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The winner is Brei Hauser!
Have you picked your jaw up off the floor yet? Yes, you read that right. $500 Home Depot gift card, baby! I am super excited to have partnered up with Maytag, P&G, And Home Depot to offer this fun giveaway :) But first, let’s chat about laundry rooms. More specifically, mine.
I hate doing laundry. And I think at least a little bit of it has to do with the hole in the wall I call my laundry room. Take a gander at what I had to work with people. It ain’t pretty.
Since this is in the basement, the walls are cement. And then there is a thin layer of plaster over the cement. The layer of plaster is cracked in some places and was falling off around the window.
This picture was taken right before I ripped the ceiling down. I needed the lathe and plaster ceiling off so I could tuck all the wires and duct work in the ceiling. Plus we had some plumbing issues and it was easier to address them with the ceiling off.
Now we are in the process of putting it back together. Do you want to see my first project in the laundry room???
Gray Wood Planked Walls
I added wood planks to the walls and then stained them gray!!! I also framed the window. I have been planning on doing this FOREVER. I asked Minwax for some gray stain I think 6-9 months ago. I am lame and I am just now getting to it. Our basement already has wood planked walls in some areas that are original to the house. So it seemed a natural choice to choose the wood planks in here. instead of painting them white (that is so popular right now) I chose to stain them gray. A) Because I adore gray stain and B) my washer and dryer are white and I thought gray would look better :)
Here is how I did it:
*First you need to fur out the wall. You add 2x4s or 2x3s to the wall. This is so that the pipes and wires will have a place to fit and hide, and also so you have something to nail the boards into. If you are doing this in a room that is not a basement you can obviously skip this step.
*I went with tongue and groove boards instead of cutting plywood into strips (which can be cheaper) because I was not nailing the boards directly to the wall. For this 7 1/2 by 7 1/2 wall it was less than $60. And it saved me a ton of time. Nail it up, putty, sand, wipe clean, and you are ready to stain!
*I was trying to decide between Weathered Oak and Classic Gray Stain by Minwax. I ended up with Classic Gray. I posted about it on instagram ( I always give my instagram follower sneak peeks!) and many of you wanted to know where to buy it. It is relatively new but most Home Depots should carry it. Each store chooses which colors they carry though so some may not have it. Walmart carries the Weathered Oak, and you can get both on Amazon as well. If you have Menards stores in your area, they carry a large selection of Minwax stains.
*The next step would be to seal it. I was planning on it. It is, after all, what you are SUPPOSE to do. But I really love the matte look. So I am not sure now.
I used 1×4 and 1×6 on the inside of the window, plus window casing (molding) around the outside so it would have a finished look.
I will be building a custom sized tall crate to go next to the dryer. It will catch all the clothes coming down the laundry chute. HA! Remember when I decided to cut a hole in the floor one day? Probably not. It was in my very early blogging days. But let’s just say that my hubby came home to a giant pile of debris on the porch. The laundry chute is the metal box jutting out of the ceiling. It will be trimmed down and made flush with the new ceiling.
And here is the ‘ole side by side comparison!
I am far from finished but I love how it looks! I am going for a glamorous vintage industrial look. I can’t wait to have storage and have it function well. Here is a mood board to show you what I am thinking….
Before we get to the $500 gift card giveaway I wanted to let you know about a Sweepstakes where you could win a $5,000 laundry room redesign!!! It ends soon so hurry and enter. Click here to enter.
Part of the prize pack includes an e-design from Jenny from The Little Green Notebook . She has some tips for overhauling and organizing your laundry room:
Dealing with a dark, cave-like laundry room is a chore in and of itself! By taking off the doors on a few of your upper cabinets, you’ll open up the space and create a place to store baskets. In this laundry room, we assigned baskets for every member of the house, which makes sorting a breeze!
Why not decoupage or paint insides of cabinets for a fun pop of color? It’s a guaranteed smile each and every time you reach for your detergent.
Don’t like the cabinets, floors and countertops in your laundry room? Every surface can be painted or resurfaced! For less than $30 in materials, the outdated linoleum, brick pavers and old, dark cabinets were updated in this laundry room with paint and with a concrete overlay product.
A rolling laundry butler can be your best friend, doing triple duty with a hanging bar, a rolling basket and a drying rack. It’s the perfect choice for a laundry room with limited space that hasn’t been updated in a few decades.
Don’t neglect your laundry room walls! Hanging interesting art and mirrors will elevate your room and make it feel less utilitarian and more “homey”. Suddenly those 400 loads of laundry most of us will do this year might actually be enjoyable!
Alright, ready for the giveaway??? #BrilliantHEClean Prize Pack:
***Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents. You must be 18 years or older to enter. The giveaway starts August 9th and goes until August 16th. The winner will be announced Monday August 19th on my blog. The winner will be chosen by random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.***
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*This post was sponsored by P&G. I was compensated for my time on this project with a gift card for materials. BUT as always, the thoughts and opinions are allllllllll MINE :)