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Check out our tasteful, restrained laundry room remodel

posted by: gellchom on 02.23.2007 at 11:20 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Okay so even for our neighborhood, where all the basements look like dungeons, our laundry room (unimproved since 1920) was truly nasty. Dark, dirty, crumbling -- no walls, unpainted concrete floor, two truly disgusting windows (both broken, one entirely blocked by a porch), half-dangling fluorescent light, big ugly tubs right in the middle, etc. Above someone had once tried to put some ceiling under all the pipes, ducts, wires, and floorboards, but more than half was torn off, some pieces dangling (and occasionally disintegrating onto my head). If I dropped an item after washing it, I washed it again. It was just plain gross.

I decided I spend too much time in there to have it be so depressing. I also decided it was the room where you can really go wild if you feel like it; it's not like company sees it. So I decided to go as far away from what we had as possible: light and bright, cheerful and fun.

Wonderful Bill the Builder worked miracles for us, even though he thought I was crazy. He put up walls, built a counter, moved the plumbing around to make it all work, painted the tan washer and the floor white, and put in a new window. There just wasn't enough height for a ceiling under all the ducts, pipes, and wires, so here's what we did: he painted everything up there, and I mean EVERYTHING -- floorboards, pipes and ducts, every last wire -- white. (My daughter said it looked like that scene from "The Producers" -- "Bialystock und Bloom! Ulla tidy oop!") Then I took some orange and hot pink paint and painted some of the ducts and pipes, and here and there a fitting or two.

It was fun to pick out accessories (you'd be amazed at how hard it is to find an ironing board cover in those colors, but the switchplate and hampers were easy to find). I even got rid of the old ironing board and garment rack and got inexpensive white ones.

Take a look if you're interested (link below). Unfortunately, we didn't think to take a "before" picture, but there are a few of the adjacent part of the basement that hasn't been remodeled. If anything, the laundry area was worse. We wanted clean and bright, and whatever else you want to say about our oh so tasteful, restrained remodel, you'll have to admit it's that.


clipped on: 07.10.2007 at 11:28 am    last updated on: 07.10.2007 at 11:28 am

Tiling over ceramic tile

posted by: elansp on 12.22.2005 at 02:02 pm in Remodeling Forum


I am in the process of remodeling my circa 1950s main bathroom. The bathroom floor was poured cement over tar paper and wire mesh with small ceramic tiles over the cement. I'm not in the mood to take a sledgehammer to the floor and would like the "easy" way out. Assuming the floor is level, can I simply install large ceramic/porcelein tiles right over the old tiles?



clipped on: 07.06.2007 at 10:18 am    last updated on: 07.06.2007 at 10:19 am

Estimated time and labor of removing hardwood flooring

posted by: gio17vani on 10.13.2006 at 01:09 pm in Flooring Forum

I'm thinking about taking on a rather large task and couldn't find much info on it so any would be appreciated. I want to remove 400ft of oak flooring (nailed) and possibly another 300ft that may be beneath some carpeting from a house about to be demo'd. I figure I need gloves, a flat prybar, nail set, hammer and a razor knife possibly for the carpet for the job but wondered how long/hard of a project this should be. Obviously it depends on a few factors but I'm just looking for a general estimate like whether it is a possible 1 day project for 1 person, or would we be talking a 2-3 day project unless some other people could help out. My schedule allows me to work work 8-10 hrs a day, not afraid of hard work, regularly lift 250 lbs and am in good shape.


clipped on: 05.02.2007 at 02:15 pm    last updated on: 05.02.2007 at 02:16 pm

Flagstone patio; will this work?

posted by: tabathagk101 on 11.30.2006 at 06:20 pm in Gardening with Stone Forum

I want to lay a flagstone patio in my backyard and have been reading everything I can get my hands on. I think I have a rough plan laid out but would like suggestions as to whether or not this is the correct way to be going about it. I plan to dig out a level bed about 6" deep and border with some sort of cut stone 8" tall and 2" wide. I want the border to box in the perimeter of the bed and stick up out of the ground about 2". Next I plan to lay 2" of hard packed, crushed stone, covered by landscaping fabric and then 4" of well packed, sharp sand on top. At ground level and inside my 2" high border I plan to arrange (and meticulously level) the approxmiately 2" thick flags. Next, I want to sweep polymeric sand in the joints and wet. Originally I had planned to use regular building sand but don't want it to wash out or track into the house.

Am I missing anything important? I want the cut stone border to hold in the sand bed but should it be as deep as the crushed rock bed? I'm plan to use the landscaping fabric to prevent sifting of the sand into the rock bed over time. I live in New Orleans where it rarely freezes and has a good amount of rain in the spring. Any suggestions?


clipped on: 02.07.2007 at 01:06 pm    last updated on: 02.07.2007 at 01:07 pm