Our laundry room renovation is literally running on fumes at this point. To say that it has lost momentum is the understatement of the century. And every day all I think is…I NEED A LAUNDRY ROOM COUNTERTOP! THAT IS ALL I NEED TO BE HAPPY IN LIFE!
and then I go through some sort of stress-induced coma. also known as a nap.
The laundry room started last year. You read that right. I am the Michael Jordan of slow mo renos. You can see the original room here. We ripped out the floor, vented our kitchen hood through this room, built up and painted the upper cabinets, got a new light, painted the walls, made a crazy ombre wall, and tiled the floor (here and here).
And then we stalled out. Right before LJ was due to arrive, I realized that our laundry room was lagging behind and we did a surge of stuff…but it was still slow going. That’s this post. Sounds titillating huh?
So the space to the right of the washer and dryer was for a sink. In the past it had a utility sink that did it’s job but was about as attractive as a boob job gone way wrong. We headed out to grab something to have a little more storage and to hide all those pipes. Thankfully Home Depot was having a cabinetry sale and so we scored an unfinished 36″ cabinet for $115.
When we got home, we tried the fit in the space and thankfully it looked great. Jeremy and I both use the little kitchen sink for our paint brush cleaning and clothing needs so we wanted to make sure this zone had loads of countertop space and the 36″ allowed more for that.
Then came the painting. As you can see…I am huge with child. I don’t even know why I wore pants in this photo. They weren’t needed 🙂
I primed the cabinet and painted it with the same paint as I used on the upper cabinets (Kilz Clean Start primer and Benjamin Moore’s Advance Paint in Simply White).
Then came fitting time. We wanted to make sure that the cabinet fit all the way against the wall to make any future countertop fit properly so we removed the moldings in the back.
Then I made a template for where the pipes would fit and traced it onto the back of the cabinet.
Jeremy used the Dremel Multi-Max tool (I think it’s actually my Dad’s tool…maybe not…I’ll have to ask) to cut the thin board.
I love it when you can see the blade pierce through. Oh gosh I sound like Dexter.
Once we were able to slide the cabinet all the way back to the wall, we were able to trace where to cut the floor moldings to cut those. Since the cabinet side has a toe kick, it was a more complicated step-like cut.
But after Jer removed all the pieces, we slid the cabinet back and it fit perfectly. Now all we needed to do was fill that gap between the wall and the side of the cabinet.
I found a few pieces of wood in our scrap pile and I cut them to length and then ran some glue and fastened them with some brads.
After we slid the cabinet into place, it was time to tackle some other supports for the countertop. We got a random panel piece from the store so that we could estimate where all the supports would go.
These edge glued panels are great for projects but we didn’t want to use it for our countertops because they weren’t deep enough. BUT they were really useful to have for the planning process.
In order to build supports on either side of the washer and dryer, we first needed to remove the molding on the wall side. Jer used the Dremel tool again and this time it drew a crowd.
He also needed to trim the back piece so that our MDF would fit.
Ok…here’s what it looks like without all the throngs of diapered kids…
The MDF we chose was on the thicker end. We just needed a flat support piece for any future countertop to rest.
After measuring the size, Jeremy cut it with the table saw.
And I used construction adhesive to put it on the wall. Oh and did I mention I had a baby while this post progressed? Yeah.
Once it is in place, we could move the washer and dryer back over and tackle the other support.
But first we had to screw in the cabinet to the wall. Otherwise, the support would be off.
After locating the studs and pushing the cabinet all the way against the wall, we realized that the back wall was bowed. So we needed to line everything up with a level and use shims to hold it in place.
Generally speaking, when you install cabinets you want them to be plumb and level…so shims are gonna be your best friend.
I remembered how the cabinets were installed by a professional I saw one time, so I used them to wedge in the back, screwed in the cabinet and then scored them with a box cutter.
After that, you just snap the excess off and the rest stays in place, wedged between the wall and the cabinet. I have also read that you can align your shims with your studs and screw directly through them to hold them in place.
We used the scrap pieces to glue to the side of the cabinet so that our right hand support MDF would be aligned correctly.
And that’s where it stopped. We went to Ikea (I showed you already what we saw while there) to get some butcherblock countertops but had a total airhead moment because we didn’t call ahead and they were completely out of stock. Large forehead meet open palm.
It might be for the best though because now we are thinking it might be worth looking at stone. Part of me thinks that marble would look awesome in here and would tie in the kitchen…but it’s SO pricey. We shall see. It never hurts to look, right!?