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Couple renovates old laundromat and converts it into something amazing for the community

Erin Carpenter and her husband have gone viral for their incredible transformation of an old laundromat in Charleston, South Carolina.

Couple renovates old laundromat and converts it into something amazing for the community
Cover Image Source: TikTok/ @erinv_carpenter

Editor's note: This article was originally published on March 24, 2023. It has since been updated.

In recent years, there has been a surge in the popularity of home renovation videos, where individuals showcase their renovations on social media platforms such as TikTok, Instagram and YouTube. These videos provide a gratifying viewing experience because viewers witness the ultimate transformation of neglected spaces into functional and beautiful areas. However, a couple on TikTok has taken this to a new level with their remarkable renovation of an old laundromat in Charleston, South Carolina, reported In The Know.

According to In The Know, Erin Carpenter and her spouse have been updating their followers for several months on the progress of their laundromat renovation. From their initial decision to purchase the property to develop a distinct design concept, the couple has captivated their audience throughout the process. Nevertheless, it is their stunning final product that has truly captured people's attention.



The renovation of the laundromat is remarkable, as seen in the 30-second video clip. The previous old and dirty tile flooring was replaced with waterproof vinyl planks purchased from Costco. The vintage washers and dryers were updated by painting them in a warm and inviting green. In addition to some new signage and wall art, the owners invested in modern and charming furniture to create a comfortable atmosphere for customers to relax while their laundry is being done. The impressive transformation has garnered over 5.4 million views in the recap video. However, the impact of the renovation goes beyond aesthetics. The laundromat has become a popular gathering place for locals without in-home laundry facilities, which has had a heartwarming effect on the surrounding community.

Image Source: TikTok/ @erinv_carpenter
Image Source: TikTok/ @erinv_carpenter


Many people have reacted to this video. one user said, "I seriously always enjoyed the laundromat when we went as a kid, the vending machine snacks hit diff there. If you have lots of families with little ones your local library might be interested in coming in to do a story time!", wrote another user.

Another user says, "Wonderful! I can't explain to people how laundromats become so important to communities. And a safe place for the community to take place that has reliable washers, tv, and places to sit! Not just a place to leave the laundry and go!", another user commented. 



It's really cool to see folks taking run-down spaces and turning them into something beautiful for their communities. This project is an example of that and we hope it inspires others to do the same. In a world where things can feel overwhelming, it's refreshing to see people making a difference through creative and innovative projects like this renovation. Hopefully, Erin and her husband's success will motivate others to start their own neighborhood projects, and we'll see more amazing transformations on social media like TikTok.

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