In addition to our newly renovated kitchen, my husband and I also just recently renovated our laundry room. I initially thought we were crazy for trying to tackle both these projects at once, but the laundry room was a surprisingly easy task to take one once I set a schedule for myself and decided what I wanted to do!
Our laundry room was awful before I gave it a little TLC. So awful I was too embarrassed to show the photos here. The walls were really dark red-brown stained wood. The floor is concrete, so it had a really ragged, dirty rug covering it from the previous owner. The color of the rug is still questionable. And the cabinets that were originally in here were plastic, and so dirty we were scared to use them. So if I can do it in one weekend with those challenges in the way, you can too!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Paint rollers
- Paint trays
- Paint (we used Olympus White)
- Small coat rack
- Unfinished cabinets
- Hardware for cabinets
- Move everything out of the room to make the process quicker and easier for you. Don’t worry – it’s only for the weekend!
- Put a coat of primer on the walls.
- Get started early so you don’t waste anytime! Grab a cup of coffee, and get to it as soon as you can.
- Put your first coat of paint on the walls.
- While the walls are drying, whitewash your cabinets (we did this in a separate space – a garage works great, if you have access.) Leave the whitewash on for just a few minutes, and then wipe it off and let sit.
- While your whitewash is drying, put a second coat of paint on the walls.
- Cut in your paint on the corners and near the trim work.
- Put a second coat of whitewash on your cabinets. After letting it sit for a few minutes, wipe off the excess.
- Call it a day and get some rest and a drink!
- Check your cabinets and fill in any errors where needed. Add a coat of varnish to each of the cabinets. Let dry.
- Hang a shelf for your ironing board and put your washer and dryer in place. (If you have a multi-functional room, like ours, place any other large items in the room at this point, too.)
- Measure for and hang your cabinets.
- Add hardware to your cabinets.
- Add the finishing touches – a trash can for lint, a rug, etc.
- Organize your cabinet space with detergent, dryer sheets, and any items you’ll want to access quickly from this area. Make sure every item has a specific home so it doesn’t get cluttered!
- Admire your handiwork – you’ve earned a pass from doing any laundry this weekend!
Check out these painting tips and tricks before you get started!