Welcome to Kelli's Olympic Nest's tale of how we are creating a home we love through thrifty DIY projects, crafty ideas, and a willingness to get dirty. In between, there's the stories reminding us to also live the life you love. 

How to add rustic farm style charm to your laundry room without spending a fortune

How to add rustic farm style charm to your laundry room without spending a fortune

The dirty room--dun, dun, duuun. I'm pretty sure when they designed our modular home the laundry room was an after thought. Nice open space with vaulted ceilings--check. Three bedrooms and a media room with french doors--check. Master bath with double sink vanity, shower stall and a nook with one giant tub--check, check, and check. And then the realization there's little room for the washer and dryer. 

My laundry area just so happens to be located as you walk in from the back door. It's also where shoes are taken off and coats, hats, work clothes are shed. As modular homes go, this is one design feature I wish I had taken more time to think about. Needless to say, it's the dirty room I desperately wanted to change.

DIY Laundry Room Makeover

small laundry room gets a rustic makeover

Over the years I have tried hiding the space from our kitchen dining nook. I put a tension bar across the space and hung a curtain. It just got in the way. Then I added a shelf and tried adding some country storage charm. Even tried hiding the plumbing and emergency shut-off boxes. But let's be real. Though it was an improvement, I didn't quite achieve the clean and stylish look I envisioned.

I wanted the space to be highly functional. Something like this from cravingsomecreativity would fit my needs. Love the cabinet and open shelves. Rachel did such a nice job taking her drab laundry room and turning it into a clean and happy place to wash and dry the laundry.

I also am loving the wood shelving that seems to be flooding my Pinterest feed. So this idea also appealed to me from Brandi's laundry room makeover over at Don't Disturb This Groove.


How to makeover a laundry room without spending a dime

Another goal was to keep the cost to a minimum. Paint, shelving, and a drywall screws, stain, etc., etc., etc.

But what if I could create a space that was functional, stylish and didn't cost me a thing? What if I already had everything I needed; I just needed to re-imagine the space?

We had a lot of leftover lumber from our outdoor projects (2 X 6s) that I thought had potential. I wanted to paint the walls white and thought I would have to wait until our next trip to town but low-and-behold I found a gallon of white paint. Whoo-hoo! Umm, I may need to take an inventory of my paint supply.

I sketched out my plans and got to work.

First I painted the lower half navy blue which is the same color I used on my accent wall. Then I painted the upper half white...which led me to painting the whole kitchen white. Not part of the plan. Sigh.

Once the lumber was cut to size and sanded, I screwed each cleat to the wall studs. Then followed the same process for the shelves.

It's starting to come together.

DIY Rustic Shelves

I home shopped for the collapsible bins and galvanized tub. The bins hold Hubby's work clothes which used to be stored in a plastic tub.

diy laundry room makeover

As you can see I lowered the white shelf which just about covers the plumbing and turn-off valve. The handmade laundry sign covers the top part of each one. Much better solution than the fabric covers, don't you think?

I just love it when you are struck with a good idea. This mysterious vintage garage sale find has been moved around several houses as well as different locations. Always it has played the decor role. When I saw it resting on the floor (you should see my craft room right now--yikes!), I knew it was going to serve a completely new purpose.

It's perfect for Hubby's work pants to hang until the next morning.

rustic coat hanger

I added another rustic shelf following the same process as the bottom one. Peek-a-boo, I see you Mr. Cast Iron Dutch Oven. The shelf is sturdy enough to store this guy and is somewhat tucked away behind the greenery (thanks to some more home shopping-wink).

laundry room gets a rustic style makeover
decor ideas
vintage box decor

I'm pretty happy with the end result. The shelves are deep and sturdy enough for my storage needs. The dirty room is now functional and stylish.

Instead of looking at this from the kitchen table...

laundry room gets a rustic makeover

we see this...

DIY rustic shelves

Best of all it didn't cost me a dime. 

What do you think? How have you been inspired to frugally change a space? 

Drop me a comment and tell me all about it and if you don't mind, share with your friends.


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