When we moved int our new house a little more than a year ago, I finally got something I’d been wishing for for quite a long time — a front-loading washing machine.
They came with the house, but what they didn’t come with were pedestals. And after a few hundred loads of laundry, I decided I was tired of stooping to load and unload. I called around to the Sears appliance outlet, hoping they’d have some pedestals for my washer and dryer for a good price, but they didn’t. And I wasn’t willing to pay $200-plus for a drawer. No sir!
“Your dad could make that for you,” volunteered my mom, who stalks my Pinterest.
And so it was decided; I would get my dad to build me a laundry pedestal. But I had to wait for him to retire. And to spend a couple of months napping. And to do some traveling. And to finish some projects for my mom. And some more napping. And finally, just as I was planning to hire the job out, he was ready to start working on my pedestals.
Seriously, I didn’t mind the wait, but I am so excited to have my laundry pedestal. It makes laundry a little bit more enjoyable. Oh, who am I kidding?
My dad used both sets of plans I sent him to construct my laundry pedestal. Mine is more of a box than the two inspiration projects, linked above And my dad added breadboard to the front of mine to match the beadboard already in my laundry room.
I’m still using and loving the laundry pedestals my dad built, but a lot of other things have changed!
In following photos, you’ll see what the laundry room looked like in the interim — before we added the built-in, colorful storage. I think it’s a good lesson in how a home can evolve over time and how you find solutions that fit your budget and lifestyle now.
The laundry pedestal cost about $100 in materials to build, plus $10 to hire the teenage football player down the street to help my dad and husband lift the washing machine onto the pedestal. At that time, that was all we could afford to spend on our laundry room.
The three baskets underneath hold our dried and folded clothes, ready to to be put away. My dad built the pedestal so that a standard 11-inch laundry basket would fit.
We don’t use the built-in hamper for clothes. Instead, I store extra toilet paper, laundry supplies, Play-Doh and other essentials in there. I’m considering putting a cushion on top it to pretty the space up some more, but we honestly never ever sit there. So, it would be for looks only. We’re much more likely to pile stuff on top of the bench, so any cushion would have to be made of durable, stain resistant fabric.
The stool in the background is one I’ve had forever and that I painted Old Violet, an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color, ages ago. We have high ceilings in our laundry room, and the shelving over the washer and dryer is way out of reach. So, I have to use a step stool all the time. It’s functional and pretty. And I can testify that chalk paint and furniture wax create a very durable finish. I use that stool all the time, and the finish hasn’t chipped a bit.
The baker’s rack, a years ago TJ Maxx find, functions as our family command center. It holds cookbooks, coupons, school papers, my husbands wallet and cell phone and the charger for Jackson’s electric car — a little bit of This & That, as the handpainted sign I made from old wainscoting proclaims.
You can see more of them here:
A wooden wall caddy holds our mail and keys. (I have no idea why we have so many keys and what they’re all for!)
I’ll share my how-to later, if you guys want. In the meantime, you can find a great technique for creating a faux zinc finish (on furniture) from Jami at Freckled Laundry.
As I mentioned, our laundry room is a workhouse. It doubles (triples?) as a mudroom. I have a simple hanging organizer on the back of the door for sunscreen, bug spray, Jackson’s shoes, plastic bags and other things that don’t have a home.
As I mentioned, I have a few more finishing touches I want to do in the laundry room. I’m planning on camouflaging that ugly electrical panel and I may just ask someone to make me a fun little valance for the door. And I may get a cushion for the storage bench. And I’ll surely add more artwork to the ledge. When — and if — I complete these projects, I’ll be sure to share them here.
And here are some of my favorite tips to help you tackle the laundry monster.