How to Make the Laundry Room an Enjoyable Space

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mama’s out there! I would love to be celebrating my Mother’s Day with the family and remodeling something of course šŸ™‚ But my little boy is sick so I will be tending to him today. Moms don’t get a day off, but that’s ok!

I have been MIA working on my laundry room attempting to bring it out of the 90’s and into the now! I have already put up new cabinets and added my no sew valance, but it needs so much more! When I start one project, it always snowballs into a lot more (which my husband loves).

I initially wanted to install the Board & Batten on the walls and change out the baseboard trim to a chunkier trim, but once I had the baseboards off, I decided it made more sense to replace the crappy linoleum floors first! The floors were a mustard yellow linoleum that was laid down around the washer and dryer and it was starting to roll up around the edges.

So far I’ve installed the new wall treatment, tiled the floor (still working on the closet), and painted the board & batten Nova White. Here is the list of materials I bought from Home Depot that I’ve used so far in the remodel..

  • Marazzi Dapple Gray 6 x 24 wood grain porcelain tile
  • 1/8″ Tile Spacers
  • 5 Sheets of EZ Hardie Backboard
  • Backboard Screws
  • 1 Bag Delorean Gray Sanded Grout
  • 1 Bag Large Stone and Tile Thinset
  • Rubber Grout Float
  • Sponge
  • Trowel
  • Grout Sealer
  • 8 1x4x8 MDF Boards
  • 10 1x3x8 MDF Boards
  • 1 1/2″ Nail Gun Nails
  • Wood Filler
  • Paintable Caulk
  • Nova White Paint

 

Even though I’m still working on this project, I will show you the steps I’ve taken so far! Start by demolishing and removing the old flooring. It all has to be taken out down to the subfloor so you can lay down the new backboard that goes underneath the tile. The floor underneath needs to be level so the porcelain tiles don’t shift. I also bought thinset that has flex in it that works well with larger tiles. Cut the backboard to fit the flooring and screw down the board with screws meant for that board. All boards should be flush and run from wall to wall.

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Starting with the tiles, the first row of tiles along the door way will be smaller tiles. These tiles are not to be laid in the brick pattern, but in thirds. We started with an 8″ tile and next to that was a 13″ tile and so on.. Work in a line as you go, but always start a new row with the shorter tiles. Hopefully that doesn’t sound like mumbo jumbo šŸ™‚ You lay these tiles the same way as any other tile by spreading the thinset evenly on the floor and make grooves with your tiling tool. Press the tile down and use spacers to separate the tiles evenly.

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Let the thinset dry for 24 hours before standing on it and once it’s dry, you can start grouting it. Spread the grout over the tile with the rubber grout tool, pushing the grout into the cracks. Let it stand for a couple of minutes and then use a wet sponge to wipe off the excess grout. It should dry for 24 hours without any foot traffic.

Now it’s time to seal the grout! There are so many steps in laying a floor that with drying time you really can’t use the floor for at least 2-3 days!! That was very hard for us šŸ™‚ Use a white cotton towel to wipe the sealer on the grout lines. Wipe off any excess with a dry cotton towel. Some sealers only need to dry for 3-5 hours so follow the directions on the bottle.

Finally, the floor is finished! If you are interested in installing the board & batten treatment on the wall, look at the tutorial here..

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I’m still in the process of painting the Nova White on the board & batten and trying to pick a color for the walls. I really like a teal, blue color so that’s the way I’m leaning. The utility sink in the laundry room is disgusting! Can you imagine what it looks like with all the projects I put it through?? I would love to get a sink cabinet in there with a deep utility drop in sink so it looks cleaner. Maybe in the near future if I’m lucky!

Here are the after pictures I have so far, but I will update once I am finished painting and putting the room back together. Watch for it! I already see a huge difference so I’m happy with it even though its still a huge mess! I hope you like the changes so far!

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