How to Makeover Your Laundry Room

stenciled birds on laundry wall

How to Makeover Your Laundry Room

We’ve recently moved into a new home. It is lovely.  I mean what’s not to like about a new house?   Even better,  I was able to select all of the finishes and paint color etc… Still, a new home can be rather lacking in personality. On the other hand, it’s kind of hard to change a lot for fear of messing up your brand new home.  Right?

I decided that I would start with my laundry room – it’s small, not a lot of people visit the room besides me.  So, if I messed it up, it wouldn’t be completely tragic.   Also, with 3 teenage boys I do spend a bit of time in there, and it would be nice if it felt a little happier.  Can the laundry room be a happy place?   I wish I had thought to take a before pic, but you’ll have to trust me that it was your standard, nondescript laundry room with white walls, an outlet for appliances, and a built-in cabinet above.

Adding a Countertop

The first thing we needed was a counter space to fold clothes and a place to put my heat press as well (more on all the lovely projects you can tackle with one of those bad boys later).  Lucky for me, hubby is pretty handy and he was able to purchase a ready-made counter at a local home improvements store.  (Though I wish I could have talked him into a ‘nicer’ product than laminate. 🙁 )He bought a 12 foot length and was able to cut it into two sections. He affixed 2×4” wood beams to the wall by anchoring them into the studs. Then, he sat the counter on top of the wood and using L brackets, secured the counter to the beams from the under side. Voila!

Now the room would function better, but I couldn’t take those plain white walls!

My Wallpaper Inspiration

Now it was time to make it pretty. I saw an amazing wallpaper while reading another blog, hiSugarplum , and thought it was perfect. My joy was quickly dashed when I discovered the paper is $165 a roll! While that may not be a lot for the beautiful paper, it is more than I really wanted to spend on my laundry room.  Moreover, if I didn’t have any luck on the countertop, I hardly think hubby we could for that much money on wallpaper.  Especially for the laundry room!  #firstworldproblems

beautiful bathroom wallpaper with clouds and birds
I adore this wallpaper!

Don’t you love it? It can be found here:  Hygge & West ‘Daydream’ in gray colorway

So, what’s a frugal girl to do? Get out the paintbrushes of course! I decided to try to imitate the wallpaper by painting a similar design. First, I painted the walls gray. Sherwin Williams –     Now, I consider myself somewhat handy and crafty, but I am no artist.  So, painting a bird was out of the question.  Perhaps I could try a stencil??  I ordered the medium-sized stencil “Fly Away with Me” ($22.95)from Royal Design Studios.   I also ordered the lime green stencil cream and brush.

Royal Design stencil pattern Fly Away With Me


Stenciling the Wall

The stencil was very easy to do. In fact, it may be the easiest project I’ve tackled! To use the stencil, I simply applied masking tape to the corners to make sure it wouldn’t move. Then, I dabbed the brush into the paint pot, just a little. The paint goes a long way – you just need to pounce over the stencil multiple times until the design is covered. Then, carefully remove the stencil and move on to the next location for your design.

bird stencil from Royal Design
Here is the Fly Away stencil that I ordered through Royal Design
Fly Away stencil from Royal Design
To stencil, you just dab the paint onto the design while it is taped to the wall.

Now For Adding the Clouds

Next up was to tackle the clouds. In the wallpaper design, the clouds are very whimsical and have a distinct hand drawn quality. There is no easy way to accomplish this – you just have to grab a brush and start. I carefully looked at the cloud designs and then tried to mimic the look in my own clouds.  Don’t look to close.  They are really a far cry from the original wallpaper, but I’m okay with them.  To paint them I used a small paintbrush and some plain white latex paint.  I tried to use a paint pen in the hopes that it would be easier to draw with, but the paint pen didn’t show up on the wall very well.  So, back to free-handing. #flyingwithoutanet

handpainting clouds
I used a very small brush and free-handed the cloud design.
stenciled birds on laundry wall
My drying rack is a towel bar from Ikea. It works great!

Adding Finishing Touches

After the painting was complete, it was time to add a few finishing touches. I added some baskets to the shelves to hold laundry essentials and my stash of Scentsys.   I found these at Ikea. (KNARRA Basket, white $8.99 Article Number: 702.433.16)

white Ikea basket

I found the lidded jar at TJ Max and use that to store my laundry pods so that they’re super easy to get to when it’s time to start a new load – which seriously is a daily occurrence around here!

green wall mounted basket with hooks

laundry wall with shelves stenciled with birds

laundry room makeover with stenciled wall

Overall, I am really happy with the way it turned out, and the room does seem more cheerful when I go in to do laundry ~ and who wouldn’t like to add a smile to that never-ending task?   So, what do you think? How have you spruced up your laundry room?  Do you have any thoughts on what to do with all those unsightly bottles of stain remover, starch, etc..?  Comment below and let me know what projects you’re working on.



  1. Love your stenciling. Thought it was wallpaper at first glance! Visiting from Tutorials and Tips party.

  2. Oh my word, that’s art! Great idea too. Love the wall paper. My child is a preteen so I am already enjoying a little extra time to do stuff in our home. LauriePOP Ideas That POP

  3. Stenciling is such a fun idea! My laundry room is just a dirty unfinished basement room. It could really use a makeover!

    1. Author

      It’s really an easy project. I am getting ready to do it again in another room too. You should try it.

  4. The stencils look great! I spend a lot of time doing laundry too, I need to make it a prettier space like yours (maybe then I will love hanging out in the laundry room more often. LOL) Stopping by from the #HomeMattersParty

    1. Author

      Thanks Nicole! I’m not sure ANYTHING would make doing endless laundry better, but the room does make me smile

  5. Thank you for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

    I am busy thinking up ways to update my laundry room. My laundry room is functional and almost done but its still lacking decor and final touches. Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. Author

      Leanna, that’s so nice. Thank you. This was a really fast and easy project. You should definitely give it a try.

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