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A Walnut Counter And Backsplash in the Laundry Room

July 2, 2015  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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This laundry room is wrapping up quick. As in, I think (I hope!) this is the last post before the big before and afters of this used-to-be bathroom. Since we write all of our projects in real time as projects actually happen and progress, it’s easy for me to feel super pumped about each piece of progress. Like last time, I was so excited about how awesome everything looked once we got the cabinets trimmed out.

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And, I mean, it was great progress. But man! The most recent progress changes everything. (Do I say that every time?) Last weekend, we installed a beautiful plank-style walnut countertop and backsplash in the laundry room.

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As I mentioned in this post, we ordered the wood from Craft Art unfinished, cut it down to the exact size we needed, cut the sink and faucet hole (and survived to tell the tale!!), and installed it before sealing it. For the install, we just fastened brackets into studs for the countertop to sit on, and then screwing the countertops to the brackets from underneath.

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To secure the backsplash in place, we used heavy duty construction adhesive and it isn’t going anywhere.

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Once the countertop and backsplash were secured, it was time to seal everything. You can see in the photo above, the countertop was a little lackluster especially where we had cut the hole for the sink and faucet and sanded everything down.

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We used Waterlox on our last kitchen’s counters with great results and knew we wanted to use it again. (Tip–unfortunately this is one of those products that is NOT cheaper on Amazon. It’s expensive regardless, but it’s cheaper to order it directly from Waterlox’s website and a little goes a long way.) I brushed a coat on and let it dry for 24 hours and then lightly sanded it with a high grit sanding block.

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I wiped the dust away and brushed on one more coat.

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The result is warm and rich and is really pulling the whole room together, don’t you think?

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With that, to wrap this room up, our laundry list (ha!) is now looking like this:

Install baseboards (wtf. this is always on our list!)
Trim out sink in base cabinet
Install faucet
Fix (or nix?) the electrical for the under-cabinet lighting.
Bring in art, storage, decor, etc!

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So close!!! Although getting any of that done requires us to stop staring at the new counters. Shoot. ;)

What do you think?

  1. Marie says:

    How many inches high is your backsplash? THANKS!

  2. Solana James says:

    Beautiful room and home! How has the walnut top held up since you’ve installed it? Have you had any stains from cleaning supplies or detergent?

  3. alex says:

    Hey there – we have undergone a laundry room project much inspired by you guys – I would actually love to send you a picture! Did new flooring, white cabinets, new appliances (no room for a sink though) but the one thing that I can’t figure out – how did you guys cut down your counter top? Is it just us that has wonky walls and we need to accommodate for 3/4″ difference in some places? Please share your secret to getting it to look so perfect!

    • Julia says:

      We got lucky that our walls were pretty square in there, but that is definitely not always the case. Could you do a walnut backsplash to cover the gap?

  4. Jillian says:

    I love your laundry room reno! Maybe I’m missing a post in this series, but, could you share how you got your washer and dryer to be flush against the back wall to install the countertop? We have the same washer and dryer, and are installing IKEA cabinets on both sides, but can’t figure out how you accounted for the dyer hose (which makes our Duet stick out almost 12″ from the wall?). Would love to know, if you don’t mind answering. Thank you!!
    Jillian

  5. Kevin says:

    Can you link me to the brackets you used to hold up the counter?

  6. Azucena says:

    I have become obsessed with your pulls! They are fab! Can you tell me where you got then and style name?
    Thank you so much!
    A

  7. Casey says:

    So…weird question: How do you reach the stuff in the cupboards? We put open shelves up in our laundry room and I had no problem reaching them before the washer and dryer went in, but now I have to lean over them and end up having to balance carefully on a step ladder. Maybe I should have made them deeper – or I just need to be taller lol!

    • Julia says:

      Oh! Hahaha. I guess it just isn’t an issue for us–we’re above average height at 6’4″ and 6′. Sorry I am no help!

    • Stephanie says:

      Me too! 5’2″ here! I need ninja skills in my laundry room and kitchen! I need base cabinets EVERYWHERE!

  8. liz says:

    Beautiful color for the top and backsplash!

    Dumb question here – do you have a water cutoff in the garage since the one by the washer is not easy to access? I once woke up to the sound of running water, discovering that the hose failed and water poured into the main floor of the house for a while (sound sleeper). I still shut down the water to the washer when I leave my house for vacation!

    • Julia says:

      We have one in our utility room! We had to use it a few times while moving the plumbing around. Smart about shutting off the water when you leave on vacation!

  9. Caitlin says:

    Can you tell us where you got your sink?

    Thank you!

  10. Evelina says:

    It’s so pretty! You guys always kill it with your DIYs! I love the shade you picked for the countertops. I think it works really well as a backsplash too!

  11. Karen says:

    Looks great, but I think you should run the backsplash along the sides too. That wall to the right of the sink will probably get splashed.

  12. Looks great! Very rich and warm. Great contrast with the white too.

  13. April says:

    looks great! you’re in the home stretch!

  14. Meggan S. says:

    So PRETTY!!
    We are *still* working on trying to finish our laundry room and I’m so sad I didn’t have our guys move our water lines and outlets to be hidden by the appliances! The water lines poke up just a bit, but the outlet is still in the middle of the wall!

    I seriously love this room and your style! I can’t wait to see how you guys finish it up. And then the kitchen…

  15. Good gravy, that’s gorgeous.

    Also, I hear you on the “baseboards” to-do! Oh, do I.

  16. amanda says:

    So good! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  17. Kim says:

    Add a lip to the shelf with the under cabinet light, That should fix from it being seen. Otherwise – BEAUTIFUL!

    • Julia says:

      Good tip! If we decide to keep them (I am still not sold on them 100%. I kind of like the depth of the backsplash without them.) we’ll definitely have to do that.

  18. Maria says:

    Looks AMAZING!.

    Would love to do something like this. Is the backsplash the same thickness as the counters or is there thinner version specifically for backsplashes?

    Thanks!

    • Julia says:

      Thanks, Maria! I should have mentioned that, yes, the backsplash is thinner than the countertops by about half.

  19. Caitlin says:

    I absolutely love the walnut against the bright white and stainless! What a gorgeous, high end look. Hopefully this makes the chore of folding clothes a little easier. ;)

  20. Natalie says:

    Stunning!

  21. Allison says:

    I love this!

  22. Emma P. says:

    You are so right the counter pulls everything together! It is beautiful.

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