I’ve told you several times that we will be here at the rental for awhile. We have been sprucing up the backyard on a budget because we will for sure be here all summer. We gave our fire pit a makeover and made a sidewalk from lime stones out the back door. And, even have our vegetable garden all ready to plant. Come on, Indiana weather. ☹️
We sat down and made a list of projects that we want to accomplish around this rental to make us a little happier. Deb HATED the laundry room because it was so unorganized. It was not pretty AT ALL and it just drove her nuts. We decided that if it will make us happier for the time being, it was worth the work. Our initial plan was to simply fill the holes from the previous tenants and paint the area. Well, you know how that goes.. one thing leads to another.
Do you remember when I hung Milton and King’s whitewashed brick wallpaper in the master bedroom at the old house? I used it in the pantry makeover, too. Well…. I found an entire roll of it in my stash. I never thought I would use it again, but this was the perfect opportunity. It gave the laundry room a totally different look and added so much interest. I debated on whether I wanted to do it, but I’m so glad I did. I mean… really… what else do we have to do while in quarantine. It only took me a couple of hours. And, I LOVE the result.
I am not even going to make a “materials list” because it is really self explanatory and you can use whatever type wood you want to use… leftover pieces from other projects, 2x6s, 1x6s. It really doesn’t matter. Deb decided to use 2x6s, just because. ????????♀️ So, I’m going to tell you how WE did it… There are many different ways. The pictures that I took are very self explanatory, so we here we go.
We attached a 2×4 on the back wall and used 2x2s on the side wall at the height we wanted our countertop to be.
We attached a 2×2 board across the front attaching it to the 2x2s on the side walls.
We attached 2×2 boards in three different places from front to back to act as braces. So that the top doesn’t sag in the middle.
We attached the countertop boards to each side piece and all of the braces. Which made the entire thing very sturdy. Again.. there are many other ways to do this. This is just how we did it.
Of course, I had to poop this room up like I poop up every other room. ???? I wanted to leave it rather simple. I ran to the storage unit and grabbed this antique coat rack I found at a garage sale a few summers ago. I thought it would work perfect here to hang a few hand towels on, etc.
I just grabbed a basket set at Walmart and I FREAKING LOVE THEM. The color works perfect for my woods and whites theme. They are perfect in the laundry room to hold dust rags, random lost socks, etc. I used the smaller one to hold my new tree I got from Walmart, too… which I’m completely obsessed with. Both of these items are currently out of stock. ..????But I will for sure link them here once they become available again.
I wasn’t going to make this into a DIY post and just a makeover / reveal type of post, but I had so many people over on Instagram who asked me to explain how we did it. It is truly a very easy project and made a HUGE difference in the way it looks and when you are doing laundry. And I now think everyone needs a countertop over their washer and dryer. ????