The Laundry Room Makeover

The laundry room. It become a thorn in my side the moment I came home to find the new washer and dryer stacked in the near corner. The room is TINY, but with 10ft ceilings, like the rest of the house. You’d think that stacking the set would be the best use of space…nope! There was hardly enough room for me to comfortably bend over and pull clothes out of the dryer. I’ll spare you the rest of my #firstworldproblems, but long story short, it just didn’t work.
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Small laundry room makeover - a DIY project featuring built-in cabinets and shelves, farmhouse folding station, and rustic floating shelf. The Tarragona House

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Here’s what it looked like shortly after moving in – one wire shelf that had been left by the previous owner and my soaping supplies scattered with no home. I think what really bugged me about this room is all the potential I saw in it, and yet, how dysfunctional it was for being the largest storage space downstairs. Or, perhaps I just watched way too many home improvement shows after the broken toe incident of 2015. Either way, something had to be done!
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Small laundry room makeover - a DIY project featuring built-in cabinets and shelves, farmhouse folding station, and rustic floating shelf. The Tarragona House
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The first step, and inarguably the longest step, was convincing the SO that I needed to put a 4″ hole through the wall and exterior of the house to install a new dryer vent. No big deal, right?! 
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My initial idea of simply unstacking the washer and dryer and keeping them side-by-side on the left wall went completely out the window when I pulled out the measuring tape…they wouldn’t fit. Unfortunately, the hook-ups, including the dryer vent, were on the left wall 4-5ft up. Enter my new hole saw attachment and a brand new opening through the center wall. I opted to install a short periscope vent, which allows the dryer to sit more flush against the wall, and is not flammable – unlike the old coil vent we had.
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Small laundry room makeover - a DIY project featuring built-in cabinets and shelves, farmhouse folding station, and rustic floating shelf. The Tarragona House
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Once the new dryer vent was installed, it was just a matter of unstacking the laundry set and moving them to the center of the room. I also scored two of these cabinets at a local building supply outlet for $30 each! (I had to laugh when I saw the $300 price tag with a sign that said 90% off.) They both got a few coats of white paint, and up they went!
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Small laundry room makeover - a DIY project featuring built-in cabinets and shelves, farmhouse folding station, and rustic floating shelf. The Tarragona House
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I’ll admit I spent a lot of time perusing Pinterest every night before bed (for weeks) looking at dreamy laundry rooms for inspiration. I’ll keep fantasizing about having one of those drool-worthy laundry rooms with a big screen tv in it, but for now, all I’ve got is this closet. And I had to make about 50x more useful for storage than it was.
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Small laundry room makeover - a DIY project featuring built-in cabinets and shelves, farmhouse folding station, and rustic floating shelf. The Tarragona House
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The photos are terrible. I’m sorry! I felt like one of those creepy little horror movie chicks, contorting my body trying to get better pics in such a cramped area.
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In order to maximize storage, I built two floating shelves between the cabinets and a basic plywood box that would add two cubbies above the cabinets. I used 1×2 braces to support all the built-ins.
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At one point in time, I wanted the cabinets installed a little lower, which (per building codes) meant having access to all the outlets – in case you were wondering why there’s a rectangle-ish cutout in the back of the right cabinet ;). After realizing that I’d have to work around 4 of them, opted to just move the cabinets higher and build a shelf below.
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Small laundry room makeover - a DIY project featuring built-in cabinets and shelves, farmhouse folding station, and rustic floating shelf. The Tarragona House
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Here it is, all trimmed out with some fresh coats of Valspar Ultra White. Of course, we can’t forget the rustic floating shelf! Rogue Engineer has a great tutorial on how to build simple floating shelves. I’ll admit that I didn’t bother adding a board off the bottom of the shelf, since no one will ever see it. I’m all for saving time and material!
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Small laundry room makeover - a DIY project featuring built-in cabinets and shelves, farmhouse folding station, and rustic floating shelf. The Tarragona House
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The final addition to the room – a shabby-chic table made to fit over the washer/dryer. It works perfectly as a folding station, or an additional work area. As much as the OCD part of me wanted everything to be centered in the room, I knew that I still needed enough vertical space to store the mops and vacuum cleaners – hence why the w/d and table are aligned to the left side of the room. The tabletop is made of 2×6’s, the legs are recycled bed posts from Craigslist. My dear Cricut was moved in here over the holidays since it was being used so often, and there is currently no home for all my crafting supplies. (Yes, I’ve already filled those cabinets up!)
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Somewhere along the line, I also threw a coat of Sherwin Williams Olympus White on the walls. It’s a nice, cool blue/gray that was pretty similar to the color that the interior of the house is painted. I have yet to find the color that the contractors told me the house is actually painted with.
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Annddd cue the final photos! Some of these photos were taken immediately after I finished the room and did my little victory dance a couple months ago, while some were taken recently.
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Small laundry room makeover - a DIY project featuring built-in cabinets and shelves, farmhouse folding station, and rustic floating shelf. The Tarragona House
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Small laundry room makeover - a DIY project featuring built-in cabinets and shelves, farmhouse folding station, and rustic floating shelf. The Tarragona House
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Small laundry room makeover - a DIY project featuring built-in cabinets and shelves, farmhouse folding station, and rustic floating shelf. The Tarragona House
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Until next time!

Christy

8 Comments

  1. Awesome Job Christy. I don’t Pinterest and have the skills to do this type of stuff but absolutely NO IMAGINATION. So I’m going to follow your blog and don’t kill me if at the next family gathering you see your laundry room at my house. ?

    • Haha, I wouldn’t be upset in the least! And I feel your pain…I rely a lot on other folks’ projects on Pinterest, because I’m almost completely left brain dominant.

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