2nd Floor Laundry

I know what you are thinking, what kind of a picture is that?  This is the linen closet in my 2nd floor hallway.  I forgot to take pictures before work began so I went back and took a snapshot from the video.  What do you want for nothin?

Anyway, this project is one of those projects that was born from another project, namely the Living Room.  This rather large Linen closet is directly above one of the walls in the Living Room. For anyone who has ever done a demolition, you have to ask yourself one serious question: "what other work can I do now that the walls are open?"  We decided in this case that we had an opportunity to convert this closet into a 2nd floor Laundry Room.


The scary part of a second floor laundry room is; "what if it overflows?" or "what if a hose breaks?" The first floor ceilings and walls would be trashed.  So, safety precautions must be taken.  I started off looking at pans for the washer/dryer to sit in, but they only had sides that were an inch or so tall with a small hole in the side for drainage.  This was not going to do the job in the case of a disaster.  I decided to go with an actual floor pan to a shower stall with a full size drain in the middle of the pan.  This meant having to cut open the ceiling downstairs to install it, but this baby has 4 inch sides and is designed to get rid of water as fast as you can dish it out.  The machines will sit nicely inside.  We also put the gas valve and single-throw water shutoff on the side of the units where they can easily be reached in an emergency.  Whew! now I can sleep at night.


Next, I put up the walls, sanded, stained and finished the floor.  We re-finished the woodwork around the doorway as well.  I cut the hole you see to house an oak recessed ironing board cabinet. 


In the mean time, my wife has been quite busy in the basement.  She stained and finished all of the wainscoting as well as the Ironing board cabinet. 


I put up the wallpaper and installed the tin ceiling.  Before doing this, I covered the ceiling with plywood edge to edge.  This gives a good surface to nail the tin panels to.  I used a cordless finishing nailer, which made this job immeasurably easier.  Nailing upside down is no pleasure, plus if you make a mistake with the hammer, you damage the tin.  The tin cornices were a bit difficult to install because the corners had to be coped.  They came out pretty good considering I had never attempted anything like this before.   Why a tin ceiling in a Laundry Room?  Simple, I am installing a tin ceiling in the Living Room soon and I needed a place to practice.  I would rather make my mistakes in here.  (so I got my learn on where nobody will notice)


The tin panels have to be installed in a certain order.  The panels are designed to slightly overlap.  The first panels to be installed should be where the light source of the room is.  In this case, the ceiling fixture.  Then I worked outward to the edges.  The reason for this is when the light fixture is installed, the light will shine into the seams, making them hard to see.  If the light was to come from the back of the seams it would cast a small shadow inside the seam, making them much more obvious.  In this picture the light is being generated from the floor, so the seam is much more visible than it will be when the actual light fixture is installed.  Because this particular ceiling is not being painted, it was necessary to put a clear coat on it to protect it from tarnishing.  For this, I used a water-based Polycrylic gloss finish.  It has the consistency of milk when applied, and dries crystal clear.  (and there is almost no smell)


This is the finished ceiling. The hole is for the dryer exhaust.  It will get piped through the attic and out through one of the soffits on the side of the house. 


This photo shows the wainscoting installed along with the recessed ironing board cabinet.  I wish I could take better pictures, but it is a very confined space.


This photo shows the ironing board pulled down.  As you can see, the board is on a pivot allowing for a little more room to move around.  The smaller board is for ironing sleeves.  Pretty cool eh?



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