Week 6- FINAL REVEAL!
This last week was a mad dash to finish up the laundry room! We got all the wall tiling done, the Sinkology Adam’s Farmhouse Sink was installed, and the laundry machines installed.
We are in love with the tiles we chose for the wall. They are so unique and gorgeous to look at and paired really well with our Jeffrey Court Gardenia Mosaic Tiles that we used for the floor. The tile itself was fairly easy to work with. Having sheets of tile definitely helped cover a large area of space in a short amount of time. The hardest part was definitely cutting the tile around the window. We decided to use some schluter to make the edge more clean.
Another eye catching element in our laundry room is our amazing Sinkology Adam’s Farmhouse Sink. We decided to get a big beautiful copper sink to use as a utility sink. The copper ties in perfectly with our Dreamcicle Mosaic Wall tiles.
We ended up only having one wall that needed painting and Frogtape made the job easy and quick. We decided to keep it a simple white since the rest of the room had a lot going on in terms of design and color.
Overall it was such a fun experience learning about tiles and tiling. It isn’t hard but it does take time to get the rhythm down and to make sure things line up and look good. Now all our hard work has paid off and we have the laundry room of our dreams!
Grouted the floor this week. Grouting is a very “wipe on, wipe off” kind of process. Making sure all the cracks are filled evenly with grout takes time but is relaxing in a way and quite fulfilling! After letting the grout sit for a bit, you go over all the tiles to wipe off all the excess grout and make sure there is none left on the surface of the tiles or it’ll be pretty difficult to remove later.
We chose a light gray grout color so you can see all the tiles individually but without too much contrast. We didn’t want the tile pattern to be too overwhelming since it’s a smaller space and our wall tiles are more flashy and eye catching.
The room is starting to take shape! We put in the grout for the flooring and got our cabinets and sink installed as well as started some of our Dreamcicle Mosaic Wall tiles.
This next week is the final week and we need to finish up the wall tiling, paint the wall with the help of Frogtape, install our Sinkology Adam’s Farmhouse Sink, and the appliances will be coming in! Excited to finish up this project!
This week we were finally able to get some tiling started after all the “behind the wall” things such as plumbing and electric work were finished.
We started with our floor tiles first which are Jeffrey Court Gardenia Mosaic Tiles. We chose these tiles since we have a hexagon floor tile theme going with all the other floor tiles in our house. We also liked the simple patterned look this provided instead of a lot of color or design. These tiles come in sheets which made the process a lot faster since each sheet is about a 10 inch square.
Our first step was to pour some Self Leveling Underlayment which helps to level the floor and create a clean and flat surface to place the tiles. After allowed that to dry for a few days we started on the tiling. We measured off the room into smaller sections to make sure we kept our tiles in line. To lay tiles you first need to mix some thin-set mortar in an even layer where you want to place the tile piece. Make sure not to mix too much since it dries fairly quickly- just add a little bit of water if it does! Then place the tile on the thin-set mortar in the placement you want it to be. When you get to the edge, use a tile saw to cut the tile to the size that will fit.
One key thing we learned during this process is to make sure the spacing between each tile
sheet is the same. We made a small mistake by setting two sheets too close together but
luckily it won’t be super noticeable once the other items are in the laundry room! Can you see our mistake??
We spent this week nailing down more specific details about the space. Such as the exact placement of the sink, how many cabinets we want (and can fit!) in the space without it feeling too crowded. We also decided to go with a butcher block type countertop over the washer and dryer and next to the sink area.
We’ve started the plumbing rearranging and replacing with new copper piping to prep for the new placement of the washer and dryer and the addition of the Sinkology Adam’s Farmhouse Sink. As you can see if the photo we’ve also had some delays since the electric box needed some things changed up.
Since we are remodeling many other parts of the house at the same time we actually got some tiling practice this week from tiling a different bathroom. We’ve learned a few things and plan to get some tiles in the laundry room in the coming week!
This week we started demolition! We basically stripped the room to down to its bare bones by removing all the old cabinets, flooring, and some of the dry wall. We will be moving around some piping for our Sinkology Adam’s Farmhouse Sink and will also be moving the washer and dryer placement to a different wall since the previous location would have them sticking too far out- apparently they make washer and dryers a lot bigger than they use to!
We have ordered some new wall cabinets and a cabinet for the sink and a small counter area. We’ve also decided to paint one of the walls white to keep the room bright and not too overbearing since it’s not a very big space. Will be using Frogtape to make sure the paint goes exactly where it should.
We also received our shipment of Jeffrey Court tiles and we’re super excited to get the project started. We decided to use Gardenia Mosaic Tile for the floor and Dreamcicle Chevron Marble for the walls. We’ve been looking into how to place tiles by watching lots of Youtube videos and getting a lot of inspiration from other bloggers who’ve tackled their own tiling projects!
We’ve been on the hunt for a new house for a while and finally found the perfect place to call home. The house was built in the 1960s and many of it was still in its original design and look. We bought the house knowing we wanted to do a couple of renovations and upgrades to a fresher and cleaner look.
One of the spaces we wanted to transform was the laundry room. We have never had a laundry room before (washer and dryer were in the garage) so we were very excited to see that laundry would now take place indoors. Since the laundry room is next to the garage, we also wanted to make a part of it a small mud room where we can hang up our jackets and take off our shoes.
We were invited to the Jeffrey Court Tile Challenge which fit perfectly with our remodeling timeline. With the keys finally in our hands, we have spent this first planning out the layout and how we want the room to look. We were debating between adding a utility sink or making the room more like a mud room with a small seating area with more storage. When we heard Sinkology would be a partner in our remodel project our mind’s were made! We also knew or painting would be made easier using Frogtape to make sure paint doesn’t get everywhere!