April 3, 2013

Built-in Laundry Appliances

It’s that time again.. Wednesday. Which, means nothing. Except that I’m already falling behind on sharing laundry room updates with you. Urg. Must. Keep. Up. So, in effort to withhold my end of the deal, today we have – laundry room updates. I know. I have you guys so pumped up, right?

Well get pumped, because this is actually a pretty fun part of the transformation – Cabinetry.

Last time we checked in, we’d just finished installing the new hardwood floors. Swoon.

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We’re attempting to give the washer and dryer a built-in look, so we’ve framed it all out and we’ll be adding a nice countertop to finish things off. Right beside the appliances, we also added a small closet for cleaning supplies, laundry accessories, pet food, etc.

Here’s a look back at the original floor plan changes.

Let’s just dive right into the photos, which should give you guys a better understanding.

(sorry, working at night after the kiddos are in bed means not-so-great photos)

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 Ricky framed out the washer and dryer on both sides and made a small divider between them, using 3/4″ plywood. The appliances will simply slide into place after everything is painted. You can see this weird, L-shaped piece on the right – that’s just to give the impression of a chunkier piece of wood once the dryer is installed. You’ll hardly even see the piece on the middle, it’s more for countertop support, so we didn’t mind it being a little slim. We’re thinking we’ll eventually add some molding the the one sheet of plywood that’s exposed, to the right of everything. Just to make it look a little more custom and.. you know, less like plywood.

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We secured all the plywood to the walls and floors using a few L-shaped brackets.

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We also used these at the top of the plywood, that will eventually secure into the countertop.

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Along the back wall, we attached a few 2×4’s for additional countertop support.

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And the very left of everything lies our new Ikea cabinet. Nothing fancy here, yet. The small gap at the top allows for crown molding. We’re going with a white door, but it’s something I’m going to DIY. More on that soon!

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So, that’s a pretty quick rundown, but I’ll be back with more details and pics as everything starts taking shape.

Check back tomorrow for the newly installed doors and a fun tutorial on giving boring doors and windows some craftsman flair!

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8 thoughts on “Built-in Laundry Appliances

  1. ben

    Nice! Doing something like this with our washer / dryer is on the list for this year for us as well, I’m looking forward to where you go with this. What are you going to do about accessing the cut offs?

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  2. Sarah

    This looks great! Can you share the name & size of the Ikea cabinet you’re using? We’re looking to do something very similar in our laundry room!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Whoops! Should have included that. We used this Ikea cabinet (the 24″W x 24″D) with the basic Harlig door, which I’m planning to do a fun DIY project with. Hope that helps!

      xo,
      Jessie

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  3. Angie @ Angie's Roost

    Oh…I’m pumped! I love me a good laundry room upgrade! I’m so pumped my jazz hands are out! I’m loving this makeover…those floors are to-die for and I can’t wait to see your post about the doors. I love craftsman style!

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  4. mary m

    Looks great! I can’t wait to see the finished product. Our laundry space is in our garage, but I want to make it more like a laundry room and less like a washer and dryer pushed up against a wall.

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  5. Amanda Costanzo

    Maybe I’m being clueless… But have you posted an updated laundry room? I’d LOVE to see the finished room!

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Haha, nope, not clueless. As much as I’d love to say that we have so many updates to share in the laundry room, nodda. Unfortunately, our attention has been pulled into other spaces for now. It’s still on the list though!

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