Have you heard of the One Room Challenge? Starting today, people will be renovating a room in their house over the next 6 weeks.  There’s a show with professional designers that are doing some pretty great rooms, but you can do your own One Room Challenge during the time frame as a guest – which is what we’re going to do!

We moved into our home last June and most of our projects have been outside… because the inside needs some serious renovating.  It’s a mix of 1983, when it was built, and 1996, when the previous owners bought it.  We have tackled some minor projects and are gearing up for some work in the living room, but thought we’d start our DIY journey in this house with the laundry room!

The Room

Let me remind you the house is seriously 1983 & 1996, so yeah… The laundry room seems like a small room that’d be a great place to learn and easy to hide any mistakes 😉  Now for the 1980’s and all it’s glory – don’t miss that fan with the tassels!

The previous owners left a lot of their mismatched shelves & cabinets and there was even a metal school desk in the corner that we took out when we moved in.  The wall by the door even has some children drawings in crayon on them haha.

The Project List

If you can’t tell by the outdated photos, we’ll have our work cut out for us.

  • Take out old shelving and fan, and patch the walls
  • Scrape the ceiling
  • Paint the ceiling
  • Paint the walls
  • Paint the cabinet (we’ll leave it for now since it’s great storage, but that wood stain has to go)
  • Add crown molding
  • Add new flooring & trim
  • Add storage, specifically with place for litter box, cat things & jackets

The Inspiration

Needless to say, we want to lighten up the room with neutral gray walls, white cabinets and storage. It’s a laundry room so we want it to be clean and bright!  We don’t have a hall closet downstairs, so we definitely need some storage and need it to hold our jackets & boots and also fit a litter box & kitty supplies as well as house things.  You can follow our inspiration board on Pinterest here.

The room is pretty large for a laundry room so there are a lot of opportunities to take advantage of storage solutions and clearly a lot of room for improvement!

This is our first full DIY room project in the new house, plus the first one on a timeline.. and 3 of the 4 weekends in April are filled with weddings, so we’ll see how this goes!  If nothing else, we’re hoping this gives us some motivation to make steady progress in the room over the next 6 weeks and learn some new skills.  Check back each week as I share our progress and find the other guest transformations linked up here.

Here’s to a renovation!

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