Question. What do you get when you have two, big, slobbery, lovable, Boxers who practically live in your laundry room for more than a decade? Answer. A dirty, trashed, room that requires flip flops to enter.
And here they are. Duke & Jada. These two completely stole our hearts over the past eleven years. Unfortunately Duke passed away in November and Jada in January. *sniffle sniffle* And while they will always have a special place in our hearts they don’t need to have a special place in the laundry room.
The laundry room was the only room in our home that had never been updated. Straight from 1978, baby!
When we did our foyer & hallway makeover in the spring we installed the new flooring just under the laundry room door so when it was closed you couldn’t tell. We already had plans to makeover the laundry room this summer so it stayed like this for a few months.
I had big dreams of hanging a really spectacular light in here, but alas, my dreams were shattered when I realized that the cupboard doors only allowed for about 5 inches of clearance. Poor me, just had to get a new fan light.
This wallpaper is sooo out it’s almost in again. I briefly thought about framing a small piece of it to hang in the new space.
Now, you may be thinking that we had already started some of the demo when these pictures were taken. Nope. It looked like this. Notice that super dirty spot on the bottom of the door? Jada liked to lay against it after rolling around in the dirt outside.
So, to sum up? Hideous.
Our budget for this makeover was quite small. In fact, most of this incredible transformation can be attributed to paint. Ah, the power of paint.
As you can see, we extended the new flooring into the laundry room. That alone, made an amazing difference.
We painted the walls and cupboards the same white that is throughout the rest of our house. It’s called Subway Tile and it’s such a perfect white. We also added hardware to all the cupboards and drawers.
The door received a new coat of paint and a new handle. We used the same charcoal color here that we used on our front door, Iron Ore.
I did keep the old light switch plate because I love the style. It received a few generous coats of shiny, metallic copper spray paint.
Did you know you can install new countertops without removing the old ones? When we completely made over our kitchen six years ago we learned a few things about how our house was built. It was built to last. The Apocalypse. Seriously, nothing was made or installed to EVER be taken out without completely demolishing everything. We wanted new countertops, but knew if we tried to take them off we’d ruin some of the cabinets and the walls around them. So Curtis came up with a brilliant idea of just covering them with planks of pine (found at Lowe’s). He attached a small piece of trim to the front of the countertop then cut the pine plank to fit on top. He used a nail gun to attach the pine to the existing countertops. We liked the look of the natural pine so we added a clear finish to protect the wood, but you could stain or paint it if you wanted.
The bifold closet door had to go. Curt installed some shelves in the closet for more storage.
With a fair amount of scrubbing and a few coats of paint the door looked brand new again.
It is so lovely to finally have a clean, crisp space for the laundry.
Until next time….