The Little Laundry Room That Could

Sep 12, 2012

Could it get more boring than this?  It's also very small and impractical. I didn't even have a place to put a laundry basket because there's another door on the right that leads to the garage.  I can't tell you how many times someone has opened the door and turned over a basket of clothes.  We also needed a lot more storage.  I looked at tons of pictures online and realized a countertop over the washer and dryer would solve so many problems.  Then, I had to convince my husband to build it.

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After:

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I love the counter!  The shelves on the side hold detergent and all sorts of cleaning supplies.  The top shelf holds items that aren't used as often.  The large basket is for tablecloths for the formal dining room.  Old towels always come in handy, especially with three boys.  Sometimes they come in after playing outside dripping wet with grass stuck to them.  I don't know why, but it happens quite a bit.

The only problem is you could still see the hookups behind the washer and dryer.  I decided to make a curtain to go between the shelf and the countertop.  The fabric is really a dining room table cloth I found at Marshall's for $13.  Since I don't sew I used a bonding tape for the edges.  Instead of a traditional curtain rod I used a wooden closet rod because the curtain is so wide.  It was also a lot cheaper.  I made a pocket with the bonding tape to slip the rod through.  I love the curtain because it hides the hookups and adds some interest to the room. 

When I was researching how to build a countertop I discovered it's not recommended to place it directly on top of the washer and dryer.  We built a frame against the walls and then set the countertop on the frame.  Then, we added decorative moulding to the front to hide the seams.

But, wait!  I had to jump on the mudroom train. 

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Well, maybe it's a pseudo-mudroom.  But, it works to keep the backpacks out of the kitchen and walkways.  Wouldn't a little beadboard or board and batten look great here?  Hmmm....


It might not be the biggest laundry room/mudroom, but it certainly functions as one!


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4 comments:

  1. I need to build a counter over my laundry machines too. It's been on my list of things to do for a while now and I think it will make doing laundry a lot easier. Great job!

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  2. Thank you! Yes, it has been easier to do laundry. I can't say it makes me want to do laundry lol, but definitely easier.

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  3. I love this! I've been looking for inspiration to redo my boring laundry room and your seems to be a similar shape and size. I love the cabinets and the color. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. You're welcome! Little laundry rooms are tough. I always see beautiful pics of huge laundry rooms, but there's no way to really translate it to a 6x6 space. I think this is as efficient as it gets!

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