You are never gonna believe it. It’s a miracle. A legit Christmas miracle. Basically Santa came to our house and collaborated with Jeremy and I and now we are all doing the backstroke in a pool of eggnog and Christmas spirits. No. We didn’t DIY a pool….that would be awesome though.
Are you excited about this? Because things are gonna get real. We are gonna share a finished laundry room THIS WEEK! That is correct. You read that and I wrote it and it’s definitely happening. It is going to be our last reveal of the year and we are THRILLED. Some of you…the ones that have been here before….you understand the magnitude of this statement. We began tackling this renovation two and half years ago. It’s true. In May of 2013 we started this room and we have since birthed two children and finished other spaces. For whatever reason…don’t ask why….it just never was complete. I kinda chalked it up to being “the one that got away”. You know you have one of those. We started, got moving, but then faced obstacle after obstacle and then suddenly it was constantly filled with dirty jeans and muddy tshirts and we just ran outta steam. Well….I am really excited to say YES, it is complete. And YES, it is ready for it’s grand reveal.
If you would like to catch up on the past posts, you can read these bad boys….
Laundry Room Posts
So this is what it started looking like….all that deliciousness….
And Jeremy demo’ed the floors….
Then I started painting the trim, installed a light and painted the walls….
I also did a fun accent wall that has a cool ombre vibe. I don’t know if it will stay there forever, but I still love it 🙂
Then we moved everything back out to do the floors…
We tiled them and installed new trim…
I also built this sliding door to free up some space…
One of those hiccups in our progress was our dryer stopped heating….until Jeremy fixed it 🙂
We bought a big cabinet to recreate a sink area…
And rerouted some electrical and did some drywall work so that our backsplash would be uninterrupted….
And we got to the point where were ready for countertops. The problem was….what kinda countertops to put in?
At the very beginning, I said butcher block. That was always my first instinct and unfortunately the laminated versions they sell at home improvement stores and at Ikea were too small. Jeremy and I thought maybe we could diy some out of lumber. We even bought the boards and measured everything out to see what they would look like….
But we quickly scrapped that plan when we realized that we couldn’t’ get it smooth enough without a planer (which we don’t own)….
Then one time we were up in Chattanooga and visited one of our favorite stores – Southeastern Salvage. This place is like Bower catnip. We always plan our visits for family and always schedule in our favorite stop. Lo and Behold….countertop section…
Most times butcher block countertops are sold as the standard depth for countertops – 25″. But ours was gonna go over a washer and dryer and needed to allow for the hoses and all that…which was 32″. Thankfully they did sell tops that were deep enough and we immediately devised a “how to strap these bad boys to our car roof” plan.
We picked out our slabs and headed home!
Our first step was to sand the entire thing really well…
And Jeremy cut it to length…
Note that all that happened about a year ago. (see Jeremy’s stubble vs his current full beard)
So fast forward to this month and us starting back at the countertop process….
Jeremy needed to cut the holes out for the sink and he made a little video to share it….of course it is time lapse because he knows how his sweet lovah is into time lapse 🙂
Okay….now onto the whole staining process…
After a lot of research and testing, we decided to go with the Rust-Oleum Ash stain with a sealant top coat of WaterLox. The Ash stain was grayer than we wanted the end result to be…but we knew that our top coats would change the colors.
We simply did a section at a time to get a medium absorption time then we wiped off the excess with a paper towel.
Then came time for sealing. I had read a lot about how to seal these bad boys….imagine me at date night talking the pros and cons of sealants 🙂 It was very romantic. I wish I were kidding. Jeremy wasn’t into it 🙂
So in the end, I went with a marine grade sealant called Waterlox in satin. Everything I read gave it great reviews and highly recommended it – as long as you did proper application and allowed for the dry time between coats (24 hours between each coat!). I did about six coats with at least 24 hours between each coat. (THAT IS EXCRUCIATINGLY LONG!) I also sanded with 440 grit sandpaper in between them to make sure it was super smooth and cleaned them thoroughly between coats.
The Waterlox really warmed up the Ash stain color and I love love love the final result.
The sink area turned out great too and really sets off against the white of the cabinetry. These are all night time photos and you can see how warm they look.
Here it is during the daytime.
Not Ash but definitely not a super yellow walnut color either. It plays well too with the fact that our hardwood floors are just outside of the door and even though they don’t match perfectly, it is close enough to be neighbors.
And I think it is nice with the wall color. Like they would definitely be friends in real life.
Okay so onto the sink installation…see that little dropped-down area to the right? That is where the new sink would go…
Previously we had a utility sink….which was great for function but really, REALLY ugly.
And I had this vision of a complete kitchen sink in there with double bowls – one for soaking dirty baby clothes (goodbye blow-outs!) and the other for cleaning paint brushes and scrubbing out stains. We searched high and low for the perfect sink only to find one in our stash in the basement during our big clean-out.
In order to set it perfectly, I placed it on a flat surface with the countertop on top. It was placed EXACTLY where I wanted it and then I marked it’s location with a Sharpie underneath.
By tracing the edges of the sink and then also marking these little tick marks, I could get it perfectly placed even upside down.
Flipped everything over and put it back on it’s mark…
Then Jeremy and I placed all the brackets around the edges and he predrilled the spots for the screws.
Then we applied construction adhesive to the sink and flipped it over into place.
I attached the brackets and bada boom bada bing!
Bada boom bada bing means “hello sink” in Christmas.
A little more construction adhesive around the cabinet edge and we were really cooking with bacon…a couple screws underneath and we were actually EATING the bacon…
Doesn’t it look so good?!
We also used construction adhesive to attach the other countertop too. It lies on MDF supports and is going to sag-proofed in the middle with a removable storage shelf system. Also…my elfin ears are showing. My brother used to call me Spock growing up.
So there you have it….only a few years in the making….but definitely worth it. A new countertop for me! And tomorrow I get to share the whole tile adventure. It’s SO pretty and definitely something that I am super proud of….I mean, if a normal person can be proud of tile.