I’ve been drooling over a couple laundry rooms I’ve pinned on Pinterest lately. Basically because ours looks like a set from Dirty Jobs. It’s in our basement and has hardly any natural light, little to no shelving and little piles of allusive stuff that we must not be able to live without. It makes doing laundry less appealing than it already is.
The one thing I noticed amongst most of the laundry rooms I pinned was subway tile. And the one thing that I haven’t DIY’d before is tile, especially on a wall. So I wasn’t sure I wanted to go there. Plus the cheapest subway tile I could find was $1.84 a square foot. Then I’d have to add on the grout, spacers and other tools I don’t have to make it happen.
In my garage I had some leftover 5 mm particleboard underlayment from a previous project. If I were to buy it, it would have been .41 cents per sqare foot . It comes in big 4×8 sheets at home improvement stores.
I created my faux tiles by using my tablesaw to cut the underlayment into 3 inch wide strips. Then I used my chop saw to cut those strips into 6 inch lengths.
I put a tiny bit of liquid nails on the back of the tile just to hold it on the wall long enough for me to put a 1 inch finishing nail on each side of it. But before I secured it with the nails I used my leveler to make sure it was straight. To space the tiles evenly I used a fat game token from my “allusive stuff” pile in the laundry room. It’s a little wider than a nickle.
Then I filled in the spaces with concrete and mortor from a caulking tube…
The texture and depth of the concrete and wood are what really make this faux job look real.
Next on my list is adding some raw wooden shelves and finding a rug that makes me smile! But for now I’m in love with my new space and actually will be doing laundry with delight tomorrow!
I wanted to mention that I also want to put subway tile as my backsplash in the kitchen. But I will probably do the real thing there since it will be coming in contact with a lot more spills and splatters that will need wiping off. But I think this is a wonderful alternative in the laundry room!