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The Laundry Room…





Although i have a fairly good size laundry room, it didn’t have any real storage for laundry baskets and it just wasn’t wide enough to have the baskets across from the washer/dryer without all being up in my business ;)

So, i decided to make a built in cabinet for UNDER the washer/dryer – ingenious, i know!  I was very proud of this project because it was one of the few that i came up with my own little brain – not one i stole  i mean borrowed! 

I did this project about a year or so ago and although i didn’t have this little blog way back then, i knew one day i would be a future blogger so i took some pics along the way.  Get ready for picture overload…

By the way, i build all my own stuff, i have all the tools and i know how to use them!!  My husband did drill the hole for the vent to go in – but that’s just because he wanted to take some credit for this fab idea!

It all started with this…plain, white and boring

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I started out by laying a 2×4 base (by the way, i just laid it right on top of the tile, the washer and dryer are so heavy that it doesn’t go anywhere)

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Then built it up with 2×4 posts and put some MDF for the bottom where the baskets will be and the top where the washer and dryer will sit

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Then i trimmed out everything in some MDF molding

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Then i painted everything black to match the cabinets, put bead board up 3/4 of the way on the walls, and then painted the walls (about 4 times – and i’m still not loving the color, ughh)

So, here’s the after…TA DA!!

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I LUV this ladder, i got it from my grandmas barn and i had been using it my little girls room for her blankets, but we changed her paint colors and it just didn’t match anymore.  I for sure wanted to use it somewhere – i actually use the ladder a lot so this makes it really convenient.  I have to admit, i was a little scared about making holes in the bead board, but figured if i didn’t like it then i could patch’em.  But, I love it, it adds a little color, and it has the perfect patina, you just cant replicate the real thing!

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This is an old door that i got from my brother – i gave it a sloppy coat of white paint and then sanded it down to let the red show through.  I liked the idea of hanging it above the shelf to add some brightness in the room.

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So all in all i love this room, at first i was super motivated to get some laundry done and i am totally over that :)  Now i am going to pile all the laundry back in that i took out to get these pics!!

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148 Responses to The Laundry Room…

  1. Crafts and Deals March 20, 2010 at 1:17 am #

    Great idea to store baskets under the washer and dryer! Great laundry room!!

  2. elise March 20, 2010 at 1:18 am #

    outrageously pretty laundry room!
    very impressive with those tools:O)

  3. Sandra March 20, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    Very Very pretty makeover and great job on the washer and dryer stand. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your nice comment. I am a follower.

  4. Jessi March 20, 2010 at 2:14 am #

    WOW! I wanna do laundry in there! Love that you raised the washer and dryer. I love all the decor and little details, too—especially the ladder and the wire baskets.

  5. Kim@Simply Domestic March 20, 2010 at 2:31 am #

    I love your makeover. Love the ladder, too. Great idea on how your stored the baskets under the washer/dryer.

  6. Emily {Frilly Details} March 20, 2010 at 3:58 am #

    What a fantastic idea!! I just love your laundry room. I have a front loading washer and dryer but could not bring myself to fork out the $$$$ for the ridiculously overpriced storage pedestals. My hubby and I decided to add a counter above the W&D instead.

  7. Carrie March 20, 2010 at 5:35 am #

    You did a fantastic job. Just love it. I have been wondering how I could get more storage in my laundry this is just the thing i need. Well done.

  8. shirley March 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Ooooo, that is an awesome idea! My laundry room is small & I have this big 3-bin laundry sorter that takes up soooo much room. When I get my new washer & dryer that is so what I am going to do rather than a counter on top. Yay no more big ugler sorter!

  9. Anna March 20, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    this is a great idea. I love your black cabinets and you are lucky to have the counter and a little sink in your laundry room.

  10. Wendy March 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    OH MY GOSH! HOW SMART ARE YOU! Great idea!

  11. Mandi @ Finding Home March 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    Oh.my.goodness. I love your laundry room! What an incredibly awesome basket storage idea! We are redoing our laundry room right now so I just love the inspiration. I even showed my hubby your post. :) I love old ladders too – I've got mine hanging horizontally above my couch.

  12. CB March 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    LOVE your basket storage idea-WHY oh WHY didn't I think of that!!!???

  13. Jessica Hills March 21, 2010 at 12:41 am #

    Oooh I am jealous of your laundry room!! Thanks for posting at Favorite Things Friday!

  14. Bekki March 21, 2010 at 12:42 am #

    LOVE this idea! I have the pedestals that come with the washer but my machines wiggle like crazy when on them, I was thinking of taking them down. This would solve the problem of the lost storage from the pedestals. Your room is lovely!

  15. Kendra Joyner March 21, 2010 at 1:19 am #

    Great project…something we need to do…build up the washer and dryer so we're not killing our backs!! Room looks great!! Love it!

  16. Stephanie March 21, 2010 at 1:24 am #

    Your laundry room is INCREDIBLE!! I, too, have the front-loader and didn't want to spend the $$$ for the pedestals. This idea ROCKS. You've given me the confidence to give this project a try! Love your blog! :-)

  17. Jennifer March 21, 2010 at 5:05 am #

    Wow… this is SO inspiring! Every bit of the room is beautiful. Great job! :)


  18. JOY March 21, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    WOW!!! I love it! A room like this makes doing laundry fun :0)

  19. Jane March 21, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    Really, the *one* thing I lament about apartment life is not having my own laundry room. Usually I just dream of having my own washer/dryer, but now, I have the laundry room blues! This is totally inspirational! I would actually (maybe)like laundry in that room. Plus, those pedestals are so dang expensive at the store! Love the DIY spirit!

  20. Elizabeth March 21, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    What a great idea…and such a beautiful laundry!

  21. junkermidge March 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    What a great job you did on your laundry room. It's beautiful! And love it when a girl doesn't have a problem pulling out her power tools. Way to go!

  22. Vanessa March 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    This is AMAZING!!! Who wouldn't want to do laundry in that room????

  23. Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures March 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    One of my goals is to learn how to use power tools. I would have never thought you could put heavy appliances on a storage unit. It looks great. I like your wall colors. I also like the door and ladder. I could just stare out your laundry room all day.

  24. FrouFrouBritches March 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Oh my Gracious! I could live in your laundry room. It's gorgeous. I sure am glad I'm not the only one who declutters to take a picture and then has to put back the mess.

    Great job! I LOVE it!

  25. Molly March 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    That is a fabulous idea. I just may have to copy that one…and I will definitely be following you!

  26. Amy@TheLemonCottage March 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    That is fabulous.
    You have a new follower!

  27. Molly March 21, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    If you don't mind sharing, from floor to top of the "stand" how tall is your shelf/storage thing? You can reply back to me at

    I am seriously wanting to do that–I have a laundry closet and can use all the extra storage I can get.

  28. The Painted Shack March 22, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    This is the cutest blog I have ever seen. I am so inspired by your posts. The laundry room is such a cute idea. I have front loaders too. You have discovered a way to have decoration and function…an absolute must for any busy family!! I Can't wait to see what's next!

  29. Rocio @ Casa Haus March 22, 2010 at 12:39 am #

    Wow! Soooo pretty! Great job!

  30. Jenglamgirl March 22, 2010 at 2:27 am #

    your laundry room is GORG. i ADORE IT! i JUST LOVE the door on the wall with that wreath. Totally something I want to create. Love how you made a storage unit under the wash dryer.. for clothes.. BRILLIANT! thanks for sharing. JGG~ Larsenloves.blogspot.com

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  32. Formerly-Corn in My Coffee Pot March 22, 2010 at 5:21 am #

    I love this idea.

    I could really implement this in my laundry/utility room– it used to be a screened in porch so it isn't completely level. With this idea I could adjust the measurements to make the washer/dryer sit level!

    great tip!

  33. judi March 22, 2010 at 6:18 am #

    Love the total look of your laundry room. Great ideas: colors, reuse of the old door, and the pedestal made to look like it's always been there. The ladder is an added piece of art-how nice that it also holds memories of grandma.
    Congrats on being highlighted at SNS!
    ~judi ;)

  34. Orange it Lovely March 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    oh I love this room. Gorgeous!!!

  35. Kama March 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

    Cool! My husband made me some under washer and dryer storage like yours, but he just painted ours white. I like the extra touch you put on yours! Very nice (and much cheaper than the store-made ones)! :)

  36. Kaysi March 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    What a great idea! I always need extra storage, especially in my laundry room!

  37. Margo Blue March 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    I absolutely love it!!! I am so jealous!!! Enjoy your beauty!! :O)

  38. Amy @ peppertowne.com March 22, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    It turned out great. Brown paint it tricky it either ends up too dark or too light. I'm working om my laundry room right now, hopefully it turns out half as good as yours.

    amy @ peppertowne.com

  39. Staci K. March 22, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

    I am so doing this – or should I say getting my hubby to do this? At any rate – it's perfect!! It's insane what they want for the pedestals that match the washer/dryer – and I like these much better!

  40. shannon i olson March 22, 2010 at 11:57 pm #

    great job. wow does my laundry room need an overhaul. Love the hanging door.

  41. Molly @ A Bit O' Shine March 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    That turned out beautifully. I love that you built up the washer and dryer so you can stand up straight when loading/unloading!

  42. Steph March 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    I am totally stealing this idea. But does it count if I tell you I'm stealing it? The whole room looks great…thanks so much for sharing.

  43. debbie March 23, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    Color me impressed,, love what you did for basket storage,, and loving the old door.

  44. The Beyer Family March 24, 2010 at 3:07 am #

    Love it – now if I can convince my hubby to get me the washer dryer set! ha ha :)

  45. alwayslearning March 24, 2010 at 6:06 am #

    wow, that's quite the transformation. and the green steplatter totally tops it off! love it

  46. All Thingz Related March 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    Now thats a laundry room I could be happy in…well unless I was doing laundry! haha

  47. Kimba March 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Your laundry room is gorgeous! The ladder and the door make is special!

    Thanks for sharing.

  48. Andy Porter March 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    I'm beside myself. I can't believe how gorgeous this is. I will definitely be featuring this tomorrow on Creative Cats!! Everything looks amazing!! Come and do mine ok??


  49. jenjen March 25, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    I love it. Your laundry room is TO DIE FOR! Looks wonderful!


  50. Sabrina March 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    LOVE everything you did here! I'm jealous of your W&D set. I redid my laundry room and I'm still stuck with my oldie but goodie pair. :( What a great idea to make you own bases…those things are ridiculously expensive for what they are. Great job!

  51. Rachelle March 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    Okay, I might have wrote this before but I LOVE YOUR laundry room. I put a distress call out on my last post for everyone to find it because I lost the link. Silly me. I'm so glad I found you, with the 100 links they gave me! :) You've got some great followers.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. love your blog, everything about it. You might be my new best friend.

  52. Missy Luukkonen March 27, 2010 at 3:20 am #

    LOVE your laundry room, it looks great, and I will totally be building those risers, what a great idea! They are perfect! Just when I thought I had no rooms left to do! HA! Love your blog too, I am now a follower! Stop by my blog any time, we have a very similar style! Great to meet ya!


  53. Betty Jo March 27, 2010 at 3:51 am #

    I saw your incredible laundry room on Funky Junk and just had to come by. Love your blog and am now a follower.

  54. Amber March 27, 2010 at 4:38 am #

    Wow ! That is awesome! I love all the details! Your riser is amazing. So creative!

  55. Barb March 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    There are so many things to love about this room! Great job.

  56. Diane @InMyOwnStyle March 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Hi Sausha-

    You are a stylist extraordianire! Just beautiful decorating and styling to your photos. I found your blog thru Donna at Funky Junk Interiors.

  57. Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely March 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    Saw your laundry room on Funky Junk and Tatertots and Jello and had to pop over to say how wonderful it is!! I love the platform with hamper storage! Fantastic idea!

  58. Ruth H. March 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    This looks completely fantastic. We're just getting ready to redo our laundry room. (We're moving it upstairs where the bedrooms are.) I have a front loading w/d combo, but we never bought the expensive storage drawers. I've been wanting to raise them up–this looks like the way to go!

  59. TOTEally Posh! March 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    It looks like it is out of a magazine! I love it!

  60. The Brown Box March 27, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    Great idea!

  61. seanymph March 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    Ok thats it! Thats exactly what I need in my laundry room. I got my first set of front loaders when I moved here and even tho Im short, Im tired of getting up and down trying to empty the things. This platform is perfect and certainly much cheaper than the ones they sell to go with them. Now I just need a man to move my pipes so they both can be flush with the wall, build this and then it will be awesome. Thanks for the idea.

  62. Crazy Daisy March 27, 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    Would you please come to Wyoming! I could really use your style help. I think I could sleep in your laundry room!

  63. Jill March 28, 2010 at 4:44 am #

    Ok, love what I see! I'm your newest follower!

  64. Katie March 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Gorgeous room! I'm also following!

  65. Life in Rehab March 28, 2010 at 6:13 pm #

    That came out just fantastic!

  66. Erin March 30, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    Ok, so I just found your blog via Shabby Chic Cottage link party…I had to let you know that I LOVE YOU MAN!!!! I love my front loading washer/dryer, but didn't want to spend the $ on risers. Then I find you…and you solve 2 problems at once…risers and place to store my boys crap in the laundry room…you are my HERO!!! Thank you so much.

  67. Jeannine March 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    Love, Love, Love you idea of using that space to store laundry baskets! I too have a good sized laundry room/mudroom, but just totally laid out wrong (early 60's home). We are going to be getting new washer/dryer in the next year and will steal/borrow your idea if you don't mind! I also like the shelf bracket with the bar to hold drying clothes.

    Just found you blog though a post on Knock Off Woods facebook page. I will definately be back!

  68. SeriouslyAHomemaker March 31, 2010 at 12:27 am #

    how much do i love your blog? lots and lots and lots! everything is great!

    not sure how i clicked my way here, but i did! following you now!

    btw, i noticed that you are SLC and i am doing a giveaway tomorrow that you might want to enter… tickets to the Casual Blogger Conference. Its gonna be great and I WISH i were going, but alas, I can't make it out. So the ladies there are letting me do a giveaway with my ticket (and they are throwing in another one for the winner's friend!)

    check it out


  69. Lynda @ SportsMadGirl March 31, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    That is Fabulous! Not only does it look great but is so functional. I love how it elevates the front loaders without having to buy the overpriced not so attractive stands you can get for them.

    I'm visiting from Just A Girl so am now going to look around your blog some more. I have a feeling I'm gonna love it :)

  70. Spencer & Lorilyn Crum March 31, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    Love it, genious, love it.

  71. Jenn April 8, 2010 at 2:14 am #

    Love your ideas!

  72. One Life Many Journeys April 8, 2010 at 3:20 am #

    Can I just say…love the washer and dryer risers. I bought the store base and it is a metal box with no storage. I think I shall build my own….Thanks

  73. LeeHillPrimitives April 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    Awesome idea. Thanks for sharing. Your laundry room is simply beautiful.

  74. junkermidge April 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    I commented earlier, but I have an updated comment. The day after I saw your post, a friend grabbed me at church. She is a polio victim and finds it often difficult to move, bend, lift, etc. She said her front loading washer and dryer were too low, store-bought risers were very pricey, and did I have any ideas for raising up her machines. I said, "funny you should ask" and told her about and directed her to your post. Anyway…
    I just finished building her something very similar in her laundry room with basket storage underneath. I'm very pleased with the results and she is too. And she can now get laundry in and out of the machines with a lot less effort. I'm so glad I saw your post, thank you so much for the inspiration. You never know what can develop from a post.

  75. michelle@somedaycrafts April 8, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. i love the storage under the washer and dryer!

  76. CraftGossip.com Editor April 9, 2010 at 3:44 am #

    Wow, this almost makes me WANT to do laundry :)

  77. Anissa April 10, 2010 at 3:25 am #

    This is freaking ingenious. Your laundry room is almost identical to mine and I want to do this so bad I can barely stand it. Now to make time… Just stumbled onto your blog from Shanty2Chic. I'm a new fan!

  78. Jen April 10, 2010 at 4:01 am #

    What a great (and useful) idea!!! Love that you can store 3 baskets under there.

  79. concretenprimroses April 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    Wonderful laundry room. I love the under machines storage. And I noticed the ladder right away and wondered why you didnt' paint the room the same green (upper part)? After 5 times maybe you don't want to again, but that would be my suggestion.

  80. ~Melissa~ April 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Perfect!! I'll be "borrowing" some of your ideas, for sure. ;)

  81. Anonymous April 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    It looks GREAT! This is the FIRST laundry room makeover that I see someone rise their washer/dryer for more storage…very impressive! I think some antique washing boards would look great above the empty wall space towards the back. ;-)

  82. Designs by Shutt April 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    This is such a terrific makeover and what great use of space under the W&D. Is that a chandelier I see, in the laundry room??? Love it!

  83. To The Moon and Back April 19, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    I just found your blog through Centsational Girl. I absolutely love it! And can I move into your laundry room?

  84. Jeanette April 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    I love your laundry room! You've inspired me to do something to mine. I think I make *make* an "old" door like yours to hang on the wall, I love it!!

    BTW, I'd love to know what tools you use.

  85. Andrea April 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    I keep coming back to this post because I am so in love with what you have done. Great Job!!

  86. Natalie April 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    LOVE IT! I love how it raises the washer and dryer up so you don't have to hunch over to get laundry out! Will post this idea on my blog. Thanks!

  87. Katie April 30, 2010 at 3:43 am #

    WOW. If my laundry room looked that great, maybe I would actually get some laundry done :). Great idea with the storage!!

  88. Tanya May 7, 2010 at 1:41 am #

    Such a brilliant idea. Can I ask a stupid question? How did you get the washer and dryer UP onto the shelf?? I really want to do this.

  89. Erin May 12, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    I LOVE everything about this laundry room! Doing laundry in there would be fun!

  90. Natalie Catherine May 18, 2010 at 12:40 am #

    i want to come to laundry in your laundry room..and i hate doing laundry!!! haha. loving this space..great work! i'll be sharing this with my readers for sure! already bookmarked. :) and now i'm a follower!

  91. Leslie June 1, 2010 at 3:17 am #

    I just purchased a front load washer/dryer and showed the hubs this post telling him, "This is what I want our pedestals to look like!" So that is our plan and we are in agreement that your laundry room rocks!

  92. Leslie June 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    I have a question {I tried to e-mail you, but the Contact Me section just kept leading to a blank page}…

    How thick was the MDF trim that you used to cover the edges? How did you do your corners on the entire piece? {Especially the corners on the posts?}

    My e-mail is oursoftspot@hotmail.com. We are "elbows deep" in this project and working out the details on the finishing touches!


  93. Em and Cammie June 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    stopping by from the CSI project and I am SO jealous! I want this, I NEED this! You've inspired me! LOVE IT!

  94. Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com June 4, 2010 at 2:46 am #

    Thanks for linking it up my friend! You are so talented!

    I hope you will come back next week for the Martha Stewart-inspired challenge — The MS Craft Department are our guest judges!!!


  95. Anonymous June 6, 2010 at 5:42 am #

    i love the risers for the washer and dryer. You did a great job and they look fantastic but….not to rain on your parade but just an FYI for the future. I love MDF-especially for moldings–it is so much cheaper and much more flexible than real wood but i have found that it is a MAJOR drawback in any area that has moisture. If it gets wet at all it will swell–i have baseboards that i have to replace because i was not aware that it would be an issue when i re-did my bathroom and just the normal wetness on the floor by the board caused it to wick up the water and ruin it. I think if i build something like that in my laundry i would use a plywood–just want to pass on my mistakes–that is what we are here for–to learn from each other–thanks for sharing your talents with us

  96. Sausha @ {show and tell} June 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    So sorry anonymous that you have had those problems. We have had MDF trim in all our bathrooms in both houses and every other person i know has MDF trim. Im not sure how you could use plywood – its not a good smoth surface for painting?
    Luckily we have never had any issues with flooding because i am sure any wood that gets wet will swell.
    But in my laundry room i have taken precautions and have a drainage system in place. Also this has been up for almost 2 years now and have never had any issues with water and the MDF.

    I wish you luck with all your molding issues – luckily i havent had any issues similar :)

    Thanks :)

  97. Elisabeth June 8, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    What a great idea having a place for your laundry baskets. I bought the drawers that you can get with your washer/dryer set but I think yours would be much more useful.

    I came here from CSI.


  98. NTECSFAMILY June 10, 2010 at 4:05 am #

    Not sure if it has been posted or not yet, but at Lowes or Home Depot you can get samples (they cost about 2.97) of the color that you want and try it before you buy it. That way you don't have to pain the whole thing all over again if you don't like the color. Just ask them at the paint counter for samples of the colors. I hope this helps. I love your platform for your washer and dryer, a cheaper route then the platforms that you can buy. Plus much cuter!!!

  99. Ryan and Janet mumford June 10, 2010 at 4:09 am #

    Quick question…could you email me and let me know how you distressed the MDF? It looks so good. I don't have front loaders but I am thinking maybe I could make it a little bigger and use it in my entry way?


  100. Angela June 10, 2010 at 4:41 am #

    One of the best new and fresh ideas I have seen in a long time! LOVE it!!!

  101. Jess July 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Oh My Goodness. This would be perfect for me. I have a Laundry "Hallway" rather than a room. There is no place for baskets and still being able to walk. Top it off with it is in my entry way so it is the first thing that you see when you walk in.
    I will so be doing this. Thanks for the great idea.

  102. Lori @ Projects Plenty July 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    You did a FANTASTIC job on your laundry room… love, love, love it. Coming over from Better After.

  103. Billie Monster July 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    I dunno…I am LOVING the wall color! Wow – what a great room! Having a laundry room like this would definitely make the chore more tolerable! :D

    Saw you over at Better After. :D

  104. saraiwithani July 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    I saw this transormation over at Better After and HAD to come comment. We've been talking for years about whether or not we should spend an insane amont of money on the drawer things that are supposed to go under your washer and dryer. We don't like them so low to the ground, but we just couldn't fathom spending all that money to make them higher. And what you've done is genious!! Thanks so much for sharing and know that yours is one idea I'll gladly claim to "borrow" :)

  105. Real Life Reslers July 23, 2010 at 12:31 am #

    omg that is awesome! I have no idea how to build anything! You kick butt!

  106. HonestNiceWoman July 26, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    This is EXACTLY what I have been wanting to build in my laundry room so that I don't have to do laundry on my knees when my back is out – quite often! I'm following you now and posted this to FaceBook. Thank you!

  107. Cooper Squared July 30, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    I just came across your blog. You are super talented and I will be borrowing your idea. It really is perfect and thanks for enlightening us!

    As for the swelling, moldy MDF…it is true: that does happen if it gets wet. We have a strip of molding next to our master shower that has totally swelled and needs to be replaced. We had a specialist come out and he said it is because it is MDF and that those materials should not be used in bathrooms. My husband and I are good about keeping the water in the shower, but we have a crazy three year old who likes to have a party in the shower with the water. I think it was a valid point that anonymous made and I don't think she was being caddy and hope you did not feel that way. Just something to keep in mind should your washing machine ever have some leakage problems.

    Thanks again for sharing your ideas with us. I love how you put legs on that dresser as well!

    –A fellow military wife.

  108. Megan August 12, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    Saw this post on UCreate a while ago and LOVED it! I'm featuring it tomorrow in a post about laundry rooms @ crazydomestic.com. Feel free to grab our "I was featured" button!

  109. Confessions Of My Obsessions August 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    I'm in love with this idea! I just had to bookmark it and show it on my blog! I hope you don't mind!

  110. Home Hinges September 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Way to do it yourself. I love other women who aren't afraid of a power tool or two. Great transformation and great idea to put the W&D on a platform. Do you ever have trouble with noise or vibrations?
    April @ homehinges.com

  111. Michelle@Sustainably Chic Designs September 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    Thanks for posting this…I just had hubby make me one too! Check out the post here: (I linked back to you)


    Thanks so much for sharing! I LOVE your blog!

  112. laundry hampers January 22, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    Great job on the laundry room. I like the idea of putting something underneath.

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  114. LeAnne February 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Love this! I would love to make one for my front loaders I have coming in a month. My question is more technical but…have you had any problems with the w/d staying level? Also I am guessing you just got some strong guys in there to hoist the w/d onto the pedestal right? :)

    Again love this! So much nicer (and affordable) than the pedestals in the store.

  115. TamaraRenae August 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    So I realize I am a little late to comment on this post, but I just found your blog and it is great! I have a small laundry room and the pedestals with baskets inside is perfect for our needs! I also wanted to ask where you got your rugs? Thanks for the tutorial! I can't wait to copy you :)

  116. Annie September 2, 2011 at 3:32 am #

    I LOVE your laundry room. We're in the middle of our laundry room/guest bathroom makeover and I can't wait for it to be done. I'm sure for the first week I'll enjoy doing laundry too but I do know that I'll come to hate it again!

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  118. Elite Housewares September 27, 2011 at 4:27 am #

    Your laundry room doesn't at all looks like a laundry room , it's beautifully designed. Managed properly without having mess around. In a small place you did a great job.

    Laundry Basket

  119. Craft Possible September 30, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    I love this idea. Do you have a guesstimate as to how much it cost you to build?

  120. renee alberts October 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    What a great idea! I have these front-loaders and do not like the pedestals…this is a great alternative to the Laundry Parts that are usually used with them.

  121. Jennifer November 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    You have a beautiful laundry room, but the idea to build shelving for under your machines is a horrible idea. Most HE washers shake horribly- especially older models that do not have the new vibration-reducing technology. My washer, which is 4 years old, would probably not only collapse the shelving but fall over at the same time. If you REALLY wanted to do this, the best solution would be to bolt the entire system to the floor and build a frame around the machines that extends from the base. I would also incorporate some sort of padding for the machines to sit on to absorb some of the vibrations.

  122. Anonymous November 18, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    I thought I was the only one who kept changing my mind on paint colors, lol!

  123. Anonymous November 18, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    If you build the stand as solid as a floor is built and bolt it down, it should be fine, I would think.

  124. Em and Steve December 23, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    I have to say THANK YOU! I saw a picture of something like this and told the hubs I wanted a storage area for our washer and dryer. I think he found your picture because what he built me is almost identical to the one you have. So, THANK YOU for your blog so he could find what I wanted!!!

  125. Erin February 1, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    I know I’m quite late commenting on this post, but I am amazed at how beautiful your pedestal turned out. We have been talking about building a platform but nothing as pleasing as yours. So…I want to “steal” your idea. What kind of paint & finish did you use? I’ve never seen distresses MDF look so nice?

    You amaze me!!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} February 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

      i used class black by Valspar in a satin finish – and no clear coat. It has held up perfect!!

  126. sarah b danks March 13, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    So I ran across this on Pinterest and I think this is a GREAT idea! You did a TERRIFIC job with that room — love the “antique-y” touches with the ladder & old door, too.


    Keep up the good work :)

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} March 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

      thanks so much!!

  127. Yvonne March 28, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    your laundry room is gorgeous! I had my husband sit down and he was so impressed with the step by step pictures. Like one of the other people posted we didn’t spend the extra money for the machine risers (it was unbelieveable how expensive they were). This is a much better solution. Your style is beautiful-you’re truly gifted! I’m now a follower :)

  128. Kristin May 20, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    I found your laundry room on Pinterest and it’s exactly what I need to do! I just have one question, on the second level where the washer and dryer sits, are there any 2x4s that support under the MDF? I can’t tell from your pictures. Is it just a duplicate of the bottom layer?

    Thanks so much for this great post, and thanks to Pinterest for giving me a new blog to follow!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} June 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

      yes, its the exact same on top and bottom – lots of support!!

  129. Steph July 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Love,love,love! We didn’t get the risers, our machines were a house warming gift and pricey enough for my in-laws. We felt guilty enough accepting just the machines! Hubby will be busy in a few weeks designing something similar for us. Thanks!

  130. Cassi July 8, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Thanks for sharing your project, I was looking exactly for the way to do what you did!!! :) Thanks

  131. Mary July 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Ok so this is amazing! But with that said, we took all of your advice and attempted to build this Saturday. All went well and it looked nice until we started the washing machine and it about bounced off (including vibrating the kitchen pantry so much it knocked lightbulbs off the shelves and busted them!!) haha! Back to the drawing board to try and stabilize this beast or buy the risers!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} August 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      oh no!! I have never had any issues with vibrating at all!! Did you level out your washer once you got it up on the stand? Did you attach your stand to the wall at all?

  132. Janice August 18, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Have you ever had to pull your machines out? I showed my husband and his only concern is pulling them out. Every year or so we clean the lent vents and usually have to slide the dryer out to do so.

    Beautiful though! I hope I can talk him into it!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} September 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      no i havent had to pull them out, i can still access the back of them as there is about a foot gap between the back of the machines and the wall. It would be kind of a pain to lift them off, but it would just take a couple of people with big muscles and they lift off easy enough :)

  133. Leena J August 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Your laundry room is the same shape and configuration as mine. I had to show my husband a picture of what you did to convince him that the washer and dryer would work better up on the riser – and the laundry room would NOT look too small with lower cabinets and counter put in place. Thank you for your posting – I just got my laundry room done this past weekend (crazy me, I built the riser myself – 6 months pregnant with 3 kids running around) – but that is how inspired I was! We had carpenters do the rest with cabinets, counter and lifting the actual machines. I am in LOVE with my new space! Thanks again!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} September 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

      awesome!! And i love that you just did it yourself to get what you wanted!!

  134. Douglas Wilson December 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    WOW! This is exactly what I am looking for! Thank you for sharing such detail about making the UNDER washer/dryer cabinet. My wife and I work at a University and we are out for Christmas break, so this is my project for this week.

    I will make a post on my blog so you can see how you inspired me and how I stole :) your idea.

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} December 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

      Cant wait to see it!!

  135. Rachelle January 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    why did you put a pan under your washing machine? it is a front load and still drains out the back in the hoses in the wall. just curious
    did you post a materials supply list of wood?

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} January 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      there is a pan because the front panel of the washer, under the door comes off to expose the drain clean out. This drain needs to be cleaned out every so often otherwise it can cause lots of problems – you will be amazed at how much stuff can get caught in that clean out! If the washer doesnt drain properly, the clothes will still be pretty wet after the spin cycle. SO – I take off the front of my washer about once a month and clean out the drain just to make sure i dont have any future problems and to get all the trash build up cleaned out – the pan is of course to catch all the water that may come out (sometimes if there is lots of stuff in the clean out, lots of water will come gushing out as the washer hasnt been able to drain properly).

      If you check this link, there are a couple sets of plans with a complete supply list


  136. White eyelashes July 21, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    It’s just a great space space that you have created and hats off that you have inspired so many to improve their own homes. Can I ask if you have had any plumbing/drainage issues? If you don’t raise the drain pipe in the wall, you run the risk of creating a siphon when you increase the height of the washer as your drain will no longer be running up first, then down, which is an anti-siphon loop that exists in your homes “as built” plumbing. I found this out the hard way one time when I raised up (a good four feet) a small apt sized condensing unit and I couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t hold water. Has this been a problem for you?

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} September 22, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      nope – everything has worked just fine and we have had this set up for about 5 years now!

  137. John August 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Does anyone know if this brilliant idea is now something you can purchase from someone or somewhere? I have a hand issue that would prevent me from being able to make one myself but would like to buy one.

    Is there an outlet to get one or someone looking to make some extra mone

  138. Danielle Clark September 29, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    I came across this set up on ana white and am in the process of gathering my supplies to build it, I’m pretty excited! One thing I cant figure out is how you connected your dryer ducting to the vent if your pedestal is flush with the wall? In the picture it looks like your vent is near the bottom of the wall.


    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} September 30, 2014 at 8:23 am #

      We cut out a hole in the base at the back so that the vent could go through :)

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