Our mudroom / laundry room was the definition of “builders standard.” When we built our house 10 years ago we were trying to cut costs wherever we could so we didn’t do any upgrades in this space and boy did it show! There’s nothing inspiring about it. Laundry is boring enough, I needed a little cheer to make it less of a chore! Plus some storage for shoes and outdoor gear wouldn’t hurt.
It’s crazy how much longer projects take now versus before we had Link! I would bang out a project like this in a weekend or so. This room took me 3 MONTHS to complete!! But I finally did finish and here are the photos to prove it. See below for before and progress pics.
Wall paint: Benjamin Moore OC-15 Baby Fawn; Built-Ins & backsplash paint: Home Depot Behr Polar Bear 75; Bench and countertop stain: Home Depot Minwax; Bench and countertop sealer: Home Depot Minwax Polycrylic; Cabinets: Ikea Kallax; Baskets: Ikea; Drying rack: Ikea Grundtal; Hooks: Ikea Leksvik; Carpet: Walmart Home Trend Accent Mat Ombre; Wood art, jar & plants: Home Sense; Boot Tray: Home Depot Regal Trellis; Printable: Etsy cactus; Plumbing access cover: Home Depot Wooden Crate
I taped off some simple stripes behind the washer and dryer and added a 2×4 brace on each side for the wood plank countertop.
I measured and stained the boards. We hung an Ikea Kallax unit for the shelving.
I added a “frame” of 2×4 to create a center support. Then laid the stained board across to create the countertop.
I nailed a quarter round along each end so the counter could be easily removed if we needed to access the back of the washer or dryer. I used a jigsaw to cut out a space for the hoses.
For the mudroom bench I cut the pieces and double-checked the angles before staining. For the hooks I framed out the section with strips of MDF to create the look of a panelled wall. It also provided a more substantial backing to screw the hooks into.