The laundry room has gotten our attention lately and it’s practically a whole new space. We painted the walls Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams and then took on the most impactful task of laying new flooring with groutable peel & stick tile.
Above the washer and dryer has been wasted space since moving into this home in 2015. We already have a closet for storage in the space, but wanted to utilize the open space we had. Something simple (and pretty of course) can easily be done and bring in more life and texture to this space. With already having closed storage on the other wall, there was no need for cabinetry, but rather to keep it open, free feeling and convenient for the laundry tasks at hand.
When planning the space, I knew I wanted the following to be incorporated:
- Open Shelving: To keep the room still to have the open feeling rather than adding more heavy structures
- Two Shelves: Aesthetically two would look better than one and three would be too many and not enough to put on the shelves
- Bring in new textures: Currently textures are minimal in this space, so adding earthy elements would soften the space
- Framed work: I love framed photos, textiles, memories, you name it, but it has to be done strategically to make sure it doesn’t look like frames threw up on your walls. Adding a frame would help make the space feel personal and bring a home feel to a (small) room that I see most every day.
- Blending: While adding textures was important to me, I didn’t want the new shelves to stand out necessarily. I wanted them to blend into the space and feel almost natural. Basically, we would have to keep it darker in color because of the extra elements that are already present, specifically the washer and dryer.
So that’s what I knew I wanted. Because of textures and blend that basically meant wood and stained wood.
The first thing I did was find brackets. Bracket style, depth and structure would depict some details of the wood. I looked at dozens and fell in love with these. I like the lip that they offer at the front and the slight curve felt a little less industrial than most, allowing for a classic element in a more modern piece.
These brackets are 10″ deep allowing the wood to measure as so. This depth was perfect for our laundry space in allowing the ironing board that is currently hanging and the opening and closing of the washer to continue to function easily without interruption. I knew my depth, measured my length and went to the hardware store.
Lucky for me the length I needed was basically standard with boards so that was a double win for me! I planned on staining the wood the same dark color that we used on the refinished end table we have in our spare bedroom. Basically I found the cheapest wood with my depth (and straight because these can be warped the cheaper you get) that I could at $11 a board and called it a day.
I then took my brackets and laid them out on each board at the distance I felt looked best and functioned best and measured to ensure each end and each board were exactly the same distance apart. I then installed the brackets onto the board before applying to the wall.
Once the brackets were applied to the board, I could bring the shelves into the laundry room and confirm the height I wanted them to rest at. When I was comfortable with the height, I would make sure the shelf was level and mark the wall where each hole from each bracket landed. Next, remove shelf and install anchors to make sure its not going anywhere. These brackets hold 75 lbs each in weight, so I was confident that whatever lands on that shelf wasn’t going to cause any issues. After actors were installed I could reinsert the shelf and apply the screws. The tricky piece was that the higher screw was somewhat blocked by the bracket. They intentionally added a decorative hole in the area so a screw driver could reach that screw but it did require an extra long screw driver as your standard screwdriver or drill would not reach. A small inconvenience, but super manageable.
Once the lower shelf was installed it was a rinse and repeat for the higher shelf.
Here is the before of the space. Before paint. Before it all.
What a difference!
Here is the budget breakdown
Two Boards – $22
Six Brackets – $26
Stain – $0 (already owned from previous project)
Top Coat – $0 (already owned from previous project)
TOTAL – $48
Less than $50!? I will take that for a win. Beautiful, functional and completes the space.