So I shared the Good, the Bad & the Ugly.
After we moved everything out of the laundry room, we pulled up the existing vinyl flooring. All you need is a utility knife and some man power. Then, we scraped the remaining glue of the floor. My arms and hands cramp just thinking about part. To remove the glue, we used a 2″ and 6″ putty knife. To be honest, the 2″ actually worked better. The blade didn’t wobble (the only word I know to describe it) like the large 6″ blade did. We also discovered applying heat (hair dryer) made removing glue a little easier. Key being little. It still took close to five hours of both us scraping to remove all of the glue.
With all of the glue gone *insert fist pump*, we installed a vapor barrier and made our merry little way on to installing the laminate floor. The flooring it self was SUPER easy to install. Ryan cut the planks to size and snapped them into place, with a little help of a mallet hammer from time to time. About thirty minutes later, Ryan had this laid down (I was repainting the laundry room because it was N-A-S-T-Y while he cut and assembled flooring- a last minute decision to paint but totally worth it).
Looks like it’s going well, right? Ryan’s words at this stage – “Hey, we are going to be able to get this done today. Sweet!”
This is the part of the story where the depressing music starts in the background. Ten minutes later – “Um… babe, we kind of have a problem.” He then informed me we did not have enough flooring to finish the laundry room. You will be happy to know I did not get upset at my wonderful husband. He is still wonderful – he is just no longer in charge of calculating square footage. He agreed to the new arrangement for future projects 🙂
So, we both stood there staring at the floor…I think we were hoping if we stared at it long enough, more flooring would magically appear.
I put my problem-solving/cabinet-experience/design-cap on (my degree is Interior Design-fyi). While I brainstormed, Ryan pulled the receipt from when we had the kitchen floor installed. After some brainstorming, we came up with two options.
1) For $80, we could order another box of flooring; then, wait 5 to 8 weeks for the flooring to come in (based on the wait time when we originally purchased the floor). 5 to 8 weeks without flooring in the laundry room = NOT COOL.
2) We could add a base cabinet and build a platform to sit the washer and dryer on, which would make up for the lack of flooring (since we would not have to put flooring under neith the cabinet or platform).
We decided to go to Lowe’s and price out the cabinet and materials for platform. At this point, it was about 6:30 pm on Sunday, so whatever we decided on would wait until Monday morning.
After some discussion, we decided to move forward with Option 2. While it cost a little more (about $110)than option 1, it did give us the ability to finish the laundry room on Monday, would provide additional storage, and add another feature to make our laundry room a smidge better than the two houses down the street that are also for sale. Personally, it was worth the extra $30 on plan B just to finish the project on time.
Monday morning, we were up bright and early getting our supplies. Luckily, we already had plywood and MDF board to use for the platform and cabinet top. We picked up an 18″ wide base cabinet, cabinet hardware, a couple 2x4s for the platform, and necessary screws.
Ryan got to measuring. And then he measured again. And again.
Then he started cutting the 2x4s to create the base of the platform.
Once Ryan had everything cut, he secured the pieces together with 2″ screws. While he was working on the platform, I got to work on painting our new cabinet. I used the white paint we already had, which is the white paint we use for baseboards and such. We decided keeping it the same white as the existing trim, would help creat he built-in look we were going for. For the cabinet top, we used a piece of 1″ MDF board we already had and painted it brown (Valspar – Choclate Turtle – I had left over from another project).
After Ryan had assembled the base of the platform, he cut a top out of 3/4″ plywood. Notice that he notched out a space for the dryer vent. Notice you almost get a view of his butt crack. Almost.
Once the top was in place, Ryan installed (or reinstalled) the laminate flooring. We even had on board left over, hurray!!! Once the cabinet was dryish, we moved into place. Then, I stepped in to paint. I’m going to be honest with you people. By this point, I was getting really tired of painting. I had painted the laundry room. I had painted the cabinet about 4 times. And now I was painting the platform, all in about 30 hours. So I cheated.
I only painted the parts of the platform that would be showing, once the washer and dryer were in place. Clever? I think so. Lazy? Well, that’s the real reason.
Next step- installing quarter round. It’s amazing how much better everything looks after a tiny piece of trim! With quarter round in place, I caulked in the caps. Caulk = my BFF
We let the paint cure over night and moved the washer and dryer back into place the following afternoon.
It was a weirdly exciting feeling. This thought actually ran through my brain “Awesome, now we can start a load of laundry!” *sigh* I guess this is what happens when you get old?
Have you had a DIY-gone-wrong experience? I would love to hear 🙂 Did you spend your long weekend doing house stuff?
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