever have that problem? That is one reason I am afraid to put a counter over it, when they are always moving. Maybe floating the counter like you did helps if there is a little movement, then it’s easy to move it back with the counter not attached. I hope I’m not just babbling here. Maybe I’m the only one that has this washer problem!

    Any way, I just LOVE this inspiration! Found you from Sweetie Pie Style this morning!

  14. Hi, just found your blog via Pinterest. I would love to get a similar look for my laundry room but have some questions. Where did you find the basket light? and…How did you cut down the Ikea lack shelves?

    • Hi Brenda and welcome! The basket light is also from Ikea and I think that my husband just used a medium sized hack saw to cut the shelves, they are hallowish, depending on where you saw, just put a piece of painter’s tape over where you are gonna cut to protect the finish.

  15. Thanks for sharing this amazing makeover. I love love love the light and the chalkboard wall. Amazing.

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