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!
Enter Pinterest, where I found this DIY laundry pedestal tutorial on Ana White Homemaker.
and this this laundry organizer tutorial from Stories of a House.
“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 some laundry pedestals. 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 pedestal. It makes laundry a little bit more enjoyable. Oh, who am I kidding?
Best I know, 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. And my dad added breadboard to the front of mine to match the beadboard already in my laundry room.
The pedestals inspired me to fancy up my laundry room just a bit. I didn’t paint, mainly because I didn’t have the time and by the time I thought about it, the pedestal and washer and dryer were already in the room. And there was no way my husband and dad were ever moving them again!
Without further ado, here’s my laundry room redo. I still have some finishing touches to add, and I’ll share those in a later post, but I was too excited about the pedestals to wait any longer to show the to you.
The 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. Best $10 I’ve ever spent. And pretty much, the teenager did all the lifting. I highly recommend befriending the teenagers in your neighborhood (or in your own home). You never know when they’ll come in handy.
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. I may try to find some decorative baskets at some point, but so far, I’ve not found the right size.
As much as I love the look of magazine-perfect laundry rooms with chandeliers and glass jars of detergent, that’s not practical for our space. Our laundry room is a workhorse. We wash several loads a day, and the room also functions as the dog’s feeding zone, family command center and mudroon. It’s a busy space, and sometimes it’s more functional than pretty. But it has great bones and some nice touches that reflect our style and our lifestyle.
I store my laundry essentials in a wooden tray from Costco. (I originally used this in my office, so I didn’t have to spend anything on this organizational solution. Bonus!) The shelf baskets hold light bulbs, cleaning supplies, batteries, specialty laundry supplies and other too-dads. My iron — which I so rarely use — and some other little-used items sit on a hanging shelf above the washing machine.
I found a pretty zebra print rug runner at Target to use on the floor. It brings a nice pop of color to the room. (I’d look at some Dash & Albert rugs for the space. I have these rugs in other parts of the house and love them, but I decided to go the budget route in the laundry room.) This zebra print rug cost just $30, and it’s washable.
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.
Since the walls of the laundry room are neutral, I’ve propped artwork atop the breadboard to add some color. Some of the paintings I’ve done, some are Jackson’s and some were done by my Grandma Mills.
You can see more of them here:
Pretty aqua trolley stop hooks from Anthropologie hold book bags, handbags, an umbrella, the dog’s leash and other everyday essentials.
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!)
We have a door leading out to our side yard in our laundry room. You can also see it as you pass by the laundry room, so I decided I needed something decorative there. A while back, I bought some papier mache letters from Hobby Lobby with the intention of covering them with pretty scrapbook paper, but then I started seeing the Anthropologie zinc letters and knockoffs of them online, and I decided to make my own. I pinned a few tutorials, but I didn’t really follow one when making my letters. I just painted them in a gray/aqua base coat and dry brushed on several layers of metallic silver and black paint until I achieved the look I wanted. This was similar to the technique I used when making my Pottery Barn knockoff DIY mercury glass Easter egg tree.
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.
Another wall houses our family bucket list and a burlap-covered memo board decorated with kiddo artwork and keepsakes and the menu from “Rhino on Fire,” the restaurant owned by my son’s favorite dinosaur toys. (Aren’t children’s imaginations great?)
As I mentioned before, 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.
We are missing the mate to two pair of orange Crocs. I have no idea where they are. Under a bed? Stuffed in a toy box? In the back of a closet. No clue. If you find them, you win a prize!
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.
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