laundry room makeover, part 2

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You can refer to this post to see more “before” pictures, but here is a reminder of some “before” photos of the old laundry room…fake paneling on a wall, decades-old smelly cupboards, and white beige linoleum flooring with “enlongated” hospital grade toilet:

And two “after pictures” to show you what we’ve gotten done over the weekend, including changing our minds about cleaning the old toilet versus buying a new one, discovering how poor a product Pergo actually is, and finding no structural needs to fix (whew!):

See that white cupboard next to the toilet? I’ve had that since I had my own apartment. It’s been in our basement since our move here and it’s serving well as our new storage area. We lost a lot of storage area taking out the old (smelly) cupboards, but it was mostly holding junk that we should have taken to Goodwill long ago, and garbage we have no reason keeping.

The flooring caused us the biggest headache. We had originally picked out Swiftlock Laminate flooring ($90) for the entire room, but after several hours of trying to cut and fit and lock it together around several water pipes and holes for the toilet and washer drain, we gave up. It wouldn’t stay “locked” and the pieces never came together to ensure a water tight seal. Because you know how important it is for a bathroom to have water proof flooring (the biggest reason we re-did this room was the sub-floor, which “stank.” I’ll leave the smell to your imaginations.). So we took the flooring back and opted for a $50 sheet of linoleum which has the look (not feel) of a hardwood floor. I think it looks fabulous and it was installed within minutes (not hours! and kitchen scissors took care of all the holes – no need for the saws!).

I’m pleased with the look of the original exterior siding on the back wall. I think it helps with the country porch look-and-feel to the room (as this room was originally the kitchen exterior porch).

I hope to add more pictures when I finally finish the room. At least it’s half functional as of today!