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May 8, 2011 / mish

No more dirty laundry.

Literally. As in we can use the laundry machines again because they are back in the laundry room plugged in and ready to use. Yeay.

In all the excitement of moving in to this place, we must have forgotten to take some clear “before” photos. We just went straight into ripping up the carpet the moment we could get our hands on it. So here is a very poorly pieced together photo of the laundry room, what I could pull together at least. You’ll have to use your imagination. The cabinet to the left of the machines was an old school hamper that pulled out and weighed about 15 pounds. We ripped that out right away.

Then last month, we got around to painting the cabinets and adding new hardware.

And last week, Michael laid down the hardibacker and started work on the floor. (And for those of you that actually read this blog, we did go with the darker grout- thanks for all the advice!)

And this weekend, we finished off the final touches: painted the door, added baseboard, and added the light fixture.

Eventually, the plan is to add a smallish cabinet to the left of the washing machine, an updated version of the old hamper that used to be there.


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  1. Ella / May 8 2011 11:54 pm

    Now the space looks like from IKEA catalog, beautifull. You can make cabinet next to washing machine with top were you could do ironing on.

  2. erin / May 9 2011 9:13 am

    it looks amazing you guys! love it. great job on the floors, michael. it looks just like michelle dreamed, like one big slab. i can’t wait to see it in person.

  3. Tom Arnold / May 9 2011 1:39 pm

    What a transformation – looks so clean and sharp – like Erin we also cannot wait to tread on those tiles!!!

    Keep up the good work!

  4. thehouseonpennylane / May 10 2011 7:46 pm

    Wow! The cabinets are just stunning. This inspires me to finally take on our kitchen cabinets. What paint color and finish did you use? Hardware? Sorry if you’ve already mentioned it, I don’t much “read” blogs 🙂

    • mish / May 11 2011 5:17 pm

      Thank You!
      Painting the cabinets was quite tedious. We took the doors down, sanded and filled each door and then used TSP to clean them.
      Then 2 coats of Aura Benjamin Moore Semi Gloss White. We painted the edges with a brush first, then rolled the interior side with a small roller. Then hung them on their hinges, and rolled the fronts. We found that the key was to roll in LONG strokes to avoid any streaking or marks.
      We did leave the doors open and cabinets empty for about 3 weeks to a month to let them cure. Otherwise the paint would stick and chip.
      The hardware is the same we used in our hallway, the IKEA Metrik collection. IKEA has the handles still, but they no longer carry them in black – only silver.
      Thanks again for your comment!

  5. vanessa / May 17 2011 12:47 pm

    Wow this is a great makeover!! I love the dark floors! Your hubby did a great job. Thanks for sharing the link with me and I can’t wait to see more projects.

  6. chi / Jul 5 2014 5:54 am

    looks great! well done. just wondering is it normal practice to tile the whole floor when you have tall cupboards (opposite the washing machine and dryer)???


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