... scared the daylights out of me. Yo dogs, it's Friday. The laundry room is making steady progress. We'll get back to Slim in a minute. This room has turned into a bigger production than anticipated (doesn't this always seem to happen when it comes to DIY? yes. yes it does). But I love it - big or small progress is so gratifying. We've decided to replace the floor while we're ripping and tearing in there. The floor is currently laminate from the era that I mention all too much on here. While it's not in terrible shape or a pattern as wild as the blue walls, it's starting to wear down in high traffic areas and we all know what worn out laminate looks like. So while we're making dust and painting baseboard, we're going to do it right.
I know, I was apparently having trouble with spelling launDry.
We picked out a dark ceramic tile called Concrete and plan to spec out a dark grout to avoid visible stains, as it's the shoe-kicking-coat-dropping-laundry-doing-room. I'm also considering having the tiles cut as large planks (12"x24") for a more modern appeal. I would normally steer clear of a dark floor in a laundry room out of fear of it feeling too heavy in a small space. Since this is a transition space and we're working with 160 square feet, it should balance itself out with the light paint swatch you see below, called Intellectual Gray by Sherwin Williams. I used this color in many of the Starbucks stores I used to work on and it was well-liked by both designer and employee, for it's warm yet cool tones.
Before the pretty happens though, some more serious issues needed addressed. The laundry valve box was not installed properly and was causing the drywall to bow towards the washer and dryer. Cutting into walls is never fun, but we wanted to relocate some of the plumbing and electric anyways. We wanted to shift the washer/dryer further to the right, and get the utility sink's plumbing into the wall versus the floor for easier cleaning, etc. Once again, time to do it right. Patching and sanding the old shelf holes is also well underway as you can see.
We're also very excited to work with tall white bead-board behind the washer, dryer and utility sink. This is absolutely not an attempt to cover up the drywall patching we're about to do after the plumbing re-route. After our first house experience, we've seen all too many bad cover-up jobs. I've seen bead-board and open shelving done well in laundry rooms and would also like to have something other than painted drywall in such close proximity to the utility sink, so we're digging the idea of treated-wipeable bead-board. It's inexpensive and adds a bit of flair to an otherwise mundane room of the house. Here's a rough view of what we're thinking.
In other world news, Brian Boitano has a show on HGTV where he's re-habing an old family home in Italy. Brian Boitano, guys. The name rang a bell. After repeating it for a hot second, a whole bunch of childhood tv memories came over me, back to when I thought Nancy Kerrigan and the gang was the bomb. While Brian's silky sleeves and painted-on-pants will forever leave me feeling slightly uncomfortable, his triple axel was pretty sweet. But Scott Hamilton's back-flips... I shall stop.
That'll be enough spandex for a while... but Brian Boitano is what reminded me of Slim Goodbody. Stop it right now.
Go on with your bad self, Slim.