Laundry Room Shelving Makeover

I love updating my home and one of the places in my home that has really needed an update is my laundry room. I have a decent size laundry room but there is an ordinary wire shelf over the washer and dryer that was not the prettiest and it was also a bit too high up for me to reach. I replaced it with some ClosetMaid shelving and built them in to look a bit nicer. Here's how I did it.
I was able to finally update this room with a mini laundry room make-over and I love how a few simple changes transformed this room into a beautiful and usable space. A big huge thank you to HomeRight today for inspiring me to get creative with today's hack!
Here's where we began. The wire shelving was big and functional, but it lacked a lot in the style department.
Because my laundry room wall is so big, I decided to pick up two of these ClosetMaid 6 Espresso Laminate Storage Cubes, some trim, paint and stain. We began by assembling the storage unit, I left off the back. Then I used my FinishMax to spray primer onto the cabinet. After the unit was primered, I filled my FinishMax up with Valspar's Chalky Finish paint and gave the units and trim a few light coats with plenty of dry time in between.
After determining where we wanted the new storage units to be, we attached 1x2 directly onto the walls below where the bottom of the shelf would sit by using liquid nail and a nail gun. Then we installed the storage units by resting them on the 1x2 and used liquid nail and a nail gun to attach them to the 1x2and the wall on the side of the dresser. We also made sure to use the wall bracket included to attach the units to the wall.
We added the trim and did the touch up.
If you noticed. I have a space about 15 between my two shelving units. I decided to use this space to add a bit of character to my laundry room. I used steel flanges to attach steel pipe to the wall. We cut 12 wide boards to fit the space and stained them. Then I placed the wood on top of the pipe.
I love how this makeover turned out! For a detailed supply list and instructions, visit me at Simply Designing!
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3 of 8 questions
  • Kelli Cisko-Kids
    Kelli Cisko-Kids
    on Sep 16, 2018

    how did you attach the shelves to the wall in the middle of the wall?

    • CarlyTee
      on Dec 11, 2018

      Kelli, I just found this on her blog. It’s actually a different project but the same concept as the shelves.

  • Tammy Stoll
    Tammy Stoll
    on Dec 1, 2018

    I was also wondering where u hang things now

  • Blanca
    on Oct 27, 2019

    Why buy espresso when you probably could have bought white?

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  • Diana67
    on Jul 13, 2019

    Love this

  • Linda
    on Oct 27, 2020

    Really great transformation. Nice to look at and very functional and I think a beginner (meaning me) can do it. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to steal the cube shelf idea for a small space in my dining room, believe it or not. Wish me luck!

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