Before & After

Laundry Room Refresh

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Every two months I partner with Better Homes and Gardens products for Walmart. Since January is all about a fresh start, it was the perfect opportunity to give the laundry room at the Las Vegas house a refreshed look for the new year. The makeover took only a few days, it was simple and budget friendly, but completely transformed the space from dingy and dated to fresh and fabulous!

Here’s the before and after, details on the makeover to follow.

laundry room before paint

 

laundry room makeover

This house has no hallway linen closet so these cabinets tucked in the corner serve the same function. The cabinets were in great shape, but the off-white paint had yellowed over time so instead of replacing them, repainting them made the most sense.

white painted laundry room cabinets copy

To refinish them, I lightly sanded them with a medium grit sanding wedge to remove any debris then primed with Zinnser’s oil based primer. I painted over them with two thin coats of ‘White on White’ semi gloss leftover from when we painted the home’s doors and baseboards. (For more in depth details on how to refinish cabinets, read this post). The wall color is the same as in the kids’ room (also leftover paint) and a pretty shade of pale aqua blue, ‘Melting Moment’ by Behr.

Hardware always makes a difference, these are simple oval knobs in brushed nickel I found at Home Depot.

knobs

Also there was the issue of the old wallpaper. Stripping is always the first and arguably better option, we dealt with that headache downstairs, but in this space I took a different approach. I primed and painted over it which you can do if the wallpaper is in good shape (no rips or tears).

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Builder Grade to Floating Vanity

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Welcome back to a new year and a brand new week! First I must say "Yay for the return of Downton Abbey!" I’ve ignored all spoilers and enjoyed the beginning of Season 5 last night with a cup of tea as a Sunday evening January tradition!

I thought I’d kick off the year with one of the projects we completed during our holiday stay at the fixer house in Las Vegas. A few months ago I posted about plans for the master bathroom vanity and went back and forth between stain and paint but opted for gray paint for two reasons. 1) I’ve had mixed success staining oak, often it enhances the grain and always requires stripping varnish which is more work. 2) Since natural light comes only from adjacent rooms it made sense to go with a pale paint instead of dark stain in this vanity space.

We began this remodel by repurposing instead of replacing the existing vanity to save money. After removing the old mirror and countertop, we updated by transforming the builder grade cabinet into a floating vanity raised to a 33" height.

builder grade turned floating vanity

To achieve the look and new height, first we extended the floor tile so that it would continue all the way to the back wall. My Dad helped Matt modify and install the cabinet. They cut off the old base with a jigsaw so only the vanity cabinet remained.

cut off base

Next they hoisted up the vanity so that it sat at a new height of 33" (with countertop and plywood base it will be 34 ½") instead of the old 29" height which felt too low.

hoisted vanity

The guys secured it to the wall with the help of 2x4s. They added "legs" in the corners and 2×4 boards along the back to support the base, making sure there was enough space for the plumbing to clear the bottom of the cabinet base at its raised height. Additional 2x4s helped secure the sides of the vanity cabinet to the wall to the studs.

rear support

2x4 in wall

I had an idea to swap the doors around, as nice as the raised panel cabinet doors were, I thought I’d experiment and swap the door fronts, flipping around the back to expose the Shaker style instead.

reverse doors

I filled in any cracks and the holes from where the old hinges were attached with spackling then sanded it before priming.

spackling primer

I also beveled the edges of the drawer fronts, removing the curved ogee edge with an orbital sander so they were refinished as curved and smooth.

beveled edges

Primer and paint assisted with the disguised reversed doors and sanded drawer fronts, I’m so pleased with the outcome !

shaker style bathroom cabinet door

 

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