DIY Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover | 10+ Affordable Ways
Looking for ideas for your own DIY farmhouse laundry room? Today we are going to show you 15+ affordable ways to add farmhouse charm to your laundry room makeover on a budget!
What a lot of people don’t realize is that you can create an amazing new look even if you are on an extremely tight budget. And an extremely tight budget was what I was on for this makeover. By being a bit resourceful, you can find ways to really cut your costs and save your money for the big renovations you have been dreaming of!
Adding farmhouse charm is easy to do and today we are sharing our secrets to our laundry room makeover.
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DIY Farmhouse Laundry Room Ideas
Build a Rustic Pallet Wall
A pallet wall is an easy and affordable way to add some rustic farmhouse charm to any room in your house. When we created our pallet wall we made sure to strap the wall so that it would be strong enough to handle a few cupboards and some shelves.
You can add a pallet wall to create a farmhouse feel in any room. This one is in our laundry room, and was the first thing we did last year in our laundry room renovation.
The beauty of building a pallet wall behind your washing machine and dryer is that you don’t need to do it all the way to the floor but rather a bit past the height of your laundry appliances. This creates an amazing rustic farmhouse look in as little as a few hours.
Check out how we made our pallet wall and get the full tutorial!
Add Cupboards to Your Farmhouse Laundry Room
I don’t know about you but I love to save money any which way I can! So when I heard that someone was remodeling their kitchen and throwing away all their old cabinets, I became super excited!
We didn’t have all of the pieces so I had to get a bit creative and rebuild them. After that, all they needed was a bit of elbow grease, a fresh coat of flat white paint and some new hardware.
These cabinets were actually made out of steel so they were nice and light to hang. For our lower cabinet, I used a piece of laminated pine shelving to make the countertop. I stained it with dark walnut and ebony and added a coat of polyurethane to protect it.
I had picked up some handles from Habitat for Humanity’s Restore (another great place to pick up cupboards at an affordable price) gave them a couple of coats of charcoal spray paint and sealed with spray polyurethane.
Because the cabinets previously had knobs I had to drill a few extra holes but they really pulled them together nicely.
The new cabinets work amazing for storing extra soap and dryer sheets as well as storing light bulbs, batteries etc. Most importantly I keep my harsh cleaners in these now and feel safer knowing they are out of the children’s reach even a bit more than before.
I have no idea how I managed with no cupboards in our laundry area before.
Add Rustic Shelves for Storage Space
We added two shelves between the two upper cabinets by utilizing some scrap wood we had leftover from past projects and stained them to match the countertop for our ‘new’ lower cabinet. I love the extra display room we now have thanks to these shelves and they help keep me organized.
Next, we used a piece of scrap leftover from our old cubby unit that I tore apart when we put in the pallet wall. We used some shelf brackets and placed it right above the laundry room appliances. I was so excited to have this new shelf and room for all my functional decor ideas to be displayed.
These shelves are essential to making this small laundry room area efficient. I keep all of my most commonly used items on these shelves. They also give me the decor aspect I absolutely love and cherish!
Add a Farmhouse Laundry Room Table
The herringbone laundry room table we built especially for this room makes a big impact and is completely versatile. It is the perfect height for me so that my back doesn’t ache from folding 20 loads of laundry.
It has room for 4 full laundry baskets underneath on the shelving. The top is 2 feet by 4 feet, which allows plenty of room for folding and stacking.
This folding table was made out of pallets and repurposing the old cubby unit we used for the shelves above the washer, so everything ties together well.
Because most of the wood used for this project was repurposed or leftover from past projects the price was minimal.
Add Farmhouse Shutters
If you have a window in your laundry area it’s a great opportunity to add some farmhouse charm to it. There are many ways to do just that. I wanted something that added some privacy but made a huge impact as far as rustic, farmhouse shabby chic goes. A huge added bonus is that they will keep the hottest part of the day out of the laundry room.
Using pallets, these were simple and nearly free to put together. Check out our farmhouse shutters tutorial to see how to make your own quickly and easily!
Add Farmhouse trim to your laundry area
Our farmhouse trim tutorial is the most cost-effective way to trim an entire room. Yes, it’s a bit more time consuming but in my opinion totally worth it. We did our entire mudroom laundry room area for under $40 including windows and doors completed in one day (a long day but time well spent).
The trim speaks farmhouse charm like you would not believe, the contrast against the walls is profound. I love the extra charm it brings to this room so much that I eventually hope to change out the trim throughout the entire house!
Of course, the hundreds of dollars we saved making our own trim is absolutely amazing too!
Utilize a Farmhouse Paint Palette
A fresh coat of white paint can do wonders for any room, and it can make a huge difference in lighting if your laundry room doesn’t have a window!
I used a light teal color in my laundry room, but a nice neutral or even stark white walls work well for a farmhouse theme. You could even go with a coat of pastel paint – maybe a light dusty blue or sage green – if you want a little pop in your wall paint color!
Lost Sock Basket
I had been wanting a wire basket for sometime when I decided to come up with a solution to our many lost socks. At first, I thought of a cute little sign that I could hang the unmatched pairs but that was quickly dismissed being that we seem to have a never-ending pile of lost socks.
I made my own wire baskets, but this vintage style basket is a much cuter option! I love the sign that says, “lost socks seeking solemates.”
Plus it comes with a jar for loose change and a sign that says “Mom’s tip jar.” Perfect for storing all the money that somehow always ends up in the laundry!
Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
Nothing screams farmhouse like mason jars so when I saw this Mason Jar Drink Dispenser I just had to have it! My hubby thought I had lost my mind when I told him it will be the perfect laundry room soap dispenser. Ours leaks a bit slow but all I do to solve that issue is add in some water to the laundry soap and stir. Now it dispenses a bit faster and still helps us save on using too much soap.
This laundry detergent dispenser set is another great option if you don’t want to make your own!
Laundry Room Rug
If you’re planning to stand in your laundry room to fold clothes, then you’re going to want a comfy rug to stand on while you work! I love that this one is non-slip and also washable, because no rug ever stays clean in my house. It makes a great focal point in an otherwise boring room!
We all have some lint that needs to be tossed as well as dryer sheets if use them. I simply took a metal galvanized vase from the dollar store and added the word ‘trash’ to it. Galvanized metal is a great way to add some industrial farmhouse charm to any room.
This farmhouse style lint bin is perfect for keeping your laundry space clean, and doubles as a little farmhouse decor on your open shelves!
Future plans for our Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover
As with any room in my home, I’m always collecting ideas for future projects and other decor ideas I want to add. I’m keeping my eye out for an old washboard to add to the wall above the coin holder.
Someday I would love to build a ladder and suspend it from the ceiling above the laundry room table. Picture it done in that gorgeous mint teal and distressed. I would use it as a drying rack for hanging laundry items like dresses and dress shirts.
There are so many ideas I have for a laundry room sign to add to the top shelf. However, I have yet been able to decide on just one design.
Eventually, I would like to make a wooden light fixture to hang in the laundry room. I already have the design planned and my wood picked out. Now I just need to find some spare time to make it.
I actually started to make my rolling laundry room cart but threw out my back and have not finished it yet. Perhaps I should get back on that for a future DIY tutorial. A rolling cart will help my girls bring the dirty laundry across the main floor easily. Plus it will add a bit of an industrial look too if I can make what I’m picturing in my head. I just have to try it for myself!
I have been searching for the perfect lacy fabric to use on my laundry room window. The lace will go directly onto the glass. When we have the shutters open we will still maintain some privacy. I think a mint lace would go gorgeous in this area. If and when I find this I’ll be sure to show you all how it worked out.
Thank you for Coming to Check out our Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover
I hope you enjoyed seeing all of our ideas put together to create this new space. I enjoyed redesigning our beautiful laundry room and finding great new ways to make it functional and organized.
Stay tuned so that you don’t miss any of the new great ways to add farmhouse charm on a budget. Creating beauty does not always have to be expensive but you need to be creative.
What is your Favorite way to add Farmhouse Charm?
I would love to hear which of these tutorials and ideas were your favorite! Which do you think you will give a try? Do you have some farmhouse charm in your laundry room already? Would love to hear about it!
Amanda is a mom of 4 living a mostly crunchy lifestyle outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 dogs, and a cat. As a former special education teacher who also has her personal training certification — Amanda really enjoys teaching others how to do things!
When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys DIY projects, exercising, photography, hiking, and long walks through Target.