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Laundry Room Makeover – Phase I Progress

January 9, 2014

Well.  Remember a few months ago I blogged about starting a makeover on my laundry room and I said it would be done in 2 months?

Well here we are 5 months later and I am just now getting around to seriously putting in some elbow grease to spruce the place up.

I am dividing the project into 3 phases. Phase I involves patching, sanding and painting the walls, cabinets and doors and scrubbing the grout. Phase II will be organizing and painting inside of the two closets in the space, creating a chalkboard command center and painting the ceiling. Phase III is styling the space with curtains, rugs etc.

Here are a few before photos to jog your memory about the space

Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Makeover

Laundry Room Makover

I did all of the hardwork except for the door to the garage. The Mr. was nice enough to prime that for me.

I had to do my fair share of spackling, caulking and sanding as a result of the house settling and the prior owners being hammer and nail happy people.

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Once the spackling and sanding and all that stuff was done it was finally time to paint. I climbed up on the ladder and went to work.

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Here are a few tips and recommendations in the event you are going to be doing some home improvement projects any time soon.

  • Invest in  good paint brushes. It makes all of the difference. I used Shurline and another expensive edging brush that I picked up from The Home Depot. These brushes and rollers have made my life so easy when it comes to coverage and getting clean edges.
  • Break the project up in phases. My head is spinning at the amount of work I still have to do to be done but it makes me feel a little better that it has been broken down into manageable tasks.
  • Use good paint. The wall color is Glidden’s Mid Day Mocha. The cheapster in me wanted to go with the regular paint but I sprung for the $27 gallon of Glidden Duo which has the paint and primer in one. Covered like a dream. The walls were filthy and not to mention an ugly and I mean ugly shade of gold and the paint covered in one coat. I put two coats on for good measure but to be honest I really didn’t need it.

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Laundry B&A

I still have to paint the doors, cabinets and trim as what you are seeing is primer. I tried my best to scrub the grout, unfortunately it is the color of the grout and despite all of the elbow grease I could muster I’m stuck with that grout until we are in a position to replace it *throws things* I hope to find a nice runner to cover it up.

So there you have it. I hope to have Phase I completed sooner than later. I’ll be back with the Phase I reveal. I don’t know when but it surely won’t be 5 months from now….I don’t think.

Have you recently completed a home improvement project or have any plans to start one?

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