laundry room reveal

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A few weeks ago we decided to tackle our laundry room. It was like killing two birds with one stone: It marked the space off of my 2012 to do list and qualified for the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge. I sooooo love multi-tasking!

We started by painting out the entire space in Glidden’s Crisp Linen. I have to admit: It took four coats to cover all that leftover aqua. And I used Glidden Duo – but to go from bright blue to light cream took quite a few layers.

Check out my black back door… did you EVER think you’d see me use black to paint a door? I gotta admit I’m kinda loving it!

laundry  room makeover

We brought back in our old island, which works perfectly as a folding station. Check out my new hamper – cheap as chips at $22 (found at The Home Depot), and holds an enormous amount of laundry!

And as for that surprise I’ve been tweeting about – we used corrugated metal on the wall behind the dryer, beneath our cabinets.
IMG_4749Speaking of cabinets, Mr. SCC did a beautiful job, no? We were going for farm house feel – and by George, I think we got it!
Some times form and function can be wrapped up in one little package – like in this hanging rod from Ikea. Now hanging space is right where I need it.
On the other wall, we removed the curtain, replacing it with our beloved bead board. The sturdy coat rack stayed right in place. Add in a black and white print, and I have a black and cream dream of a laundry space.
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The miracle in this redo is not the fact that we did it in one weekend…. but as of this morning my laundry is 100% caught up! For the first time is like 5 years. WHEW::That feels good! Makes me wish we woulda done it sooner 🙂


About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting…I can’t believe I made the top of the list:) Have a wonderful evening!

  2. it looks MARVELOUS darling!!!!! so industrial CHIC!!!!! you rocked this one Gina — you really did — now do you do dry cleaning!!!! : ) hugs…

  3. Fabulous makeover! Industrial chic, indeed!

  4. Your laundry room looks fantastic! I love the hanging rod – ill have to look for one of those! And the cabinets look perfect in the space.

  5. oh my goodness – beautiful job on your room and I agree on the cabinets, they have a perfect farmhouse look.

  6. One weekend – that’s amazing!! The black door, the galvanized garbage can, those fantastic cabinets – you must really love doing laundry (almost) now!

    Would love you to link up to our Imagine the Impossibilities link party going on now – where we challenged people to tackle their most daunting projects!

  7. Thanks for hosting this always fun party. I’m envious of your updated laundry room – it looks great. Sally

  8. What an amazing make-over! I love your laundry room. I wouldn’t mind doing laundry in there myself. Thanks for hosting and enjoy your evening, Gail

  9. I’m coveting your laundry room, Gina! I love the corrugated galvanized paneling behind the machines. Super cool! Everything is so neat and clean! And that you did it in a weekend is amazing. Great job all around. Thanks for hosting and I’d love for you to pop over to Cottage and Creek and enter my first ever Choose Joy Giveaway. We blog newbies need all the support we can get! Thanks 🙂

  10. Thanks for hosting! The corrugated metal idea is genius! My philosophy is, whatever gets it done in there. Personally I wish a laundry fairy!

  11. Great laundry room. Thanks for hosting such a fun party. Hugs, Marty

  12. love the galvanized farm house style going on in your laundry room. it turned out great.
    thank you for hosting this wonderful party. i’ve enjoyed browsing the links.

  13. Now that’s what I call a laundry room! I could definitely get used to that!


  14. Yea you did it! LOVE LOVE LOVE the laundry room reveal! I’ve been holding out on painting my kitchen door black; I keep arguing with myself that it would look so much better but that by the time I finally get around to it, black will be too out of style. But after seeing your door, I’m off to get the paint can!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Cute transformation in your laundry room! Thank you for hosting. Little Bit from

  16. The laundry room looks fabulous, Gina! The cabinets are amazing!

  17. Looking good Gina. Thanks for hosting.

  18. Thanks for hosting the party!

  19. okay, that is one hot laundry room now. i love the corrugated metal…but was it crazy expensive??

    regardless, it looks AMAZING!

  20. You’re laundry room looks so good, Gina. I like the cabinet doors.

  21. It looks great Gina! Reading through your post makes me want to work on my own laundry room. 🙂

  22. Your laundry room looks great. I love the cabinet doors and the corrugated walls. Perfect place to do laundry! xo Diana

  23. I dont think my laundry room could ever look so nice! Thanks for hosting!

  24. I am FREAKIN OUT about that corrugated metal! PINNING!

  25. Holy awesome! I love the black door and the metal looks fantastic!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  26. It looks great! Love the black door! Thanks for hosting!

  27. The laundry room looks a-mazing. Great great job! Lisa~

  28. I am going to redo our laundry room sometime this year and I am loving all the inspiration! Your room is very nice and big and it really turned out gorgeous!

  29. It looks great and I especially love the corrugated metal. I can’t remember where, but, I once saw a bathroom shower lined with it and I’ve been in love ever since.

    Thanks for hosting too!

  30. Wow I am loving your laundry room!!! Great job!

    Thank you so much for the party!

  31. it’s so farmhouse fantastic – wonderful job! thank you for mentioning and linking up to the Impossibilities Challenge as well!

  32. LOVE the way you hung the rod for hanging clothes!!! SO creative! Nice work – the laundry room looks beautiful!


  33. Gina, your laundry room is really beautiful!

    Really love the tin walls!

    Oh, and congrats on catching up on laundry.

    I’m not sure that’s ever going to happen around here! : )

    Thanks for hosting a great party as always!

    I linked up a few posts, but I think I’m most excited to share about how we literally built 95% of our house all by ourselves (#230). Hope you enjoy and have a great Friday!


  34. Gina, the laundry room is pretty darn wonderful! I am really liking the farmhouse look and you guys nailed it.

    We also spiffed up our laundry room ~ a lot! Had to move out a makeshift pantry and pretty up the place without spending much. You’ll have to let me know what you think..let’s see…193 & 194 are the laundry and the pantry completed.

    Thanks bunches for the link!!!

  35. Amazing, it’s only Wednesday night – not even Thursday – and I’m still #269! Oh well, it’s great to be part of something amazing! Thanks for hosting, and wonderful laundry redo!!
    btw, I’ve been reading the mom blogging for dummies book, and when I got to the part where you are featured, I wanted to say to my hubby, “Hey! I know this lady!” 🙂 Okay, not really, but love your blog every day!

    Leanne @ because (i think) i can

  36. The metal wall is really neat and I love the door black! Thanks for hosting!

  37. Love how the laundry room turned out… thank you for hosting!

  38. I’m really loving the metal wall, was it hard to cut? I think this might be one to show the hubby so we can recreate our laundry room!

  39. Awesome! Looks fantastic- very clean, modern and classic all in one.

  40. Your laundry room looks great! I love your new hamper 🙂 thanks for hosting!

  41. Good Morning! I linked up two projects today:
    When life gives you too many scarves-make a shirt! My Springy, Silky Scarf Shirt. It’s easy to make, fun to wear and looks good on everyone.
    And I created Free Bachelor Bingo that accompanies watching the Bachelor on Monday nights. It’s a great way to interact with friends or family while you’re watching!
    Have a great week!

  42. Love, love, love the garbage can as a hamper. I just spruced up my laundry room and a garbage can hamper would fit right in!! Thanks for the great idea and for hosting!!

  43. I absolutely love your laundry room! Oh the metal on the wall is my favorite.

    Question: I am curious about the metal versus damp/wet clothing resulting in rust spots.
    Did you just use a liner of some sort to avoid this?

    Hope you enjoy my antique lace napkin rings.

  44. thanks for hosting, the laundry room is adorable!

  45. Thanks for hosting! I love your blog and ideas! I’m your newest follower!!!

    Stop by sometime and say hello!


  46. I love the industrial accents! If the room did laundry on its own, it’s be super perfect 🙂

  47. OMG! I love your laundry room reveal!!!

  48. this reminds me I really need to update my laundry room

  49. Whoa! LOVE it! Can i come do my laundry at your house? 🙂

  50. Wow, your laundry room is beautiful! I love it.
    Thanks for hosting the link party.

  51. It looks great! I love your laundry hamper idea.

  52. Thank you for hosting! I hope you stop by tomorrow and link up to my I Love Fridays link party 🙂

  53. Oh I love the clean simple look of your laundry. Rustic but elegant, functional but beautiful. Well done! I am inspired.

  54. Great job! Can you tell me what color black you used to paint your door?

  55. Your laundry room looks terrific. And clean! Love the corrugated ‘backsplash’…what a great idea!

  56. I love this look and this idea. I would love to do this to my laundry room in our manufactured home. I would love to know how you hung the corrugated metal. I can’t see any screws in the picture. Any advice would be great.

    • It is screwed to the wall, I’m not quite sure why you can’t see them though. We just put up strips of wood on the walls for support, then attached it to the wood strips – similar to how you would do a metal roof.

  57. If you tint the primer the same color as your paint, it helps cover the existing color. Nice job on the laundry room.

  58. That corrogated metal wall blows me away especially in mobiles where one may not have beams as the room was never intende to be a bathroom these old mobiles 1974 were pretty basic so added some gyprock to create smaller room sub standard work at that makes me seethe doesn’t take much more time or money to make a new owners life more placid as grew up around carpenters & painters all my childhood also agree that adding color to primer sure makes a difference to new paint job on any room

  59. Great interior designing and interior furnishing!

  60. Seriously. What’s with the laundry machine facing the opposite wall? Is that a joke? Why on earth would you embarrass yourself and make a blog post about re-doing your laundry room and still have a misplaced washing machine. Sorry, but a washing machine and dryer should be placed side-by-side. 🙁

    • Gina Luker says:

      It’s the way our house was built, as are most mobile homes. While we could have ripped it all out, there’s really no need because it doesn’t bother me, it’s actually easier that way when moving laundry from one machine to the next.

  61. Like YOUR laundry room…have a similar small space in our home. I will be using beadboard half up the walls, painting the upper half. A suggestion for your Laundry Hamper can….I’d drill several small holes (maybe in a pattern) at one or two places to allow air inside. Those containers smell after a bit and bacteria grow. Maybe do it on the lid and an inconspicuous place on the body of the hamper…Like the black/white/cream and the door being black.

  62. Also love farmhouse look for a narrow bathroom & yours reminds me of the extra one only we have a small window where the door is in this picture plus have toilet & vanity with all pipes hooked upalong this tiny wall & a stackable washer /dryer near door so one can’t even go to bathroom in ours it’s so toght in that corner wrong place for a laundry room also they put in make shift linen closet on left side so it’s a disaster would love to rip out l. closet turn that opening sideways so goes out into our alcove a wasted room about 3 -31/2 feet of it could have been extended into a larger bathroom & laundry ws wondering what would you suggest for this hall way bathroom / laundry very confused / thanks Gina hope you have solution .

  63. Sydney Jean says:

    Hello. I love Laundry Rooms. Yep , I’m in the minority I know, but I love doing laundry. I have a similar looking room. Why is your washer sitting one way and the dryer up against the front of the washer like that. Is it because you don’t have very much square footage here? Aren’t the appliances about the same measurements? I don’t have enough room for a “laundry bin”. I do have room across from the washer and dryer, that’s where my waterheater is, and I have a table that collects “junk”, and a bin under for rugs or whatever, and a catbox in the corner. It might be leaving since the cat is mostly outside anymore. I also have cupboards above the washer and dryer. Pretty handy, even if they are so tall, I can’t access them without a stool. ;( I’m grateful to have them.
    Love the colors and also the tin wall.

    • Gina Luker says:

      Hi Sydney,
      It’s because I live in a mobile home and the older ones (like mine) are set up that way. I have no idea why (maybe it’s easier to run the water lines?) But that’s how it was installed when built, so we just went with it instead of reconfiguring the water lines during our renovation.


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