Happy 2016! So excited that this week you will get to see our finished laundry room! I love it so so much. Sometimes I just go in there and sit down and look around. Just to see it. Just to be IN IT. I totally turn into the laundry room creeper. It makes me so happy to walk in the back door and see it all finished and done! Just knowing that there is nothing else I have to do in there (ok ok, there is always more to do but you know what I mean), well, it makes me happier than a nerd with a Star Wars collectible.
So today I wanted to share a couple more details – specifically the storage shelving unit that we built to go between the washer and dryer. Also – this is my Weston and let’s all just die from the cuteness….
Okay so when we began this journey, the laundry room had upper cabinets but it really lacked any storage in the lower part of it. I don’t know how the previous owners did without a countertop (maybe they had top-loaders?) or storage (we always imagined that they had a small plastic rolling bin…like this….to hold things).
For us – it just didn’t make sense. We knew that with such a limited space, we could do one of two options….
- build pedestals under the washer and dryer and gain sorting baskets but lose a folding counter
- have a counter on top of the washer/dryer but lose sorting basket space
Either way, there wasn’t a way to keep the sink, keep the washer and dryer and countertop as well as add space for dirty clothing baskets. We decided that the folding space was more important and we could find another hamper situation for the dirty clothing. That is why we added the hampers to the upstairs hall. Now, whenever we want to wash the kid’s clothing or towels, we just take a load down and throw it directly into the wash. None of the dirty clothing gets ‘stored’ in this room. I wish the laundry room was bigger to accomodate for sorting baskets but I am sure it will be nice when the kids get bigger and I don’t have mountains of clothing in here 🙂
So when we added the washer and dryer countertop, we were left with a little space in between…roughly 15″ wide. We chose to do the gap in the middle vs one side because it balanced everything out and I am so thankful for that little gap. You know how you open the doors to your washer and dryer to transfer things? Well, now I have a little more room for myself and the little guys that are inevitably attempting to help 🙂
We also must have the washer on the left and the dryer on the right because the doors open that way so transferring of wet clothing to the dryer is MUCH easier. The only problem is…all the hookups are opposite. So that means we have ducts and hoses running behind the dryer and washer and we needed roughly 6″ of additional space back there under the countertops. From front to the back wall we had roughly 27 1/2″ to work with.
Fast forward through all the math and we ended up building a really easy shelving unit that was the perfect fit.
The unit was made from a large piece of 3/4″ MDF and fits under the countertop (adding support) and between the appliances (adding storage) but can also slide out and be removed if we need access to the hookups or hoses or whatever.
If you are looking to make something similar, here is the cut list:
(2) sides – 27 1/2″ x 39 1/2″
(4) shelves/top – 13 1/4″ x 19 1/4″
(2) bottom supports – 13 1/4″ x 4 1/2″
(1) back panel – made from thin scrap plywood – 15″ x 39 1/2″
Everything is screwed together from the sides (you won’t see the screws because they are on the outside).
On the side panels, we used a shelf pin jig (this one) to make the perfect holes for the shelves. This way they aren’t fixed and we can adjust them accordingly.
Once everything had a primer coat (we used water-based primer even though it’s not recommended and just knocked down any bumps before moving on) and a coat or two of paint, we used the brad nailer to put on the back panel before sliding it into place.
It should be noted that our unit did get ‘crashed’ (names will not be divulged but someone broke it who’s name starts with a W) before the back panel was on and so Jeremy did need to go get longer screws and put it all back together and we ended up with some cracks that you can see in this photo….
But it just goes to show that you should just do your best and caulk the rest 🙂
After a couple more coats of paint, we were ready for the shelves and the baskets.
Speaking of baskets, I got them at Michael’s during one of their Ashland Storage Essentials basket sales. We use them for ‘lost socks’ and one for extra supplies and one for dryer sheets and found items in clothing and all that.
The tag for the baskets don’t say the size – just the price (we got one of the $14.99 and two of the $24.99 version). They fit perfectly width wise and the top one is a little deeper but it still fits perfectly. Plus, I like the lighter weave color…it’s a nice contrast to the countertop.
Not too shabby huh?!
And did you see the rug? I have been scoping out RugsUSA for one that fit the bill but came up short every time. So I happened to go back to Overstock.com and checked out their options and found this Safavieh Wyndham wool runner that was listed for under $100. I wiggled my nose and blinked my eyes and Bah-boom! New rug. If only, right?!
It was listed for 75% off during their holiday sale and then I had a code that took off an additional 10% and so I got it for $71 with free shipping!
I also whipped up this window treatment. I KNOW. ALL THE IKAT ALL THE TIME.
I can’t wait to show you the rest! I think I might just do the reveal and then do the tutorial on how to make this easy shade (it’s reversible!) and how we installed the sink faucet (it was a tale meant for the strong hearted). I can. not. wait. I know that you will love it as much as I do. Then we can celebrate and drink wine and dance naked together. That’s metaphorically of course. I would never drink wine 🙂
If you want to catch up on the past laundry room posts – here are the oldie posts….
Laundry Room Posts
- Laundry Room Befores
- Venting a hood
- Demoing the Floor
- Painting the walls
- Painting an Ombre Wall
- Painting Cabinetry
- Installing Floor Tile – Part 1
- Installing Floor Tile – Part 2
- Building a Door
- Fixing the Dryer
- MDFing and A new Cabinet
- Countertop installation
- Tiling the backsplash
And make sure you come back tomorrow! I am gonna go shoot the finished room now and will try to reveal ASAP!