Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Before and After Laundry Room Floor Makeover "the RUNWAY"

Good Morning again my BEAUTIES!
I have a fun and pretty quick little makeover project to show you this morning.
We just redid our laundry room/hallway floor that connects to the little powder room 
I did this winter.

You can see the Powder room makeover HERE
Well I know you think that BLOGGERS LOVE to do huge intricate difficult crazy high end
projects..BUT, man oh man...sometimes..you just got to go with Sticky Tiles..:)
You heard me.
Our latest project used sticky tiles.
 You see this part of the floor is what we like to call....THE RUNWAY!
It connects the garage to the kitchen. In it is the Main Floor Laundry (which the people who built this house in the early 1960s even had the for thought to think of since they also had a large family)
and the half bath. It contains one coat closet and the cleaning supplies closet.
It is a very very busy area.
When we had originally discussed the bath makeover we were planning on continuing on the tile from the bath into the hallway.
For those of you have done tile work,
you know how long the process takes.
You have your subfloor you have to lay..then you have to cement your tiles in..
then you have to grout the tile..then seal the tile and wait 3 days for the sealer to cure.
How long do you think we could go without using this hallway???
Are you catching my drift.
My hubby decided while we were doing the bath..that Tiling the hallway 
WASN'T GONNA HAPPEN :)
Having a family of six..he knew that just one day missing laundry to move the machines out was going to create an enormous back up of laundry...plus getting our front loaders in and out into the garage was really not a fun thing he wanted to think about so we had to go back to the drawing board.
 
Now when we had first moved into our house almost 20 years ago we had changed this floor.
Even back then we had used a very good sticky tile.
So good in fact it did NOT want to come up.
While starting this project we had to keep a row of the OLD tiles down in the middle so we could keep using the runway until we were ready to start laying tiles.
Now if you follow me on PERISCOPE (its a new live broadcasting app)
You were able to watch as we started this project
You can find me on periscope by searching Art is Beauty
and you can see more live broadcasts.
Once all the old tiles were up we were able to start laying the new tiles.
I should mention before we started we popped off all the shoe molding so that when we were done we could pop it back on and give a cleaner look to the tile.
We found the center of our floor and stared laying the tiles out from there.
Now we still had to move the washer and dryer, but instead of moving them all the way out of the house what we did was once the floor was mostly done in front of the machines we
covered the floor to protect it and just popped the machines forward..
we found SO MANY TREASURES behind them. :)
Things I had been going crazy looking for had mysteriously ended up behind the washing machine!
 This also gave us a great excuse to clean..:)
we cleaned out the dryer vent tube and all the other good stuff that likes to go behind appliances and got to work on the floor behind there.
Its so fun working in confined spaces...
:)
finishing behind the dryer and getting ready to put the shoe molding back on.
Once behind the washer and dryer was done and the molding back on we could push them back,
finish the couple compound cuts that had to be made along the wall and we would have our runway back in RUNNING order.

Here is looking down the runway to the garage door.

and here is the view looking towards the kitchen and POWDER ROOM
I love how it turned out.
We just used a very thick high grade sticky tile from one of our local home stores.
It has the grout line built in but you can also choose to grout on top of that too.
We are sticking with this for now, but maybe in the future we will grout it.:)
 I am so happy with the difference and the fact that it really only took one full day to complete.
The only tools we needed were a very sharp utility knife, some scissors and a straight edge.
I hope you enjoyed this fun makeover and that you are having a fabulous summer.
Until next time,
Go make someones day Beautiful!

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