Ever since changing out my top loading washing machine for the new and improved front loading machines I've been using the tops as storage, but if you think about it, that only gives you about 8 sq feet of countertop but more importantly, things are always falling off the back of the machines or in between. The distance from the fronts of my washer and dryer to the back is 2 and 2/3 feet and if I went all the way to the right wall, just over 6ft. Total square footage, about 16 feet. I’ve been missing out. I needed a countertop. First step was to decide what my countertop would be made of. I considered granite tiles, very classy, or butcher block, very country…..and eventually decided on my own, diy wood, semi-butcher block.
DIY Laundry Room Wood Countertop
One might think, that with a countertop width of around 32 inches I could get away with 4, 8 inch width boards. One would be wrong. A 1 x 8 inch board is actually 3/4″ x 7 1/4″. If you have a hard time picturing what it would look like, just lay it out on the hardware store floor and measure. My shopping trip ended up having: 3 1 x 8 by 6ft 1 1 x 10 by 6ft 3 1 x 2 by 8ft (for the trim)
If you like the look and want all that extra counter space make sure you stop by the blog for complete intstructions on finishing, installation and even how to get a Laundry logo handpainted on the top. I am happy to report that since I have installed my new countertop I've lost no more keys that just happened to slide between the two machines.
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Published July 18th, 2015 10:54 AM