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This is the story of a gross laundry room that still looks a little bit gross, but is about to get 100 times less gross. Did you follow that?

HGTV Design Happens - Erin Loechner - Wood Paneling on Wall

Introducing: the wall of our laundry room (in progress, of course)!

When we first embarked on our laundry room project, we knew it would take a bit of elbow grease. To give you an idea of what we were working with, there were layers and layers of peeling floral wallpaper that I’m quite sure were adhered to the wall with super glue in the year of 1811. After trying everything the hardware store recommended (including both steam and solvent techniques), we went with Plan B: Ignore it.

A bit of insight into my mind? There is no ignoring anything in my home. Even the inevitable dust mites wear party hats. So naturally, Plan B quickly morphed into Plan C: Cover up the problem.

HGTV Design Happens - Erin Loechner - Wood Paneling on Wall

Gross laundry room be gone!

Which is why this weekend, we started another wood-paneling project. After spotting a few wood-paneled bedrooms at Remodelista, I knew I wanted to recreate a Swedish utilitarian room instead of the wallpapered, buttoned-up laundry room I had originally envisioned. So, to get the rough, lived-in look I wanted, we contacted a Wyoming-based company called Centennial Woods for some reclaimed snowfence and with that, the project began.

After painting the walls black (to ensure that any space between the planks would appear to be shadows rather than exposed wallpaper) and locating our studs, Ken enlisted the help of a burly friend, and the two of them nailed staggered plank after staggered plank to create a Swedish laundry escape.

HGTV Design Happens - Erin Loechner - Wood Paneling on Wall

Nail, baby, nail!

The entire project took roughly twenty hours (sans ceiling planks), and I can’t wait to see how the space looks after we douse each wall with a healthy dose of white paint (you know, so the wood looks less “dungeon” and more “let’s wash things!”). I’ll keep you posted, as always. For now, I have to help poor Ken remove hundreds of tiny splinters from his hands…

HGTV Design Happens - Erin Loechner - Wood Paneling on Wall

Ready for some white paint!

[All image credits are Rob Bredow]

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14 Responses

  1. Lili@HGTV says:

    I agree with Michael. The wood is super pretty as-is. I can't wait to see the final product!

  2. Betsy King says:

    I was actually just gonna say, "Phew, I'm so glad you are painting it!" ;-D Thought that was funny after seeing your other comments. I guess everybody has their different opinions. Great way to solve the problem. Nice to know that you can track down wood like that without tearing down something your self.

    Laundry rooms are a tough spot. Ours is the bermuda triangle of our house for sure!

  3. i love the look of whitewashed planks on the walls! it will be perfect for a laundry room– so rustic and clean!

  4. Anna@HGTV says:

    I prefer whitewash or pickling! Lighter and brighter makes laundry chores happier.

  5. Bowmanave says:

    I would love doing laundry in your laundry room! Just looking at all the vintage pretties and that lace would put me in a trance! I love it all

  6. erin loechner says:

    Thanks so much, everyone! Yes — it's so funny how we all have different opinions. I think the wood is gorgeous as/is, just a bit overwhelming in such a small space.

    Can't wait for you to see the final look!

  7. kgseymour says:

    Love this idea — brilliant! Cannot wait to see it once it's done and you're madly in love with it.

  8. Fischer & Fricht says:

    I defiantly love the look of the raw wood but look forward to see what the finished product looks like. For information on how to spice up your outdoor space check out our most recent blog.

  9. [...] When we first embarked on our laundry room project, we knew it would take a bit of elbow grease. To give you an idea of what we were working with, there were layers and layers of peeling floral wallpaper that I’m quite sure were adhered to the wall with super glue in the year of 1811. After trying everything the hardware store recommended (including both steam and solvent techniques), we went with Plan B: Ignore it. SEE THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2011/04/27/laundry-room-makeover-in-progress/ [...]

  10. [...] …this weekend, we started another wood-paneling project. After spotting a few wood-paneled bedrooms at Remodelista, I knew I wanted to recreate a Swedish utilitarian room instead of the wallpapered, buttoned-up laundry room I had originally envisioned. So, to get the rough, lived-in look I wanted, we contacted a Wyoming-based company called Centennial Woods for some reclaimed snowfence and with that, the project began. READ MORE AT http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2011/04/27/laundry-room-makeover-in-progress/ [...]

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