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.
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.
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.
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).
Surface prep is the key to seal it and hide the old pattern. First, fill in any gaps with spackling, when dry sand any bumps or residue, then prime the wallpaper (I used two coats to hide the pattern) with an oil based primer. Here is a helpful video explaining the steps on painting over old wallpaper with greater detail.
We added a shelf for additional storage above the washer and dryer, Matt cut 2 ½ x ½” boards to support the new 11” melamine shelf (supplies from Lowes) and attached it to the wall with wood screws and a brad nailer.
The flooring was poorly installed white vinyl, rather than replace it at this time I caulked the visible seams and covered it up with carpet tiles from FLOR. The drum semi-flush light is from Lowes. The space still needs a hamper and I’d like to add more hooks for drying pool towels on the right but for now it’s a huge change from what it was!
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