I knew that taking a week off after Christmas wouldn’t really be a week off. I just can’t sit still very long, so amazing friends, let me tell you what I did with that week! I redid our laundry room!!
How it started
It all started when I was out with my oldest looking for TV mounting hardware for his room at Best Buy on Black Friday weekend. I don’t go out to stores much these days, so I was like a kid in a candy store looking at everything when I happened upon the washers and dryers. I have been wanting a new set for a couple of years now, but ours still worked fine. However, they were old! My hubby had been asking me what I wanted for Christmas, and when I found a gorgeous set at Best Buy, I called him and told him that’s what I wanted. He told me to go ahead and get them. Except…Best Buy didn’t have the dryer in stock and did not have an estimate of when they might. Bummer.
I was determined
On the way home, we stopped in at Lowe’s and they had a set I liked even better on sale for Black Friday! So, I went ahead and got it, but it wouldn’t be able to be delivered until early January. That was fine by me and I knew that would give me time to make some changes in our laundry room before the new set arrived. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
The sad before
Here is our laundry room when we first moved in, with the set that came with the house:
Fast forward a year when I painted the cabinets at the same time as our kitchen cabinets using the exact method I used here: How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets, a Step-by-Step Guide:
Thank goodness I had the sense to do that! (And take pictures lol!)
Here is what the laundry room looked like just before I started on the rest this December:
To start, I painted the top half of our walls in Campfire Ash by Behr:
This is the same color I’ve used in just about every room in our home, and I just love it!
Adding Bead Board
Then, it was time to start adding the bead board!
I added it just like I did in our bathroom and I used the exact same product that I purchased at the Home Depot. I shared exactly what I used and how I did it in this post: How to Install Wainscoting.
It looks terrible as it’s going up, but paint and then caulk in the corners will make it gorgeous!
I continued all the way around. The smart thing to do would have been to unhook the washer and dryer and remove them from this tiny space, but I just worked around them:
When I was done, I painted the bead board in Behr’s Ultra Pure White in a satin finish, left over from our kitchen cabinets, and then added a primed 1X4 cut to fit to cap it off, also painted the same way. I added a piece of small trim to the underside of the 1X4 to cover the top of the bead board. (This is a bit different than the way I capped off the bead board in our bathroom.)
Tada! I was now ready for our new set to arrive…
And it finally did, right on schedule! Because both pieces are front-loading, I knew I wanted to add a folding counter across the top to prevent any rogue socks from going missing behind this humongous set.
Installing the new folding counter
I’ve always dreamed of a huge folding counter in my laundry room! And I should clarify, by folding counter, I mean a counter to fold clothes on, not a table that folds down.
So using 1×3’s, I added a support for my new counter starting on the left side, making sure it was level. I used my stud finder to locate studs to drill directly into for the best support:
I continued it across the back and on the opposite side:
The piece of wood I had found to use as my guide to know where to place the supports (so that they would allow a little space between the top of the machines and the counter), ended up staying on top of them to aid in support also:
Time to make the counter!
For the counter, I purchased 23/32 4×8 Radiata Pine Plywood:
I took my measurements before I went to the store and had them cut it for me.
When I got the plywood home, I lightly sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper and then gave it a coat of Kilz primer leftover from our kitchen cabinets. You will want to prime bare wood because it will really soak up the paint. Then I sanded lightly all over again, vacuumed up the dust and painted with two coats of Behr’s Ultra Pure White paint in satin to match the bead board:
I used a 6” roller for smooth surfaces to paint this large surface.
After allowing it to dry for a couple of days, I installed it. (I did not nail it in place, so it can easily be removed to access anything under or behind it.)
Looking good! But it looks like a skinny counter and you can see the raw edge of the plywood across the front.
The final step was to add a piece of 1×2 to the front edge to simulate the look of a chunkier counter top. I added it while the counter was in place using wood glue and my nail gun. After filling a few holes and some fresh paint, my laundry room makeover was complete!
Ready to see the final result??
How huge are those machines?? They hold so much!
And it has been so nice having enough this large counter space to fold everything on!
It was a bit of a challenge to photograph such a tiny space!
That piece of trim across the front was the perfect way to finish off the counter.
And here’s a closer look at the bead board and small trim I used to hide the top of the bead board:
I already had this hanging bar in here that I added not long after we moved in.
I like to gather everyone’s hangers and hang things up as I pull them out of the dryer, and this makes it so much easier.
The counter didn’t quite cover the hoses at the back:
So I went in search of something to hide those and found this cute enamel sign on Amazon that was perfect:
I also found this cute enamel soap powder bin:
I prefer liquid detergent, but this is a fun piece to sit on the counter. (There is a door with a window in the bathroom directly across from this space, so the lighting is a bit harsh in these photos.)
This room is so much more functional!
I chose the same pretty glass pulls that match the pulls on our Kitchen Island:
Oh and I almost forgot one of my favorite things, this cool sign that hangs outside the door:
I’m so happy this space finally got a refresh!
I hope you enjoyed a home project for a change of pace!
You can see more of our home’s room makeovers at the links below!
Kitchen Makeover (My favorite!!)
The bath in our bedroom is next on the hit list!
I was so pleased to see them work so well together woohoo!
I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled programming on Thursday with this cabinet:
Hope to see ya’ll then!
UPDATE: I don’t think you’ll recognize this cabinet now…see it HERE!
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