Laundry Room Renovation: Workroom Becomes a Beautiful Laundry Room

Welcome to the 451st Metamorphosis Monday!

Martha had always dreamed of a new laundry room. Her existing laundry was cramped and tiny. Space was super tight so her cookbooks had to go across the very top of the cabinets where they were difficult to reach when needed.

Laundry Room Created from Workroom


Martha said, “Our washer and dryer used to be in a tiny little spot with two double cabinets and one single cabinet. I couldn’t even stand in front of my dryer to put things in and take them out.” You can see what Martha was talking about in the photo below–not much room in front of the washer and dryer in this tiny laundry space.

Start of Laundry Room, Pantry Makeover


Martha came up with the perfect solution to her too-small laundry room…turning a little-used workshop into a fabulous laundry space.

Martha said,”This room was a 10 x 8 foot workshop that was accessed from our garage. It was rough-looking and the only light was a light bulb in the ceiling with a string to turn it off and on. I got the idea to close up that workshop from the garage and cut a door from the house into it.”

Workroom Turned Into Laundry Room, Before Picture


Work got under way on Martha’s new laundry room. Martha said, “We were lucky it was on the same level as the house. I was even so fortunate to find the same tile we had put down seven years earlier in the kitchen! Whew!

I had a board stretched across all the cabinets on the wall and put baskets up there that hold flameless candles, seasonal votive holders, straws and picks, kitchen manuals, and much more.”

Laundry Room Makeover, Before


The husband of a friend of Martha’s is a master woodworker and he built all the cabinets and shelving.

Remodel an old workroom into a beautiful Laundry Room


Look at all that space!

Before Photo of Laundry Room Makeover


Martha chose a beautiful granite countertop for her new laundry room. Martha said, “We used the cabinets that had been in the old laundry nook and our cabinet-maker made two more double base cabinets. We were able to put in a sink and have a small counter beside it.”

Let’s check out the “After” photos for this laundry room update!

Laundry Room Makeover Progress



Martha said, “I dreamed of this laundry room for 3 years. I drew it off to scale on paper and had it all planned out to the last detail of what I was going to put on each shelf. It was so thrilling to see my drawing come to life! ”

Wow! What a beautiful space!

Laundry Room Design & Makeover


Love the soft green color Martha chose for the walls. Let’s check out all the great storage that’s been added!

Laundry Room Makeover


Martha added floor to ceiling cabinets down one whole wall of her new laundry room!

Cabinets for New Laundry room


In the cabinets above the washer and dryer, there’s plenty of space for the essentials.

Laundry Room Storage and Organization


Those hard-to-reach cookbooks are now easily accessible!

Cookbook and Pantry Storage


Martha said, “I wanted four, 30″ wide floor to ceiling cabinets to hold all our household items like batteries, hooks, flashlights, light bulbs, small tools, iron, ironing board, 2 vacuum cleaners, all cleaning supplies, candles and candle holders, and some dishes.” Love all this organization!

Basket Storage for Household Items and Tools


Martha came up with an ingenious idea for storing all the recipes she had accumulated over the years. Everything is sorted by the food type/category so now she can go right to the recipe she needs.

Recipe Storage Idea


The renovation created space for a great food pantry, too. Love the pull out drawers!


There’s even room for storing candles, candle holders and centerpieces for entertaining.

Candle, Candlestick Storage


Martha also included a place for storing appliances in her new laundry room. Before they had been stored down under a cabinet where they were hard to reach and back-breaking to lift out.


There’s lots of space for trays and cleaning supplies!

Cleaning Supplies Storage


And of course dish storage…we must have dish storage! 🙂

Dishware, China Storage


What a beautiful Laundry Room transformation! I so badly need to do this in my laundry room…so much inspiration! Thanks so much to Martha for allowing me to share this wonderful laundry room transformation with you! This really makes me want to completely renovate my laundry room!

Laundry Room Design & Makeover


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  1. Now that is a laundry room…and quite a transformation! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for hosting! Your laundry room looks wonderful! And I’m truly jealous since my laundry “room” is a dank basement! Hope you have a fabulous week!

    🙂 Linda

  3. That’s an amazing transformation! Martha did a wonderful job visualizing her new laundry room and bringing it to completion with tons of storage. Love it!

  4. Wow! I am so impressed with this laundry room transformation! I’ve never had a laundry room, but if I did this is exactly what I would want! Great planning, Martha.

  5. What a fantastic idea and opportunity for use of that unused workshop. I’m sitting here wishing for a wall of cabinets like Martha now has. Lucky lady!
    Thanks for sharing this inspiring project.

  6. Love how Martha’s laundry room got a total makeover!

  7. Wow! What an amazing laundry room! I am so happy for her but sure wish I had one like it!

  8. rattlebridge farm says

    A beautiful transformation–and the organization is inspiring! Lots of great ideas. Thanks for hosting the party!

  9. Great laundry room transformation! That wall of cabinets holds so much stuff. Now, it is a pretty room and not just a “work room”.

  10. An organizers dream!! Wow, she really created the perfect household space! Thanks for sharing Susan~

  11. Now I hate Martha.

  12. What a nice space with so much storage. I now have a case of laundry room envy.

  13. I love it. This gave me some ideas too for my laundry room.

  14. When I saw the headline I thought it was your laundry room going to be made over! Martha, what a great design. I thought I was looking at a mirror when I saw the bank of floor to ceiling cupboards. The pantry with pull out shelves is a great idea. Everyone wishes they had a space for the vacuum and the accessories that go with them. I am wondering if that odd door in the wall is access to the electrical panel…those are expensive to move. Also, wondering if the shelf above washer/dryer is removable in case you need emergency turn off for water to washer. When I saw the huge counter I thought it could be used for crock pot cooking or drink station if you have a large crowd over. It looked like you even had a bit of left over space in some of the cabinets! I really like how everything has a place in a cabinet with a door. Love it.

  15. Would love to have all that storage in such a convenient area.

  16. Oh, this looks marvelous. I love her knew cabinets. How lucky to have a good carpenter you can trust. The whole makeover is great. I’m saving this idea for future reference.
    Congratulations, and I know she will be happy with her knew laundry/storage room for many years.

  17. How awesome. I have laundry room envy and no place to expand.
    You can never have too many cabinets or dishes. Instead of downsizing, I need a bigger house. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Oh! How wonderful! Wish my room was wide enough for all that storage. That’s grand.

  19. What an organized, well thought out reno!! KUDOS!! franki

  20. Great layout, Martha. Those floor-to-ceiling cabinets are just genius, and you utilized them well with all the various types of shelving. Susan, you writing read like a little story; I was expecting something like, “and Martha lived happily ever after!” So what became of the old laundry room?

    • Mia, you can see the two tall cabinets just before the laundry room. Those are pantries with pull out shelves, one of which Susan pictured.

  21. There’s nothing like efficient storage! I would love to have a place in my kitchen for all those seldom used or bulky& large appliances.

    Surely we’ll be watching soon as you create a new laundry room!!!

  22. Those closets certainly got my attention and admiration. So wonderful.

  23. Marlene Stephenson says

    This is a really great room, i want this room. I would love to have more storage than i need.

  24. Well now….. Do I move in to your garage or Martha’s laundry room?

  25. MARTHA!!!! You are one FORTUNATE GAL!!!

  26. Thanks so much for hosting each week!!

  27. Wonderful storage for all those odd items! Jealous!

  28. Cyndi Raines says

    Well done Martha! So happy for you! We women do love a well organized laundry. If we should ever move, this is one of the first rooms I’m looking at. Currently, my laundry is in an unfinished basement with painted wallls and a nice counter area for folding clothes. I have lots of storage, but a sweer room like this is awesome.

  29. Cyndi Raines says

    Oopps, meant to say “sweet “.

  30. I love seeing your cook books! So awesome!

  31. WOW!!!!! I LOVE this and wish I had a space like this! They did an amazing job!!!

  32. Karen Schwaderer says

    Would Martha please share where she purchased the white 12×12 storage boxes that she has her recipes in?? I want to find some for my craft room/office space that I am getting ready to do. I want them to store ribbon in.

  33. Wow, Martha! What a transformation! You are going to really love your renovation for years and years!

  34. Wow! Great job! Thanks for sharing!


  35. * * * * * 5 stars for sure and super inspiration! Job well done Martha and thanks for sharing. -Brenda-

  36. Would Martha please share where she purchased black tags & white lettering for the baskets labeled ‘tools’, ‘batteries’, ‘hooks’, etc.? Love that font! I currently use chalkboard tags, but my chalk writing smudges and wears off easily.

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