Before and After: This $540 DIY-Filled Laundry Room Redo Looks Way More Expensive

published Oct 3, 2021
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Before: Laundry area in unfinished basement with wood paneling and wires overhead
Credit: Nada Taha

Doing laundry is just one of those tedious, time-consuming parts of being human, but it can be a lot less tedious in the right space — and there are plenty of beautiful, functional laundry rooms that prove there are truly great spaces out there for folding, sorting, scrubbing, sudsing, etc.

Credit: Nada Taha

A dream laundry room, according to experts, has ample counter space, cabinets for storage, a sink for the toughest stains, and plenty of spots to stack and hang things. Not to mention, its design should put a smile on your face, like DIYer Nada Taha’s revamped laundry room does for her. “I love how the laundry room makes me feel,” she says of her “after.” But it took a lot of work to get there.

Credit: Nada Taha

Before, her basement laundry room was not inviting at all. It was cold, dark, unfinished, and spider-filled. There were no windows, and wires dangled from the ceiling. “I dreaded laundry every week,” she says.

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Starting in May, over the course of 10 weeks, Nada worked in the nights after her kids went to sleep or on her days off to finish the space and add functional features like a sink, cabinetry, and shelving. “I poured my heart and time into this project to keep it budget-friendly and to show people that you can have beautiful things on a budget,” she says.

Credit: Nada Taha

She painted and stenciled the floor for a black and white tile look, and she used scrap wood to create a slat backsplash, shelves, and a cabinet door box to hide the electrical panel.

Credit: Nada Taha

She watched YouTube tutorials and learned how to frame walls and put up drywall. By going the DIY route, she kept her project costs under $690 Canadian dollars (about $540 in the U.S.). She only had to bring in outside help for moving plumbing around.

Credit: Nada Taha

“I had many many doubts along the way, and it took weeks to complete it, but I am most proud that I kept pushing myself to get this done and continued to motivate myself even when things went wrong,” Nada says.

And her hard work was worth it. “I always dreamed of an inviting laundry room where I can fold laundry, scrub clothes… and actually want to walk into the room without being welcomed by spiders,” Nada says. Her new laundry room — complete with cabinetry, countertops, a sink, and ample storage space — checks all the boxes and is the stuff of dreams.