The long awaited laundry room reveal is finally here! After about a month of having everything that belongs in our laundry room, in our 4ft. wide hallway, I am thanking the heavens that the room is actually in functioning order again. There are still a couple of things that we want to do, but it's good enough for some reveal action!
Here's the before ... so gross, right!?
and the after:
Let's break it down:
Planked walls and hooks
We installed a floor to ceiling (10x10) wall of barn planks that we reclaimed ourselves. Found, cleaned, removed nails, animal poop, etc. We were able to locate three studs in this wall and mounted each board to all three studs.
I actually persuaded Brett to make a trip to Hobby Lobby one afternoon where we found these hooks. They match the knobs we used for the cabinet and I love them.
The hooks are hung above the folding bar that we installed. Below the bar are our laundry baskets. The main reason I wanted the planked wall was for support, making it possible to actually install a laundry bar and hooks. Without the planks, the crumbling plaster would have had us in a lot of pain.
The folding bar and shelf above the washer and dryer are made from cedar boards that we purchased form Lowes. We actually took out every single cedar board in the store and chose carefully which to use for the project (yes, while our kids were in the cart screaming at us, they put up with a lot!). We had them cut to size at Lowes and then took them home where they lived in our bedroom for a week, on saw horses, while Brett polyurethane-d them to absolute perfection.
I know you've heard about the backsplash project a few times. Like when I was so excited that we found the tile, and then when I was crying because it was so hard to install, and now I'm just bragging because it's so dang awesome.
We gave new life to the existing cabinet. We removed it from the wall, took it apart, painted it inside and out, rehung and centered it, and added new hardware. This paint project took us at least 2 weeks to complete.
Every room in your house should have a few things that you love in it ... even your laundry room.
We managed this project on a way way way tight budget:
Reclaimed boards and installation: free of cost, not free of work!
Hooks and knobs: $10.00 half off at hobby lobby
Cedar boards and poly: $35.00
Tile: $13.00 for 10 sq ft.
Mastic, Grout, and supplies: $40.00
Total Cost: $115.00
Everything else in the room are things that we already had, except that tiny washboard, which I picked up last Friday at goodwill for $1.00, so okay, $116.00 total.
So what do you think? Have I convinced you to make over your laundry room, or install a planked wall in your home, or do you think I'm crazy for even spending $100 in a tiny laundry room?