Still Airing Out Our Dirty Laundry

This weekend & last weekend we did more work on our Laundry Room.  New exterior door and flooring is what was next on the to-do-list.
Here is what the screen door looked like.  We hated it and it had to go.  It was very old, we couldn’t clean it up much more then we did already.  I didn’t take pictures of how the screen door was attached, but let’s just say it wasn’t going to stay up well for much longer.
Here is the door.  Yup the window grill is so yellowed that we couldn’t do anything with it.  Plus it was broken and we didn’t have the piece to glue it back.  It all had to go.  We did paint both the screen door & exterior door just to clean things up a little until we could afford to redo this room.
Close up of the ugliness.
This is the doorway from the inside.  See that extra piece of wood.  We had no idea why this was there and we still have no idea why the previous owners had it there.  We assume since there was a gap between the floor and the door frame itself, that they thought this would be better so no one would trip maybe.
Here the whole entire door is out and we are down to the framing for the door.  And no extra piece of wood anymore.  This way we can put the flooring right up to the framing.
New door frame is in now.
Here is one picture from the outside down to the framing.
Introducing our new door.  We love it.  We went with a steel door @ Lowe’s.  We still have to paint it.  This is just the primer the door comes with.  We will also install a screen door soon.  Just have to buy one.
We bought a door that has the blind and the grills in between the window.  We love it.  No dirt this way.  A little more money for this type of door, but it was worth it for us.  Since it’s in the Laundry/Utility Room, it would get dirtier in there.  This way I don’t have to worry about the blinds getting dirty from the inside or the grills getting dirty from the outside.  Win, Win!!!
Close up of the blind & grills.
This past weekend, we finally had the time to do the flooring.  We love the product we bought for this.  More on that in a few minutes.  So here is our cement floor that we wanted to cover up.  We didn’t want to spend to much money, but we still wanted it to look nice.

We put down some subflooring.  It is only a 1/4″ thick.  We were trying to bring this flooring closer to the laminate flooring height in the Family Room.

Here is the flooring we picked.  It’s TrafficMaster Allure flooring.  Here is the link.  They sell this at Home Depot.  It’s thin material {3.8mm}, but it’s vinyl so it’s durable.  This one is only water resistant.  But they do have a waterproof one {can be used in a bathroom}. They also have a line that looks like tiles also.  Here is the Link.   There is even one that looks like cork flooring.  So pretty good selection.  This is a floating floor.  It is only stuck to each other with glue that is already on the product.  Easy peasy!!!

Here is the flooring in the room.  The hubby first started to use a utility knife to cut the vinyl like the directions tell you to, but it’s not that easy to keep the line straight unless you use something that has a straight edge and it really starts to hurt your hand.  It took 2 hours to do our 8’x10′ room, so that wasn’t going to work out.  Hubby broke out the chop saw and that worked perfect.  It does make a mess with little pieces of vinyl flying around, so do this outside.  But so worth saving my hubby’s hand, plus the cuts were nice and straight this way.
Here is the flooring all installed.

Because it’s a floating floor, we were able to put the washer, dryer & freezer back in the same day.

Because this is vinyl and has glue on it, it does have a slight smell to it.  We really don’t leave the inner door open in this room, so it really hasn’t been a problem for us.  But I have read that you can put a bowl of baking soda in the room to absorb the smell.  I will be picking some up to hopefully take the slight smell out sooner.
Here is the actual box.

Here is a close up of the flooring.  It’s a little redder here then it is in person.

It’s more this color in person.

Looks like real wood flooring, doesn’t it?
We have some moulding to install, some more storage to install and something to cover up the ugly furance & hot water heater. And hopefully something to cover up the pipes for the washing machine. Plus of course some decor to finish off the room.
Check out the first post here for the beginning of this project.

Thanks for stopping by. I would love to hear from you, so please leave a message. Have a question? Would love to hear it.  Have a great day everyone!!!


  1. says

    Oh I am so excited I ran across this! I had just seen this product earlier this week and was wondering how it held up in laundry rooms. We've been needing to replace the carpet (yes, carpet) they put in our laundry room circa 1978 and I was hoping this would work! My husband and I have zero flooring installation skills- do you think this floor is easy enough to put in for beginners?

  2. says

    Hi Alisa. Glad you found my blog. It is really easy to install even for a beginners. Each piece just sticks to the other, so its actually a floating floor. You can put this material over anything, but I'm not sure if you want to do it over carpet. Any other questions please email me and I would be more then happy to talk with you more. :)

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