Here is a look at some of the finishing touches that I plan to add to our laundry room. I'm going for a modern coastal sort of vibe in here, and I think this artwork by Susie Bettenhausen is total perfection for this space.
Now that you've seen the pretty stuff, let me show you the not so pretty stuff (I apologize for the unedited iphone photos, but I'm just keeping it real in this post). Last year our contractor put in our new dryer venting, but somehow felt it was ok to leave us with this mess.
Yes, this was his "high quality" work that we were promised. No, I would never, ever recommend him even to my worst enemy. If you live in Dallas and want to know who
to hire, shoot me an e-mail. Luckily (or not so luckily), I had already learned how to do some serious drywall repair due to another issue he left us with, so fixing this was fairly easy.
My non-contractor work far exceeds anything he was able to give us!
Last Thursday we took out our old flooring and prepped for the new floor.
We started tiling on Friday night, and surprised ourselves by getting the floors tiled and grouted by early Sunday evening, allowing us to have a little bit of time to relax over the weekend.
We put in the new cabinets on Monday and got the door painted and hung by Monday night.
This floor-to-ceiling cabinet is my organizational dream. It holds all of my cleaning supplies perfectly.
We will lower the shelf above the washer and dryer once we tile the backsplash, which we've decided to extend along the back wall (thank you for your input last week!). It looks a little plain now, but once the countertops, backsplash, new hardware, and accessories are installed, it will add much needed texture.
I'm still on the fence about my light fixture situation. The cabinet doors clear our current light by less than 1/2", which makes me a little nervous about my light fixture choice. Right now, moving it isn't an option because we just recently had the walls and ceiling skim coated and I really don't want to mess with repairing the ceiling myself. If the light fixture I chose doesn't work, my plans are to use it in our hallway and convert this to recessed lighting for now. Stay tuned for how this pans out!
Here is what we have left to finish:
Install new flooring
Install baseboards - These are cut and ready to be painted!
Possibly install crown molding This is now out due to the height of the cabinets.
Install new cabinetry
Paint interior door and water heater closet door
Replace water heater closet door hardware
Install cabinetry hardware
Install marble countertop
New light fixture
Finish painting walls and ceiling
Install solar tube lighting for natural light. After looking at the Solatube lighting this weekend I found that I was not a fan of the fluorescent looking light the tubes gave off. We're getting all of our windows replaced in a couple of weeks, so we're going to talk to them about how much it would be to add a completely new window into the space.
New rug, art, baskets, and hooks
As always, don't forget to check out the rest of the linking participants to see the progress they've made, and come back next week when we plan to have baseboards installed, new countertops picked out, and the backsplash started!