You’ll actually look forward to washing clothes in a laundry room this gorgeous. 

By Tamara Kraus
Updated September 20, 2018
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This month, we worked with designers and professional organizers to transform a four-bedroom penthouse in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The apartment's stunning laundry room, designed by Trading Spaces designer Sabrina Soto, is full of affordable ideas to spruce up this utilitarian area. The laundry room went from a bare bones room to a cheery and bright space that would actually make you want to do the laundry. The best part? You don't have to dip into your savings account to make your own laundry room look this good. Below, Soto shares her top four tips for saving hard-earned cash and still getting a luxe laundry room.

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Know When to Shop for Appliances

Investing in a washer and dryer is no small feat. To make it easier on your wallet, shop for appliances during the fall (Labor Day sales are the perfect time to start). During this time, new models are launching, so stores are slashing prices on older models. Another little known way to save: When you move and put in a change of address at USPS, you can select to receive coupons from stores like Lowe’s so you can give your new home an update.

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Use Removable Wallpaper

Instead of hiring a professional to install regular wallpaper, save money by doing it yourself with removable wallpaper, like the lemon one Soto used in the first image. It’s easier to install than traditional wallpaper, and the satisfaction of looking at your finished product is completely worth it.

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DIY Your Cabinets

If your cabinets need a facelift, instead of replacing them, simply reface them. If you're not afraid to get your hands dirty, sanding, priming, and repainting the cabinets yourself is much more affordable than shelling out for brand-new ones. Or, you can install floating shelves for added space. You can embellish them with stylish brackets for visual interest, and in general, shelves are a fraction of the cost of cabinets.

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Use Cheap Apothecary Jars for Storage

Expensive storage can really set back your laundry room budget. For a cheaper alternative than trendy bins and baskets, buy a set of clear apothecary jars (found on eBay or at second hand stores). Especially if you have floating shelves, clear apothecary jars are the perfect solution for storing soap, wool dryer balls, or clothes pins in a tidy and stylish fashion.