Saturday, October 17, 2015

New floors equal... Redone laundry/bath room?

Why anyone would ever have carpet in a beach house is beyond me - particularly white carpet and especially in living areas - but that's what was here when we moved in last year. Couple that carpet with some pretty slippery tile that I've busted my butt on a couple of times, and it was an easy call to redo our floors.  What I didn't think about was that there would be someone who needed me and the dogs to just stay out of the way for about 8 days.  But every moment was worth it.  This is what we were dealing with and this purposeful photo was taken the night before that old tile was to be ripped up, hence the taped up cabinets and oven:

And here's what we have now - completely better and even much more fitting for island living, right?

Welcome, porcelain plank tile that looks like wood!  It's got some texture, like rough barn wood which I heart, and it replaced the three different kinds of flooring in our laundry/guest bath, breakfast nook, kitchen, living room, and hallway.  It's beautiful and I'm so glad we took the plunge!

Anyway, this post is not about the floor.   It's about one of the projects I spontaneously decided to do because of the floor.  

So, one day while the contractor was here, I realized the laundry room was empty with no floor to mess up if I dripped paint - we were down to bare concrete.  What better time for a little refresh, eh? I had redone the laundry room in our last house a couple of years ago and actually liked spending time in it, so why not give it a shot here?  He said it would be at least a couple of days before he was ready to work in the room, so I ran straight to Home Depot for some paint and spent the next couple of evenings brightening things up.

Full disclosure - I wasn't planning on redoing this room, though I didn't love hated the dark cabinets, peach paint, and flower light shades.  There's also a stand up shower, but we don't use it, partially because the tile work around it was pretty shoddy, so our guy fixed that too. It's sort of the broom storage closet for now.  

Now, here's the kicker... I was so excited and it was so spontaneous... that I forgot to take many before pictures. I have exactly two.  This first one was from the listing when we bought the house:

...and this is the ONE that I managed to take as a little "teaser" - but any fellow bloggers reading this know - I'd already started when I took this.  What do you see?

I wish I had more to share of the before - but just look at that light above the mirror and sink.  I truly despised those shades.  I looked and looked for a new light because I also didn't completely get all warm and fuzzy about the light itself - it has petals for goodness sake!  And the cabinets - whew... I wish I had before pictures of these cabinets.  They looked like they were, not a second or third thought, but maybe an 18th?  They were very dated and had many layers of ick and grime.  (Yes, "ick" is a thing.)  The contractor actually had to help me cut one of them out because all of the hardware, including the bolts to the wall, were so rusted.  That little snafu, however, left me with the perfect blank spot for something even better. Here we go!

Being close the the beach, I like to have a casual feel without, as one of my friends put it, "the tacky beachiness."  I hope I've accomplished that here by removing a full double cabinet, brightening everything up with paint (with no real prep, just a wipe down), hanging brackets and a shelf to hang laundry straight from the dryer, adding some wire baskets like those you might see at a raw bar, a photo of a sandpiper looking out over the ocean in a frame that reads "Life is Better at the Beach", and some fantastically scented Seaside linen spray from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

We had a board that had been painted black leftover from a previous project, so my super hubby cut it down for me, I slapped on a couple of coats of chalk paint, and abracadabra - we have a new shelf for the brackets.  The door was removed from one cabinet to leave space for a little decorating, and the other cabinet with doors was spruced up inside a bit too - just because it has doors didn't mean it shouldn't be pretty, too,

If you've read this blog before, you might recognize that pattern on the shelves.  It's the same fabric I used for the Craft Closet project - and I had just enough left to Mod Podge to two shelves for this!

On the bath side, those awful light shades got chucked, some coral art was re-hung that I had in the room before, and my "driftwood" painted shelf was loaded with glassware and pottery.

Did you notice that light?  Same fixture, new shades and I love these ones.  Not only does it bring in a little bling, but it's still flowery without being hideous.  Now, they're just cotton puffs, or whatever kind of flower grows in a perfect sphere.

That's it!  That's the finished - wasn't planning on doing it - laundry/bath!  Isn't it crazy that some of us want to make our laundry rooms nice - even pretty?  When I was a kid, it was in a dark corner in the basement.  We've come a long way!

Here's the breakdown:

Wall paint:  Home Depot - Behr Marquee Silky White in eggshell - two coats
Cabinet paint (outside):  Home Depot - Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Primitive - again - just two coats with two coats of satin Polycrylic for protection.  
Cabinet paint (inside):  Leftover Benjamin Moore in Decorators White in satin and two coats of Polycrylic for good measure.
Tile: Florim USA porcelain tile from the Pier line - color is Cocoa, grout is Prism in Light Smoke
New light shades: Lowe's
New flush ceiling light over washer and dryer (not shown): Restoration Hardware outlet
New cabinet pulls and brackets for the shelf:  Home Depot 

Michael's - baskets on top of cabinets  and "T&J" letters 
Pier One - Photo frame, mercury glass candle holder, and clock 

...everything else I owned and shopped the house!  

This was such a simple project that I likely never would have tackled if someone had not moved the washer and dryer for me.  I'd love to hear about your accidental projects!  Let's get a conversation going!

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  1. Glad to see it all done! Now what are you going to tackle? Looks Great. You have a decorator's touch, for sure.

    1. Thank you so much! I had a great teacher! And next up is probably the master bed/bath - but that will be a bit.

  2. I'm in love with every inch of your house! You've created a most warm and inviting space in every room. Beachy, but elegant. Completely Jona style! I had to laugh just a little when you said you were tackling the bath along with the floor knowing that you were about to be unknowingly invaded by family and friends, but had no doubt that you would pull it off in time. That you did! The place looks amazing! So much so that none of us ever really wanted to leave. Ok, so maybe that had a little bit to do with enjoying time with you! I wish I had your decorating touch! I need you to come to WV and create a few accidental projects in my house!

    1. Thanks so much! I loved having you all here. I must have subconsiously known you all were coming.

      And I'll just wait till you move south :)


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