9.09.2013

Laundry Room Makeover: Phase 2

Yesterday we made some more progress on our laundry room makeover. I wish I could say we finished it, but it looks like it will be a three-phase project. This tiny room needed a lot of help!

So far, we've tiled the floors (stripes!), painted the walls, cabinets and trim, replaced the baseboards, painted the doors and window frame, and replaced one of two lights. We also replaced all of the hinges and cabinet knobs, but we have kept the brass doorknobs for now.

Before:

Now:

Before:

Now (complete with laundry in the dryer!):

Before:

 Now:

We are absolutely loving the striped tile (details in this post) and the fresh white walls (Behr Polar Bear). To add a little bit of interest, we painted the door that leads to the garage the exact same color as our front door, Valpar Hematite. Then I decided to paint the window frame that same color so the window would really pop against the white wall.

This room has two overhead lights. So far we have only replaced one because it was such a pain to hang the new light that we gave up after one. We were running out of time to work on it yesterday, so we decided to hang the other light during "phase 3." This photo shows the new light and the old light. I was not a fan of those spaceship looking lights we started with!


I found the new light on sale at Lowe's the other day. It's called the Good Earth Granada light, but I can't find it on their website anymore. I paid $35/each and bought two out of the lighting clearance bin. It's selling on Amazon for $92, so I'm feeling pretty good about what I paid!

The reason this room is taking us so long to finish is because there are so many details involved. I had no idea what we were getting into when we started this room! Tiling is not a quick process, so it took multiple days to finish that task. (Thanks for your help, Dad!) We painted the walls white, and that took two coats. However, the really time-consuming painting project was the trim– it took me five coats to get the trim around the three doors finished. We used our paint sprayer to handle the doors and cabinets, but it takes a lot of time to get that set up and clean the paint sprayer, so that's not a quick job either. 

The cabinet doors weren't looking that great after all these years, and there were some gaps on the inlaid curves. We took the extra time to caulk the inset door details, so now that looks a million times better.

The baseboards took some extra time, as well. We used the paint sprayer to coat them with white before the husband cut them to the proper size and angles with his miter saw. Once they were installed, he caulked them and used wood filler to cover the nail heads. Then I touched them up with paint again. It wasn't that hard to do, but it had multiple steps and took longer than we thought.

Now that phase 2 is finished, we're feeling a lot better about it. Most of the tedious, time-consuming stuff is done.

What's coming in phase 3?

See the empty space below the window? Our plan is to build a shelf below the window to give us a flat workspace for folding clothes. We're thinking we can just use MDF to build something the custom size we need. 



We're also going to add a rod in that area so that we can air-dry clothes.

Then I get to do the fun part– decorate! I want to add some personality in here with a few pieces of art and some accessories.

This room is already SO much better than it was before. I can't wait to finish it!

* Monday Funday *

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