Laundry Room Makeover: 1950’s Style

Who says your laundry room has to be completely boring?? Definitely not me! Laundry is by far the worst chore in the history of all chores, but going into a cute little room kind of cheers things up — even if only until the dryer finishes and now you’ve got a mountain of clothes to fold.

Those of you who are following my decorating posts know that my sweetie and I have completely different tastes. While he does appreciate vintage, and he does think the atomic era and soda pop shop style is cool, he’s much more into the rustic, rusty, industrial stuff. However, we were able to compromise on this room, and I am so beyond happy with how cute it turned out!

before and after

Before & After

The BEST thing about this makeover?? It was done on a shoestring budget, and it was SUPER easy. Anyone can do this — trust me! We were able to do this entire room for less than $60.



First thing’s first: Empty out the room! It’s much easier to paint walls and tile floors when you don’t have big machines in the way. And, if you have kids, I’m sure you’ll find all sorts of great surprises! We found a rubber bat, some socks we thought the sock monster had eaten, and some long lost hair pretties.

Looks better already!

Looks better already!

After cleaning up the runaway dust bunnies and removing the shelving and outlet plates from the walls, it was time to give this room some color!

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We decided on a Robin’s Egg Blue, true to the 50’s diner color scheme — and left over from painting we did in the living room!

The edges and the corners of the paint job were saved until last. I used special edging tools from 3M to get the job done quickly and neatly!

The edges and the corners of the paint job were saved until last. I used special edging tools from 3M to get the job done quickly and neatly!

Once the painting was done (or close to done), I started working on the flooring. Removing the quarter round from the base boards had to happen first, otherwise you are just asking for all sorts of trouble. Take your time prying this trim away. You do not want to damage your base boards, or break your quarter round. Set your trim aside for later so you can replace it once you’re finished!

You may need to score the seam of the quarter round with a utility knife first. I pried this off with a putty knife and a useful boyfriend!

You may need to score the seam of the quarter round with a utility knife first. I pried this off with a putty knife and a helpful boyfriend!

Since real tiles are incredibly expensive, and the laundry room really does not get much foot traffic, we opted for Dynamix Peel & Stick tiles. They are affordable (around $30 for our needs), easy to use, and look great — and ship free with Amazon Prime.

Dynamix tiles are available at Amazon.com!

Dynamix tiles are available at Amazon.com!

Although these tiles are quite simple to install, there is a trick to working with them. I had read many reviews of the tiles not lining up properly, and I honestly did NOT have this issue at all because I gave very special attention to the arrows printed on the backing. If your arrows go in the same direction, you will have a matched set; if your arrows are not going in the same direction, your tiles will not line up at all. So, I do advise you to pay close attention, work slowly, and you should have no problems completing your new flooring!

tile arrows WRONG tile matched WRONG

tile arrows MATCHED tile matched

I started at the corner of my project room. I realize that many professionals argue that you are supposed to start at the center of your room, but I did not really think that was a necessary step to carry out. If I had been using real tiles that required grout and the whole nine yards, then I would have absolutely taken the steps to ensure my grout lines would have been centered. By all means, lay your tiles the way you feel is best for your situation!

I lined up an entire row of tiles, then peeled the backing off and stuck them in place!

I lined up an entire row of tiles, then peeled the backing off and stuck them in place!

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Once the flooring is down and painting is complete, it’s time to reinstall that quarter round and start putting the room back together! We started by replacing the outlet covers and hanging up our shelf. If you recall the “Before” photo featured a white, ventilated shelf. I abhor this style of shelving, so for $25 we turned it into a retro diner style shelf that looks like stainless steel! (My DIY tutorial is coming soon, so stay tuned!)

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And finally, what’s a laundry room without the washer and dryer……

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This project was super fun and easy to do in a weekend! If you’re thinking about giving one of your small rooms a little facelift, I highly recommend putting your dreams into action! Even though I despise laundry, going into a room this cute does make me happy to have an excuse to enjoy it!

Stay tuned for updates to this post as I now get to collect vintage and retro laundry items to decorate that shelf, as well as more posts about other DIY projects I have going on! I hope you all enjoyed this laundry room makeover, and that it inspires you to conquer some of your renovating missions you have in your own home.

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