Laundry Room Renovations

From shabby-to-chic seems to be a good expression for this Pinterest-worthy project.

As you can see in the pictures, the original room had water damage to the ceiling, peeling wall paper, and worn flooring with nail holes in it.

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It was nothing less than a disaster when we bought the place and has remained relatively untouched until the summer of 2018, simply due to other projects taking priority.

We took it from a run-down old room to a Pinterest-worthy laundry room in the quickest project time for a full room in our home yet!

Which was under a year… But still… A lot goes into perfection!

The space after debris had been cleaned out
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The old wall paper, featuring vintage cars

Mom and Dad were down from Alaska visiting and the guys were working on installing windows.

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Being as how they didn’t need any immediate help, Mom and I started on demolition in the soon-to-be laundry room.

This old house still had original lath-and-plaster construction in the interior walls, which is HORRIBLY dusty, dirty, and prickly with all the tiny nails in the lath.

Demolition is not a fun job, per say, but certainly satisfying.

PRO TIP: If you ever have to remove lath-and-plaster, a crow bar works far better than a sledge hammer. Get a good hole in the wall and simply pull from the inside. It also makes far less mess.

By now we are pretty well versed with hanging drywall, so that part didn’t take us too long – even with all the outlet holes to cut!

Once again, having the right tools makes the job so much easier!

We invested in a drywall lift many years ago and it has paid for itself many times over!

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In-floor heat is AMAZING during the winter months when it comes to tile flooring, which we were planning to install.

Instead of pouring concrete, which adds weight to the second story, we made strips of OSB so we could run the heat tubes between them.

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We needed a bit more materiel than we had of the OSB, so we used scrap pieces of the plywood left over from the Wood Range Hood Build (CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PROJECT).

I love good lighting, especially with the long, dark winter months.

I think Jake likely humoured me with my request for so many pot lights in addition to the chandelier… But neither of us have regretted having such a bright laundry room!

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Once everything was mudded, taped, primed, and painted, we installed the floor tiles.

WOW!!! Can you say GLOSSY?! They were so shiny it was like a mirror!

I went with a marble-style tile that was 12″x24″ that barely shows the grout lines now that it has been completed.

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My cabinets were one of the few things that we have ordered new, but still chose to install them ourselves to save on labor costs (we have the know-how by now, right?)

Huge shout-out to my peeps at Home Depot in Saskatoon!

It was such a fun process of picking the units I wanted, putting together the layout, and easy to order.

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The units I wanted were a bit more than the ones available to pick up in-store immediately, however came pre-assembled (I have spend hours assembling those box kits, so that was worth a lot), had soft-close included in all the units, and came with life-time warranty.

Plus they were made of nicer material. So we went with that!

It took 6 or 8 weeks for them to arrive, delivered to our door… and carried into the house.

I had some of the units carried upstairs that I knew we would be using first, which helped us out and the delivery guys were fantastic about it.

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Then we started to see our project all come together!

As we sorted and placed the units, the vision of what our laundry room would look like began to take shape.

I wanted handles to match those in the kitchen, however the place we had bought the kitchen pulls from previously had discontinued carrying that line.

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Therefore, I set up a contractor’s account and special ordered them through Richelieu.

Apparently most of these places don’t care what industry you are in as long as you have a business to sign up for a contractor’s account… Good to know…

This project was many a late night and weekend in the making, but so worth it!

I swore that I would not start filling cabinets until the room was 100% finished!

But that didn’t stop me from planning out where everything should go…

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Why do you need a fire extinguisher in a laundry room, you may ask? Well dryer fires, of course!

Better to be prepared and not need something, than need it and not have it! Especially in the case of house fires.

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The counters were another item that we ordered – and even had installed!

To have them installed in one day while I was working – and at minimal installation cost was such a treat!

The door. Oh the door!

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I was so excited for this part because I had a specific vision in mind of frosted glass with a classy laundry room message scrolled across the top.

It took me ages to find a design I liked for the script, but once I saw this adhesive text, I knew it was the one.

We bought the door through Home Depot, where we buy most supplies.

The only downside to this particular door was the fact that it was not pre-drilled for the handle or inset for the hinges.

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Once again, we used our know-how to get it ready and installed.

It was well worth the extra work for the frosted glass and not costing an arm and a leg.

Backsplash is an area that I am particularily picky…

I hate the looks of many choices available, so when I settled on a herringbone pattern, I was so pleased to see that it meshed well with the look I was going for in the laundry room.

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Bright and clean with a few choice accents. Exactly what I was hoping for.

Adding the trim cleaned up and completed the look.

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The sink between the washer and dryer is incredibly handy.

Need to soak some delicates? No problem!

Need to wash your hands after you got soap on them? Also no problem!

A sink is a must-have for a full laundry room setup, in my opinion. If you can make it happen, do it!

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We also put a sliding trash can unit to the right of the sink (directly left of the dryer), which is such a handy and tidy way to get rid of lint.

If you are going all out with a room dedicated to laundry, why not splurge and add a drying rack that doubles as classy decor?

A bit of fun decor

In all the years we have been working on renovations, this is the first time that I have felt truly organized.

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Up until now, nothing had a permanent “home” where it belonged and I ended up having to move things around from one place to the next as we worked on projects throughout the house.

Now, with all this storage space, I can organize my cleaning chemicals & detergent one one shelf and my batteries & light bulbs in another, while blankets and bed linens have their own unit!


Oh! And of course you can’t forget a cute coin collector for all the change claimed from pockets, right?

What do you think? Has this sparked the renovation inspiration for you? Drop a comment below with your next project!

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Wood Range Hood Build

A nice wood range hood can run you a couple grand, easily, let alone a custom design!

I personally didn’t want to fork out that kind of cash if we had the skills to build an amazing feature piece ourselves for a fraction of the cost.

Plus, I would have it far sooner as a DIY project than saving and budgeting for the expense!

We already owned all the tools needed (I mean, we are renovating a 3 story house… tools are a must!)

Basics like measuring tapes, clamps, drills, drivers, etc. along with a brad nailer, miter saw, and table saw (which happened to be a birthday gift from my wish-list one year).

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The start to our Range Hood

The supplies included a sheet of high-quality plywood, a length of crown moulding, some nice finishing boards, a couple corbels, and a few choice pieces of trim accents.

Oh! And of course some good ol’ 2×4’s for reinforcement!

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Framing in the range fan

Once we had decided on the dimensions, building the box was as simple as cutting the plywood & supports and securing them together using a combination of screws and brad nails, based on whether you would see that part of the range hood when it was installed.

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We added a fan with lights at the end, so we decided to frame in the supports before we installed the wood range hood to make it easier.

Measuring the placement for the corbels

Then we lined up the accent pieces where we wanted to be, making sure everything was even and squared off.

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Clamping everything in place

Using clamps to hold the crown moulding to the top and bottom parts of the shelf helped make sure nothing moved when we began nailing it together. (the whole smarter, not harder concept…)

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All assembled and ready for primer

Next, we primed the wood.

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Primed and ready for stain

WOW! Does it ever make a difference in the quality of the finished stain job!

DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

It helps the stain to soak into the wood evenly without streaks and really enhances the color.

First coat of stain

We added 2 different color stains; one with more brown tones and the other with red tones, allowing to dry well between coats.

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Starting second layer of stain

PRO TIP: Wear nitrile gloves when staining. The stain soaks into your skin just as easily as it does with wood and takes ages to wash out!

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All stained and drying – looking good!

My kitchen cabinets are all white, so having a dark stain for the range hood gave it an extra accent to draw the eye to the center of the kitchen.

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I add seasonal decorations to the shelf above the range hood to add a bit of color to the kitchen.

Eventually, I would like to find an antique metal piece to add to the trim box in the center of the range hood, but it has to be something with history that I love – and I have yet to find something calling my name.

The finished product!

Make sure to follow my blog for the post on creating this beautiful backsplash with the fireback and pot filler!

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The House from 1915

World War I is still waging on. Sir Robert Borden is the Prime Minister. The US reject the proposal for women to have the right to vote…..

The year 1915 – 

World War I is still waging on. Sir Robert Borden is the Prime Minister. The US reject the proposal for women to have the right to vote. The first coast-to-coast long distance phone call in the US, with Alexander Graham Bell. John McCrae writes Flanders Fields. The Rocky Mountain National Park is established. Pluto is photographed for the first time. The Vancouver Millionaires win the Stanley Cup. Babe Ruth’s first career home run. Einstein’s theory of general relativity is formulated. The 1 millionth Ford car is manufactured. Frank Sinatra is born.

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1915 has so many world changing events happening, and yet a family in rural Saskatchewan are in the midst of building their home. Little do they know the years it will age and weather, the many lives lived in it and the history made. If these walls could talk, the stories they would tell! I can only imagine the hard work that building a house in 1915 would be; none of our modern tools like air nailers, table saws, and shop lights.

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Old Farm SiteFast forward almost 100 years – Jake and I had been married just over a year and had been looking at buying our first house. We are both hard working, industrious, and like to think big. None of the houses we looked at in North Battleford were quite what we were looking for, so we kept looking and this once in a lifetime opportunity practically fell into our lap months later – with one day to decide if we would take it!

Now, we had seen this house many a time before as we had farmed land around it. It was abandoned, so we had ventured a peak around and knew what the place looked like.  But the farm land was being sold and as a last minute discovery on our part, the buyers and sellers were both willing to exclude the farm yard and a few acres from their deal to be sold separately, however their papers would be signed in 1 day!

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Obviously, you can guess what we decided, but it was a lot of discussion and hoping we were making the right call. This place was OLD and had not been well cared for in the last 11-12 years (from the timeline the neighbours have given us). It needed a lot of work. A LOT!

The Ugly – So what shape was it in? The one day we had to make our decision, we decided to take a walk around the acreage and revisit the house, sometime early May with snow still on the ground. I remember all the broken glass on the floors from vandals breaking out the windows. I remember the rain blowing in through where the glass should have been and the floor soaking wet. I remember the pigeons living inside frantically trying to escape the intruders through those empty windows. This poor, old house needed someone who was willing to fix everything!

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And we took it  –  to be continued…
If you have enjoyed the beginning saga of our adventures with the Old House on the Prairie, please subscribe to my blog for the next update on our story!

(Please note: historic information taken from wikipedia and dates for the house are from the best information we have gathered from neighbours and the library)
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