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Can a not-so-pretty laundry room be transformed with the wave of a magic wand? Well, maybe not a magic wand  — but how about a renovation that changes the entire look of the space — and that also costs less than $500?

Our house is a 1940s cottage that had a very basic, very boring, very close-the-doors-and-forget-about-it laundry closet. It was pretty much a catch-all for everything since closets are short on supply in this vintage home.

It was functional but far from pretty… until now.

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We started with two ready-to-finish cupboards for each side of the closet (that were under $90 each at our local home improvement store). After mounting one on each side, we installed an open cubby unit as a place for hanging clothes to dry.

Up next was the tile. We used mini subway tile on the wall and finished the counter area with a reclaimed butcher block piece.

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Then the accessories: the glass jars, white pitcher, hangers, white towels and brown bottle dispensers are all from HomeGoods (of course!).

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My favorite touch? The french doors that close off the laundry area. Not only do they keep the laundry room tidy, but they perfectly echo the 1940s look of our home.

Between the cupboards, tile, butcher block, french doors, paint and accessories, our laundry room transformation was less than $500. With a few simple changes, you can give your laundry room a breath of fresh air without spending a fortune.

Courtney writes the blog French Country Cottage where she shares lifestyle, decorating and design inspirations.


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