Hello and welcome to The Old Summers Home. 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 I was on for this makeover. With being a bit resourceful you can find ways to really cut your cost 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.
Let’s add some farmhouse charm to the laundry room
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.
The beauty of building a pallet wall behind your washer 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!
Add some 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 remodelling their Kitchen and throwing away all their old cabinets I became super excited! I had no idea where I would put them but we brought them home and reassembled a few pieces and ideas came popping into my head like crazy.
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 cupboards 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 some Rustic shelves
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 which you may have seen in our initial before and after post. 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 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 x4 feet, which allows plenty of room for folding and stacking.
This laundry room table was made out of pallets and repurposing the old cubby unit we used for the shelve above the washer, therefore 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 hahaha!
Utilize a farmhouse paint pallet
Prior to starting this room makeover, I knew I wanted a teal colour scheme and I wanted to pull it together and make it speak farmhouse. I believe the mint colour (Splash by premier paints at Canadian tire) was the colour to do just that. It’s light and subtle and bright with a huge impact.
To me, all I can picture is an old antique ladder painted in this colour. I just knew it was a must-have for this room. I have no regrets- it’s light, bright and cheery too!
Laundry room coin holder
Adding a laundry room coin holder that you customize to your space is another great way to add some charm. I repurposed some barn wood and threw ours together in a couple of hours. It’s cute and has a purpose as well as being shabby chic.
You can find our laundry room change holder tutorial here to make your own.
Lost Sock basket
I had been wanting to make 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.
This basket is rustic and makes sorting socks a snap. The edges are twine-wrapped so no need to bend the wire around and around and around. You can customize your little wood sign to whatever you would like. I chose to add a bit of humour.
Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
Nothing screams farmhouse like mason jars so when I saw this Mason Jar Drink Dispenser at Canadian Tire 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.
Don’t you just love it? It’s the only item I purchased to go in the decor for this room. And it is completely worth it in my opinion. These can be very pricey so keep your eye out for a good sale!
Mason Jar Set
As mentioned above I love the look of mason jars and they are so easy to utilize in many different ways. I may have begun to hoard mason jars in my kitchen pantry hahaha shhh don’t tell.
These were incredibly simple to make and add a lot of farmhouse charm in an affordable way. I simply gathered mason jars in all sorts of styles and sizes, then I cut out some labels using my silhouette cameo and applied them. All that was left was to fill them and arrange on our new laundry room shelf.
I also cut out a few more labels for a couple of glass vases and used one for dryer sheets and the other for clothespins. I added a bit of burlap and lace with a hot glue gun to make them a bit more elegant.
These make finding what I need fast and efficient. They are so simple and yet so farmhouse chic. I love that the metal lids and rims give an industrial to feel to the shabby chic vibe. It’s incredible how simple and cheap yet so dramatic this is.
Add a rustic wooden toolbox
I couldn’t find a wooden toolbox that would fit my space and give the look I wanted so I simply created one. It was quick to make and I will add a tutorial of how to do it yourself one of these days. You will be amazed how quickly you can make one of these farmhouse chic wooden toolboxes.
They are perfect for holding little extras in your laundry room and keeping them organized I store my Unstoppables and scissors inside my little toolbox.
Wicker baskets in your farmhouse laundry room
I love baskets and I quite possible hoard these for some reason haha. I like to use rags for cleaning and we seem to accumulate a lot of them. Large wicker baskets are perfect for storing them and look great on the top shelf in our laundry room space.
Don’t forget the trash can
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 Dollarama and added the word ‘trash’ to it. Galvanized metal is a great way to add some industrial farmhouse charm to any room.
Our Farmhouse Family Gallery Wall in our Laundry Room
Recently we added in a Family Gallery Wall, completely made of DIY projects. You can find all of the projects that went into it on the Gallery wall post with links to corresponding tutorials. This wall has really made our Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover perfectly customized to our family!
The Final Touches- Farmhouse Decor
The final farmhouse touches were done by adding in some decor. This has changed over the past few months as I like to change things up and reorganize every now and then. When I clean this area up I seem to add some little tweak to it. I love being able to make simple changes throughout our home.
For Christmas, my family bought me a gorgeous sign because they knew I have a passion for shiplap haha. I love it and it fits perfectly on my little shelf.
I also added in my DIY Vintage book set. These are just a cute farmhouse addition to the room. In as little as 10 minutes you can add these recycled books to any room in your house the perfect farmhouse decor idea!
I painted up a few old flower pots I had found at a garage sale and sometimes have one or two of these in the laundry area too.
I found a cute little bonsai tree and succulent at Dollarama that adds a nice green and natural vibe to the area. These are so cute I can’t wait to get more. Best of all I don’t have to water them haha. However, I did find a cute little watering can and painted it flat white to add to the decor as well.
I had a cute little antique travel iron for years so I put that on display as well.
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 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 haha.
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 feel 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 lacey 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 this 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 Favourite way to add Farmhouse Charm?
I would love to hear which of these tutorials and ideas were your favourite! 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!
I have a really hard time narrowing down my favourite farmhouse addition to this room. However, I will say that my laundry room table and shutters get used the most. The table keeps me much more organized than I was before.
Another one of my favourite projects that took place in our mudroom/ laundry room makeover is our Entryway Bench featuring Shiplap Walls!
Thank you all so much for coming to The Old Summers Home today. I hope you enjoyed this post and that we see you again soon!
Until next time;
The Old Summers Home