For Less Than $5,000, This Fresh and Frugal Laundry Room Got a Total Revamp

A do-it-yourselfer made her dingy little laundry room look brighter, happier, and surprisingly bigger by loading one wall with style and function and injecting some color.

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With windows on three walls, you'd think Jenna LeBlanc's laundry room—a back porch that was converted at some point—would have felt a little more upbeat. Instead, it was as bland as a load of whites. So Jenna and her husband, Lucas, gave the 5×13-foot space in their Tampa home a boost.

before and after comp small laundry room
Courtesy of Jenna LeBlanc, Hector Sanchez

Jenna and Lucas chose to start their room-by-room revamp with the laundry as a way to check something small off the list. They spent about three weeks of nights and weekends on it. For ease, most of the materials and products came from one source: Lowe's. They spent less than $5,000 (including appliances), with the rolling pullout coming in at only $50.

Their top-to-bottom makeover included painting the ceiling, installing storage, and customizing a new tile floor. Now "laundry day is way more fun than it used to be," says Jenna, who blogs at Jenna Sue Design.

laundry room pullout unit
Hector Sanchez

Jenna centered her efforts on the main wall of the laundry room, combining storage solutions with a few cosmetic upgrades.

1. Wood Counters

Choosing a front-load washer instead of a top-load meant Jenna could add a countertop. She and Lucas cut the 6-foot-long butcher block to fit wall to wall and secured it to a ledge made from 1×4s attached to a 2×4 frame. The U-shape support runs across the back wall but only halfway along the side walls so it's not visible from the front.

2. Floating Shelves

Jenna cut a second countertop into shelves, positioning one in the center of the window for visual balance. Scrap butcher block became cleats at each end. Like the counter, a weathered oak stain finishes the shelves.

3. Rolling Storage

Jenna turned the space between the dryer and the wall into hidden storage. Inspired by a Pinterest project, she built an 8-inch-wide shelving unit from pine to house supplies. The unit includes sides made from 1×4s to keep everything in place. For full access, it rolls out on casters like a narrow cart.

penny tiles fresh design
Hector Sanchez

4. Painted Ceiling

Jenna left the stucco walls as is, painted the existing paneled ceiling a soft green. The ceiling color is Softened Green SW 6177 by Sherwin-Williams.

5. Penny Floor Tiles

Jenna replaced the old floor tile with Bedrosians 360 porcelain penny tiles in White, Charcoal, and Silver Sage ($21/square foot, Lowe's). Medium-gray grout provides contrast.

Penny tiles peel off from mesh backing so you can easily swap one color for another. When installing these small round tiles, "You have to be super precise, as every imperfection will be obvious," Jenna says. She suggests using a graphics editing program like Photoshop (graph paper also works) to experiment with designs. For ease, choose a pattern that incorporates whole tiles.

If you need to cut a penny tile for proper fit, use tile nippers and practice first on spare tiles. Be prepared to move quickly across the floor, lining up the sheets of tiles before the mortar dries. "Don't rush or get too confident and not double-check measurements," Jenna says. "Always measure twice; cut once."

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Kendra Surface

Kendra Surface is a photo stylist and home design professional with more than 10 years of experience. She works with photographers to create beautifully curated spaces to be published in magazines and in advertising campaigns. In addition to styling a space, she also scouts locations and curates the space for her clients. She has worked with brands like Garden & Gun magazine, Belk, Hunter Douglas, and more.

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