Build It Blog Hop One Board Challenge: Modern Step Stool


So, here's a fun thing to do: make yourself some long, deep, thin floating shelves for your laundry room. Admire them. Put things on them. And then realize that at only 5'2", your new organization plan still has a few holes in it. Specifically that you can't really reach them all that well to get to all of your everyday laundry stuff. I know, looking at pictures of me, it's incredibly surprising that I'm short, right? Ok, no one in the history of ever has spoken those words, but I'm … [Read more...]

The Greenhouse Effect


Got a new laundry room update for you today! Meet my new little greenhouse in the laundry room's recently added back shelf: When I upgraded to the front-loading washer and dryer less than two years ago, I realized that the biggest challenge I would face in the laundry room's new design plan would be the awkward layout. There's a small ledge that runs beneath the back window, which originally served as support for a deep shelf to hold all of my often-used laundry supplies. But … [Read more...]

How to Create Long, Deep, & Thin Floating Shelves

thin and sturdy floating laundry shelves

The floating shelves in the laundry room are now 100% done. And with these crossed off the list, I can finally start using them—which also means that I can finally make the cluttered floor of "Mount Washmore" a thing of the past and gain some extra storage. Here's the thing with these shelves: I've been contemplating them for a while. Because despite the many tutorials I've looked through, I've never been able to find the exact combination of features I was looking for. … [Read more...]

Completed: Imperfect Crown Molding (& A Tool To Share)

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The laundry room crown is done! And much like any project that has ever intimidated me, it actually wasn't as bad as I'd made it out to be in my head (to those of you who made that exact comment on my last update about this room, I'll say it: you were right). Let's backtrack for a sec: when I bought the crown for the laundry room, I deliberately chose a small version of less than 2 inches in height. Mostly because when I first thought about installing it, I wasn't 100% sure if I would go … [Read more...]

Laundry Room Progress: Lights, Crown, and Shelf Pondering

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For the last week or two, I briefly mentioned that I was working on a couple of updates in the laundry room. I'm not even close to finished with the room yet, but thought today would be a good time for some progress pics. Let's start with the new stuff: New light fixture: I bought a new light for the laundry room ages ago from West Elm, and it was supposed to come in "satin nickel"... but I left it in the box for much too long to have ever returned it, and discovered later that it's got a … [Read more...]

Laundry Room Tile Backsplash

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It's taken a couple of weeks, but the back wall of my laundry room has now disposed of 100% of the leftover box of tile from my kitchen backsplash. I always knew that adding tile in here would dress things up a bit (and tie the two rooms together a little more, since they're right next to each other), but I'll admit that without having tiled the kitchen first (tutorial here), things probably wouldn't have gone quite as smoothly in this room.  A few cuts around the window left me with a … [Read more...]

Adventures in Basketweaving

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Ok... already starting this post off with a lie.  I didn't really weave anything.  I used a glue gun. But, the cheap-o thrift store basket I re-found a few weeks ago (and then began using as a trash can in the laundry room, the one that inspired a photo of me in a wig) is now looking a little swankier with some manila rope. First off: I didn't know there was more than one kind of rope to do a project like this.  I thought sisal rope was more of a generic phrase rather than a specific … [Read more...]

Laundry Room Updates

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As many of you might remember, I took a break from kitchen updates during the holidays to work on the laundry room.  For good reason, too: I was getting a new washer & dryer as a graduation gift, and that meant I needed to install a new floor before the appliances arrived (which required first laying down a tile membrane, then tile, then grout... still haven't sealed the darn thing). I justified the break by telling myself that after the tile, appliances, and paint were in, I wouldn't … [Read more...]