DIY Laundry Room Reveal


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December 17, 2023
Zoe Hunt

Give me a weekend and I’ll give you a new laundry room! For Christmas this year, we made over my mom’s builder grade laundry room. Do wire shelves bug anyone else as much as they bug me??

Her only request: hidden storage. I asked if she wanted a spot to dry her clothes, and she opted for maximum storage instead. 

If you’re just here for links, scroll on down to the bottom of the post and you’ll see a nice long list of all of the supplies and tools that we used on this project.

So let’s first start with a little before photo of this builder grade laundry room: 

builder grade laundry room with wire shelf

The moment I posted the before on Instagram, my DMs were flooded with messages saying “my laundry room looks exactly like this!!” So if you’re in that boat too, I hope this laundry room renovation gives you some good inspiration! 

Since the main goal of this laundry room was hidden storage, we first started by building the upper cabinets and face frames. Remember, cabinets are just boxes, so this part isn’t too difficult. 

Rather than using pocket holes to install the bottom, we broke out our Kreg Quick-Flip bit and secured it through the sides. This way you won’t see pocket holes when you see the bottom of the cabinet. 

If you’re interested in printable plans for a DIY wall cabinet box, you can grab them here.

installing cabinet bottoms

For the doors, we made shaker cabinet doors and then added a delicate moulding to elevate them a bit. I love how the simple moulding addition turned out! I’ll definitely be doing that again. 

side by side of classic shaker cabinet and cabinet with moulding

We installed the cabinets 15” above the top of the floating shelf. Once we got the cabinets installed, we added crown moulding, and some moulding to the bottom of the cabinets for a more professional finish.

Finally, we added some shoe moulding to the sides. Many stores sell a similar, but slightly thinner moulding that would be slightly better for this, but we were in a time crunch and needed to select a pre-primed option.

light blue laundry room cabinets with floral wallpaper and shelf above washer dryer

Cabinet Tutorials + Helpful Blog Posts: 

The next stage was the beam/floating shelf. This wasn’t requested, but personally I think every laundry room needs a shelf over the washer/dryer. It’s so much nicer to have all of your laundry supplies right above the washer rather than having to lift them down from a shelf above your head! 

building floating shelf beam with maple plywood

Tutorial: How to Make a Floating Shelf Over Washer Dryer

Between the shelf and the cabinets, we installed a pretty peel-and-stick wallpaper. I had never installed wallpaper before and was a little bit nervous about it, but it took about 15 minutes to install with such a small space. I’d say it really pulled the room together! 

shelf over washer dryer and floral wallpaper

Overall, the longest part of this project was waiting for the paint to dry between coats. 

Colors + Finishes: 

  • Cabinets: Benjamin Moore Saratoga Springs in satin (we used the Advance line), inside finished with 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic in semi-gloss
  • Walls: Sherwin Williams Frosty White in Flat 
  • Shelf: Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, one coat of Minwax stain in Honey immediately followed by one coat of Minwax stain in Dark Walnut, two coats of Minwax One-Coat Polyurethane in satin 
  • Primer Used: Sherwin Williams Wall + Wood Primer 
DIY laundry room after renovation with light blue cabinets and wood shelf over washer dryer

Laundry Room Links: 

Tools We Used: 

Note: you do not need all of these tools and jigs to build something like this. We’ve accumulated a lot of little things over the years that make things easier, but many are not required. 

If I missed any links, let me know in the comments below! 

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  1. Omayra says:

    Looks awesome. How about a link to the magnetic stud finder?

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