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Laundry room update: where I’ve been and why not much is done

Good intentions are what I started with, but an injury is holding me back in the laundry room makeover.

We are technically heading into week 7 of the One Room Challenge sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens and I’m sitting over here like I was in week 1.

Trust me, it’s not for a lack of motivation, but instead it’s hard to work on the laundry room while I’m in a boot.

author wearing a black t shirt that reads "in my defence I was left unsupervised" sitting on a stool wearing a plastic cast boot on left foot holding a paint brush in her right hand sitting next to a dryer in front of a partially painted wall.

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I’m currently waiting on an MRI to see if I have a stress fracture, but I couldn’t take it any longer, so I was able to get some stuff started.

I’d like to say I did something cool that injured it, but it was me smacking a piece of metal garden edging and hitting the top of my foot.

What HAVE I completed for the laundry room makeover:

butcher block counters

We were finally able to cut the Chevron Hevea butcher block from Hardwood Reflections down to size and let me tell you that was a task.

The butcher block was so thick and I have a small circular saw, so we had to cut, flip, and cut again.

Man helping woman who is cutting the chevron patterned butcher block with a saw.
Courtney holding the piece of butcher block so it doesn’t fall.

This butcher block from Hardwood Reflections is BEAUTIFUL, but it’s also heavy so I needed some assistance. (It’s also about the time my foot started giving me fits.)


I decided on a paint color, I’m going with Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams, the same color I repainted my thrifted cabinet.

Young girl sitting on floor of the laundry room painting the baseboard with a paintbrush.
Kelsey felt sorry for me and my foot so she volunteered to help paint.

And I was able to get the painting started, but apparently my husband forgot that I told him I was painting the baseboards.

Laundry room painted a dark color including the back of the door.
I also decided to paint the back of the door for a more cohesive look.

The new light I showed you during week 1 of the One Room Challenge arrived!!!

Ceiling light fixture for the laundry room with a gold base and white oddly shaped glass.

I have them and they are going to look amazing. They’re white stock cabinets, the size that you find over the top of your fridge.

After we cut the butcher block we dry fit everything, it’s absolutely perfect.

We also decided we wanted to move the washer and dryer forward a bit to give more counter space.

What didn’t happen:

I thought that I had the back wall figured out and even bought the wallpaper.

After I started painting, I quickly realized I needed to pivot, but I’ll just use the wallpaper in another space because it is too adorable.

I’ve got my eye on a different space to use this beautiful wallpaper.

I did however decide to do something I didn’t think I would do in this new house…

Looking for supplies, I found pre-made primed shiplap and fell in love.

While I love the shiplap I’ve made in the past, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this product.

Obviously I thought I would be WAY further along, but that’s life for you; throwing all sorts of curve balls.

Right now, I’m just thanking my lucky stars that we still have a few more weeks until the final reveal for the One Room Challenge.

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