1950’s homes usually all have the similar basement laundry situation.  Ugly pipes, a cold floor and a rusty smelly old sink. We wanted to soften ours up and make for a nicer, cleaner “laundry room” experience.  So without further introduction, here is the progression of how we re-did our laundry room for a only couple hundred smackers!

Sink destruction: Now I have to say old as that sink was, it was sturdy as anything…the only problem was it started to leak. I would advise anyone removing a concrete sink like this to wear steel toe shoes and have a sledge hammer handy.



My husband pleased with his work. 🙂


And I was pleased with mine. Using a sledge hammer is pretty fun, I’ve got to admit!

me in basement with sledgehammer


Drywall cleanup and install: When the sink was gone, we had to figure out what we wanted to do with the drywall situation. Since the bottom half was ruined by the water damage from the sink leaking, we decided to replace it with some clean, new drywall that we had leftover from another project.



Paint: Once we had all the pieces cut to size, we gave all the drywall two good coats of primer and two coats of paint we had leftover to match the other part of the room.  The drywall sucked up the paint pretty quick, so keep that in mind when using new/never painted before drywall.


Once the drywall was painted and secured into the wall, we went ahead and had a nice new sink and faucet installed! Everyone always says “they just don’t make things the way they used to.” And for the most part that’s true and good, but I’ve got to say this new Home Depot sink is a beast…in a good way of course – sturdy and clean. 🙂


Then I made up one of my “laundry” wood and burlap signs and added a $3 towel holder from Buffalo ReStore (my favorite store) to complete the look for the finishing touches!


What do you think of the before and after? Leave your comments below!


Posted by:Jackie Hausler of haus2home

Jackie Hausler seeks to inspire creativity in the name of reclaiming, reusing and upcycling. With each project, she walks followers through do-it-yourself projects, shows how to give old items a new chance at life, and teaches ways to be eco-friendly and live a green lifestyle. She believes making your house a home doesn't have to be expensive to be beautiful, and is passionate about accomplishing that while being kind to our earth. Jackie is the founder of the home and lifestyle blog haus2home.com.

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