Category: Pit of Despair

Laundry Room Progress: $6 Gridwall Display:

Hey there! We’ve been working on our basement, laundry room, on and off, for five weeks. I have a few gallons of paint to go on all the pipes and duct work, sconces to be hung, and a bit of this and a bit of that, left. The latest addition is a super inexpensive and easy gridwall display.

$6 gridwall display

I bought $6 hardware mesh, used for fencing at Home Depot. I unrolled it. Then rolled it up in the opposite direction, to straighten it out.

I gave it a quick spray with some black spray paint, I had on hand. I wanted it to give a graphic affect against the white walls.

Command hooks that work on basement walls

I used five command hooks across the center of the wire mesh to mount. Clothespins secure the thrifted, Paris, tourist map and artwork from my grandpa’s sketch book.

You can also check out how I updated the countertop and cabinet for $50. And wow. That’s a before.

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$50 Laundry Cabinet Makeover

Our basement is out of a horror movie; I’ve come to call it the Pit of Despair. Recently, a hot water pipe from Everett’s bathroom sprung a leak, flooding the storage area and setting a budget makeover into motion. Among the improvements, including waterproofing, I prettied up the existing built in cabinet.

Built in cabinet before and after

I used peel and stick marble for the countertop. This stuff is super easy and takes minutes to install. Think really thick contact paper.

I faux painted the plywood edge instead of wrapping the film. I first painted the edge with Behr Swiss Coffee, using a foam brush. While it was still wet, I added a little veining with General Finishes Gel stain I had on hand. While everything was still wet, I went back in with the Swiss Coffee brush. Gorgeous Shiny Things has a great tutorial of a more in depth fauxing method.

I had milk glass handles from a few kitchens ago. And painted the cabinets in Kilz Blue Juniper in semi-gloss. Walmart will ship it right to your house with orders over $35.