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Our Laundry Room Gets Spruced up With Some Paint and Built Ins!

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Our laundry room is basically a large closet off of our dining room/entry room in our home. Is having the laundry room in our dining room ideal? Of course not, but with an old house sometimes the only options are really not all that great. But, I digress, so far it hasn't bother Joe or I at all, the dining room is big enough and our laundry room/closet is plenty big enough so it hasn't at all been a problem. We have a scratch and dent certified new LG washer/dryer combo, just in case you were wondering why there was only one machine that looks like a washing machine in the picture :) We love our washer/dryer combo so far and I, personally, would never go back to two machines. Here's how it looked when I got started:
  • our laundry room gets spruced up with some paint and built ins, closet, diy, home improvement, laundry rooms, storage ideas, woodworking projects
This is after we installed and then gave the upper cabinets a face life. After that there was a whole lot of ugly going on. We did not extend our new wood floors into the laundry closet/room and the whole room is still lacking doors so I needed to do something badly. First thing was: we really needed more storage. Second thing was: I happened to have an old metal counter top that needed a home, so, I got to building!
  • our laundry room gets spruced up with some paint and built ins, closet, diy, home improvement, laundry rooms, storage ideas, woodworking projects
The construction was as simple as simple can get. Just a frame of 2x4s the depth and width of the counter top built right around the washer/dryer combo. I used screws and our impact driver for the whole assembly and it came together really quick and easy. (I will be covering the two sides of the cabinet in the future with plywood to help cut down on the noise from the machine as well.)
  • our laundry room gets spruced up with some paint and built ins, closet, diy, home improvement, laundry rooms, storage ideas, woodworking projects
I used scrap 1x4s for the shelf supports and carefully used screws on them as well... I say carefully because 1x4s split very easily. From there I went hunting for shelf material and found we had a 1x10 left over from other shelf projects in our garage. With the shelves in we immediately started using them! It's still wasn't pretty yet but it was SO great to finally get everything off the floor. (Note: I know that this warm and damp environment is the worst possible place for squash but we simply had no other place for them, I will be moving them to a better location soon.)
  • our laundry room gets spruced up with some paint and built ins, closet, diy, home improvement, laundry rooms, storage ideas, woodworking projects
After a few days I finally had the time one day after work to get moving on making the entire thing pretty and nice. I knew I had some extra dowels in the barn left over from my grandparents so I just went to walmart in search of a little curtain of some kind. I cut the dowel with a pair of scissors and used some left over eye hooks that I screwed in to rest the dowel in.
  • our laundry room gets spruced up with some paint and built ins, closet, diy, home improvement, laundry rooms, storage ideas, woodworking projects
From there I just needed lots of white paint. I went ahead and hit the floors with one coat as well because they just looked dirty before (though they weren't) I think the whole room/closet came together nice! Having the metal counter top now for folding is just awesome and the three deep shelves as well as the upper cabinets took care of all of our storage needs! Now, I just need to get closet doors built and put in so I can show you our dining room!
  • our laundry room gets spruced up with some paint and built ins, closet, diy, home improvement, laundry rooms, storage ideas, woodworking projects
Thanks for checking it out guys!

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Got a question about this project?

  • Joan
    Joan Spring Hill, TN

    This will be my next purchase wash/dry all in one,,,sure would be a space saver for just one!
    Thanks for sharing your idea!

    • GrandmasHouseDIY
      GrandmasHouseDIY Menahga, MN

      Thanks for commenting! Yes, we are really happy with it so far!

  • Red Cottage Chronicles

    I love the look of curtains as "cupboard doors"! So charming :)

  • Tracy
    Tracy Sebastian, FL

    I had a dryer repair guy out recently and he told me not to cover the top of a dryer. I had a bath rug on top to keep it from getting scratched up. He said with washer and dryers having computers in them, covering the dryer heats the components too

    • GrandmasHouseDIY
      GrandmasHouseDIY Menahga, MN

      Oh that's definitely something to keep in mind, right now the only thing touching the top of the dryer are the two 2x4s running down either side. The countertop sits on top of them so its an inch off the top of the machine, hopefully that will be OK.

  • Tracy
    Tracy Sebastian, FL

    I let you a comment on the dryer being covered.

  • L Dub
    L Dub Washington, DC

    I love this idea!

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