Other than painting the laundry room a while back it’s one of the rooms we haven’t really done anything with since we moved in. That recently changed and in just a few weeks time it’s become the first room I’ve really felt was finished.
What I wanted to share today was the first step in the make over. Building and installing some usable shelving.
As usual I planned out what I wanted it all to look like as well as how much material I needed. My plan was to create a shelf to cover the top of both machines as well as a set of drawers to fit in between the two machines.
To start with we installed some 1×2 cleats on the wall to support the top with.
Then we cut three different legs, the top and a shelf out of 1/2″ MDF plywood. We chose MDF because I’m lazy and I didn’t want to have band the edges before painting. After cutting everything to size we just went ahead and primed and painted any visible surfaces.
After all the pieces were painted we assembled and installed them in the room. The first leg is the full depth of the top shelf as you can see below. We used pocket holes to attach the leg to the top. Since we only used 1/2″ MDF it tended to split and not grab as well as we had hoped. We also screw the top down into the cleats underneath to hold the top in place.
In the center we installed another set of legs. These ones were only 24″ deep so that they could be cut out of one sheet of plywood. Since they are shorter it also makes it so that there is space to get the backs of the washer and dryer if we need to. Even with the shorter depth the shelves are still pretty deep. Since the shelves are deep I wanted to install sliding shelves. That way I would be able to easier reach everything on the shelf.
Before we cut and assembled the shelves we installed the drawer slide halves so we could get an accurate measurement to build the shelves to.
We used wood glue and a nail gun to assemble a box with 6″ sides to keep everything in the shelves when they slide out. Here I was also painting one last coat on another shelf.
Speaking of the shelf I bought 3 sets of the Ekby Mans brackets in black from Ikea. I knew that I didn’t really want black brackets but the price was right and I like the bubble looking shapes. To change them up I sprayed them with a silver metallic spray paint. By the way if you’re looking for a glittery sliver spray paint this is the one. It was pretty much like spraying crazy thick glitter.
As far as installing the brackets we were really lucky that we were able to align them all with a stud.
Here is the shelf installed in the room and I think it helps the room to feel less empty and makes it look more polished and finished.
Oh and check out those brackets in all their glittery goodness.
Back to the drawer shelves we were making. Once the shelves were dry Chris installed the other half of the drawer slides on them.
Then all we had to do was slide the drawers in and fill them up!
In the picture below you can see a piece of unpainted trim next to the washer. After we finished the shelving we thought that it would look a lot better if we had trim to finish off a lot of the raw edges as well as cover some screw holes on the top of the shelf. You’ll be able to see that more in the posts to come.
Now back to the shelves. They are the perfect size to fit laundry supplies in the top and the kitty food bin in the bottom along with a lot of other stuff. I like that the drawers are easy to get to and I can grab things without pulling out the drawer. Of course if there’s something hidden in the back I can just pull out the drawers and easily reach it. I just love function storage and organization. Don’t you too?
I’m so glad to finally have some usable storage in this room. It’s starting to look like a custom room instead of just a boring room with a washer and
Now stay tuned. Next up is a custom mirror! Check it our here.