Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Making a Laundry Room Counter

In our laundry room I had no storage for laundry stuff.  My laundry detergent sat on top of the dryer, along with lint traps and stuff I pull out of pockets before washing clothes.  I thought it would be nice if I had a counter for folding laundry and some storage underneath.  So many many months ago I bought some 2X4s and 2X6s.  I wanted to use Ana White's Country Desk as a jumping off point for making the shelves:

Country Desk from AnaWhite.com

But I wanted to have some shelving underneath so I added a third support underneath.  First I cut all of my wood to length.  Then I glued and clamped the wood together to make the shelves and countertop.

Next I used my kreg jig to put together the three supports for the shelves.  I took pictures of this process, but I started the entire thing so many months ago that I have now lost those pictures.  But here is what the three supports looked like when I was finished making them.

Then I painted them a purple that I got in a sample size when the Sherwin Williams store opened near me.  They had sample pots for half off and their sample size is crazy big, so I had plenty of paint to cover twenty supports, let alone three.

Here they are after one coat, I put a second coat on the same day and plan to put a third coat on soon.  But before putting on the last coat I decided to put the whole thing together.  That way I wouldn't have to paint the parts that were covered by shelving and wouldn't be seen.  So I brought everything into the laundry room and once again used my kreg jig to attach the shelves onto the supports.

You'll notice the white pipe behind the shelf on the left.  That is part of our radon mitigation system.  I had to design my shelving around the pipes back here.  I also made them so that the whole thing could just slide out if we need someone to service the radon mitigation system or get to the area behind the washer and dryer.

The whole thing looks a lot larger than I had thought it would when I first started.  I still need to paint it one more time and add some curtains to the front to cover up the shelves.  I'll make sure to show you the finished product once it is done and in use!


  1. You are so talented and creative Molly!! Love how it's looking.

    1. thanks, i'm excited to finally get something finished!

    2. It looks great! Also, I have no idea what a kreg jig is. :)

    3. if i hadn't misplaced my in progress pictures you could see a kreg jig at work!