I sold Swole City. It’s true. But the seeds of my home gym tranquilly floated into my laundry room and gave yield to new flooring, a fancy light fixture, cabinets and a bench/storage unit. And some new running shoes!
So I’m the guy who hates vinyl floor and linoleum. Specifically the faux hardwood type. But I’m also the guy who spent a ton of money on 3/4″ hickory hardwood for a house I only lived in for 16 months. And as hard as it is to admit this, it’s tough being two guys at once! I can’t be the hardwood snob (worst house flipper ever) AND hater of inexpensive alternatives that LOOK nice at the same time. It’s me or him.
I chose the other man this weekend. And I’ll never love…him again. I feel like I’ve taken this hyperbole to the end of it’s road. But I’ve done it justice.
For $200 bucks I transformed this gross old linoleum dungeon into a fresh, bright, trendy…place to wash dirty clothes. Here’s how it went down:
I purchased some peel and stick faux wood vinyl flooring. I was super anxious about this stuff because I’ve heard horror stories and have SEEN hack-jobs. But I dunno…I’ve got student debt, man. So I measured my laundry room’s square footage and figured out how many “planks” (lol) were required for the room. Total cost: $50. So I took the laminate leap.
Lay laminate out just like you would real hardwood. In case you forgot, here are a few things to keep in mind…
+ Never line joints up next to each other.
+ Leave an expansion gap along the perimeter of the room.
+ Give yourself 3-6″ distance from each joint, especially if two planks are next to each other.
+ Take your time with cutting around door trim. This is what separates the hack jobs from the hallelujahs. Just thought of that one, love it.
OK! SO! Taking up trim is a must. It will give the room a seamless, professional look and it only takes an extra half hour and $15 bucks on the budget for new trim. Usually I try to keep the old trim but the builders of this house used door trim on the floors and this stuff has never been cleaned. Like ever.
I’m the guy who updates rooms after 20 years of neglect and then moves out a few months later. Maybe I can get a tissue sponsorship since I cry so much.
Use a utility knife to cut the old caulk away from the wall…
Then jam a flat head screw driver behind the trim to start prying the trim off. Put your crow bar in there and make your way down the board. You’ll notice that some of the caulk stretches and hangs on, so use your utility knife while you make your way around the baseboards.
Once all the trim is removed, I clean up the area with my shop-vac and prep for the floor by cleaning it with a Swiffer wet (why not call it a WET Swiffer?). Once the floor dries I’m ready to roll…er…stick. Peel and stick. Yeah.
So I took some prelim measurements from the washer/dryer to the far wall to see if things are squared up. And they’re a couple 16ths out of square, but that’s no big deal. The most critical piece is the first one so that your layout is square. The worst thing that can happen is you’re halfway through the project and you notice things aren’t straight. Just give up if you ever do that. Your DIY days are over. See you at Ikea.
RELAX! I was just kidding! I’m trying to see if you’ve got enough heart to DIY. You’re giving me mixed signals here.
I had some leftover Lido green from my daughter’s room and it will work PERFECTLY in this room. There are no windows or any trace of natural sunlight, so a bright color is a must. I threw on (2) coats of this because one coat of paint is for the faint of heart.
So yeah, the worst and most miserable part about installing this vinyl floor was cutting around the door trim. With hardwood I would use my multitool the cut the door trim, but because the vinyl is so thin, that seemed like overkill. Perhaps I’m being a little lazy? Perhaps you’re being a little judgmental!
Use your holiday card sketch paper as a template. All the chic DIY’ers are doing it.
Transfer it to your planky plank.
I spent more time on this corner piece than I did the whole rest of the room!
If you’re all out of holiday card scrap paper, try this.
Trace a piece of old gross trim onto your plank…
And there you go. Another beautifully executed moulding cut! We’re cutting and pasting like 2nd grade BOSSES.
Peel and stick on, sister. Peel and stick on.
Stagger those joints! I’ll know if you don’t. When you make your way to the washer/dryer, have a few towels ready to put under the legs to slide the units forward. You don’t want to scratch up your brand new faux hardwood vinyl. Faux real.
To say that this vinyl transformed the space is an understatement. Don’t understatement me like that bro!
You know what…you’re alright in my book peel and stick faux wood vinyl flooring. You’re alright.
Toddler approved! I’m kidding. She didn’t even notice. She’s more excited about her reflection on the washing machine door. OHH…to be a kid again. Whenever I gawk at my reflection my wife gives me dirty looks!
Check back soon for the really trendy post on the light fixture I hacked to work with the unusual vent fan/light combo I was stuck with in this room. Did I mention it’s trendy? Along for the ride is the trim installation, which is considerably less trendy but much more practical. It’s a good balance.