Laundry Room Makeover

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More and more people are realizing that you can customize IKEA cabinets. Even the most experienced carpenters we know buy IKEA boxes and then build their own doors. That's exactly what we did when we renovated the laundry room in our basement!


Our laundry room was an unpleasant place to do laundry in for the longest time. To make it a bit more functional, Hubs threw in an old cabinet base and some drywall. But what it really needed was storage. A lot more storage.

Build Cabinets


Enter IKEA! IKEA makes a great system that is easy to install with their rail system! Hubs first built the cabinets.

Hubs and a friend made custom dark stained doors. There’s nothing in the middle of the frame right now (save for Hubs tools) but we installed temporary panels as you’ll see later.

Install Rails


Hubs uses a laser level to mount the rail. Each box is simply lifted onto the rail system.

The boxes are secured through the back.

The boxes go up very quickly thanks to IKEA’s rail system.

Once the cabinets were up, Hubs installed the door frames. That was phase one. We temporarily installed solid white panels to hide the mess behind the doors (you’ll see how that looks just before the reveal).

In the interim, we finished the drywall, painted, tiled the laundry room backsplash and added under counter lighting and a new counter top. Phew. That’s a lot for one little room!


Install Glass in the Doors



It was starting to come together, but I had something even better planned for the doors! For the second phase of our laundry room makeover, I purchased sheets of a beautiful patterned glass called Everglade. I used a glass cutter to cut the glass to fit each panel and popped them in.

To keep the glass secure around the edges, I used this clear panel retainer.

Initially I was going to install the glass as-is. Isn’t it pretty?

As pretty as the glass is I reconsidered because I didn’t want to see clutter through the glass. So I reinstalled the solid panels over the glass as a backer. As you’ll see later, the front of the panels that show through the glass are the same light grey colour as our wall paint. The effect it gives makes it look like the glass is back painted.

Start the retainer at one corner and go all the way around in one continuous piece.

The retainer gets pushed under the lip of the frame all the way around the panel. It gets cut once back to the beginning. Here’s the first door installed. Only 7 more pieces of glass to cut!

Finally all the doors are in! You can’t really appreciate it in the pictures, but the glass lends a beautiful texture to the doors. I think it’s so much nicer than solid wood!

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Suggested materials:
  • Glass   (Glasstronomy Studios)
  • Retainer   (Lee Valley)
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