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Makeover your laundry room and add storage for under $50 and 2 hours!
I don’t know about you but my laundry room was seriously always the pits! It was full of overflow junk all of the time. Before guests would come over I would throw stuff in there because I could close the door and it was out of the way. Well…I finally had enough of the clutter! I was over my laundry room being a problematic area, it was time for a makeover!!
My goal was to utilize as much space as possible! Our ceilings in the laundry room are 9′ high so I really wanted to take advantage of the overhead space. When I would lay awake at night troubled by my laundry room dilemma (ha) I kept thinking of adding one really tall cabinet with shelving on the side of it…So that’s just what I did!
I found my cabinet on Craigslist for $30! It’s solid wood and is 42″ tall. I added crown molding to give it some more dimension. These pieces I had in our scrap pile in the garage. However, if you were to buy them it would be under $10! I was inspired by this post from The Lettered Cottage a few years ago and always kept it in the back of my brain. They show you exactly how to add taller trim to cabinets.
Building The Shelves:
To build the shelves I used 2″ white pine boards and had them cut to the lengths that I needed at Lowe’s Home Improvement. The total cost of these were under $4
I then used Laminate Shelf Boards for my actual shelves. Again, I had Lowe’s cut this for me so it was super easy to install once I got home! The cost of this board was $12.98. I decided to only use one board because that made 2 shelves – I figured I could come back and add more later if I decided that I needed more shelves…but honestly, the 2 shelves is working out perfect! (especially since I have tall decorations).
Yeeeears ago my hubby bought this portable Husky air compressor and let me just tell you, it is the bomb! It is so reliable, so handy, so easy to maneuver, and so easy to use! So easy to use that I use it all of the time!! #girlpower – I’m sure that when my husband bought this 3 houses ago he didn’t picture me using it ;-p But seriously, it is one of my post favorite power tools!
I really think that everyone needs one! Your life will be so much easier if you do!
This isn’t the same one that I have but this looks like it would be super handy and easy to use!
-Hang wall cabinet – use wood screws and make sure that you drill into wall studs otherwise your cabinet will fall
-Measure where you would like your support boards to go and mark on wall
(this is actually a picture from my next project that I will be showing you…I did not have a picture of the support boards that really showed what it should look like…so this is what you need to do…3 boards are needed for each shelf)
-Using air nailer gun nail your boards to the wall (be careful that there are no pipes or wires where you are nailing them)
-Place laminate shelf boards on top of support boards
-Paint and make pretty!
I used a small angular paint brush to cut in (paint around the edges, wall, etc). It worked great!!
This little 4″ roller is seriously amazing! It worked so well, didn’t splatter and didn’t waste paint! The little paint tray was also really easy to hold and was very durable!
I did a lot of research beforehand to figure out what was the absolute best white paint – I wanted TRUE white, not yellow, not pink, not blue, not gray tinted…just white! I found a lot of other bloggers using Benjamin Moore Simply White – so I did too! It’s the perfect “color” 🙂
Finally, caulk where necessary…I actually still need to do this, blah! It’s so easy to do, but just isn’t the most fun…the most fun part is decorating and throwing away junk that you didn’t need in the first place! 😉
I REALLY love the way my laundry room makeover turned out!!
I can’t believe the difference a few bucks and 2 hours can make!!
What do you think? Do you like it? Do you have a problematic laundry room that needs some help? I’d love to see your pictures if you do something like mine!