After the girls room, I decided to makeover my laundry room since I wanted to get my cabinet painting skills up to speed before I tackled rooms everyone was going to see on a daily basis. Because my laundry room has the lovely golden oak cabinetry it was the perfect place to start.
I have always wanted a second floor laundry room and I finally got it! And although, for a laundry room there isn't that much wrong with it, it could definitely use some upgrading!
Let me point out all the problems I wanted to address:
1) Awful Oak Cabinets
2) Commercial looking fluorescent light fixture
3) Electrical Panel
4) Awful baby blue formica
5) Unusable storage (nothing big enough for laundry baskets or any decent area to sort clothes)
First things first. Replacing the light fixture. This was what it was before. A standard two bulb fluorescent.
Here it is all lit up. She is so purdy.
Next dilemma. Removing the base cabinets that were useless, along with the awful formica. As I blogged about previously, I pulled them out and practiced painting them to turn them into a work bench for the garage. I then went to IKEA and bought two base cabinets WITHOUT DOORS and installed them in the nook that was left behind.
IKEA cabinets are a dream to install. It makes me want to do my entire kitchen with them.
Next up.. Paint and covering up the awful electrical box on the right side of the room. I waited to get the new light fixture up before I finalized my choice of wall color, but you can see that from the beginning I was looking at blue-green colors.
panels which slide together. They were a DREAM to work with. They are tongue and groove and come with prefab baseboards and chair rails. I did have to cut them down so they were slightly shorter (so not to run into the countertop) but they still worked wonderfully.
Lastly I added a small shelf above the washer and dryer with a couple pics of the girls and a couple baskets to hold the stuff I find in the pockets of the laundry. The brackets were $1.50 each and I bought, sanded and painted a 1x4 as the shelf ($5).
And that is that!
I LOVE IT!
Here is the breakdown of what it cost:
Cabinets: $180 (2@$90)
Ceiling box: $3
Light fixture: $40
Paint (cabinets, beadboard, trim, shelf): $25
Paint (walls): $25
Paint thinner (oil primer clean up): $15
Floetrol (to keep the paint finish smooth): $8
Tack cloths: $3
Cape Cod Bead Board Panels: $24 (2@$12)
Bead Board Chair rail/Baseboard: $13
Cabinet Hardware: $11
Shelf Brackets (2): $3
Shelf Lumber: $5
Wall hooks: $15
Glass Jars: $21
Wall decal: $15
TOTAL COST: $504
Not included in budget:
Sandpaper, sanding supplies, spray paint (brushed nickel for hinges), baskets, frames, laundry basket tags (I had a gift card or I wouldn't have bought them)
It took me a long time. I can't even figure out how many hours, but it took me at least 2 weeks of working on it every day. I would say at least 40+ man hours. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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