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Old 10-08-2009, 10:19 AM   #1
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Renovating the Laundry Room in 7 days


A little background: This is my first house (I'm 26), I've never done ANY home improvement projects and...well this is my first renovation project. I bought a house with a NASTY laundry room and no washer/dryer. I realized at the time that if I put in a washer and dryer, I would NEVER be inclined to renovate the room. Being from a DIY car community, I decided to attempt a renovation "on the cheap". I borrowed all the tools (tried to return them when possible), shopped around for clearance items, and used coupons and lots of price matching

The original laundry room had a nasty vinyl floor as seen here:


Scraped the floor only to find a tile floor underneath!



Floors level? Oh well.. tile on!


Finishing grouting:


Enlisting some cheap paint labor (girlfriend):


And DONE (HVAC cover isn't back on in the pictures)....Granted, I still need to install the utility sink and paint the roof... but at least I can wash clothes.




My total flooring and paint budget:
Scraper - 20
Tiles - Clearance .88 cents a square foot ($88)
Mortar - 20
Grout - 16
Tools - 11
Tile cuts? - FREEEEEEBIE @ lowes
Bucket - 2
Paint - 16
Misc Supplies - 6
Total: Under 200 bucks.

Next project I'm going to destroy and renovate my downstairs bath. First shot @ plumbing! However, at least I can say I've done tiling now.


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Well done!! I like on the cheap too!

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Huge improvement, I like the tile
Grout can be a pain, but once you get used to the method not too bad
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That is just BEAUTIFUL. Did you have concrete under the old tile or was it backerboard?

I wish I had redone my laundry area before I bought new appliances. Mine doesnt have any vinyl on the floor, its just naked concrete. The concrete floor is so DUSTY... Seems like no amount of sweeping cleaning will remedy it. I am tired of blasting myself for dropping wet or clean clothes on the concrete floor when transferring from washer to dryer... *UGH*
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That is just BEAUTIFUL. Did you have concrete under the old tile or was it backerboard?

I wish I had redone my laundry area before I bought new appliances. Mine doesnt have any vinyl on the floor, its just naked concrete. The concrete floor is so DUSTY... Seems like no amount of sweeping cleaning will remedy it. I am tired of blasting myself for dropping wet or clean clothes on the concrete floor when transferring from washer to dryer... *UGH*
It had tile over the concrete. I used flexguard mortar in order to allow some "give". So far so good on that front. I'd recommend giving it a try, its really not hard at all.
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