Day 21: The Laundry Room | No. 3

After Nico’s soccer game we went to the lumber yard to buy trim, which took longer than expected because our corners are 22° angles and stock corner molding only comes in 90° cuts. We figured out a way around the problem and think (hope!) it will look good. Then we had to clear out the laundry room for the 3rd time in one month. Between that and the priming, measuring, cutting, and nailing, he spent 5 hours working in the laundry room on Saturday. I felt bad just standing around, but he kept reminding me it was a one-person job.

Translation: you’re hovering and making me nervous. Go away.

He did such a great job wrapping the baseboard around the doors of the broom cabinet. Originally, there was teeny-tiny trim molding next to builder grade baseboards. It looked slap-dash. He won’t be thrilled I’m showing pictures before it’s been filled, caulked, and painted, but too bad. I think he did a great job and am proud of him. (He didn’t yell or curse at his tools once!)

Tomorrow will be a record long day. We’ll finish up the trim and crown molding. I’ve got my fingers crossed that we can also fill and caulk everything so that I can then paint the beadboard, cabinets, and trim during the week. That reminds me, I need to find hinges and handles.

This is taking forever. They aren’t kidding when they say the devil is in the details!

New here? For the next 31 days I’m living according to the famous William Morris quote, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” You can learn more about the project here, and catch sneak peeks of my projects by following me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (I’m @pancakesfries).

Jules Kendall writes about books, family, and easygoing simplicity.


  1. Sarah says

    He is doing a great job! It may seem like a long process to you, but some of us are capable of dragging that kind of project out for months. : ) I cannot wait to see the finished product.

    • says

      I think it’s dragging because I know the end result will be so great. Of course, when compared to the before, ANYTHING would be an improvement.

    • says

      I cleaned out perfume on a plate the other day. Not every day can (or should) involved manual labor. At least that’s my philosophy. 😉

      • says

        The upside is that we had three coin jars up there, filled to the brim. I counted and sorted it all and it was 66 bucks total. Every time I do that I put it in my kids’ bank accounts and feel good that our slovenly ways are good for some of us.

  2. Jeanne says

    Jules, in my experience it was hard to replace hinges on older doors. They didn’t close right. So we had to spray paint the old ones. You might have better luck. Good luck! Hope it all works out as planned. It will be better homes caliber!

    • says

      I had good luck replacing the hinges in the bathroom for the boys and I’m hoping to have the same luck here. What I found when I replaced the bathroom hinges is that you have to buy apartment size/cheap hinges. Kind of a bummer, but it’s better than the hinges we have, which have been painted over repeatedly over 50 years.

      I don’t know it will be Better Homes category–but ANYTHING will be an improvement.

  3. Fairfax Avenue says

    I don’t mean to give you more work and expense, Jules, but when I replaced my dryer some months ago I learned t’s better to use metal dryer venting. And its easier while everything is out of the room… at least a very good vacuuming of the existing duct.

      • says

        I just told him, and he says he knows it need to be replaced…and he’s been dreading going under the house to do it. He’s going to do it at the very end, after the rest of the room is done. So, I guess he’ll be pulling out the dryer a couple more times before the month is out. Poor guy!

        • Fairfax Avenue says

          Good on him! My husband took one look at the dryer installation – we also needed a new gas line – and called a plumber.

  4. Larissa says

    It’s really looking great! I’m so curious to see what it looks like after you’ve painted and added all the details. :) Handy husbands are such a blessing; aren’t they?! I always make sure to do something nice for mine after he’s worked on a project. . . especially projects that are 1) my idea, and 2) a pain in the rear.

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