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Bathroom Laundry Room Makeover- $100 Room Challenge

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Nearly every month, Erin from Lemons, Lavender & Laundry makes over a room or area in her house for $100 or less! When she opened up the challenge to other bloggers this month, I knew I wanted to jump on board! I work best under deadline and on a budget, so a One Month, $100 Challenge totally appeals to me!


When we moved into this house last February, I announced that there would be no bathroom laundry room makeover taking place. It’s a combined room that is the kids’ main bathroom on the 2nd floor.

It was a-okay in my book. It wasn’t the paint color, flooring or lay-out I would have chosen if presented with a blank slate, but it was good enough.

Here is the picture from the real estate listing:


Now let’s keep in mind that this was taken with a wide angle lens… that window on the right is not really that streeetched out. That vanity is actually teeny tiny and pretty far away from the toilet.

It just seemed like a lot of wasted space in between the two. Plus, the toilet was just kind of floating there in the middle of the room. It was awkward and lonely.


While I don’t have the energy or budget to deal with the paint color or floor right now, something has to be done about that vanity. I’m pretty sure it’s the original, 30 year-old vanity to this house. It’s way too small for my 2 teens to share, and the drawers are in pretty bad shape. Plus, it’s just time to get rid of that seashell sink. Not my style at all.


I’ve already purchased a used vanity off of a yardsale site to replace that one and will show you the after pictures next week. Which leads me to my next step in this makeover- framing the mirror.

The mirror is glued right onto the drywall and my husband has vetoed ripping that out and replacing all the drywall. I’m in total agreement with him, because doing that would then lead to having to paint the whole room. Just not in the mood for that. So the mirror will stay and get framed.

The new vanity is wider and extends past the mirror.  Depending how it looks installed, I’m thinking about building some kind of shelf/towel hook thing to fill in that blank space and hopefully blend in with the new frame on the mirror.

Across from the vanity, we have the laundry closet. This is what it looked like the day we moved in.


Nope, I just couldn’t have that. This is the 2nd house now that we’ve moved into that has sponge painting. All sponge painting must be covered immediately. Also, it’s hard to tell, but under the sponge painting but above the solid blue strip, is a thin shelf that really wasn’t good for much.

So before we even moved in, I painted the closet with some spare paint I found left in the basement. Then we took some cabinets that were being removed from the kitchen, and moved them in here!


Already much better, and so far everything was free!

But now we’ve been here for close to a year and this is what it still looks like:


Ugh! Now that the main renovations on the 1st floor are done, I need to refocus up here in these rooms. As part of the One Month, $100 Challenge, I plan on fixing up this laundry space.

I want to build a cart for the space to the right of the dryer and finally get rid of those cardboard boxes. I’m also hoping to install some shelves in the empty space between the cabinets and the wall.

On the other side of the bathroom is the shower and tiny linen closet:


I’m hoping to reorganize the linen closet and add some shelves in there. Plus, the bathroom as a whole needs some artwork! The walls are completely bare right now, and we just cannot have that!

So stick with me and over the next month, I’ll be checking in every Wednesday to share some of the updates I’ll be making in this space! How much do you think I can accomplish with a budget of $100?!

Don’t forget, my list includes:

  • Installing new vanity
  • Framing mirror
  • Building cubby beside mirror
  • Building stand beside dryer
  • Installing shelves in laundry closet
  • Reorganizing linen closet
  • Adding artwork

And while you’re here, be sure to check out some of my other friends who are also participating in the One Room $100 Challenge!




Monday 16th of January 2017

I can't wait to see all of the changes you are doing on a $100 budget!

sara s syrett

Monday 16th of January 2017

What a nice big room! I have no doubt it will turn out so good! Can't wait to see!


Saturday 14th of January 2017

You've such a large space to work with! It's crazy how the room was laid out. You've a great plan - it's going to be gorgeous!


Thursday 12th of January 2017

So what were people thinking with seashell sinks anyways?

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge

Thursday 12th of January 2017

Great space but I can see why you need to update the vanity. Can't wait to see how everything turns out!