De-nastifying the laundry room (you know making it not so nasty)

The walls in the laundry room in addition to being ugly are also really wonky. They have  some weird type of textured drywall. Not textured like orange peel, but more like the section of wall next to my brother’s bunk bed growing up. If no one had disgusting brothers and am not sure what I’m talking about, imagine being too lazy to get a kleenex. For your entire childhood. And imagine having a wall conveniently located next to your bed. Good luck getting that mental picture out of your head. If you are wondering if his hygiene has improved… it has marginally, enough to find a wife, so that’s something.

The walls also have some massive holes and unfinished drywall. So really the walls need significantly more love than I cared to give them. Mudding and taping and really anything drywall is the pits. In the middle of our 9 month master bath reno, we ended up having someone do the drywall and the place went from feeling hopeless to having real walls! All that to say neither Brett nor I like doing drywall or really have even passable skills.

So what then? Horizontal boards! I found this awesome Shiplap Tutorial that uses thin boards that make it not only significantly cheaper, but also much easier to secure than traditional shiplap. Of course the Home Depots around here don’t carry the Bender board she used (basically MDF boards), but we were able to find a good alternative. We bought a few 4×8 sheets of plywood 1/4 inch thick and had them cut it into 4 inch wide planks.

Here is the inspiration picture of the planks:


So no real shock here, but for colors I am avoiding any orange in the new laundry room design. Even seemingly innocent colors like coral, which may be unfairly judged since it is part pink, is just too risky.

I landed on Sherwin Williams ‘Alabaster’ for all of the walls/boards. It is a really great warm white that doesn’t read sad in spaces with no natural light. We used it in our master bath and I love it. For a warm white it does not have any yellow undertones, making it a really lovely white.

Of course I do want some color so I picked ‘Connor’s Lakefront’ for the old fish tank base/cabinet. I was originally thinking  navy, but then it just seemed too dark in an already kinda dark space. Did I get all the paint I would need from a sample can? Why of course I did!


I usually gravitate towards any and every combination of blue green, so I thought for once I’d go with more of a true blue color. It’s bright and lively, but rich enough to anchor the cabinet.

If you don’t recall this is the lovely fish tank base/cabinet in need of some TLC. Inside of it we store all our paint cans, stains and miscellaneous crap that the kids hide in there. And the top of course we use to fold laundry on.


I already painted the base cabinet. Shocking I know. I’m actually moving semi-quickly for once. When the paint was still wet it looked a little bit electric (like the perfect color for a roller rink). It was hard to determine if the color just clashed horribly with the still very orange walls or if it was just going to be the wrong color. It turned out drying much darker and I quite like it…except for all the parts I went back and touched up. I didn’t feel like stirring my sample paint can so I gave it a few half-hearted shakes. Turns out I should have given it some hearty stirs since you can clearly see a different shade of the color everywhere I touched up.

Bummer. See kids, being lazily optimistic does not always pan out. In fact you can often save a few seconds and hassle only to make much more work for yourself down the road.

Lesson likely not learned.

So after the cabinet was painted the laminate countertop started to look a wee bit ugly. The previous owners had just found a random laminate countertop remnant and just set it on top. It’s perfectly functional, just sort of a bad fake green granite. I found this cheap contact paper on Amazon that I plan to cover the laminate countertop with when it arrives.

That’s all for now I’ll show you some progress just as soon as we make some!


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