Project Santa: Laundry Room Reveal

The laundry room is complete. It nearly killed us, but after two weeks, an unthinkable number of late nights, an ice storm, a power outage, a stomach bug, and the final push of nearly 46 hours straight, we were able to pull it off just in time for Christmas.

The plan was to capture the whole reveal on video HGTV style to be able to share the look on my parents’ faces. But as it turned out, the reveal happened at 6am on Christmas morning, my mom was still in her nightgown, Kes had already passed out from sheer exhaustion & I hadn’t slept for 2 days. Needless to say we weren’t exactly camera ready. It was a lot of work. No doubt about that. But to be able to give my parents a beautiful, functional laundry room and to see how happy they are with their new space, made it all worth it. We’re pretty excited to be able to finally reveal it with the world – and here it is…

Before & After

Laundry room reveal - before & after
Laundry room reveal - Storage before & after
Laundry room reveal - Sink before & after
Laundry room - before
Laundry room - after

The Details

If you remember where we started we had some pretty specific issues to solve. We started with the dryer. Knowing that we wanted to put in a counter top to solve the lack of a work surface, the existing dryer with it’s top controls just wouldn’t do. So we took to kijiji and were able to find a suitable dryer at a great price! Next, we’ll probably have to get in touch with a company similar to DUCTZ of Raleigh to ensure correct dryer vent installations and all that technical stuff. We have to make sure to get it right; dryer vents are more vital than we often realize. Anyway, from there we hit up our local Home Depot and found an awesome all in one, utility sink, cabinet & faucet.

To solve the issue of storage, we used floating shelves to create open storage along the back wall. We had originally purchased the shelves for our first home but never ended up using them. For further shoe & miscellaneous storage, we were able to score perfect condition IKEA Billy Bookcases on kijiji as well at less than half the price of buying them new. To give the Billys a bit of a twist we customized them, by attaching the 2 shelves together and then wrapping them in pine boards which we then white washed using PARA White Collar (P5248-14). Because we were working with a narrow space, we decided to mount the Billys up off the floor to keep the space from feeling closed in. We then added couple of drying racks for added hanging storage.

We painted the whole space in PARA On the Tarmac (P5202-34) to give it a cool, calming feeling and I absolutely love how this colour turned out. We were gifted some awesome paint supplies from HomeRight which made easy work of it. The QuickPainter Pad Edge Painter & PaintStick EZ-Twist Roller were awesome to work with. Not only did they eliminate the need for a roller pan, but it probably cut our paint time down to about about a quarter of what it would have taken using a traditional roller! The only drawback to the PaintStick is that it’s a stick. Which for us made working in the narrow entry for the laundry room a bit of a challenge. Working in a larger room though, would have been no problem.

For the entry we used horizontal stripes to create a feature wall. We then mounted white washed pine boards along one of the stripes to provide added structure for storage hooks, as well as to tie in the white washed Billy on the other side.

The 12×24 porcelain tiles were a key find at the ReStore. The colour ties in beautifully & at $1.25/sq ft, they can’t be beat! The glass mosaik tile used for the top border we picked up on sale at Lowes. I love how the mosaik picks up the greys in the big tile & also pulls in the blues from the wall. This project was my first attempt at tiling and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I think there will definitely be some more tiling in my future.

We had a lot of fun getting this project completed. We challenged ourselves. We learned a lot and we got a ton of practice for the many DIY projects we have ahead of us at the Dreamhouse. You guys know that Kes and I were useless when we first started building this house but we’ve learning from your mistakes, looking on sites like backyard toolshed, and forcing yourself to take on challenges you’ve not done before really helps you develop your skills!

UPDATE: We’ve entered Creating with the Stars this year! Make sure to check out the East Coast Creative Blog and click on our ‘Fun & Functional Laundry Room Refresh’ submission to vote for us!

And now it’s time for you to get in on the action….


With the New Year just hours away, we know many of you have got your DIY project lists ready to go. So along with our friends at PARA Paints & HomeRight, we thought we’d help get you started. What’s up for grabs? A gallon of PARA Paint (tinted in the PARA colour of your choice), a HomeRight PaintStick EZ-Twist Roller and a HomeRight QuickPainter Pad Edge Painter to help make the painting process easier. Wondering how you enter? Use the clever little widget below to enter in several different ways. The more stuff you do, the more entries you get. You can leave a comment telling us about your upcoming DIY project for a couple of entries, or you can like The Dreamhouse Project on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for a few more entries. Or you can like & follow our awesome sponsors for even more entries. Simple enough right? Well…what are you waiting for???

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  • Keisha
    December 31, 2013

    Great job guys! A HUGE improvement – love the strips and the colours you chose. Wanna do my laundry room next?!

  • Angela
    December 31, 2013

    Love it!! Great job guys- I can just imagine your moms reaction! I also have some tiling that needs doing! πŸ˜‰

  • January 1, 2014

    Wow it looks soooo good!!!!! I cant wait to see what you do in your own home when it is done!

  • January 1, 2014

    I have a bathroom that needs a new coat of paint!

    And that renovation is FABULOUS, Tash! I love it! I’d be so proud to have that laundry room – you guys did a fabulous job!

  • Trevor
    January 1, 2014

    Thank you. Mom and I love the laundry room.

  • January 1, 2014

    What a fantastic before and after! Our laundry space is similar in size and I’m loving what you’ve done with yours – such great inspiration! I see a laundry room project in my very near future!!

  • January 1, 2014

    I love my state of the art laundry room. Both you and Kes worked night and day to renovate it. It was a wonderful surprise. Thank you so much.

  • January 1, 2014


    • January 1, 2014

      oops! pressed enter too soon. I meant to say: wow! you did an amazing job! how did you keep it a surprise?

  • Jane Hammill Gray
    January 2, 2014

    Sorry forgot to say my project is the basement! Loved your write up you have inspired me to crack on with my project.I love the classics range especially the Cream Soda.

    Please delete my post above don’t want to be entered twice it would not be fair many thanks

  • Jennifer L.
    January 2, 2014

    I’m working on my bedroom. I’d like to use Nature’s Bounty paint colour.

  • Brandee H
    January 2, 2014

    So many great ideas. I would love to work on my bathrooms. I like the Vanilla Whip colour.

  • January 2, 2014

    Well done, guys!! I just can’t shake my stripe love after all these years – love it!

  • charles young
    January 2, 2014

    Would like to paint the office. Buried in Sand looks nice for my space

  • Donnas
    January 2, 2014

    We plan on renovating the kitchen next but we’re still up in the air about colours.

  • Bev
    January 2, 2014

    We would be interested in repainting my husband’s office. PF31 Strawberry Blossom would be my choice.

  • angela m
    January 3, 2014

    We want to renovate our bathroom , I love the wild phlox

  • January 3, 2014

    Thank you for giving the PaintStick EZ-Twist and the Quick Painter a try on this project. For small spaces like this we should have gifted you the PaintStick Mini. Thanks again.
    Laura Clark

  • Suzy
    January 3, 2014

    My project is the entry to our home. I’d love an organized coat/shoe area!

  • January 3, 2014

    Great work guys! Is that an Ikea countertop you used?

  • audie
    January 3, 2014

    my new craft room

  • ann
    January 3, 2014

    My project is to finish my attic. Acai berry is a great colour.

  • Xing
    January 3, 2014

    I would like to paint the master bedroom. I like PF46 Ginger Dust.

  • iplayoutsidethebox
    January 4, 2014

    WOW….what a transformation!!

  • Natalie Goss
    January 4, 2014

    I am inspired to start some make overs in my own house. A Paintstick would go a long way in helping me finishing the projects.

  • January 4, 2014

    It looks fabulous! Great job!

  • January 4, 2014

    Great job guys!! And in the midst of the storm too — major kudos! I hope the power stayed on while you were working. Thanks for the tip on the Paintstick…as you know, I’ve got some major para painting projects this year too and with 10 foot ceilings in my living room, that stick will be a fantastic time-saver. Happy New Year!

  • January 9, 2014

    BEAUTIFUL job, you guys!!!! So excited to see all of the other amazing projects you complete this year and beyond!

  • R.Li
    January 10, 2014

    LOVE your mom’s new laundry room! (Came from Ikea Hacks: all the way over in Denmark) and what a brilliant present! And was this seriously your first DIY? Which is heartening for us lesser mortals! My laundry room is a challenge I can tell you, but I live in hope! Cool blog too btw πŸ™‚

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