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I had to wake up at 6 am for this.
Of everything you might already know about me from this blog, one thing is for certain: I am NOT a morning person.
The night before my new laundry set was supposed to arrive, I was at my graduation dinner with my parents. I’d ordered the appliances from Home Depot on Black Friday and scheduled the delivery for this past Friday, assuming that would be enough time for finals, graduation-related things, and most importantly, getting the floor grouted, sealed, baseboards back in, and ready for delivery.
That sorta happened.
I procrastinated as I tend to do, and was right up to the last minute to install my baseboards. I assumed that Home Depot’s crew would be like waiting on the cable folks; they’d probably tell me sometime between 8am and 5pm and show up right as I’m pulling out of the driveway to meet friends for dinner. But nope: when they said 7 to 11 am was the window (via voice recording received at the graduation dinner the night before), they meant it. I decided that I’d have to run to get baseboards Friday morning and hopefully install them before the delivery guys arrived (still expecting 10am at the earliest, really). Luckily, my Home Depot opens at 6am, so I was there shortly after opening (give or take half an hour of sleepiness).
Now, I’ve reinstalled baseboards before – but cutting and installing them in a time crunch was not something I had experience at. As new projects go though, it was all going fairly smoothly (save for a risky drive home when the 12-foot boards wouldn’t fit in the SUV). That is, until I got a phone call at 8am saying that the crew would be there in less than half an hour!
I was only about halfway through. I got the back piece nailed and the right side. But the crew arrived just as I was measuring and cutting the left side piece (and those three were honestly the only ones I needed to put in before the laundry set took up space anyway). I squeezed around them as they hauled off the old set from the kitchen and added some caulking, but I definitely can’t say it’s 100% done. After they took off, I admired my new set (for those wondering, they’re LG front loaders, bought on Black Friday sale from Home Depot for $599 each, which saved me about $600 in the process since they also hauled away the old set and installed the new set for free – I looked around for deals and not all stores will do these extras without an upcharge). They even flipped the doors and the appliances (I’ve had the dryer on the left this whole time, but it’s now on the right) so that they don’t open on opposite ends of each other and interfere with transferring clothes between. Pure awesome.
I’m pretty damn happy with my new laundry room, even if it isn’t 100% finished yet – the tile grout still needs to be sealed (I didn’t get to the stuff under the appliances, but sealing the exposed parts will still need to be done asap), a countertop will need to be installed, and shelving will need to happen at some point, too. The only drawback I’ve experienced so far is the loss of a few square inches in front of the set – because of using a more rigid dryer duct (for safety reasons – it poses less of a fire hazard), the new set is much deeper than the old, which makes the room feel just the tiniest bit smaller.
But now, let’s look at the fun before and after photos, shall we?
Before (moving in):
Progress (3 years ago):
New (I can’t call it After until it’s really all done):
Progress (not my favorite patch job, but it’s something – these walls are terrible; and that tile in the corner was simply not cooperating, no matter how I tried – leaving a slight gap right near the corner. I’ll eventually clean that up with some shoe molding & caulk):
This is as far as I get for a little while; I’ll save the rest for another day (and after a finished kitchen). For now, I need to put a dent in about seven loads of laundry.