Modern Vintage Small Laundry Room Ideas

It’s all done!

The laundry room which I thought might take weeks to finish was completed in about 2 weeks and I’m more shocked than anyone, I think. It went way faster than I thought once I got everything ready to go. Today, I’m sharing this colorful small laundry room renovation using wallpaper with inspiration for organization, hanging clothes, and just an overall stylish small space for laundry chores. Something we all have to do around the house! I couldn’t be more happy with this little laundry room! It’s so cute, adorable, stylish, shabby chic, and organized all rolled into one little jewel box of a space.

I think small spaces are extra fun to decorate. You can really take them up a notch and make every little detail count in there. I wanted a space that was pretty to look at, plus organized with everything at my fingertips that I would need. In a small laundry space, you need to make every inch count and I think I’ve done that in this room.

Our house when we moved in was a lot of plain and boring rooms. A nice house, but nothing had ever been done to make each space better and the laundry room was no exception. Off white walls, beige tiles, it was just a boring little box. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have a laundry room even if it is small. And it’s upstairs off the hallway and near our master bedroom which is really nice too.

I brought my fairly new, but nothing fancy washer and dryer in and this has been the state of the laundry room for the past year and 1/2 that we’ve been in this house. No shelves, no nothing. Bare bones!

I really thought and thought about this space before I started and looked for ideas online for small space laundry rooms. I found several, but not that many with my shape and style. Most were a lot larger or just closet laundry rooms and there is a lot you can do with both of those. I didn’t find much at all that was my size using a combination of paint and wallpaper. So many are farmhouse style too, all neutral. I haven’t seen anything like mine so far and I’m happy that I came up with this combo for this room. It really changes it all, the paint and wallpaper and of course, the final touches of the cabinet on the wall and accessories. I bought very few accessories and had all the things that ended up in the cabinet on the wall.

Be prepared because I’m really proud of this little room and took a lot of pics with all the details!  I call it a Modern Vintage laundry space. A little mix of both with a lot of feminine details. Mark likes it, but of course not as much as I do. He still doesn’t love that shabby cabinet, but he helped me hang it anyway! That’s a good man! And he hung the light fixture for me and cut down the metal rod for my hanging bar. I’ll show you all that too. Other than those things, I did this whole space myself.

Here she is in all her colorful glory! My new and improved laundry room. Photographing a small space is really challenging for me, especially with no windows and no natural light. I had to keep the light on which creates a lot of shadows, but I did the best I could. Most of these ended up being with my phone camera.

Looking in from the door, it’s hard to capture it all in one picture from one view, so I took a lot of detail shots and I hope you enjoy them all.

This Caitlin Wilson wallpaper in Citron Vert is the crowning jewel in the room and does exactly what I wanted, create a colorful and happy space! Of course, I picked one of her most expensive papers! That figures!

If you missed my previous wallpaper post about how I put up all the wallpaper in this room, including the beadboard wallpaper, go here and read that too. It was a process of paint and wallpaper to get it finished and ready to accessorize. The paper was a splurge but totally worth it.

Paint colors:

Ceiling: Rosy Outlook (Sherwin Williams)

Walls: Down Pour (Sherwin Williams)

Trim: Pure white custom mix to match our current trim in semi-gloss

Door color:  Oyster Bay (Sherwin Williams)

Again, hard to photograph this tiny room, but I wanted to give you a look at every angle. There’s room to walk in and do laundry with no additional space.

I found this pretty rug on Wayfair (affiliate link). It might be out of stock now, but should be back in.

You’ll notice that little plastic tray that the washer sits in. Someone will probably ask about that, so I’ll go ahead and mention that is was here when we moved in. Mark wants me to keep it under the washer just in case there’s a leak sometime. Not that the tray would keep water from going all over, but it might help if it’s a small leak. I don’t love it, but it’s not so bad.

Back to the rug, it’s about 2′ x 5′ and was the perfect size and color for my laundry room. I thought about doing something to the tiles, but thought a pretty rug would be all I really need in here and I’m so happy with this cotton one. The tiles are in great shape and otherwise neutral, so I worked with them.

It looks great with the tile and the blue and white in the room.

That little painting coming in the door was a gift from a friend, Lynn, here in Marietta. I love it and this is the perfect spot to hang it permanently. Goes with the colors in here perfectly!

Let’s look at how great my old shabby cabinet looks on the wall (in spite of what Mark thinks!). I told him most of my women friends love this cabinet. He doesn’t get it! So I bought this piece at a yardsale while I was still living in Birmingham and it was in my old master bathroom in my old house until I remodeled that bathroom. But I kept it and hoped to use it again and it’s perfect in this spot! I thought I might use it for storage, but I really don’t need it, since most of my laundry supplies are left out and easy to reach, I’ll show you that too. So it got filled with pretty things that I like to look at!

I did freshen it up with a new coat of white chalk paint and I painted the back in a pretty Spring green called Organic Green, an HGTV color that I picked up at Lowes (a sample pot). It was a great color flow with the wallpaper and the navy wall.

I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up one of their blue and white knobs to really set it off and I love it! It had an old wooden knob originally. This old cabinet came from Lakewood Antiques when it was still in business here in Atlanta. I bought it from a yardsale in Birmingham and she told me that’s where she got it. I still remember the guy’s booth who sold these, I had looked at them way back when I went. Oh how we miss that market at the old Lakewood Fair grounds in Atlanta!

With the cabinet freshened up, it looks so cute up on the wall.

I added that wood stained shelf underneath along with 2 brackets from Lowes. These are called nickel, but look like antique brass to me. The wooden 5′ shelf is just a poplar board I got from Home Depot and stained it in a wood tone. I wanted it to hide the plugin and take away from the washer plugs behind and it does a good job of that, plus I can put things on it.

I picked up that basket to the left above to go on the shelf. There’s nothing in there yet, but it looks pretty. That little Florentine Italian tray was an antique store find last month and I just liked it in here.

I had these 3 plates (from Italy) hanging above the windows in my old master bedroom. I kept them because I love them and aren’t they perfect on this navy wall?

This sign, It All Comes Out in the Wash, came from a giveaway I did a few years ago. You probably remember it from my old laundry room. Her shop is called Spunky Fluff. I’m excited to see she is still in business and she created this sign with me way back then and now carries it in her shop, so you can get it directly from her in all different colors! So cute! Mine was originally a teal blue color, but I painted over it with the same green I used in the back of the cabinet.

It’s just to the left of the washer on that little wall.

Here’s a little something I came up with that I’m really loving! See those hangers between the washer and dryer. I thought that would be a great place for me to store my hangers for things coming out of the dryer.

Again at Hobby Lobby, I bought a long iron pull that I could screw up into the wood shelf and hang my hangers on it! I think that’s pretty genius if I do say so myself! They have so many knobs and iron pieces like this to choose from.

They are out of the way but handy. I added some gold Rub N Buff to the black iron pull to add a little glam to it.

It’s perfect in this location and I can grab them easily. I picked up this pack of spring green hangers at Homegoods and I’ll leave them in the laundry room. They were the perfect color for my space!

That pretty blue fringed Turkish towel came from Foutacolors a few months ago. They gave me a couple of them to mention them on Instagram. The colors were so good in here so I added it on the shelf!

Between the washer and dryer I only have enough room for a small trash can, so it sits here along with a collapsible laundry basket. I got this one on Amazon (see links at bottom of post), but they are all around. I tried to find the biggest one I could find that was about as big as my old ones. I just don’t have room for bulky laundry baskets, so this is a great solution for me and hides away between the washer and dryer. I’ll show you more of the basket later in the post.

Back to the shabby cabinet. I am loving it all over again! I love the spring green paint on the back and decided to bring in a botanical feel in here to flow with the wallpaper.

I happen to have a lot of little botanical inspired things in my stash, so topiaries along with some shells seemed to fit in here well. Those are real bookplate botanicals that I had enlarged and framed years ago and I held on to the originals. They look cute tacked up with green push pins.

I love vintage pottery and have collected a few pieces of this deep green which I love. That little piece isn’t dirty, it’s just the light glaring. And of course, blue and white is perfect in here!  Love my seashell collection too. I have plenty of seashells.

I picked up this little original watercolor painting from Etsy recently and framed it in a floating frame which I love. It looks cute in the cabinet too along with some glass things.

Over to the right on the other side of the shelf, I added a basket I found from Goodwill and another pottery piece that looks great with the wallpaper. I’ve had this bowl for years. They are perfect for holding my bleach and Mrs. Meyers bottles.

It’s out of the way on the shelf, but very accessible. I added a cute wicker tray I found at an antique store on top of the dryer.

It can stay here all the time since my dryer is front load and hold this blue and white pottery piece, which houses my laundry items like stain removers and Tide pens. I added this little real plant, but it won’t stay here since it will need some light. I’ll have to get a faux plant for this spot. I picked up that little blue and white planter at an estate sale recently.

I love the blue and white accents in here, perfect with that wallpaper. The glass bottle I picked up at Homegoods. It has a stopper on top and I’ll just refill it with my liquid laundry detergent. I just pour directly from the bottle into the washer. The big container of liquid detergent is stored in the hall closet for easy refills.

I’ve had that bottle of Grandma’s spot remover for a long time and it really does seem to work for me most of the time.

Notice that beautiful light fixture. I found it online and it’s a semi-flushmount which was really perfect in here. It also comes with a hanging chain, but I decided more flush mount would be best for this small space. We only have 8′ ceilings on this floor. I changed out these bulbs to LED’s.

I absolutely love it! Adds just a touch of glam and bling in here! I put in four 60 watt LED lightbulbs in Daylight and it really brightens up this room so much more than that dinky little fixture I had. I can actually see in there now!

The brand is Minka Lavery and I’ve added it in the links below. I found mine on Ebay for $90, but the best price I see online is about $165. It’s a beauty though!

Another look at that luscious wallpaper.

On the right side of the room, I added this pretty green and white botanical print I got from Minted a couple of years ago. I had it on my old screened porch when I redid that space. Loved it so much so put it in here! The wooden frame complements the wooden shelf I put up. I didn’t want to cover up much of that wallpaper so this is all I’m hanging over it.

Now here’s another great idea for you for a small space laundry room! We all need a place to hang damp clothes, right?! My sister did this in her laundry room and I am copying it in here. She hung hers on the wall, but after looking around my room for the best spot, I landed on above the door.

This is two plant hanging brackets. I found them online from Wayfair last year and kept them until I got to this part. The rod is an old curtain rod from Ikea I wasn’t using anymore. I cut it down to fit the brackets and added the finials back on. I’ll share a post about all that later with more details if you’re interested.

The brackets stick out 12″ from the wall, perfect for hanging clothes above the doorway. Several people asked me on Instagram how I would get around the clothes or close the door.

Well, as pretty as this space is, I probably will never close the door again! And I can get around the clothes just fine when they are hanging up. I was hanging our clothes on hangers over the doorway trim before.

I hardly ever have more than a few things to hang up at a time so it’s not hard at all to get around them.

I wanted to show the brackets at all different angles so you could see how well it works and again, I’ll share a post about this later to show the details of the rod and how I did that too. I’ve added these brackets I found on the links below too.

With clothes hanging on it. Up out of the way and not obtrusive at all. I can still close the door when it’s empty if I want to, but again why would I want to?

It’s so nice to be finished with this space and check one more project off the list. I knew when we moved in here that I wanted to fix up this small laundry space and make it my own. Now I have and it feels SO good in here!

I’d love to add crown molding in this room and it will probably happen. Mark agreed too that it would really finish it off to add crown molding, so when he gets out the power tools and we start shopping for the next molding project, we’ll probably pick up crown molding for this space and finish it off. Crown molding adds so much to a small room! For now, I’m happy to be finished with it!

Back to that collapsible laundry basket. Several people told me they have these at Bed Bath and Beyond and Costco. I paid $31 for mine on Amazon Prime and probably paid a little too much, but I didn’t feel like driving all over to find them. This is about the same size as my old laundry baskets and I love that it collapses down to about 4″ when closed.

Here’s the Amazon affiliate link if you’re interested in this one. It got good reviews and is big.

It’s going to be perfect for my small space. I hardly ever have to use two baskets and won’t have a problem just having one available. It’s a short trip to the master bedroom from our hallway laundry room. I’m so glad our laundry space is on the same floor as our bedroom. Makes it so handy!

So, that’s a look at the new and improved and colorful laundry room! I hope you enjoyed this finale as much as I did sharing it. I’m absolutely thrilled with this new space and it will definitely make doing laundry a lot more fun (if you can call it that!). I know I’ll be smiling more in there as I look at all of the pretty things in there and that wallpaper will always make it feel like Spring is here! Love!

I’d love it if you would share my post and pin it on Pinterest! I’d love to spread it around, I’m pretty proud of this one!

Total cost spent on things I didn’t already have was right under $500. Not bad for such a remarkable transformation. The most expensive thing in here is the floral wallpaper. 

Here’s a link list of all I can share in here that are the same or similar products, with affiliate links. I added 2 links for the light fixture in case one is not available, same price:

- Rhoda


  1. You have really inspired me to update my laundry room. I just love the colors you used. That wallpaper is beautiful! The vintage cabinet really is nice too. What kind of little brackets did you use to hang the dark green ceramic piece on the back of the cabinet? It looks like it would hold much better than the plate holders. I didn’t think I would ever want wallpaper again either but I am sure thinking about it now! Great job Rhoda!

    • Thank you, Lynne, that pottery plate is hung by those standard wire plate hangers. Michaels and those stores still carry them I’m sure.

  2. Your laundry room is really pretty. I must tell you that my favorite thing about the wood cabinet is the little wooden latch. When you bought the blue knob, I thought you were going to use it to replace the latch. I was so happy when you didn’t. It just looks so rustic like someone made it by hand as kind of an afterthought. I remember your dad was not impressed with the cabinet when he helped you hang it in your former house. I’m not surprised that Mark didn’t care for it either. Maybe it is a girl thing. I have one bedroom in chipped white furniture. I love it.

    • Hi, Anise, yes it must be a guy thing! Mark doesn’t like chippy and old things anyway, so he’s not a fan, but he helped me hang it anyway. It is definitely hand made and came from an antiques market, put together with old wood and a window. That’s what I love about it too. That latch is so cute, I would never replace it. The blue and white knob was needed though!

  3. Donna Cheek says

    Rhoda, it’s precious! I love little rooms because they are so fun to embellish with things that might get lost in a larger room. I want to do my laundry room now (my husband will just fall out-he just finished putting picture frame molding on our hall and staircase walls. I got that idea from all you and Mark have done). Your laundry room is just perfect.

    • Thank you, Donna, I’m so glad we have inspired you all. I still love sharing on this blog all these years later and finishing a space still gives me such a thrill. I’m glad you all love it as much as I do!

  4. VintageBeachgirl says

    How beautiful Rhoda, yours may be the prettiest laundry room I’ve ever seen! Crown molding will really set it off and make your paint colors pop. I love the colors you chose and the ceiling color is fabulous!
    I’m totally stealing your idea of hanging clothes on a pretty rod instead of on the molding which is what I’ve always done as well! What a great idea, thank you so much!

    I love your cabinet and have a similar one I built using some beadboard I’d bought at an antique shop years ago and a window that came from an outbuilding being torn down on my husband’s grandfather’s old home place. I was fortunate to get four of the windows and there was enough of the original wavy glass to use on my cabinet.

    My daughter and I miss the Lakewood Antique market too, we found some fun things there over the years.

    • THank you, VB! I think crown molding will definitely finish it off and hopefully can talk Mark into it later. I think the hanging rod idea is a good one and I stole it from my sister.

  5. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!

  6. Rhoda, this is the prettiest laundry room I have seen in a long time! You decided what your needs were for the area and it is perfect. I have yet to see you do a room that I didn’t like. As I was looking through the pictures, I was thinking “crown molding”. That would just set everything off like a jewel box. I use the Grandma’s Stain Remover also and it seems to do a pretty good job. The laundry in our mid-century ranch is in the garage. Still trying to figure out how to dress up that area.

  7. Great job Rhoda! Love everything in the laundry room, but the wallpaper is my favorite. I love the fact that you took what was there and made it work for you. Isn’t that really what design is all about?

  8. Love it! You used all my favorite colors 🙂

  9. Kelley Kolpitcke says

    Just beautiful! You inspired me once again! When I redo my apartment, I will not forget to think about my laundry room!

    Kelley from Boise 💚🍀

  10. Keep the tray under the washing machine!!! We had a small leak from our washer. We didn’t know it was leaking because there was never water on the floor in front of the washer, it was leaking in the back and I never knew it. We didn’t have a tray either. My dh was in the basement under our laundry room one day while I was doing laundry and said water was coming down. He moved the washer and saw the water. It had been leaking for a very long time. We had to replace the sub-floor, part of the wall, baseboards, and the regular floor. My dh isn’t handy(you are so lucky) so we had to hire others to do the work. We also had to have work done in the basement. I got a new washer and now have the tray under it!!!

    • Thanks for sharing your story! I’ll definitely leave the tray even though it’s not that attractive. It blends in well enough.

  11. Love the bracket hung under the shelf for the hangers, so cleaver!

  12. I love your laundry room! Everything looks beautiful! I have plans for our small laundry room. I will need to replace the cabinets because the shelves are not adjustable so nothing really fits in them. Looking forward to your future projects.

  13. Well Rhoda, You’ve inspired me to get started on our small laundry room, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now. You have a way of putting things together and getting things done. When I look at what you’ve done, I forget that it’s a ‘laundry room’ that I’m looking at. You’ve done a great job! Enjoy, Lisa

  14. Edie Walker says

    Wow! You are so talented with all the innovations you have built into your home. What a happy laundry room! Your sign is terrific; thanks for sharing where you got it. I commend you on your design, your perseverance, and the cozy little room you created. I know this new space will bring new joy to doing your future loads of laundry.

    • Thank you, Edie, I’m so happy she is still doing those signs that we came up with!

  15. Absolutely darling! I’d love your blog regardless of your taste, but I am SO GLAD you don’t do neutrals. This little room is truly a little gem, isn’t it?!

  16. Rhoda, I LOVE the “over the door” rod for hanging clothes! Genius!!

  17. Nancy Kantor says

    My mouth literally dropped open in awe when I saw this finished space. It’s fantastic! You truly brought your vision to life. The colors are spectacular and you tied everything together to make a jewel box of a room!

  18. Sweet Rhoda…you never cease to amaze! I LOVE IT! I think it is very practical and beautiful too. I have some tall bottles like yours. I’ll be filling one with my detergent today. So much prettier than the plastic jug.
    I understand keeping the drip tray under the washer. Being upstairs, it would be a big mess if it leaked. My sweet hubby made alarms for my washer, dish washer, hot water heater, deep freeze and air conditioner from smoke alarms. The smoke alarms still work too. I don’t know how he did it, but it’s saved me a big mess several times. Most folks are not MacGyvers like my hubs, but water leak alarms can be purchased online and at home stores. Might be worth the investment.

    • Thank you, Sylvia, I’m so glad you all are enjoying this makeover. It sure has made me happy! I love how it all turned out. Your hubby sounds really handy doing all those alarms, that sounds like a great idea. I’ll be leaving the tray!

  19. This is the most beautiful laundry room I have EVER seen! My daughters is the exact same size and shape and I’m forwarding this to her in the hopes that she will let me do this to hers. I am in LOVE with it. Pinning for my own future laundry room ideas.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Thank you, Nikki! I’m so glad to hear you say that. I didn’t find much at all for my size laundry room inspiration so I made up my own!

  20. martha mundy says

    Love it! So cheerful with lots of great ideas! Those colors are beautiful and that paper, I see why you decided on it. Thanks for sharing with several pictures, it feels like we are right there with you! ENJOY~

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