The Laundry Room Makeover
Adding a shiplap accent wall in the laundry was the perfect style addition!
My laundry room was a sad, sad little room. I can’t even say that it was functional as the one available shelf was so high that I’d have to chunk the items I wanted to store in there up to that shelf. Needless to say it was a messy maze of sheets that almost made it… beach towels that almost made it… and paper goods that almost made it… etc. Then I also had “fall down.” This is when I’d stretch to my limit to reach an item on that one too high shelf, only to have all of the items that were under the coveted items come tumbling down on top of the washer or dryer depending on the side of the shelf from which I was pulling.
I needed a new system. So I sketched an idea. If you’ve seen my sketches before, you’ll see, I haven’t improved at sketching AT ALL, but it was clear enough to get the Mean Man to get the gist and that was all I needed. I showed a lower shelf over the washer and dryer and a double shelf to the right of the entrance.
Here are some before pics:
I think The Mean Man didn’t want to embarrass me because before he took these pics, he kinda straightened up things a bit. Normally there would be an unruly stack of towels and whatnot up on that high shelf, plus the fall downs from that shelf are usually on the dryer, and at the time, I happen to know there was a pile of sheets on the floor waiting to be washed. He doesn’t know that we are all very honest with each other about how not perfect we are!
So I told The Mean Man I thought I wanted to do shiplap for the back wall so we looked around the interwebs for some samples. Luckily a ton of people are decorating with it so we saw lots of examples. We purchased a sheet of plywood at Loew’s and had them rip it into 6″ boards. Marty then sanded them smooth so they’d hold the paint nice and smoothly.
We took down the existing too high shelf and removed its supports. Luckily the side walls were textured under those support blocks! All that was needed was to scrape off the caulk then paint those areas with some left over exterior paint we had in the garage.
Next he determined how long to cut the boards. Now our project was easy because the width of our laundry room is only 6′. Our boards just ran in straight rows. We still measured each board, however, because even though our house is new construction… that’s no guarantee that everything is square and even. Important tips… START AT THE TOP. Place the first board and make sure it’s level. If there are any gaps at the top or sides, you’ll just caulk those in. You don’t want your boards to seem like they’re running downhill. We used nickels for spacers.
Now in the meantime, prep on the shelving was being done. We bought two 2×12 boards and cut them to the size of the shelves we wanted. The long wall has two shelves that are almost 6′ long. The short wall has two shelves about 3′. Those boards were sanded, the edges rounded, they were stained, and had several coats of Polycrylic spray (sanding in between coats). They turned out beautifully!
Back to the shiplap… The Mean Man continued adding boards with nickel spacers until the wall was completed. The most tedious part was cutting out for the plugs and such. When all the shiplap is applied to the wall, then it’s time to caulk up any gaps. Then all of those nail holes had to be filled. After the caulk dried, we taped off the walls to get ready to paint the boards.
We used a Valspar paint with an eggshell finish- Pale Bloom is the color. It took two coats for complete coverage. The boards are pretty thirsty.
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