Wednesday, June 27, 2012

DIY: Laundry Room Revamp

I can't lie...I don't really do the laundry in our household... It's not because I don't want to, it's because, (believe it or not) my husband always beats me to it!!! However, when we moved into our house together, I didn't know this would be the case so we decided to fix up the laundry room so neither of us would mind spending time downstairs. 

The space always felt like a dingy closet instead of a laundry room.  First things first, we changed the wall colors from boring beige to a bright blue.  We also resurfaced the floor with peel and stick floor tiles so the floor felt nice, new and clean.  The challenge then became storage. We had a ton of hanging space but nowhere to fold clothes or store laundry soap, towels, etc.  So we cleared out one corner to make room for some furniture.  However I couldn't find any prefab furniture to fit the space.


I'm not quite sure how I came up with this, but I'm sure my weekly trips to Ikea at this time had a lot to do with it.  I decided to construct my own laundry storage/folding station...and here's how I did it!

If you've ever been to Ikea, you've probably seen the Expedit storage system.  It comes in 3 colors and at just $39 it's a pretty good bargain! This will act as the base for the unit. 

Ikea also sells stand alone table tops in a variety of sizes and colors at about $20 each.  I opted for white, but they also have a black-brown that emulates a cherry stain and a stainless steel option if you want a more of a modern look. The table top functions as the folding space.
In order to complete the piece, legs are needed to hold up 3 out of the 4 corners.  The 4th corner is held up by the Expedit.  The legs can be as cheap as $3.50 each if you don't need an adjustable size.  Otherwise, the legs ended up costing me about $45...which is kind of crazy because neither the table top or Expedit cost that much!  
Here's the final product! We added a couple of baskets, shelves and a pendant light shade (all from Ikea!) to finish off the space. 

It now functions as the perfect space for my husband to fold our laundry. How nice :)
What do you think?!?
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  1. Love! Makes me want to come do my laundry there!

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  2. crazy question, where did you get that large A from? i've been looking for one for our living room but they are all so small. that one looks pretty big.

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    1. Hi, Cookie! I purchased the "A" from Home Goods and then painted it white. It was about 6 months ago. I'll keep my eye out for some options for you online!

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    2. thanks so much Kim! we don't have a HG here, but i could always go up to Chicago if i needed. i keep meaning to plan a trip up for that but just have not fit it in yet!

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  3. Did the yellow basket on the top of the counter also come from Ikea? Thanks!

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    1. Hi, Jen!
      I actually purchased the yellow basket at Home Goods! It's my 2nd favorite store after Ikea :)

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  4. What a great solution for your space! Our Laundry Room drives me crazy but I can't say it's because of a lack of space for folding things. We have a countertop for that, it's just very rarely seen for all the other clutter that piles up on top of the machines. Congratulations on your project being featured at I Heart Organizing :)

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    1. Thank you Claire! I was thrilled to be featured to say the least!

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  5. Nice solution but you could have saved yourself a ton of money by just screwing wood to the walls on the left and the back so that the top rested on that instead of using the legs.

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    1. I actually thought of that! But the walls there aren't really walls (just a thin piece of plywood) so I wasn't confident it would hold the weight. But a good option if the walls were drywall!

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  6. I love this idea! You did such a great job using the Expidit and table top! Now I'm scheming about how to makeover my ugly laundry room.

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  7. This would also make an awesome study space (in a different room of the house, of course!).

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  8. Love it - you made that space so pretty and functional. AWESOME

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  10. Really useful idea that could translate for a rental property spruce up. Thanks a lot for the lovely inspiration!

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  11. Love this!! do you by chance have the name of the table top you used here? i have seen a ton but the measurements don't match up to expedit cubby

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    1. Samantha, I could be wrong but I think that this table top doesn't exactly match the cubby's dimensions either. Hence the use of three legs to hold it up - the two on the left side that you can see, and the third leg holding up the overhanging corner behind the cubby.

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  12. Is the table top actually attached to the Expedit or does it just sit on it? If it is attached, what did you use to attach it? Thanks!

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  13. I also would like to know how the table top was attached to the Expedit. TIA!

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