Before and After: This All-Beige Laundry Room Finally Escapes the 1990s

published Feb 15, 2021
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Before: Laundry room with beige floors, walls, and cabinets
Credit: Megan Elbaum

Doing laundry isn’t usually the most exciting way pass the time, but that doesn’t mean laundry rooms need to be boring, too. In fact, a cheerful spruce-up can go a long way for brightening up chore time.

Need proof? Take this reno from Megan Elbaum. When Megan and her family moved into their 1995 home, the laundry room was clearly showing its age. “Dark fluorescent overhead light and too many cabinets were making the room feel small,” Megan says.

Credit: Megan Elbaum

The colors didn’t help the room, either: dingy tile floors, beige laminate cabinets, and beige walls dragged the room down. “This room has a window but still felt light and unwelcoming,” Megan says.

Megan wanted to give it a refresh that helped it feel bigger, brighter, and more functional.

Credit: Megan Elbaum

Over the course of about two weeks, Megan was able to create a brighter, more open laundry room that’s completely transformed from its 1990s roots.

Megan tore out all the old, laminate cabinets, replacing them with sleek Shaker-style cabinets from Lowe’s fitted with simple gold pulls. To help keep the space from feeling too closed-off, Megan removed the upper cabinets on the right side of the room and painted all the walls crisp white (Benjamin Moore’s Oxford White).

The new wood countertop came from IKEA. Megan fitted it with a deep utility sink that’s useful for laundry and for her kids to wash up after playing outside. Its high-neck single-handle faucet in a gold finish is the perfect combination of functional and stylish.

Credit: Megan Elbaum

On the floor, Megan installed patterned porcelain floors with a concrete look. “Picking the floor tile was easy — it was love at first sight!” Megan says.

The new laundry room has a more spacious, modern feel. “I love how bright the room looks now, and the plant accents,” Megan says.

Best part? She saved a ton by choosing budget options, but still got her dream laundry room. “Using an IKEA counter and Lowe’s cabinets saved us thousands of dollars, but it still looks fantastic,” Megan says. “You don’t have to spend a lot of money to achieve big results!”

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