This post is sponsored by Bedrosians Tile & Stone.
Spring is coming to an end and so is our laundry room/mud room update. I am so thankful for the companies that I was able to partner with. I’m also thankful for my dad who slept on my couch, which I’m sure wasn’t very comfortable, for the duration of the project, so that he could help me with every aspect of it. Although we do a lot of projects, this is the only room in our home that has been completely renovated from top to bottom and I couldn’t have done it without my dad. He worked tirelessly all day, every day, and I think I really powered through too for being seven months pregnant. We got a lot accomplished in a short amount of time and I’m sharing lots of details here on the blog today!
LAUNDRY ROOM BEFORE
Here is a photo of what our laundry room looked like before we updated it. It’s not the worst before photo ever. Some laundry rooms are so small that the added piles of clothes make me feel claustrophobic. One thing our laundry room had going for it was the size. But the original 1980’s cabinets had been falling apart since the day we moved in. And I was feeling inspired by a laundry room reno that fellow blogger, Sara at Twelve on Main had done, as well as the Graham House laundry room reno that Joanna Gaines did on Episode 5 of Fixer Upper. So I decided to make some changes in here that would help it look and function better for us as a family.
The first thing we did was demo the cabinets, trim, and floors. Next we shifted the water lines, gas line, and dryer vent over to where the new front loading washer and dryer would be located. Then we moved the electrical to make room for a folding table, and decided to install three new wall sconces in the process (it sure pays to have electricians in the family).
Finally, it was time to put the room back together. We laid down new flooring, which I will share more about in another blog post, because it’s worthy of a post all on its’ own. All of the doors got new trim. We installed 6” baseboards, and board and batten on the wall opposite the washer and dryer, because this is also a mud room. We built a huge DIY folding table that would extend out past the washer and dryer, and allow for storage underneath. And we installed new overhead lights, which I will also share more about later.
Then it was time to put up the new backsplash. This is the part of this update that I really wanted to focus on for this post because I felt like it was going to complete the look of this room. I am so thankful to Bedrosians Tile & Stone for partnering with me on the tile for this project. They have tons of options to choose from but for the laundry room backsplash I chose their 4x10” Traditions Wall Tile in Ice White with the glossy finish and I couldn’t love it any more! It’s similar to the style we used in our kitchen, only it is much larger, not part of a sheet, and had a glossy finish instead of matte.
We used a ledgerboard to put up our tile. We simply screwed the board into the studs where we wanted the bottom edge of our tile to meet the folding counter. This supported our tile and kept it level until the adhesive cured. For adhesive, we use Mapei Type I Mastic. This is the exact same adhesive we used to set the floors in this room. I love it because it’s smooth and easy to spread. Once we had our tile layout figured out, we began spreading small sections of the adhesive on the wall with a notched trowel, and pressing the tile into it, according to the directions. We worked in small sections because the adhesive dries quickly, and separated the tiles with 3/16” spacers. When necessary, we marked the tile and used a table saw with a diamond blade to make our cuts.
The process of putting up the tile was fast and smooth. And within 24hrs or so, we were ready to grout it. For the grout we also used a Mapei product, the Flexcolor Premixed Grout (for ease) in charcoal. This was a little bit messy so I recommend putting down a tarp. Once we had all of that prep work done, we simply spread our grout diagonally across the tile, pressing it into all of the joints.
Then we used a damp sponge to wipe off any excess grout or haze immediately. We allowed that to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. One of the things I like about this grout is that you don’t need to use a sealer. So all that was left to do was caulk the edges of the tile with matching Mapei Caulk in charcoal, remove the ledger board, attach the folding table, hang the lights, and DECORATE!!!
LAUNDRY ROOM AFTER
AND HERE IT IS…our completed laundry room reno, and backsplash update! Not bad for a week’s work, right? Thanks again to Bedrosians Tile & Stone, and the other companies that I was able to partner with on this space. They saw my vision and helped me make it a reality. My dream was for a functional laundry room that exuded modern farmhouse charm. And I think that we were able to achieve that with all of the elements that we brought in, especially this wall tile. It turned out even better than I imagined it. Now, it’s been a few months and it’s time to turn my attention to finishing the nursery and having this baby! Stay tuned friends!