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How To Prepare a Laundry Room for a Makeover

Learn how to get a laundry room ready before painting it and giving it a new floor.

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drab laundry room turned to cheery working space
  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Make a Plan

The first step in any type of project of this sort is to measure the room carefully and construct a floor plan sketch, either freehand or with a computer program. Cover molding and door casings with painters tape.

create a floor plan sketch to begin project

Step 2: Paint the Walls and Trim

Apply semigloss base coat to walls and allow to dry overnight. Measure the room for base molding; measure the area for the chalkboard. Paint trim or molding. Remove closet doors.

Step 3: Remove the Old Tile Floor

The easiest and most cost-efficient way to remove old tiles is to use a hammer and chisel. If this doesn't work, use a heat gun to loosen the tile adhesive before returning to work with a hammer and chisel. Place the beveled side of the chisel onto the floor (Image 1). Tap the chisel with the hammer (Image 2), prying up the tile flooring. Repeat until the old tile is removed.

Step 4: Clean the Floor

Once the entire old tile floor is removed, clean the floor with degreaser. Degreaser is critical to the tile application because the tile adhesive will apply perfectly to the clean new floor.