Laundry Room: Project Breakdown
May 26, 2010
Hiya everyone, thanks so much for all the compliments on the laundry room makeover! It really is such a rewarding redo for me, it feels so fresh, clean and organized in there – I’ve been washing and folding in anticipation of our getaway this weekend.
Some questions came, up so here we go !
Can you tell me more about how you painted the cabinets? – Lynn
How did you paint the cabinets so quickly and effortlessly? -Kate
I’ve gotta tell ya gals, for me, painting cabinets is neither quick nor effortless! It’s actually quite time consuming and labor intensive, because I don’t rush it and I follow several steps. But in the end, it’s always worth it. I don’t own a sprayer (yet!), so here’s how I painted these by hand.
First, I always start with an oil based primer – I’m just old school like that when it comes to painting cabinetry. I also use an additive called Penetrol to condition my primer to reduce drag in the paint as it dries, and to minimize brush strokes. It really does help. I prefer to use a high quality angled 2” paintbrush when working with cabinetry or furniture by hand.
I roll the primer on for even coverage with a roller, then follow up with a brush over the entire front and back of the cabinet doors.
To avoid cleaning my brush between covering the front and back with primer, I used Rhoda’s trick and wrapped my paintbrush in plastic wrap and put in in the fridge to keep it from drying out. After my primer was dry, I lightly sanded my cabinet doors with a medium grade sanding wedge.
I considered using oil based paint for my cabinets like I did in my kitchen, but this time I decided to try a water based paint on these laundry room cabinets, since they don’t get as much traffic as my kitchen or bath cabinets.
I experimented with Valspar’s Kitchen and Bath Enamel. I must confess it was nice working with this paint instead of oil because the clean up is so much easier ! Two coats of paint, lightly sand between coats if necessary to remove drips or brush marks.
Time will tell if this paint holds up over time. My fingers are crossed !
Has anyone else used this particular paint on your kitchen or bath cabinetry ? Are you pleased with it over time?
The color I chose was ‘Cream Delight’ and this shade of white is true to its name! It’s not as vanilla as another favorite ‘Heirloom White’ but it’s not a bright white either. I think I just might use this same shade when I redo the hall bath later this summer !
Another upgrade was adding crown to the top of the cabinetry and also adding basic satin nickel knobs. Just those two details made a lot of difference.
My favorite thing is the shelf above the machines – your shelf is perfect for using that wasted space. – Jess
Thanks Jess ! The shelf was created with some basic plywood cut to fit the space, then primed and painted to match the cabinetry. I also primed and painted the oak laundry sorter with the same ‘Cream Delight’ by Valspar.
To support the shelf, I added some 1/2” x 2” birch all around, then screwed the supports into the wall studs. The shelf sits right on top.
I also added these shelf liners to the wall to create a wallpapered look along the back. Double sided tape baby !
Ordinarily, I’m not a scented drawer liner kind of gal, but the fragrance is subtle and they smell goooooood – like a laundry room shooooouuuuuld.
What is that little cabinet across from the machines ? –Linda
Is that a bench in there ? -Megan
Nope, not a bench, that’s a plain three compartment laundry sorter that I’ve had forever. It made no sense to buy a new laundry bin when this one works perfectly fine, it just needed a fresh coat of paint – now I’m loving the fresh white beadboard paneling!
Can you post how you made the delicate drying rack ? -Shauna
Where did you get that chandelier ? Amy B. & Sheila
I found this chandy at Lowe’s and loved the flirty shape but not the color or plastic floral beads, so I removed those. It was $85 with a coupon, a little pricey for my taste, but I couldn’t find what I wanted for less.
I cheated on my usual ‘Heirloom White’ and used Rustoleum’s ‘Gloss White’ to lighten it up to compliment the cabinetry. Make sure whenever you spray paint a light fixture to tape off the electrical cords and sockets !
Because the old fixture was centered in the room, and I wanted the chandy centered on the shade, I swaged it with a chain and specialty ceiling hook.
How did you install the chandy ?
I, or should I say ‘we’, followed the instructions that came with the chandelier. Mr. CG was kind enough to do the deed for me, bless his taller frame. Changing a light fixture is truly simple if you just follow the steps as directed.
And be sure to turn off your power first !
How did you make the shade with the ribbon trim ? -Susan
Susan, I’m going to spill the beans about this shade, but I think it deserves its very own post !
Warning though. For those of you who have visions of a nifty tutorial of how to make your own fully functioning flat fold roman shade, brace yourself – mine’s a fake. Yep, a fake. Let’s just keep that between you, me, and the blogosphere shall we ?
Oh, and before I forget, the ironing board hangs right at the entrance, you can catch a glimpse of it to the left below.
Here’s some other sources too:
Personalized baskets: Pottery Barn Kids; Teal rug: Crate + Barrel; Paint: Valspar’s ‘Cream Delight’; Wall paint: Restoration Hardware’s ‘Silver Sage’ cut in half with white; Decorative paper behind shelf: The Container Store (drawer liners); Shade fabric: Joann’s Fabrics Linen ‘Faux Batik’ in blue; Chandelier: Porfolio from Lowe’s, spray painted white; Tray: Kohls; Garden stepping stones: local boutique; Jute bag, Pier One; Drying Rack: how-to here; ‘Suds’ container how-to here.
Thanks as always to you friends for reading !