Laundry Makeover Part 2 - Paint, Paint + More Paint

In my last post, I shared the demo and prep process for getting my laundry room ready to paint. In case you missed it, this required scraping wallpaper and removing carpet as well as lots of cleaning and prep to get the surfaces and space ready.

In the spirit of honesty, I will apologize now as the photos in the post are not the greatest. They were either snapped quickly in the process of painting or have poor lighting since the ceiling light is fluroescent drop lighting and lots were taken at night. Just keeping you informed :)

Anywhoo, my painting started with the dated laminated cabinets.


I knew I wanted them to be white and I didn't want to waste any time priming the surfaces before painting so I decided to use chalk paint. I have talked about my love for chalk paint before since it adheres to any surface and you don't have to sand or prime prior to painting. My only complaint is the cost. So I decided to try making my own chalk paint for this project. I turned to Pinterest for directions and then headed to the hardware store for Plaster of Paris along with a gallon of the store brand (cheap) ultra white paint in flat. I used a red solo cup for mixing and sort of "wung" it  I put about an inch of Plaster of Paris in the bottom of my cup and then added some hot water and stirred well. Once I had a thick, smooth consistency, I added my white paint and again stirred well. I applied this to the cupboard doors using a combo of a bristle brush and a foam roller. I applied two coats, allowing the paint to dry in between. I sanded the doors lighter as chalk paint usually leaves a rougher texture and visible brush strokes.

I also spray painted the cabinet pulls with black spray paint for an updated look. I am really happy with the outcome of my DIY chalk paint and have a ton left for other projects. I am thrilled with the updated look of the cabinets and at this point of the project, was very excited to continue to see progress!! 


Next, I painted the walls. I had half gallon of Behr Silver Drop on hand which I used for my main floor and entryway. I decided to use this for the walls (because I had it already and) because I wanted a light and airy grey. It was really easy painting the walls since the chair rail and trim had been removed so I really only had to cut in at the ceiling. Then I used a roller for the rest.


I also painted the plumbing pipes that run from the ceiling to the laundry tub to camoflouge them a bit  


I also had Behr ultra white semi gloss on hand so I put a fresh coat on all of the trim and chair rail which again was super easy since it was off the wall. I also painted the furnace/ hot water tank closet door and spray painted a spare set of pulls I had to match the cabinet hardware. 

   I also painted the back of the door to match the patio door and spray painted the door knob black (Which isn't even visible in this photo) 


I also painted the back of the door to match the patio door and spray painted the door knob black (Which isn't even visible in this photo) 


Now that the cabinets, walls, doors and trim were all painted, it was time for the floor! I mentioned in my last post how it was important to work from the top to the bottom. This allowed me to be a bit careless about drips while painting the cabinets and walls since I would be painting the floor anyways. 

I did a bunch of research on painting concrete floors and ultimately decided to use Behr Porch and Patio paint in Slate Grey which is a pre-mixed colour. I could have chosen my own colour but I was already wanting grey with a slight charcoal/blue undertone and thought this would work well. 

I started by moving my washer, dryer and freezer out of the way and painted underneath each of them. I let this dry for about an hour and it seemed dry to the touch so I moved the appliances back into their place. I could have painted around them but they were easy to move and now the entire floor is painted. Painting a floor is literally the easiest thing ever!! I cut in with a brush but didn't have to be too careful since the trim wasn't attached. Then I dumped a small circle of paint on the floor and used by extendable roller to roll it out. I worked my way from one door to the other. Make sure you don't paint yourself into a corner! I turned my oscillating fan on and let this dry for about 2 hours. I was sooo pumped at how perfect it looked! It obviously isn't perfect when you really inspect it, but for a laundry room basement floor I would say it looks pretty awesome! I didn't even do a second coat because I was so happy with the results of the first! I did a few touch ups with a brush where the roller hadn't completely covered a spot or crack. I purchased a gallon but a quart would have sufficed. Now I have lots on hand should I need to repaint it.  


I absolutely love how paint can transform a space like it did for this room!! Taking it from dark and dated to bright and fresh, it makes me so happy!! Although I did have some of the paint on hand when I started this makeover, I also purchased just over $100 worth of new paint for the cabinets, walls and floor with plenty leftover.

Paint for this Project;

DIY Chalk Paint for Cabinets

-Plaster of Paris 

-ultra white paint in Flat  

Wall Paint

-Behr Silver Drop in Eggshell  

Trim/ Chair Rail / Closet Door

-Behr Ultra White in Semi-Gloss 

Interior /Exterior Doors  

-Premier Door and Siding Paint in Lights Out  

Floor paint  

-Behr Porch and Patio Paint in Slate Grey  


Im not quite ready for the full reveal as I have more details on styling as well as a few more DIY projects I did to complete the space. So excited for the room to be finished and to share some nicer pictures with you. But I'll save that for another post :) 

Jess xx  

Laundry Room Makeover Part 1 - Demo + Prep

Lately it has seemed that my To Do list is always a mile long and that there are not enough hours in the day! I was taking a bit of a break from bigger projects and room makeovers and instead worked on completing some furniture painting/updating along with a few wood projects using materials I already had on hand.

Recently I decided to tackle making over my laundry room. I had originally planned to work on it this winter but then decided to hold off in an attempt to save some money and finish some smaller projects around the house. I knew I didn't want to spend a ton of money but wanted to be able to give this room a much needed update and fresh look. I have seen a ton of beautiful laundry room makeovers lately, especially those revealed recently for the #oneroomchallenge. This inspired me so much! Typically, I wouldn't really care too much about a basement laundry room, however our house has a walk out basement and the downstairs exit to the backyard is located in the laundry room. I couldn't stand the pink wall paper, burgundy carpet and dated laminate cabinets any longer!! 


We don't have much carpet in the house and this was the only place that was wallpapered. Seriously, who wallpapers and carpets a basement laundry room? So one night, I decided to start demo-ing. I was really curious to see how easy or difficult pulling up the carpet was going to be so I moved the furniture and started at the corner. I had already started reading tutorials for removing carpet and glue from concrete to prepare it to paint. I was SOOOO happy to find out that there was barely any glue used other than at the door and under the washer and dryer.


The trim was really what was holding the carpet in place so I quickly popped it off the walls (without even needing tools) and rolled the carpet up to take to the trash. This really got the ball rolling! Goodbye stinky old carpet, see ya never! To prep the floors for painting, I did not do everything that I had read in the tutorials. I had learned about removing carpet glue by applying lacquer thinner but since there was barely any glue, I skipped this all together. I was not concerned about the glue under the washer and dryer as it was probably 30 years old and therefore wasn't sticky any more, it just left a bumpy surface after the carpet was gone. Similarly by the door, there was a small section of glue but I knew there would always be a door mat here covering it so I decided to skip removing the glue all together. Call me lazy, but I wasn't going to waste time or money purchasing the lacquer thinner required and taking the time to remove something that wouldn't be showing anyways. This lady has got better things to do! The concrete floor had been painted prior to the carpet so there were some areas that were chipped. I used my palm sander to smooth these areas down and then swept and vacuumed, swept and vacuumed as best as I could. Then the floor was ready for paint!! I will be sharing all my paint details in another post :)

Removing the carpet and prepping the floors was pretty straight forward. The wallpaper was a bit more labour intensive. I remember peeling wallpaper as a kid growing up in a century home but had never done this on my own. Thankfully, only the upper halves of the walls were wallpapered and the bottom half was painted with a chair rail separating the two. Bizarre, right?! Anyways, I peeled the top layer off pretty easily, exposing the paper backing. I got a bucket of hot water with some vinegar and fabric softener added to it. I used a rag to saturate the paper backing with my hot water mixture. I did small sections at a time, getting the paper wet and waiting a few minutes. Then, I used my scraper and removed the paper from the walls. Some pieces came off extremely easily and in large sections. Some were more stubborn. I worked my way around the room until every bit of paper was gone. Then I got a new bucket of hot soapy water and wiped down the walls to remove any glue residue. I let this dry overnight before painting.

What the walls looked like after the wallpaper was removed and the walls were wiped down. 

What the walls looked like after the wallpaper was removed and the walls were wiped down. 


In the midst of removing carpet and wallpaper, I also painted the laminate cabinets and spray painted the hardware. More details to come on this and my DIY chalk paint.

Cabinets after chalk paint, prior to distressing slightly and reattaching spray painted hardware.  Such a difference the white makes in brightening things up!!  

Cabinets after chalk paint, prior to distressing slightly and reattaching spray painted hardware.  Such a difference the white makes in brightening things up!!  

This is the hardware before spray paint  

This is the hardware before spray paint  

It was important with this project to work my way from the top to bottom. Since I would be painting the floors, I made sure that all the painting of the walls and cupboards was done prior to this step as I didn't want to spill or slop on my newly painted floors or destroy them with wallpaper glue.

If you follow me on Instagram, I have made references to my laundry room makeover the past few weeks but have yet to share any progress photos. I am really excited to share the entire thing once it is completed and styled!! I thought I would share the demo + prep process as this was a huge part of the project. Our house is just under 30 years old and was in good condition when we moved in 5+ years ago therefore we have never had to prep a space like I did for the laundry room. Some aspects were really fun and made me feel accomplished but it was also challenging and time consuming. I am so excited for this room to be done! Stay tuned for all the painting details and then the final reveal :)

Jess xx

Downstairs Bathroom Makeover

It's been a few weeks since completing our downstairs bathroom makeover and I am finally sharing the details. While I was on my painting kick, this bathroom was next on my list. Big surprise, it was beige and it had to go!! It also had some awesome glass wall attachments that I was so happy to say bye-bye to!

I forgot to take my BEFORE pictures before I taped things off and started painting trim but at least I remembered to do these pics at all because I usually don't :S Also, no cleaning or prepping the space for pictures + terrible lighting--enjoy :)

I forgot to take my BEFORE pictures before I taped things off and started painting trim but at least I remembered to do these pics at all because I usually don't :S Also, no cleaning or prepping the space for pictures + terrible lighting--enjoy :)

I started by removing all of the above mentioned wall attachments and the old hollywood light above the mirror. I patched the holes and painted the ceiling and all of the trim while the patches dried. I sanded down the patched holes and wiped the walls with a damp cloth to get rid of the drywall dust. I taped off my freshly painted trim and was finally ready to paint!!

 I chose Behr Dark Ash which is a navy/grey colour. I decided to go dark for this bathroom despite it being in the basement as it gets a good amount of natural light and felt open enough to handle the dark wall colour. It also tied in well with the floor accent colour and the grey toilet and sink. I applied my first coat and then went back and did touch ups in the areas that needed it. My application of painters tape must not have been very good because I did encounter some bleeding onto my freshly painted trim in some spots. I went back with a small craft paint brush to touch things up.

My favourite part of this entire makeover are the DIY floating shelves. I was a bit intimidated by this project but decided to bite the bullet and completed them 100% on my own! I followed this tutorial but decided to make my shelves smaller for the space so they are 24" instead of 36". I was able to build these for only $12 all together! Home Depot had 1x6 boards that were pre-cut and on sale for only $0.90 each. I stained my shelves using Minwax Espresso. TK helped me hang the shelves and he loves the look of them. They are both functional and great for decorating!

The gold frame is from Homesense and I printed the "I love the shit out of you" from Pinterest. Very fitting for a bathroom, no? :). I had the mason jars on hand.

The gold frame is from Homesense and I printed the "I love the shit out of you" from Pinterest. Very fitting for a bathroom, no? :). I had the mason jars on hand.


I bought our new faucet on sale at Lowe's and had TK install it. I love the old school feel of it!

I also replaced the knobs on the linen closet with these awesome vintage styled onces I got from Homesense. They have packages of 4 for only $6 so I grabbed two of them and plan to use the remaining ones for a dresser makeover. Usually for this style of knob they are like $6 a piece or more so I was pumped to find them for $1.50 each.

I plan to paint the light fixture oil rubbed bronze as I am not loving the brushed nickel.

I plan to paint the light fixture oil rubbed bronze as I am not loving the brushed nickel.

I also made a frame for the builder's mirror using 1x2s we had in the garage. You can check out my tutorial for framing a builder's mirror here. The only difference for this frame is that I didn't do 45 degree angle cuts. I kept things simple and just butted the straight edges up to the other piece of wood. I used a combo of wood glue on the ends and staples on the back. For added support I added the L braces and I liked the gold accent so I put them on the front. I tried a white washed look for the wood completed by staining the wood first using Minwax Espresso then applying some white chalk paint over top with a practically dry paint brush. I sanded the entire frame once the paint was dry.  I struggled to hang this mirror using command strips like I did for my upstairs bathroom. I then tried liquid nails and tape but this also didn't work and I was left scraping glue off the mirror for an hour. Ultimately, I used two small picture hanging nails at the bottom of the frame to provide support and applied a bit of hot glue to the mirror and pressed the frame against it. Fingers crossed it doesn't comes crashing down at some point.

I picked up a few accessories to complete the look of the bathroom including the rustic hook used as a towel holder from James Street Home Décor. I also grabbed a new hand towel, apothecary soap and small gold picture frame from Homesense. The rest are items I had on hand.

Gold mirrors I already had from Walmart.

Gold mirrors I already had from Walmart.

I painted the existing toilet paper holder using Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and added a clear coat to avoid getting chipped from it's frequent use :) I made the window valence awhile back and never documented how I made it but here is a tutorial for a similar window treatment.

 I bought a new wall light from Ikea for above the sink which I installed myself again :) I haven't been loving the look of the brushed nickel so I have decided I am going to take it down and give it a coat of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to match the toilet paper holder. I also replaced the 80's ceiling light with a simple (cheap) flush mount from Home Depot. At some point I will get around to giving the doors a fresh coat of white paint, change the door knob and maybe add some decorative trim to the hollow door to give it a little life. I also need to build a frame for my full length mirror but SOMEONE threw it away. I had taken the frame off and left it in the garage in preparation to build a new frame but TK thought that it was meant for the dump. He also threw away my perfectly good bath mats that I had removed when Poppy was itty bitty as she was chewing on them. I was planning to return them to their home on the bathroom floor now that she has grown out of the nibbling stage. Guess I will buy new ones :)

Despite the trash donations, I spent only $150 on this entire makeover. This included the paint, wood, new lighting, faucet and accessories! Not bad if I do say so myself !! This along with my main floor updates have totally satisfied my need for home improvements I was craving all summer. Things are getting hella busy with Christmas right around the corner and my sister's winter wedding. I plan to hold off on any further painting and projects until the new year so that I can relax and enjoy Christmas vacation!!

'Tis the Season!

Jess xx