One Room Challenge Spring 2017 - Week 4 - Laundry Room Countertop

Have you ever been stuck with a countertop and no saw? It's the home renovation equivalent to "up @$%! creek without a paddle". Well that's where I was during week 4 of the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge.


I bought this awesome countertop from the as-is been at Ikea. It was a super steal but it was a bit long and I needed to cut it in two because of the counter heights in my laundry room. I was confident I could cut the sink hole with my jig saw but I wanted the end cuts to be clean. As I think I've mentioned before, saws kinda scare me, especially table saws or hand saws, which is exactly what I would need to cut my counter top in half. And while I do love the @oneroomchallenge it's not worth risking my life (yes, I'm a tad dramatic). So, I decided to find someone to cut it for me. After calling around to a few hardware stores I was directed to a place called Countertops by Design. A great little shop where all they do is countertops.  They told me to go to the back and they cut the counter top clean in less than 10 minutes (and for less monies than it cost to rent a saw). Mission accomplished. So the moral of the story, don't be affraid to check out your local countertop store for any cuts you may need (I was nervous at first but they didn't care). PS - I lost some pics so these are screen grabs from my instastory.



Then I cut the sink hole according to the directions; Put down some tape, turned the sink upside down, traced it, retraced a line 1/4 of a inch inside the original line, drilled four holes in each corner and then connected the holes with my jig saw. When I put the sink in I felt like a super hero.



My plumber connected the sink and hooked up my amazing Delta faucet. I decided to go with the prep/bar version of the Essa faucet and I think it really works. The black is quite bold right now but once I get the wallpaper up (hopefully next week) I think it will blend nicely.


I also finally ordered my rug from Rugs USA. Here it is.


Stay tuned next week when I tackle all the fun stuff, the DIY bead light, the shelves and wallpaper (again hopefully it arrives otherwise I will be forced to paint a mural lol).


Be sure to check out the other designers participating in the One Room Challenge and the guest participants at Calling it Home.

To catch up on my laundry room makeover progress so far check out Week 1 (plans), Week 2 (demo), and Week 3 (drywall repair).

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to check out my Instastories and laundry room makeover updates.



Harlow AndThistle

Hi! I'm Andrea, I'm a Momma, a Designer and a hopeless DIY'er. I love finding ways to achieve a lux look for less.

14 comments:

  1. Love it, Andrea! Great faucet, cool DIY coming, and kudos to you for the precise jigsaw work!

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    1. Thanks Jordana! Oh I hope the DIY works out - stay tuned :|

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  2. I love the butcher block counters! And I am scared to death of saws myself.

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    1. Haha thanks Deb, glad to know I'm not the only one

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  3. Lucky you were able to find someone to cut it! I always worry that the cuts I do won't be as nice, and would have definitely tried to find a pro :)

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    1. so true! I wasn't worried about the sink hole because any rough edges would be covered.

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  4. Looks great and wow on the split-level counter! great deal and it works!! The faucet and the sink look fantastic as well. Only two weeks now!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Tim! I love a good deal. Yes, only two weeks eee!

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  5. That rug is fabulous! And what a great find getting that butcher block in the as-is section. I've been thinking of using the same product for my future laundry redesign...

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    1. It's perfect for a laundry room. Thanks for your comment!

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  6. I'm scared of power tools, so kudos to you on making that cut! The countertop looks great. -Carol @ CAD INTERIORS

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    1. haha, I'm scared of them too. I thought I would feel empowered to do more cutting but I was more like "thank goodness that's over" lol.

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  7. I love that sink! Would you mind sharing what brand it is?

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  8. I'm excited to see the bead light! A DIY Bead Light was originally in my plan for the room I'm working on.

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