Rustic Laundry Room Reveal

I am thrilled to share with you our new and improved laundry room! I can’t believe it has been over a month since I last shared any details on this room (post here). I guess I was really wanting to keep it all a surprise … well, no more keeping you in the dark! We really could not be happier with the turn out. I find every excuse to visit this newly updated room in our home (our clothes have never been cleaner ;)).

We have been wanting to give the laundry room a makeover for a long time now, and finally just had enough with the space. It wasn’t very functional nor aesthetically appealing. Having two boys under three we do a lot of laundry (boys are dirty), and I found myself in the laundry room often daydreaming about what the room could amount to. So…with a lot of help from my husband we made that dream into a reality (with some hiccups along the way of course). Let’s take a look at our new rustic farmhouse laundry room!

The first step was removing the fluorescent light. The light gave us a serious headache, so we wanted that out of the room first and foremost because we knew we would be spending a lot of hours in this room working on it. My dad switched it to a flushmont for us. I really could not believe how easy it was, and was kicking myself we hadn’t changed it sooner! It did leave two small holes in the ceiling, but that was easily patched and painted. I am in love with that light, I just think it’s made for this room.

Next, was dealing with the walls. The initial plan was to shiplap only the wall behind the washer and dryer where the old shelf used to be and add new shelving. Well…we pulled the old shelf out and half the wall and the two walls on either side of that wall got really damaged. If I am being honest, I was pretty excited because I knew the walls would need some drywall repair or we could just shiplap over it all! My husband immediately could see that I was not nearly as disappointed as I should be that the laundry room demo was not going as planned. He hesitantly jumped on board and then I talked him into adding shiplap to the 4th wall so the entire room would be shiplap (then he jumped off board, kidding…kind of). All that to say, we decided it would be best to shiplap the whole room. It is a pretty tiny room, so we knew it was manageable and would really lighten the space up. So, we got work!

Once we added the faux (plywood) shiplap to the entire room, we decided against replacing the utility sink and vanity as originally planned. I spent so many hours trying to find the right vanity and sink and could not find anything to fit in that space or when I did it went very over budget. So, we decided on Plan B and painted the existing cabinet, changed out the old faucet, and really cleaned the sink. This saved us a huge expense and I am completely satisfied with the turnout. Our biggest cost was the plywood for the room (which wasn’t that much), so this room was super budget friendly considering what a huge impact it makes now.

I ordered these prints from Lettered and Lined, before we even starting working on the laundry room. I knew they would just be perfect for over the sink. I love the contrast of the black and wood frames against the shiplap. The prints are so beautiful alone, that I wanted just a simple frame for them. I found those wooden frames at Hobby Lobby for $2.50 each! 

After all the painting was done (shiplap and vanity), it was time to hang the shelves. I stumbled upon these beautiful shelves from World Market and could not put them in my cart fast enough. I love the dark wood with the rough edge against the clean white shiplap. These shelves are sooo easy to hang if you choose the World Market matching brackets. Of course I chose different brackets! But I really was set on these black ones from Home Depot to really play up the contrast against the white walls. We then added our everyday items back in and decor. I have had those washboards from different antique shops lying around for years and am so happy to finally have a permanent home for them!

The two woven baskets have all of our dog’s things and the other basket has extra cleaning products. I put the rest of the items that used be on the old ugly shelves under the sink. It is much easier to access them there and looks much cleaner and organized. I also added those fun metal canisters from IKEA for pretty white flowers and I use the other one to put the lint from the dryer into. When it gets full I just simply dump it!

I love the beadboard drying rack against the shiplap! We use these hooks as extra hanging space in the winter and I dry towels here in the summer. Before our dogs food bowl was a complete eye soar and now his storage container and bowl add to the decor. I can’t get enough of his cute little setup now! I originally wanted a longer rug here, but honestly could not find one. And I am telling you I tried and tried. However, I love this one that I grabbed for $12! Eventually those floors and blinds will go ;).


And what reveal would be complete with one last peak at where we started…

Can you believe that is the same room? This is truly my happy place! Any other questions or comments on the room don’t hesitate to contact me with! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Now I am off to do a load of laundry ;).

P.S. And for more details on how we installed and painted the shiplap check out the post here!

Faux shiplap paint// Sherwin Williams Alabaster
3 ft Organic Edge Wood Shelves// World Market
Black shelf brackets// Home Depot (in store only)
Faux flowers// IKEA
Faux green plants// Hobby Lobby
Metal plant containers// Local store (also here)
Paper towel holder, small white vases, soap jar// Decor Steals
Glass jars// IKEA
Baskets// IKEA
gray containers// IKEA
Old washboards// Found
Succulent garden// Local Farmers Market
Drying Rack// Ballard Design
Coat Hooks// World Market (discontinued)
“Wash & Dry”, “Fold & Repeat” Prints// Lettered and Lined
Frames// Hobby Lobby
Trellis Rug// RugsUSA
“Woof” bowl// HomeGoods
Pet Food Storage Container // Only Natural Pet
Flushmont// Joss & Main (discontinued)

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  • Anthony Briskie
    July 7, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Did you make the plywood true shiplap by cutting rabbet joints or did you just butt 6 inch pieces on top of each other? Not being critical just curious.

    • Raising Rustic
      July 7, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Hey Anthony,
      We used a quarter to evenly space all the boards and have the even lines to resemble real shiplap. So they aren’t necessarily butted on top of each other. It’s more of a planked wall but I love that it looks really similar to shiplap :). Thanks for stopping by!

  • Tanya
    July 7, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I am so doing this over ugly paneling from the 70’s in our laundry room. Did you buy 1×6 plywood planks or did you buy large sheet and cut them yourself? Also what width did you use? Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Raising Rustic
      July 7, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Hi Tanya,
      Thank you so much! We bought 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood and had Home Depot cut it into 6 inch wide boards. So sorry, I forgot to link more information on this post! I will do that now! But here is more on exactly how we went about installing and painting the shiplap

      That’s a great idea! Please share it when your done, and let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Sharon
    July 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Love your new laundry room…great job! My question is “how did you attach the plywood boards to the wall?” Were they spaced apart?
    Thank you

    • Raising Rustic
      July 7, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      Hi Sharon,
      Thank you so much! Great questions! We used liquid nails and a nail gun, to really secure it on there ;). We used a quarter to evenly space the boards apart so there was an even “space” between each board to imitate the look of real shiplap. Hope that helps! I also wrote a post with more details here: Let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Terri
    August 13, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    This was a great makeover – very nice job! Did you use some type of filler/trim in the corners? If so, what was the reason for using it, what product was used and how was it attached? Thank you in for all the detailed explanations you’ve been providing — very helpful!

  • Nancy
    December 11, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Hi there,
    What color did you paint the walls before you added the shiplap? Most walls that have shiplap are completely white but I notice a darker color between the lines which I love! How did you get that color?

    • Raising Rustic
      January 4, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Great question! The wall behind the planks is actually white, but because we used plywood and cut the boards into planks you are seeing the wood color from the edges of each board. I painted the planks once they were on the wall and left the edges raw. So it gives a more distinct line. Hope that helps!


Hi, I'm Jess. Soon to be mom of three and lover of all things decor and design. Follow along as we renovate our newly bought farmhouse one room at at time, and welcome baby #3. So happy you are here!


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