Laundry room before ($100 Room Challenge)

Happy New year!  I am so excited to jump back into tackling projects and working on the house again after the holidays!  And even better I am starting off participating in the $100, One Month, One Room challenge with several other bloggers.

If you are new to the $100 Room Challenge basically you aim to makeover one room, in one month with $100 or less.  Erin at Lemons, Lavender and Laundry began the challenge and you can read more about it here.  This is my 3rd time participating in the challenge  – the first room I worked on was our guest bathroom, and the second room I did was our mudroom.  Those rooms came out amazing and I loved the challenge to get it all completed in a month and for $100 or less.

So for this round of the challenge I am going to be working on our laundry room.

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Our laundry room is in desperate need of some work!  I haven’t done anything in here since we moved in except moved stuff in – it needs some repairs to the walls (lots of holes and anchors left behind), paint, functional storage, new flooring, and much more.  It is a weird room but it has a lot of potential.

It has a long narrow hallway leading to the back where the washer and dryer are in a little nook.

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I plan on using this room in 2 ways – the hall will become a larger mudroom with shoe/jacket storage with hooks on the wall and a bench, and the laundry area will be more of a laundry room with some overflow pantry/household necessities storage.  For this month and this challenge I plan to focus only on the laundry room part.  Of course the whole room will get painted but the rest of my work will be in this back portion.

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So here’s my plan on what I will tackle this month:

1. paint the room – thinking this will be a really light gray color

2. add cabinets above the washer/dryer – I actually bought a set of cabinets a while back at a Habitat Restore so they need to be painted and installed.

3. Build shelves between the cabinets

4. Build a long shelf over the washer/dryer

5. Add some kind of hanging rod because I’m taking the white shelf down

6. Add decor

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I have the paint already so that is free, but the cabinets cost $40-50 (I need to find the receipt), and with the rest of the wood I need to buy, my budget is going to be tight!  So I will be working with things I already have like decor and baskets for storage and spray painting or DIYing some other things.

My vision is light gray walls, darker gray cabinets, dark stained wood shelves and some farmhouse decor.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Smile

Each Wednesday this month I’ll be sharing an update post and the last Wednesday of the month will be the final reveal.

Check out all the other bloggers participating in the challenge and what room they are tackling at the links below:


  1. Long narrow spaces are always a challenge – I can’t wait to see what you do in here!

  2. I can totally see gray working great in there. I need all the laundry room inspo I can get so I’m definitely cheering you on.

  3. You have a great blank space! It’s going to be lovely!

  4. Hi Christina, I’m excited to see what you do with this space. Have fun!

  5. How fun! I loved your other projects.

  6. I’m excited to see what you do with your space and budget. Christina, you always do an amazing job!

  7. Looking forward to it! My laundry room needs some updating, so could use the inspiration?

  8. Can’t wait to follow along and see what you do with your laundry room!

  9. Can’t wait to see what you do! I did my laundry room last year and I love it so much more now! Still don’t love laundry…but it’s at least cute and functional now 🙂

  10. Your first $100 Room Challenge is still one of my all-time favorites! The transformation was incredible! Can’t wait to see how you work with this laundry space! So excited to have you participating again!

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