If I thought I was embarrassed to show the “before” pics of my laundry room, I should be mortified to show you these pics. By the looks of it, you’d think I lived in a crack house. HA!
It’s now Day #5 as I write this, but last night was a strenuous Day #4.
(UPDATE: Click here to see how my laundry room looked when it was done!!!)
I busted out the ‘ole wallpaper steamer (which is the best way to remove wallpaper, in my opinion–forget all those other “tools”).
You see, dear friends….not only do I have wallpaper in my laundry room from 30 years ago, but under all that vinyl wallpaper, I am left with a nasty, thick glue that feels as rough as a cat’s tongue :).
With steam, it loosens up nicely:
….And this is what you get. Seriously–disgusting, but oddly satisfying to scrape away from the wall!!!
You can see in this picture the yellow, which is the 30-year-old glue, and the white that after it’s been scraped off!
The crazy thing is that when we moved into this house, every.surface.was.covered.in.wallpaper. And for nearly every space in this house, we have battled wallpaper removal and have had to use this process of HEAT and REMOVAL.
Want to amuse yourself? Check out these pics from a post I did in 2010 right after we bough this house. It’s the craziest wallpaper removal pics:
Trust me, you’ll be horrified. LOL
Part of last night’s progress we removing some of the old shelving from the walls. Someone had nailed them into the studs, so I had to use a hammer and pull them out.
With the right tools, I can do anything!
(P.S. Girls really aren’t meant to wear boys’ underwear…Sorry for such an unflattering picture, but they’re comfy to work in. LOL. But, I digress….)
I also enlisted the help of hubby to pull out those base cabinets. I’ve decided I want them gone. They’re great for storage, but I want something open on the bottom that I can station the dirty laundry baskets underneath. The top cabinets are staying and will be painted Annie Sloan Old Ochre. I love that color!
(I wonder if I can use the old cabinets for something else then…?)
Underneath those cabinets was just as horrifying.
This is painful to look at….. But I guess it will just make for more awesome “AFTER” pics, huh?!
Pulling away some of the wallpaper made the top layer of some of the drywall come off. That will have to be repaired, then primed, then painted. I hope to get the walls done by Sunday at the latest.
The new flooring I’ll be using is called SnapStone, which is being delivered on Monday!! Can I tell you how excited I am to use this flooring? I found them online (you can buy it from Home Depot and Lowe’s), though. It’s a floating porcelain tile system that will be installed by YOURS TRULY right over my existing floor! I am a little nervous because I’ve never installed flooring before, but this system is supposed to be easy enough for a DIY mom like me, so I can’t wait to share the installation with you next week!!!
I could probably lay down SAND in this laundry room and it would be an improved floor, huh? 😉
So there you have it! The low-down dirtiness of my laundry room. But just you wait– I’m going to rock this June Room Challenge!!!
Have you ever installed flooring before? What are some tips I need to know before jumping in? Leave a comment below!