Dirty Laundry (Room)

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I don’t mind doing the laundry, I really don’t. In fact, in some weird way I really actually enjoy the sorting, washing, and drying. It’s the folding and putting away that sometimes doesn’t happen in timely fashion. I just don’t like to spend much time in the laundry room itself. It’s pretty dang depressing in there, even though it was painted a cheery sand-yellow color. I think it’s because there’s no window so at times it can feel like a dungeon in there.

Laundry room 1To be fair, we did try and spruce up the area by adding the framed chalkboards from our wedding to one of the walls, but it didn’t help the white-washed appearance of the room.

laundry room 2Diagnosis: It was looking a little sad in the laundry room.

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For that reason, when we spied some shelves on sale at Home Depot we had a little inspiration strike us! I have been scoping out laundry rooms on Pinterest (of course!) for a while now- not thinking that we would ever get around to the laundry room- and I jumped at the chance of sprucing up this little area with some open shelves! This image was my source of inspiration:

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Lovely, right? Who wouldn’t want to do laundry in here?

After some measurements we decided that the longer shelves that were on sale were just slightly too big for our space (insert sigh of disappointment here), we decided to see what other shelving options Home Depot had to offer. And boy am I glad that we did! Not only did we find some perfectly sized shelves, we found them in the most wonderful and warm wood color that we could find from Rubbermaid. These are them here, if you were curious. And we walked out with two of those bad boys- each 3′ long- and a handful of brackets to attach them to the wall. I was a happy camper, despite the most recent dumping of snow we had received.

Despite the long day at work, Josh was just as excited to get those shelves up on the wall as soon as we got home. First thing we did was slap them up against the wall to get an idea of where we wanted them- to see how high above the sink they needed to be and what the spacing between the shelves would end up being. I would call this step our “dry fitting” stage.

DSC_0621Next, we needed to decide where our brackets were going on the shelves itself. Using our speed square, we decided that it looked great 7″ in on each side, which also happened to the end of the speed square- which worked perfectly! We drilled some pilot holes where the screws would go (just so we got it right on the first try) and then screwed the brackets in place. We put two brackets on each shelf, I didn’t think there would be too much weight on these shelves.

DSC_0630Once the brackets were on the shelves, it was time to attach them to the wall. For that, we opted to use some pop toggles that would hold up to 80lbs! Josh wanted to be sure that the shelves would be plenty sturdy since they weren’t going to be attached to the studs in the wall. Following the instructions on the package, we drilled pilot holes into the drywall where our shelves would go and inserted the toggle. After all 4 toggles were in place we were able to hang the shelf by screwing them into place- and by we I mean my wonderful husband!

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DSC_0672We then did the same thing for the bottom shelf, double checking to make sure that everything lined up correctly and would be level when all was said and done.

DSC_0684And that’s it! We were done!

DSC_0712I then added all of my necessities to the shelves, as well as a few decorative items to help make the space more enjoyable to be in and not so dungeon-like.

DSC_0707We have Oxy Clean in the candy jar for easy access, fabric softener in the tall bottle, baking soda in the large mason jar, and spare change in the small mason jar. I also moved Levi’s jar of treats in here so he can have a little treat when we come inside from our walks. Using a small chalkboard we had on hand, I added a cute little bible verse for a little inspiration now and then (by the way, chalk markers are SO much easier to work with compared to chalk- it just looks better to me!)!

I added a little faux plant to the shelves to liven things up in the room (since a real plant could never survive in a windowless room…), a custom painting from my best friend for a punch of color, and some lovely frames from HomeGoods with some of our engagement photos in them.

DSC_0709Personally, I can’t wait to get in there and do some work… I might even move laundry day up a day just to spend some more time in there. I know, I know. I’m a little weird like that. It’s all about enjoying the little things in life.

As for what this project cost us, here’s our breakdown:

  • 2 10″x36″ Rubbermaid Shelves in Natural at $6.98 per piece: $13.96
  • 4 10″ White Shelf Brackets at $4.99 per piece: $19.96
  • 1 package of 3/8 Pop Toggles: $1.59
  • Total after tax:  $38.17

Not too bad! For something that makes such an impact right when you walk in the door, I would say that it’s well worth the $40, and I would think that Josh would agree with me on that.

However, we aren’t quite done in here yet! We have plans to move that cabinet this weekend and add some hardware to those naked doors, and another secret project! Stay tuned for next week when we round out this project and put our final touches on the laundry room!

DSC_0704What have you all been creating? Put your own spin on something lately? We would love to hear about it!

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4 thoughts on “Dirty Laundry (Room)

    • Thank you! If our dryer wasn’t being serviced today, I would be whistling through laundry day! Looks like I’m going to have to wait another day to enjoy our new space to the fullest! Thabks for stopping by!

    • Thanks so much! It feels much warmer in there after we introduced those warm shelves, definitely a good idea to keep in mind for the future! Thanks for dropping in!

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