April 25, 2009

Using what I’ve got…. Doing a little laundry room make-over!

Being currently unemployed, I am keeping myself busy with projects in my house and trying to do them as cheap as I can….. Not so different than usual actually.

I decided I wanted to improve my laundry room, and make it feel like I have more space. When we bought this house a few years ago I quickly built a platform to put my new front load washer up on so I wouldn’t have to bend over to load and unload it.
I thought I would also raise my dryer, but then decided if I did, I couldn’t use the top of it, so keeping it on the floor was best. Especially since the cabinets along the wall above the machines would mean I couldn’t set anything on top of the dryer if it was raised.

Anyhow…. I got a flea in my hair about these cabinets along the wall that have always felt in the way since I kept rags and dryer sheets in one of them and the others remained unused. I also had a corner cabinet on the left side of the washer that served for me as a shelf. What a waste of space!
I didn’t think to take a picture before I ripped out the cabinets since it was a spur of the moment idea. Then they were out in a matter of 10 minutes! THREE screws held each cabinet to the wall, and the bottom corner cabinet… that was only held in by TWO screws. Badda bing –gone! Don’t know if you can tell by this photo, but there were loads of holes in the wall under the cabinets. So I had some patching to do.
I had also previously put some shelves in the laundry room for dirty laundry baskets. Light, Dark, & Red. Now that the corner cabinet was gone, I could move the laundry baskets into the corner, thus making me feel like I had more room, and actually HIDING the dirty laundry from view when standing at the laundry room door! Bonus!

Ok enough of the boring stuff! Here’s the best BEFORE pictures I have.
Here’s the AFTER.
A couple things I really like about this room now….

*I have a gap under both the washer and dryer where I keep laundry baskets. Under the washer is the basket for the clothes that come out and need to be hung. Under the dryer I have two baskets for clean dry clothes to be carried upstairs. They stay out of the way, and then just slide out to have clothes dropped into them. If I had the typical raised boxes that are sold with these machines I would have paid about $300 for storage that I wouldn’t use because I hate bending over. My 2x4 platforms are just the job! I would like to take the time to paint them white, but I haven’t got there yet.
*You can’t see I have dirty laundry in baskets living left of the washer.
*My shelf above the washer and dryer is long and all the storage I need.

It’s still a work in progress because I want to do a couple more things in here.

*I want to get myself a cute rug for the floor. (I know what you’re thinking… "but if you have a leak…." Well this laundry room was built w/o a drain in the floor. If there is a leak, I’m gunna have issues, so I figure I may as well have a cute and soft rug to stand on.)
*I also am coming up with a way to hang some laundry in this small room. I currently use a guest room for that and want it all to happen in one room. (This will be another post)
I’d also like to make it “cuter”. My AFTER photo is a little boring. This butter yellow color could lend itself to quite a few combinations, so I would like to come up with some cute ideas for this room. Melissa Phillips recently posted a laundry room photo on her blog, and it’s incredibly inspiring. So I know I can “cuten” this up! (Open to suggestions too!)

So, let me tell you the few things I did to save some money!
*I didn’t buy any paint. I combined two half cans of what I had creating this pale yellow color.
*I used scrap 2x4’s to build the platform I raised the dryer onto.
*I used a door to create a shelf above the washer and dryer. Which I’ll elaborate on:

I cut the door in half, and filled in the panels with joint compound. (already had both of these)
Then I sanded the joint compound down, primed the shelf, and painted it white. Then I painted a strip of frame molding white and glued it to the front edge of the shelf.

Worth knowing… the joint compound takes time to dry when it’s the depth of door panels. Also, it shrinks, so it needs to be filled in a second time after it dries. (This meant that my shelf was one of the longest processes for my room.) The door is hollow, so the joint compound didn't make the shelf too heavy. Just heavier.

Two things I did spend money on for this room:
*I went to Sam’s Club and had a 30x20 print done for my window frame. That cost $11.66! (w/o tax)
*I bought two plastic tubs for rags. They were $3 each! (w/o tax)

Some things I spent money on in the past for this room….
*These dirty laundry baskets. I got them at “Wally World” for around $3 each.
*Shelf brackets…. Two shelves gave me location for three dirty laundry baskets. And leaving a gap between them allows me to overfill them. (which I do on occasion ;)

Ok, I think that’s it for now! I do hope I gave you some ideas for YOUR laundry room!

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CKMommy said...

Natty...come to my house!! I've been staring at my laundry room for weeks and I just don't know what to do with it! Love your ideas! :)

Dee Gallimore-Perry said...

Ummm...WOW!! LOL
You are just too amazing...
come over here and help me!

Robyn Weatherspoon said...

WOWWWWWWWWIEEEEEE! You always leave me with my mouth hanging open! You are AMAZING!!!! Hugs and Blessings!

@JoyceCasaldi said...

Great job, looks like you are giving your entire house a facelift.

Happy Blopping!

Regina Easter said...

wow, awesome stuff, i will need to revisit this again when i get back into working on my room..hugs regina

joybear said...

Oh this is sooooooo awesome!! Looks so cheerful now!

Library Bunny said...

wow great job with the make over.

Andrea Amu said...

Sooo organized! I think I need to hire you! Love the window frame photo... great idea!

Stampin' Meg said...

OMG Nat-I am sitting here holding my head... shaking it in disbelief.... the things that you do! You are absolutely fearless and soooo original! Great job on the re-do!

BrendaB said...

Great work! I love the window frame print you put in that room, too!

LAuclair said...

Would you like to come and organize my mess?? lol! Great ideas - thanks for sharing! Your room looks great!

Jen N said...

I've said this before and I'm saying it again....You need your own TV show! You should be on the DIY network...you never stop amazing me with your awesome makeovers!!!!

Rozzella said...

Nat, you are AMAZING! OMG, girl, you can do just about anything, can't you? I've been wondering what to do with my laundry room, which is large but not well organized, and you have given me some great ideas! I wasn't expecting THAT on the blog hop, LOL! I've bookmarked your blog, and I'll be coming here often to see what crazy and wonderful things you are doing! Hugs!!

Karen Pinsonat said...

Wow, now that's a project!! Awesome as usual Nat!

I Cut The Scrap said...

Now if I could do that and have all my laundry finished that would be the miracle. Nice fresh look to your room.

Joyce said...

You go, girl!!

wendyp said...

omgosh, Nat! You always amaze me!!! You have such a creative eye.

Shellieh said...

ok um, we are trying to think of storage ways for our laundry room, and I did buy 2 cabinets, but not sure they go. Love the one mels had posted. When ya coming down to help me do mine? (wink) love it nat!

Carol said...

Natty, you ROCK! wow, wow, and more wows coming from me! Great make over, looks now like a very useful space!

Suzanne said...

doesn't she leave you for a mouth dropping adventure everytime you visit!! girl, you so need to take a trip to Mobile and give my house some loving on a budget!!!

Julie said...

YEAH I used to have you book marked! Lost you and now you are found! I was so excited when I saw your header and recognized it!!! I still think about your cool table you made out of doors!

Nancy said...

ok...I don't know how I missed this yesterday, I'm sorry...I just love your makeover and how you lifted your w/d up off of the floor. Very clever and I love your ideas...

Anonymous said...

Nat, you are one smart cookie! ---teri

Jen Gallacher said...

You are scaring amazing!!! I need to come see it in person now. :)

Bizorra said...

I surfed on to your blog while looking for ideas to hang-dry my landry. My next project is a laundry room makeover and I LOVE your simple washer dryer stands - I have the same set as you.

Is it just a 2x4 frame supporting the edges? or is there something under the whole bottom of the appliance? Any tips if I try and do something similar?

Thanks for the great idea!