The first room we decided to work on was the laundry room since it is small and would not eat up too much $$$. It took us a little over a week but we got the first phase with our laundry renovation done! So this is the before….but I couldn’t get the whole room in the picture.
The first thing we did was move everything out of the laundry room and take down those dated cabinets. I didn’t take a picture but we also removed the wood stained baseboards and the thin blue carpet that were both original to the house. We actually changed the light fixture months ago but it was hard to get it in these pictures. Next we patched holes in the walls and painted.
We then measured and layed down the Durock to make sure everything fit.
The Durock was then mortar down to the subfloor and taped and mortar the seams.
Here is a picture of our tiling process. Some cuts were pretty hard to make without a wet saw.
The tile is finished here and it’s starting to look like a finished room.
This is after we finished with the grout. At this point I wasn’t sure if I liked the grout but it was too late to turn back now! We also sealed the grout at this point and let it dry. This is a picture before we nailed down the new baseboards and pained the air vent. I painted the baseboards before we installed them.
As you can see in the close up I pained the vent oil rubbed bronze and it turned out great! You can see that the floor is a little uneven but not too bad for Michael’s first time tiling. In this closeup you can also see the caulk we ran along the top and bottom of the baseboards to make it look more finished.
Here is the finished room before we put the pantry and washer and dryer back in.
So here is the room as it is now. We have the washer and dryer on pedestals and we are using two metal shelves as our pantry. We still have some work to do but I am pretty pleased with it now, and it’s so nice to walk on sturdy tile!
Things we have left to do:
- Install shelves above the washer & dryer
- Add a counter above the washer & dryer
- Add some storage or recycle bin or hamper next to washer & dryer
- New door and trim – possibly a pocket door?
- Add a built in pantry in place of the metal racks
- Hang art and mirrors
- Hang slim hampers opposite washer and dryer for clothes sorting
- Remove popcorn ceilings and paint ceiling
As you can see we still have a lot of work to do in this room, but this is only the first phase. Have you updated a laundry room recently? How did your project go?