We’ve made a lot of changes since my last update, so buckle up, because we’ve got a lot of ground to cover!
Let’s look back to where we were just a couple of (very) short weeks ago. The laundry room looked a little something like this:
And talk about drama! Instagram and TikTok where on fire with naysayers and doubting Thomasinas who just couldn’t wrap their heads around the idea of a vintage glass hutch in a laundry room.
Well, it wasn’t fair, you know.
Oh, I’m not talking about the Thomasinas and the Negative Nancies!
I’m talking about us.
The Shrimp and me.
Welcome to The Navage Patch!
If you’re joining us from the ORC website – welcome! I’m Greg, this is The Navage Patch, and my wife Handan and I are giving a makeover to the laundry room in our new Florida home. This is our second One Room Challenge, and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for this room!
You see, we knew something they didn’t. By the time I’d posted those videos, we’d already made a ton of progress, so we had a clear line of sight to the end result. All they could see was that one little snapshot of frozen time. And lemme tell you, we loved what we were seeing! So let’s strap in and see just what we’ve been up to with our laundry room makeover!
Laundry Room Makeover Week 7 VIDEO
Watch our short and fun video below for an overview of our laundry room makeover week 7 before you read the detailed progress.
Watch Our Tutorial On YouTube
I closed out my last post with painting some cabinets we bought from Home Depot. Two of those cabinets were poised to go on top of the sink countertop. But before I could hoist them into their places, I needed a countertop.
My babes and I searched around, but the big box stores didn’t carry much in the way of traditional countertops that would serve our needs, so we fell back on our old friend the butcher block. This is the same sort of countertop I used in our Georgia laundry room, Baris’s Georgia study room and our Georgia kitchen beverage station.
Since I didn’t want to remove the baseboard in the garage, I needed about an inch more counter depth than the standard 25 inch countertop. That meant buying a much bigger slab and cutting it to size.
To compensate for the unsquare space, my babes and I constructed a template. I then used that to trim the butcher block to a shape that would fit the space.
With the countertop in place, I placed the two cabinets in their places. In the picture below, they’re intentionally too far to the right because we were trying to balance them with the hutch to the left.
There was a height discrepancy I’d need to deal with, and with the upper cabinets in line with the lowe cabinets, there was an imbalance in the left/right symmetry.
To sum up: we hated it.
We didn’t like the look of the modern upper with the vintage hutch, we no longer liked the color of the washer/dryer enclosure with the hutch and we didn’t like the dissymmetry of height between the uppers.
But what to do? We spent an evening pondering this very question. Possibilities included scrapping the countertop I’d just made in favor of a longer one so we could shift the cabinets to the right and ditching the two upper cabinets for something custom I’d build from scratch.
In the end, Handan came through in the clutch, as she has so many times before. We had a utility cabinet in the kitchen that didn’t really belong there, so we brought it out and placed it on the cabinet just to see…
It would need some modifications and a paint job, but we liked it. We now had a new plan and a new direction for the cabinets.
Along with the new cabinet, we decided that I’d re-stain the washer/dryer enclosure to something darker (and I’d use that on the sink countertop), and that I’d build a base for the hutch to lift it up to the same height as the new narrow cabinet.
First, I turned the cabinet upside-down and removed the fancy pedestal base it had been sitting on.
We didn’t want that louvred look on the door, but instead of building one from scratch, we saw that the inside of the door was made in a shaker style – just like the other cabinets! All I had to do was swap the hinges!
Since I don’t own a mortising tool, I used my multi-tool, and it worked great!
I then primed and painted the door and cabinet the same color as the other cabinets – Sherwin-Williams Shiitake.
Back inside, I installed the sink backsplash. Handan had been eyeing these peel-n-stick tiles for the job, and I think they perfectly complement the dark green walls and wood tones of the countertops. One word of caution – they are absolutely NOT renter-friendly. The adhesive is strong and permanent!
It was time for me to make the cutout for the new sink. I carefully measured and marked the outline in pencil and then went to gather my tools – a drill to make the pilot hole and a jigsaw. But when I went to drill, I was so hyper-focused on the faint pencil line that my eyes picked out another faint line – the edges of one of the boards in the countertop.
I started to drill…
It took my babes a few seconds to realize I was drilling in the wrong place, but a few seconds was a few seconds too many to avoid catastrophe.
I was gutted, but we recovered quickly and came up with a solution. But first I had to finish drilling the sink cutout – this time in the correct place.
I cut a thin veneer from the sink cutout and then found the best match for the drill hole I’d created.
I then cut a rough circle and sanded it down to the same size as the hole. After filling the hole with wood filler, I put the veneer onto the filler.
I tapped the veneer circle until it was flush with the countertop, and then I dabbed on a little stain and wiped it clean. It was a near-perfect fix!
We hadn’t received our faucet yet, so I moved on to the next step. The biggest eyesore near this garage laundry room is the hot water heater – heaters, to be precise. You can’t take in the laundry room scene without a glimpse of those gas-belching beasts. They sit up on a raised platform, so we decided to use a scrap of plywood to create a thin wall – call it a privacy screen, if you want, to hide the heaters from view.
I screwed it into the small piece of wall it covers on the right, and I used small L-brackets to secure it to the platform and the ceiling on the left.
Then I added a thin veneer strip to hide the seam between wall and platform, and I caulked that and the ceiling seam to give a cohesive look to the whole thing. Later, I painted it the same color as the walls, but that is not pictured.
In addition to the water heater wall, I also painted the ceiling out to where the side wall of the laundry area ends. Since this required a paint line to split the ceiling between white and green and since the ceilings are textured, I needed a way to have a nice clean line – an impossibility with just paint. The solution was to add a trim piece along the ceiling, but we took it a step further and extended the trim piece down each side. To give an interesting look, I used pole wrap that I cut into thin strips.
I painted the pole wrap green and then installed it using construction adhesive and brad nails.
This trim not only gives a clean line across the ceiling, but it beautifully defines the laundry room space.
Next I replaced the hutch knobs with beautiful brass knobs from EMTEK. I also installed these on all the cabinets and drawers.
In the last minute, our new faucet arrived, and I installed that one evening before bed. No pics, but we all know how a faucet install goes – it all happens in the back of the cabinet, so there’s not much to photograph!
And here is how we stand at the end of week 7! There’s only one week left, and I think I can say with confidence that I’m going to make it!
Stay tuned for the big reveal!