Laundry Room Makeover

5 years ago by in Antiques, DIY, handmade, Home Decor


A friend asked me yesterday to e-mail her a link to my laundry room. She and her hubby want to attempt the DIY wood flooring I did.

(Please replace “I” with Mr. Wright.)

I had to e-mail her six different posts just to show all the different photos.

Perhaps it’s time to put it all in one easy schmeezy place?

Yes, I think that would be wise.

First we installed the cabinets, next we started on the floor.


Since our sub flooring is concrete the linoleum stayed.

We installed two layers of wood so the new flooring could float.

Somebody somewhere seems to think that is important.


Our little “helpers”.


Did you catch the parenthesis?

Yeah, they didn’t help much.

But they are super cute watching their Pa.

Next, two coats of stain.


Now here’s the part where I faltered.

The original idea was to white-wash and distress the floor.

Oh! How I loved that dark stained wood.

I paced for a whole twenty-four hours debating whether to leave it or keep going.

Alas, I carried on!

White wash away!


The latex paint was watered down 1:1.

Next was sanding, and then two coats of super duper shiny polyurethane.


Polyurethane will turn yellow.

The can will say it doesn’t.

Trust me, it does.

I’m going for old school so yellowing is cool here.

New knobs on the cabinets. These came from Home Goods.


Ta Da! Love that shine!

Here’s a better shot of the shine.


I just might love doing laundry now.

Not really.

Now that the washer and dryer are in, we encountered one teensy tiny problem.

We couldn’t shut the laundry room door.

Maybe not so tiny.

This calls for a new laundry room door!

Here’s my dad installing the sliding door hardware.


And here’s the new door tucked in.


I guess I should say the old door.

Here’s how it looks when it is closed.


No, I am not planning on painting the door.

I like it looking like someone has been kicking and chewing on it.

(Which fits in just fine around here.)

That’s it! You can view more photos of the mudroom here.


35 Responses to “Laundry Room Makeover”

January 10, 2012 Reply

Looks fantastic! Found your blog today from your feature on ‘better after’. Great job! Going to follow you now :)

January 10, 2012 Reply

Love your new laundry! The floor is amazing and that door is to die for! Great job!

January 10, 2012 Reply

Oh my gosh!!! It all looks amazing. My husband wants sliding doors in our house and if they look like yours then i’m definately on board. You now have a new subscriber! :) can’t wait to back track through your blog

January 10, 2012 Reply

I love the floors! Well done. I especially love the door! We have a jack & jill bathroom and there are 3 doors that always seem to be in the way. Where did you score the hardware for hanging the door?

Amy N. Withers
January 10, 2012 Reply

OMG! I <3 this so much! I took the door off to my laundry room years ago to create more room! Now I can close the door! Thank You for your Genius!

m @ random musings
January 11, 2012 Reply

i am in love with that door! do you know where to get the hardware?

January 11, 2012 Reply

Love it…..really love the door.

January 11, 2012 Reply

OMG, I am LOVING this! I would love to do this to my kitchen and laundry room. My laundry room looks about the same size of yours, narrow. I am bookmarking this right now. Love your blog!

January 11, 2012 Reply

Wow that looks great- thanks for the inspiration!
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January 11, 2012 Reply

that door is divine! i love it!

January 11, 2012 Reply

How did you do the floor? I love it! We’re about to put new flooring in our laundry room, I love the way yours turned out. What was the cost? I also love that sliding door, I really want to put one in my master bedroom but it has to be on the cheap. What hardware did you use and where did you get it and what was the cost? Sorry for all the questions :/ Thank you!!! 😉

Love the floors and the door! Would you mind sharing where you bought your sliding door hardware? I’m looking at doing a few pocket doors/barn doors/sliding doors myself and would love to shop around. That hardware is expensive! Great job, love your laundry room.

January 11, 2012 Reply

I freaking LOVE your door. If you ever painted it just know that I will be crying myself to sleep somewhere. I also love your ironing board. You are my new hero.

Dara Brady
January 12, 2012 Reply

Love the room.Love the door.Love the floor!
Makes me want to whitewash all the hardwoods in my house!!

January 15, 2012 Reply

LOVE it! I’ve been looking at sliding doors, where did you get your hardware? Thanks!

Natalie Wright
January 16, 2012 Reply

The hardware was actually from a surplus sale in downtown SLC. Totally random find. We had to cut the metal bar down which was a big job, bit it worked. I have seen hardware online, but it’s pricey. HGTV has a more affordable tutorial here:

I love that door – it’s gorgeous and the windows in it are perfect. I actually already have a pocket door in my laundry room so now I want to replace the door with something much more fabulous like that! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!
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Andrea Chapman Summerhays
January 27, 2012 Reply

I really love your sliding door and the white washed floors! Where did you get the sliding hardware to install the door?

January 28, 2012 Reply

over from the inspired room!
She featured your awesome sliding door, and I’m pretty sure it’ll get pinned so much that it blows up pinterest.

love your laundry room!!!

January 28, 2012 Reply

You just gave me such a major “Ah-ha” moment regarding the door. Thanks for the inspiration…virtual fist bump! Question: is that standard door hardware? What did you have to do to adapt the door itself to hang on it? Thanks in advance for the information…this is absolutely going to be implemented in my home!

January 28, 2012 Reply

Natalie, I just saw your previous comment about the hardware…sorry for being redundant! I got excited.
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Linda L.
January 28, 2012 Reply

Nice redo! But ya know what I noticed? The purse! Yah, I make purses, and that one caught my eye. I like the colors and the pattern…do you have a tutorial on that?

The laundry room is very nice – I like light in the laundry room, and the floor really reflects it well.

Natalie Wright
January 29, 2012 Reply

Hi Linda! You can read my post on DIY fabric purses here:
Thanks for stopping by!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime
January 30, 2012 Reply

Hi! I pinned this on Pinterest, posted on fb, and featured at Creative DIYers Club. Please feel free to grab the feature button :)
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February 12, 2012 Reply

May i ask what the name of your stain was for the floors?

Natalie Wright
February 13, 2012 Reply

Hi Kate! The stain is Ebony by Minwax. It goes on really dark. We only used one coat.

May 18, 2012 Reply

Thank You for sharing. I am currently working on my 36 ft hallway w/ 8 doorways. Ripped up the carpeting and padding, and am laying plywood cu into planks. Found an old vintage door that I will be installing for the bathroom (that my handicapped mom uses), I couldn’t find a track, and came up w/ my own system of using and old overhead garage door track and found old barn door rollers at a barn sale.
Thanks for I am so excited that it has all fallen together, and can’t wait to finish. You have reminded me how cool this will be.

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June 26, 2013 Reply

I love the door, and the floors. Would love to know more about the hardware you used. Barn door sliders are really expensive. I am on a budget. Also the floor you said you used two layers of wood, what did you mean by that. Was it under the planks u did a strip going the opposite direction? Look amazing.. Thanks tracie

Natalie Wright
July 14, 2013 Reply

Hey Tracie! The hardware my Dad happened to have lying around. I wish I had a reference for you, because I would love to do it again! The wood floors needed two layers because the flooring underneath was concrete. You can’t put wood floors directly on concrete, you need a “floating” layer in between. The This Old House website has a great tutorial.

July 10, 2013 Reply

Hi wanted to know if the wood was just regular 2×4? love that and would love to do that to my laundry room

Natalie Wright
July 14, 2013 Reply

Hey Leticia! They were not 2×4’s, they were actually 2×2’s. Thanks for visiting!

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