DIY Laundry Shelf

DIY Laundry Shelf tutorial. Simple & Cheap way to dress up the laundry room!More room to fold towels and the shelf prevents pens & pocket change from falling behind or between the machines!During our chaotic kitchen and bathroom makeover I got the itch to redecorate or make changes to every other room. We spend the majority of our day in the living room and kitchen (They are connected as one large room) and our bedroom and bathroom follow behind that. However it feels like I’m in the laundry room the most. The laundry is never ending. I have made the mistake of boycotting for a few days and the consequential piles of dirty clothes were terrifying.

Since the laundry will never end I decided to make a minor change to the laundry room. I built a simple shelf to cover the washer and dryer so I could have more room to fold clothes. The shelf is placed against the wall next to the dryer and fully extends to the back wall so I don’t have to worry about buttons, bows or the occasional pocket change sliding behind or in between the machines.

This DIY project was so simple and cheaper than buying built-ins! Supplies you will need:

Wood (purchased from Lowe’s or Home Depot & they will cut it to your measurements)
Sand paper
Wood Putty & knife or spatula to apply it with
Pen or Pencil
Handsaw or other equipment to cut the wood
Safety goggles for the saw
Towel to wipe dust off the wood
Paint & brush
{If needed wood trim molding and finishing nails (trim found at Lowe’s or Home Depot)}

DIY laundry shelf. A shelf to cover your washer and dryer giving you more space AND preventing objects from falling in between and behind the washer! My mom and I went to Lowe’s to purchase the wood. Since we both wanted to make laundry room shelves we thought it would be cheaper to see if our measurements would work using one large piece of wood. The wood slabs weren’t big enough so we purchased separate pieces and had them each cut to our specific measurements. They do this for free!! Even if you have the wood cut to a smaller size you still have to purchase it at the price of the original size, so we toted the leftover pieces home and my mind is racing with ideas on how to use the ‘scraps’. FREE wood for future projects…..hmmmmm outdoor chalkboard for Lily????

DIY laundry shelf. A shelf to cover your washer and dryer giving you more space AND preventing objects from falling in between and behind the washer!We used my mom’s sander to smooth down the wood pieces. I applied wood putty to some of the knots and holes. Once the putty dried I lightly buffed it with fine sandpaper and wiped it down with a towel to remove any leftover dust. In the picture above you can see the holes where I applied the wood putty.

DIY laundry shelf. A shelf to cover your washer and dryer giving you more space AND preventing objects from falling in between and behind the washer!To make sure the shelf would be flushed against the wall I needed to make a cut so it would wrap around the washer’s tubes. I made marks with a pen and took the shelf back outside to cut.

DIY laundry shelf. A shelf to cover your washer and dryer giving you more space AND preventing objects from falling in between and behind the washer!I borrowed my mom’s handsaw and safety goggles to cut the wood and after I rubbed the rough edges with some sandpaper to finish it off.

DIY laundry shelf. A shelf to cover your washer and dryer giving you more space AND preventing objects from falling in between and behind the washer!I lucked out when my mother lent me her Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White & Duck Egg Blue. Chalk paint is pretty fabulous and Annie Sloan’s colors are marvelous. With chalk paint you don’t have to sand or prime the object you’re painting…how awesome is that!?! I sanded for this project because the wood was untreated and I didn’t want our laundry to snag on any splinters. Now don’t be confused about the chalk part. I have no plans to write notes on this wood! Annie Sloan chalk paint is a decorative paint used to revamp furniture. Annie Sloan choose the name chalk paint for the matt finish….so don’t get confused with the black chalk paint craze of the moment. Want a shabby chic or vintage look?? Annie Sloan chalk paint is perfect for your project. It’s expensive, but a little paint goes a long way. Read more about Annie Sloan here.

You can also mix the colors together to create a shade to your liking. I used 2 parts Pure White to 1 part Duck Egg Blue to create a really light soft blue. The paint dries so quickly so applying the two coats took no time!

DIY laundry shelf. A shelf to cover your washer and dryer giving you more space AND preventing objects from falling in between and behind the washer!Once I placed the painted shelf on the washer and dryer I loved it. Then the plain edge started to bug me. I went back to Lowe’s and purchased wood trim molding for $2.97 and had them cut it to fit the two sides that face out from the wall. After I attached the trim molding with some finishing nails I used wood putty again to fill the small ‘gap’ between the shelf and the trim. Once dried, I lightly sanded the area and painted the new edging. Usually you apply a light coat of wax to finish a Annie Sloan Chalk project, however I used Minwax Wipe-On Poly for a protective finish. All you have to do is wipe it on with a cloth! So Simple!

The install is the easiest part being that the shelf is large, lightweight and the washer and dryer can support it with no need to mount it to the wall. I placed the shelf back on the washer and dryer and stood back to marvel at my work. My OCD kicked in, I stopped to load a pile of dirty clothes and was bummed when I realized the added trim molding hung low enough to prevent the detergent drawer from being pulled out to fill. My face was pretty beat red and a slew of expletives flew from my mouth (don’t worry Lily was sleeping!). Mike swooped in to save the day by placing a small piece of cardboard under that corner of the shelf. It raises the shelf up just enough so I can pull out the detergent drawer and still keeps the shelf pretty level, so objects don’t roll to the other side!

I went ahead and painted the inside of one of the cabinets and I was surprised that the Wipe-On Poly really darkened the chalk paint. So I’m thinking of painting the cabinets white instead…put I’m placing that project on the back burner until we are back from our mini vacation!

chalkpaintdifferencesFor this project I only spent $35.41! $20.47 for the wood, $11.97 for the Minwax Wipe-On Poly and $2.97 for the wood trim molding. I really lucked out that my mom and I already owned all other materials used!

DIY Laundry Shelf tutorial. Simple & Cheap way to dress up the laundry room!More room to fold towels and the shelf prevents pens & pocket change from falling behind or between the machines!DIY Laundry Shelf tutorial. Simple & Cheap way to dress up the laundry room!More room to fold towels and the shelf prevents pens & pocket change from falling behind or between the machines!I’m still amazed at the amount of laundry that our family of 3 creates…so this easy DIY project at least makes the room more functional and a little prettier to be in!

 
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