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Monday, July 9, 2012

DIY Laundry Counter

I used to have this really cheap set of power tools that would drive me crazy!  In case you’re wondering, it was Ryobi – that’s right; never buy them!  Yeah, they’re affordable, but you’ll want to claw your eyeballs out from the frustration of it all.
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Anywho, I finally got some Dewalt tools, and I’m in LOVE.  I set out on a daring adventure to build a countertop for the top of my washer and dryer, and the tools were GREAT assets to have for that project. 
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I hate laundry so much.  Sure, I don’t have to beat my clothes on rocks down by the river or anything, but nonetheless, I hate it.  It’s neverending; as soon as you’re done, there’s more to do.  So my plan was to build this counter so that  I didn’t have to look at it on the dining room table all the time.  I could do a load a day, fold it, leave it on the counter, and put it away once a week.  Sounds like a plan, right?  We’ll see. 
I started with two planks of 2”x10”x12’ of lumber and had the guy at Lowes cut them in half so that I could take them home in the Civic.  Smile with tongue out
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Did you know, though, that they would only be 9” wide?  That totally screwed me up because my counter depth was to be 30”.  Oh well, I learned. 
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I tied them all together with these strips of metal, but they totally weren’t thick enough (thanks for nothing condescending Lowes employee).  Second lesson learned.
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I decided to put sides on it to strengthen the design, and once I did that it was quite sturdy.  Here comes the third lesson, though.
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The cute little sides that I made out of an old Ikea toddler bed platform that I got from the side of the road on trash day months ago still adds two inches to the length whether I remembered to add it in or not.  Damn.  When I took this picture I still hadn’t discovered that. 
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I had some “Kona” color stain that I used, which I adore!  I just brushed or toweled it on and immediately wiped it down.  It shows the wood grain beautifully that way.
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The next day, in the light of day (not at midnight like the last pic) I noticed that the light wood still showed through many of the crevices – lesson 4: don’t stain in the dark.
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In case you’re interested, these are the products I used.
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So after the polyurethane was dry, I put it in and discovered that it hung over sink counter by two inches.  Fail.  Oh well. 
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Whenever I overhaul this room, I’ll probably fix that, but I don’t have the time or energy to deal with it now.  That sucker is heavy!
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The other thing that I love is that I hung a closet rod in this awkward space above the deep freeze.  That way I can hang them in there instead of taking them to the rooms and then hanging them never getting around to it.
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There is still a LOT to do in this room, but at least now it’s more functional. It’s definitely stuck in the nineties.  Those cabinets need a makeover as well as that shelf.  That tile needs to never see the light of day again.  And that linoleum floor needs to go back to the swampy part of Hell from which it came.  
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All in good time, though.  Smile 
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12 comments :

  1. Girl, you have a laundry ROOM. That, in and of itself, is glorious! I. Can't. Wait.

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  2. This is AWESOME Annie! I love, love, LOVE it!

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  3. I think it looks Great!!! It looks like you got Popo's art of home projects! I' m thinking of a new project but not sure how to go about it. Not sure if you remember my ar area. but I thought about putting some stone veneer there. I'm just not sure how to cut it :)

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  4. so it looks like I might be horrifically late to this event in your laundry room but, did you attach it to the wall or just sit this shelf on top of the washer and dryer..I have a similar set up in my laundry room and have thought of either building a platform for the washer and dryer to sit on or putting a shelf on top..

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    1. My original plan was to attach it to the wall, but I decided that it would be easier to get to the backs of the appliances if I left it off. The thing is so heavy that it doesn't move at all. I put a rubber mat underneath it so that it wouldn't scratch the appliances, like the kind you'd put under a carpet.

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  5. This it late but I love it, great job! I've been trying to figure out how to build a countertop for our washer/dryer and this gives me a better vision.

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    1. Awesome, Traci! I hope it works out for you. Let me know what you end up with!

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  6. I love this!! so inspiring! love the colors, too

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  7. I love this!! love the colors, too :) inspiring!

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  8. Do you think this would work if i put legs on it?

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    1. Probably, as long as they were very supportive.

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