Keep reading to see how to update a laundry on a small budget. Yes you can do it yourself and make a big change for little dollars. SWIPE BELOW TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE…..
While our little house may be only 7 years old, it is amazing how your tastes and styles change in short periods. When we built the property I loved my simple laundry, however I never put enough thought into design and storage when we were in the planning stage. Instead, I thought I would just throw up some open shelves and leave it at that.
The problem with open shelves is they look great when fully styled and kept neat, however they look terrible when they are messy and over stacked as mine constantly ended up like. So the main goal was to add a new cabinet that I could hide my mess.
The room was quite dark and needed a general update and refresh with new artwork and decor.
So I set about changing the storage issue and generally making the room lighter and more inviting to actually go in there and do my washing without dread. I sat down with my Room Project Planner Printable and my Project Action List Printable and worked out what I was going to do and how to bring my ideas to life.
These two printables are available in my Shop and an affordable way to get your ideas and plans out of your head and onto paper. You can print and reuse for every new project and I have found them invaluable to keep me on track and bring my plans to life.
Along with added new storage, the room needed a freshen up and I decided to paint the walls white and add a pop of colour to the existing Ikea Cabinets. I was never happy with the current Ikea benchtop as it was an orange shade so I knew I wanted to sand and stain it a lighter colour. Keeping the existing cabinetry and benchtop certainly keeps it budget friendly and its amazing what paint and stain can do.
(More Detailed Steps on Painting of Ikea Cabinets are here)
- Remove all items off shelves, benches and walls. Unscrew shelves and artwork. Remove handles from cupboards.
- Fill holes and allow to dry ready for sanding.
- Sand bench ready for staining.
- Sand filled holes and wipe down all walls ready for painting of walls
- Apply 3 x coats of paint allowing drying time in between (a good tip is to use Glad Wrap to cover the paint in between so it doesn’t dry out).
- Wipe cabinetry down with a degreaser, give one coat of primer and within 2 hours while still tacky apply 2 x coast of acrylic enamel paint using foam roller.
- Hang cupboard using suitable bracing, we used pine screwed into the studs to ensure it had strong anchor points.
- Stain and varnish the benchtop.
- Reattach handles to cupboard.
- Add decor, hang frames and enjoy your new space.
Click on photo to find out more about the products I used.
THE FINAL RESULT
So as you can see I easily managed to transform my space and was able to update a laundry on a small budget. Why not sit down and plan how you can achieve a similar result and make sure you check out my Shop for all my helpful printables and affordable wall art.
I created the wall art and you can purchase your own digital copy by clicking images below. Simply purchase, download and take file to a printer like Officeworks. I chose the standard colour A2 poster and they were $10 each. The frames were from Kmart and you can find them here, once again budget friendly of $12 each.
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