Laundry Room


…the cat will demo.

The other day, we shouted from the rooftops about FINALLY ordering the kitchen cabinets. We also mentioned we had a few projects up our sleeve that we want to accomplish before the kitchen cabinets are delivered (which will be a day or so before Thanksgiving).

The first item on our list is widening the laundry room closet door. Until now, the closet has housed odds and ends like tools we use on a semi-regular basis, spray paint, parts of light fixtures that came with the house, and shoes. Now that the completion of the kitchen is near in sight, we want to get our laundry room organization in tip-top shape. An organized house is a happy house. Therefore, the laundry room closet will soon be the “central hub” for paper towels, extra detergent, cleaning supplies, batteries, “everyday tools”, the “emergency box”, and so on. In order to make it as organized as possible, the widening of the door is key to be able to actually get to everything.

We’re also hoping to find a place in the laundry room, outside the closet, for shoes. Oh, and the microwave. A while back when we were planning the kitchen layout, we realized we hardly ever use the microwave. That being the case, we don’t want to use prime real-estate in the kitchen. In our apartment, there wasn’t much countertop space, so we kept the microwave in the attached walk-in pantry/laundry room. It worked out for us so well that we’d like to adapt that idea to this space as well. Now I’m getting a little too ahead of myself. But we’ll come back to all of that later.

The other morning, my dad came over just as I was walking out the door for an appointment. He said he was going to get started on the door. Not thinking a thing of it, I said, “Awesome! Thank you!” and headed on out. A few hours later, I came home to find that my dad had not only taken the existing door out, but he also removed the trim, cut the opening for the new door and even went and picked up the new double doors that we ordered! He’s Superman. Then it dawned on me… I FORGOT TO TAKE BEFORE PICTURES! I know, what kind of blogger am I?! I guess I wasn’t expecting that much work to be done in such a short amount of time. Here’s what I came home to…

He even managed to go ahead and move the hot-water heater for the plumber that was coming the next morning. I’m telling ya’ll… he’s Superman.

Oh yeah, the hot-water heater. That used to be in the closet where the big round non-tiled hole is. Ugh! No photo! Yesterday, we had it moved to the attached shed – which is right on the other side of that wall. We aren’t plumbers so we had a pro come out, move the pipes, and all that jazz. Last week, we asked a couple companies to come out, take a look and give us a quote. One place quoted us $500 and another quoted $150. Guess which one we went with ; ) Well, the work was done yesterday and they did a fab job. Since it was moved, it seems that the water gets hotter a lot faster, too. Score!

But what about those nasty gaps in the tile, right? Well, now that we have the door opening for the new closet cut, we get to move on to the second item on our list of to-do’s: replacing the laundry room floor. This is something we totally wish we would have done before moving into the house. But hey, you live and learn. The plan is to rip up the tile, add hardwood floors, then everything to match the rest of the house. That way, we’ll have cohesive flooring that will ultimately make the kitchen/laundry area feel bigger and more integrated.

To have the new wood installed, we called the same floor guy who installed the hardwood in the bedrooms and kitchen (he also tiled the hall and master bathrooms). He gave us a phenomenal price that included materials (wood, supplies, etc), ripping out the existing tile, laying down the hardwood, and even ripping out the vanity in the half bath! All to the tune of just $1,400. Yeah, we could have totally saved a few bucks by demoing the tile floor ourselves, but with our super hectic schedule at the moment (both house- and non-house-related) and with the great price, we couldn’t pass it up. Done deal!

Melvin (the floor guy) and his helper showed up this morning at 9:00. Around noon, I left the house for an appointment. I came back around 2:00 to find them packing up their trucks… it was finished! Seriously. That’s just freakishly fast. If my dad is Superman, maybe Melvin is The Flash! Did I mention the floors look amazing?!

Already, the room seems so much bigger! The gaps near the baseboards will be covered with shoe-molding, which will be put down after the floors are stained.

wood instillation

The closet is just waiting to be organized! I’m envisioning perfectly lined up rolls of paper towels and canned-goods in alphabetical order…. Okay, back to reality. A girl can hope though, right?

Melvin also ripped out the vanity in the half bath – which is something I’m so incredibly excited about, you have no idea! The plan at the moment is to replace it with a cabinet that matches the kitchen cabinets. Behind the mirror, we found a huge hole. I’m guessing it used to be a medicine cabinet back in the day. My mind has been swirling with paint options. I’m thinking either stripes like this or a stencil design like this. The jury is still out on that one. Either way, it will be nice to finally paint the very last non-painted area of the house.

The next step is to have the floors stained to match the rest of the house. We’ve called on the same guy who did the rest of the house (he’s a different guy from the floor guy). He’s scheduled to get started around this time next week. Until then, we’re going to be hanging the new closet doors, installing an exhaust fan in the half bath, painting the half bath, and possibly a few other projects we haven’t quite decided on yet. Either way, we’ll definitely have our hands full between now and then. Including making sense of the totally chaos that’s currently in the kitchen.

All of the stuff that was in the laundry room found it’s way into the kitchen and is messing up my brain. Totally. It’s definitely like nails on a chalkboard.

Btw, for you Richmonder’s… Our tile/floor guy is Melvin at MB Tile. And no, we weren’t paid, perked or given a discount for including this! I’m not even sure he knows we’re bloggers. Melvin (and his team) are super nice, trustworthy and do terrific work! 

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    Carrie @ DreamGreenDIY
    November 4, 2011 at 11:27 am

    You guys were BUSY!! It’s really coming along and looks fabulous =) Can’t wait to see how it all turns out…

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    November 4, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Wow! It’s going to look awesome!! I’m excited and it’s not even my house. haha!

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    Laura M
    November 4, 2011 at 11:59 am

    That’s going to look great!!

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    November 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    That’s so exciting! And that closet looks so big now that there’s a bigger door. (go figure right? hahah)

    About the bathroom, if you want it to feel larger, I’d go with horizontal stripes so it feels wider. But if you don’t care, then go with the stencil, it’ll be so pretty. 😉

    Weird question … does the non-stained floor have splinters on it? Can you walk on it until it gets stained? Or would that ruin it?

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      November 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      It doesn’t seem to have many splinters at all and we’ve been walking on it just fine. It’s just important not to spill anything on it because it’s raw wood and will soak anything that touches it right up and might even leave a spot after its been stained. So we’re treading lightly!

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    November 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    We left our microwave out of our kitchen design as well. I didn’t want to have to give up drawer space to house a microwave that we really only use for popcorn or defrosting certain things ya know? Once our pantry/laundry/mudroom area is complete I’m throwing it in there. I’m glad to see that there are other people out there that didn’t include the microwave in their main layout.

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    November 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Wow! Talk about progress! How exciting! I cannot wait to see how it all turns out. Good luck and have fun!

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