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A Garage Laundry Room Makeover

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My parents laundry room area is located in the garage, and quite frankly, an eye sore. If you have to do laundry it should be in a pretty space! So that’s what I set out to do for them.

before garage laundry room makeover

This is the before…cringe-worthy ha! Zero storage, patched walls that need a fresh coat of paint and a very low sink.

The first thing I did was clear the space. Removed the floating shelves, patched holes and gave it a coat of paint in my favorite white – SW Pure White.

While we wanted the space to look beautiful, we didn’t want to invest a lot of money in tiling the wall. That is why I opted for a tile-looking wall stencil in a pencil tile pattern. This is the stencil used in Silver Polish by Dunn Edwards.

pencil tile wall stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils

What I loved most about Cutting Edge Stencils is the size, quality and the stencil kit that includes a level that clips right on to the stencil!

Next we purchased Ikea KNOXHULT wall cabinets to hang above the washer and dryer for storage. The cabinets were primed with Behr Bonding Primer and painted Avocado Toast by Clare.

This primer is what we used to refinish our kitchen island during the last kitchen update. It reduces the need for sanding and adheres to challenging surfaces (like glossy Ikea furniture).

laundry room makeover with green wall cabinets

I can’t talk enough about Clare Paints. We used Headspace in my parent’s guest room and its beautiful! Clare is a woman owned business that offers a curated selection of colors in high-quality paint.

Benefits of using Clare:

  • Zero VOC
  • Greenguard Gold Certified
  • Ultra Low Odor
  • Self-Priming
  • Superior Coverage
  • Washable/Scrubbable

Next I built a couple floating shelves between the upper cabinets using scrap wood and staining in a gray wash.

A stock base cabinet was primed, painted and modified to hold a new stainless steel utility sink. You can purchase sink cabinets specifically, however, our local stores did not carry them. So we added additional support to hold the weight of the sink and cut out a large opening in the back for plumbing.

laundry room utility sink

The countertop was made with 3/4″ plywood, primed and painted in Behr Cabinet and Trim Enamel (the same paint used for our built-in unit in the living room).

Completely emptying the garage and re-doing the floor was out of the question. A washable runner that pulled all the vibrant colors together was added to complete the space!


a garage laundry room makeover with green cabinets

Proof that you can make any space pretty!

before garage laundry room makeover
a garage laundry room makeover with green cabinets

Cost Breakdown

I like to be transparent about these makeovers, so here is the cost breakdown for this project.

Wall Cabinets – $90

Stock Base Cabinet – $129

Plywood Countertop – $90

Avocado Toast Paint – $59 (provided by Clare)

Hardware – $6

Wall Stencil + Kit – $50 (provided by Cutting Edge Stencils)

Sink/Faucet/Drain – $170

Decor + Storage Containers – $200

Floating Shelves, Primer, White Paint, Stain – $0 (had on-hand)

Ceiling Fan – $405 (provided by Kichler Lighting)

Total Project Cost – $1,199


Monday 3rd of January 2022

Extremely grateful for this amazingly beautiful makeover!!! It’s not just beautiful, it also functions so much better! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! ?

Monday 3rd of January 2022

You are more than welcome!

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