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$100 Laundry Room Remodel {Week 4}

See how to update a room on a budget. This laundry room remodel is being done for only $100.

Lots of creative ideas for inexpensive home improvements and budget decorating.

See how to update a room on a budget. This laundry room remodel is being done for only $100. Lots of creative ideas for inexpensive home improvements and budget decorating.

It’s week 4 of the $100 laundry room remodel and I am starting to see the light!

There were a lot of small projects accomplished this week which led up to a big impact in the space. I am finally seeing the vision come together and it’s making me so excited.

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Thankfully there are 5 weeks in this month’s challenge so I have an extra 7 days to finish things off. I’m crossing my fingers I can get it all done.

If you missed any of the other weeks, you can see them here:

WEEK 1 || WEEK 2 || WEEK 3

The $100 laundry room remodel is coming along! See the week 4 progress at

This week I knocked 4 things off the list (and that leaves me with 4 more for the last week). This week I:

  1. Painted the stackable laundry basket storage and old cabinets;
  2. Patched all those holes in the walls and touched up the paint;
  3. Covered up the dryer exhaust tube in the corner of the room;
  4. Built a shelf to go behind washer & dryer.

Now the laundry room is starting to look like a room I might enjoy spending some time.

It's week 4 of the $100 laundry room makeover and I am starting to see the light! There were a lot of small projects accomplished this week which led up to a big impact in the space. I am finally seeing the vision come together. See the progress.

Painting the Cabinets

When I took those free cabinets from my parents old kitchen, I knew someday I would paint them. It’s embarrassing how long I lived with those old cabinets because painting them wasn’t that big of deal!

Actually painting the cabinets was down right fast and easy, it was painting the stackable laundry basket storage that was a pain (I really had to get inside those cubbies and it killed my back).

Don't be afraid of painting cabinets. See how easy it was to update these 1970s cabinets for our laundry room remodel.

To prep the cabinets for paint, I first had to fix a couple of them. The cabinets were originally hung next to a corner cabinet in my parents kitchen so the edges were angled.

This caused them to not sit flush next to each other. And is why the cabinets were hung in this configuration. The angled sides were on the outside of the cabinets.

To make these cabinets work for the space, we needed to remove the angled facia.

Making them flush was simple! I used my Kreg AccuCut and a circular saw. The AccuCut was super easy to set up. I placed the edge right along the edge of the cabinet facia that needed to be cut.

Then ran the circular saw down it. In about 3 minutes I had both cabinets squared up! Why did I wait so long?

Using a circular saw and guide track, I was able to easily square up the edges of the cabinets. Now they fit in our laundry room remodel.

My sweet husband sanded down the facia of the three cabinets and the entire stackable laundry basket storage unit since he knew how much I hate sanding (and I was sick).

Then they were ready for paint. I knew I wanted to add purple to the space. It’s my favorite color. And a laundry room is definitely a place you can be a bit more adventurous. So why not purple cabinets?

I chose a warm, grayish purple from Behr called Classy Plum. And it is exactly that! A beautiful, classy purple for a modern farmhouse laundry room.

I love this beautiful purple cabinet color. The $100 laundry room remodel is almost done, see the week 4 progress.

For the first coat, I used just a paint brush and carefully got into all the corners. I even painted around the inside of the cabinet facia. The latex paint went on super easily on the sanded cabinet surface.

It was a bit streaky after the first coat, but that is to be expected. I let it dry overnight before applying the second coat.

Painting the cabinets purple for the laundry room remodel. I love this beautiful warm, gray purple.

This time I used the paint brush to still get into all the corners, but used a small foam roller to paint all the flat surfaces.

The foam roller ensures I have no brush marks. It took 2/3rds of a quart of paint to give the cabinets 2 coats of paint. I am hopeful that the remaining 1/3 will be plenty for the cabinet doors.

See how easy it was to paint the cabinets in our laundry room to update them. I love this soft purple color.

After letting it dry overnight again, I added a little protection layer to my paint with a coat of wax. I love using wax for a clear coat on paint because it is so fast and easy to apply, but really does protect the surface from normal use.

Both the painted pieces in my office & craft room were protected in wax and they still look like new after a year.

Then the cabinets were ready to reinstall!

My husband did the heavy lifting. I secured the basket shelf to the wall with a couple screws into studs and then lined the cabinets up on top of it.

To ensure all the cabinets had solid wood to attach them to, we added 2 1×3 boards to the wall secured into the studs and then it was easy to secure the cabinets to the 1×3 boards. Otherwise, the small cabinet wouldn’t have had a stud behind it and that would be bad!

Reinstall the purple painted cabinets with 1x3s secured into the walls to make it easier.

I was so excited to have my cabinets back. I quickly loaded them back up! All those light bulbs (we might be a bit obsessed with light bulbs) and cleaning supplies were really cluttering up the family room. But now I need to get the new cabinet doors built and painted. Then it will look amazing!

Easy Dryer Vent Cover

I knew I wanted to cover up the dryer vent in the corner of the laundry room. It just looked so unfinished with the metal tube running up to the ceiling.

I had some 1/4″ plywood left over from the shiplap we installed in our farmhouse entryway mudroom. It was the perfect solution to make an easy dryer vent cover.

I cut 2 strips of plywood 5 3/8″ wide with my Kreg AccuCut (seriously I love this thing). They were about 3′ long which was enough to cover the dryer vent to below the dryer and soon to be shelf.

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Using scrap wood, we built an easy dryer vent cover for our laundry room remodel.

I also cut a couple scraps of approximately 1×1 wood to the same length of the plywood. One of the pieces was attached to the plywood with wood glue and finishing nails at the edge.

Then the second piece of plywood was attached to the corner of the scrap wood and plywood to create an L shape. It was secured with more wood glue and finishing nails.

This easy dryer vent cover is the perfect way to finish off the laundry room remodel.

To attach it to the wall around the dryer vent, I used 2 more 1×1 scraps and attached them to the wall next to the dryer vent. I used construction adhesive and 2 1/2″ long finishing nails.

See how we easily attached a dryer vent cover to the wall to hide the ugly dryer vent.

Then the plywood L was placed over these scraps of wood and secured with glue and more finishing nails. Easy as that!

It's amazing how much better this laundry room remodel looks with the dryer vent cover.

All the holes in the walls (that were not going to be covered up with cabinets or tile) were filled with putty. Then I used some left over wall paint and gave the walls a couple quick coats to cover the holes and make it look clean again.

I also painted the dryer vent cover with a couple coats of the wall paint and it just blends right in. No more eyesore in the corner of my laundry room.

I love this dryer vent cover! It makes the laundry room look finished since there is not longer a vent going up the wall.

Faux Barnwood Shelf

The final big piece of the laundry room remodel was adding a shelf behind the washer and dryer.

The lid to our washing machine cannot open all the way with the cabinets above it unless it is pulled out about 10″ from the wall. There is a whole lot that can fall behind a washing machine when you have a 10″ gap.

The shelf should help fix this problem and allow a place to store frequently used things like laundry detergent.

This beautiful barnwood shelf is perfect for our modern farmhouse laundry room remodel. See how to fake aged barnwood with this budget solution.

We had a couple 2x6x12 boards left over from our outdoor kitchen and dining room project last year that we never got around to returning. I was sure I could find a way to use them.

And it only took one 2x6x12 to make our laundry room shelf! 

I secured the two pieces of 2×6 together with pockets holes from my Kreg Jig and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. Then gave it a good sanding and it was time to turn it into barnwood.

My favorite way to create a beautifully aged wood patina is with a homemade aged wood accelerator. I used this on my farmhouse coffee table and the farmhouse console table.

It does take a bit of preparation ahead of time but is so worth it. You have to soak a piece of steel wool in vinegar for at least 3 days. I let mine soak for a week, then removed the steel wool so that it wouldn’t continue to rust. Then I always have my favorite stain ready to go.

For this shelf, I used a homemade natural stain made from vinegar and coffee. The tannins in the coffee react with the vinegar to create a beautiful barnwood color.

I started by rubbing the surface with the vinegar mixture. I buy staining rags in bulk to have on hand for projects (they are great for staining, waxing, and clean up with all those DIYs).

Make sure to wear gloves with this DIY stain because it will stain your hands badly (and it doesn’t wash off)! Then immediately after the vinegar mixture, I rubbed the surface with strong brewed coffee.

I bought some inexpensive k-cups to try and they were awful. But I keep them around so I can quickly brew a cup of coffee for staining instead.

This homemade barnwood stain reacts with the wood to create a beautifully aged wood finish.

Let the wood react to the stain. It doesn’t appear immediately. But you will see it age and darken over time (about an hour or two).

Let it dry overnight before applying any sealer to it. I still have to seal our beautiful barnwood shelf, but already I love the way it looks in the laundry room.

I love this beautiful barnwood finish. You can turn any wood into barnwod with this inexpensive stain.

To hang the shelf behind the washer and dryer, I used some inexpensive shelf brackets. These were actually used in the laundry room to hold up a shelf before we inherited the cabinets from my parents.

Luckily I never through any DIY or crafting stuff away. I was able to reuse them to hang the new shelf. Make sure the shelf brackets are in studs though, because this 2×6 barnwood shelf is heavy!

Use inexpensive shelf brackets to hang a shelf behind your washer & dryer. See the progress of the $100 laundry room remodel.

That was a lot this week, but it was totally worth it! I just love how things are coming together.

  • Paint for cabinets $14 (for paint, had painting supplies on hand)
  • Patch holes and touch up walls $0 (had leftover of the wall paint on hand)
  • Find creative way to cover the dryer exhaust tube $0 (used scrap wood and paint on hand)
  • Build shelf behind washer & dryer $0 (used wood on hand and homemade stain)


It's week 4 of the $100 laundry room remodel! See the progress at

That leaves me with $32 left in the budget to finish the laundry room remodel! I know my new almost flush mount light fixture is $15 so I’m hoping to be able to finish the rest of the list with a measly $17. Do you think I can do it?

  • Stencil laundry room floor $19
  • Stackable laundry basket storage $35
  • Find creative way to cover the dryer exhaust tube $0
  • Patch holes and touch up wall paint $0
  • Paint cabinets $14
  • Build shelf behind washer & dryer $0
  • Lower cabinets and install a new light so I can have all the doors working
  • Build new doors for the cabinets
  • Tile shelf backsplash
  • Add lots of pretty stuff!

Now time to get back to work so I can get it all done! While I do that, check out the week 4 progress of all the other amazing $100 Room Challenge remodels.

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

Erin- Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Friday 2nd of February 2018

That staining method is the craziest thing I've seen. I am SO trying it. The shelf turned out just beautifully! And the cabinets? Isn't it crazy how we put off small projects for so long, and then when we actually do them, we wonder why it took us so long to get around to it? That's why I love these challenges. I actually get stuff done. :) Heading over to your reveal.


Monday 5th of February 2018

I can't believe you have not tried this staining method before! Its my favorite and looks so good. This challenge really does help me get motivated to finally tackle those things I have been putting off!


Sunday 28th of January 2018

I am in love with that Classy Plum color! Very nice choice. I can't wait to see your finished room


Monday 5th of February 2018

Thanks Jackie! I love the color too.


Friday 26th of January 2018

Love your Laundry Room Makeover!!!! One question....your plug in for the washing machine what are your plans for it? Could you unscrew the shelf, notch out a space for the cord and reattach the shelf?


Monday 5th of February 2018

You read my mind! I hadn't actually secured the shelf yet because I was waiting until I could notch out a place for the cord!


Wednesday 24th of January 2018

Oh I love what you did to cover that dryer vent! So simple!


Friday 26th of January 2018

Thanks! I have always hated it in the corner, I should have covered it long ago ;)


Wednesday 24th of January 2018

Your room is looking great! I love how the cubbies look against the tile! Very pretty!


Friday 26th of January 2018

Thanks so much Emy! I am loving how the colors are coming together. So excited for the final stretch.

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