Utility Room

Project by carpentrymonster posted 11-21-2009 01:36 AM 5096 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have an older home that my girlfriend purchased from her parents. The house has needed tons of work and I have kept quite busy for the last year. Last month I finally got around to cleaning up the basement a bit. It was dark, dingy, and loaded with junk leftover from my girlfriends 4 older siblings. Water damage, cob webs, dirt, dust, pet hair, you name it, it was down there. In a word “yuck!” If you’ve ever seen the movie “Saw” then you know what I am talking about. Every time I walked down there I expected to see someone chained up to the laundry tub. My girlfriend was literally scared to go into the basement of the home she grew up in.

So, I began in the beginning of October, lots of cleaning and moving stuff. I then reconfigured some of the existing walls to enclose a room around the laundry area. And I built a closet and work surface with areas for storage bins. I trimmed it out with some scrap lumber I had from a demolition job and had to build a new door frame. I was doing all of this as a suprise for my girlfriend so I had to be a bit sneaky about things. I actually reused old drywall and studs from existing walls. This was quite a task because her older brothers thought it was a good idea to shoot bb’s into the walls, Lot’s of skim coating. (I saved all the bb’s I removed and plan to shoot them into hers brother the next time I see them.)

I probably spent the better part of a day pulling crap out of the ceiling, like old phone wires and random fasteners. I must have pulled about 300 feet old of phone wire out. They must of had 2-3 phones in every room. I then Painted the ceiling with a black latex, made by glidden for that purpose. I had to buy an additive to mix with the latex to run it through my sprayer, it worked well. I painted some old flourescent fixtures I had in the garage and installed them.

I painted the walls with left over paint I’d had from other jobs. I just mixed all the half full white cans I had in a five gallon bucket and went to work. Bought a floor painting kit, and painted the trim with some left over opaque grey stain. I painted her old concrete laudry tub too, and cleaned up the old fixtures. Also built some cabinets we picked up at home depot, had to bolt em together and build a platform beneath to level em out.

After all was said and done the job cost about 400 bucks, if you don’t include the odd stuff i used from my own stockpiles. Take out the $216 we spent on cabinets and the job was done for under $200.

When I finally took her down there to see it she cried. It is good to be appreciated.

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posted 11-21-2009 07:29 AM

Great work, especially for such a small budget. BTKS

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posted 11-21-2009 02:08 PM

looks great…I like the look of the ceilings and the grey trim…looks very clean….well done…I’m sure your girlfriend loves to do the laundry now!!! :-)

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 11-21-2009 08:13 PM

That’s exactly what she said when she first saw it, “I am gonna love doing laundry now!” Funny thing is I couldn’t find a clean pair of socks this morning?

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posted 11-26-2009 02:07 PM

Nice work, good clean lines and on such a small budget.

I’m not sure what’s worse, not finding a clean pair of socks or having a drawer full of clean odd socks like me!

-- Restorer, http://www.kedlestonfrenchpolishers.co.uk

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posted 11-28-2009 04:12 PM

That is a great looking utility room. We are about to upgrade ours I will have to show the wife. the only thing I going to add is another washer and dryer. I have to wash clothes every night b/c we only have one washer and dryer.

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posted 12-04-2009 05:25 PM

Nice work!


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posted 12-18-2009 06:18 AM

Million dollar result on a shoe string budget, great work. I like how tidy the plumbing and electrical lines are.

-- DONE is a "four letter word" at our house, we don't say it often.

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posted 12-24-2009 10:32 PM

Great work CM

-- a-1contractor.com

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posted 03-01-2010 07:32 PM

Very clean look! What did you use for skim coating the walls? My basement walls are in very bad shape, and I’d like to finish the basement off eventually.

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posted 03-01-2012 03:15 PM

BAM! KAPOW! You knocked this one out and it looks very clean too. I wish I would’ve seen this two years ago in our previous home…this is exactly what it needed.

I like the closet and organizer shelf with small bins. Not sure what that is used for but I like it. My wife’s biggest complaint is no where to hang things…you solved this issue well.

Good work.

-- AverageJoe

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