This week we were determined to hit the ground running and make some serious progress in the laundry room. Well… it wasn’t quite as productive as we had hoped.
We spent a lot of time troubleshooting and trying to figure out how we were going to make cabinet doors without a router or Kreg Jig and all sorts of little things.
I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but next week will be when we start pounding the pavement. Does anyone say that anymore?
Laundry Room Progress
The goal last week was to remove the wire rack, build the cabinets, and get them installed. Well, we successfully completed 2/3. We’re at a standstill for installing the cabinets as we wait for the crown molding to arrive.
But we did do a few other things to make up for it.
We took down the fluorescent light and of course, there was some ceiling damage to repair. We thought there would be, but there was a nice additional hole that our builder left when they incorrectly guessed where the wiring was.
Proof that even professionals make mistakes!
We (aka Andrew), installed a junction box, repaired the ceiling, touched-up the paint, and installed the new light.
We went back and forth on which light to get for awhile, but I’m glad we ended up with something soft and simple.
Even though they aren’t hung up yet, I’m still pretty excited about these cabinets. We had to custom make them because they are a funky size (and they are less expensive to DIY), and they ended up being pretty easy!
We’ll see what I’m saying next week after we tackle the doors. That’s the real tricky part.
A full tutorial is coming your way soon, but you basically just have to build a box without a front. Not too shabby!
We also have something up our sleeves for those plywood edges. We’ll give you all the deets in the tutorial post 🙂
In the meantime, here’s our big money-saving tip for you: buy pre-sanded, nice oak (or maple) plywood, but don’t worry about getting the pre-finished cabinet ready stuff. Sure, it’s super nice and the insides of your cabinets will be really smooth, but we spent about $150 on our cabinet plywood vs. $480.
If you end up going the same route as we did, go ahead and seal your plywood with multiple coats of poly before you start cutting. It only takes a few minutes/coat if you do it this way. And when we write up the full tutorial, we’ll give you all our tips to avoid splintering from ruining your precious, sealed side.
Progress + Next Steps
This coming week, we’re hoping we can make some major progress. We have to if we’re going to get everything finished in less than a month!
The plan is to build the door fronts, paint the cabinets, install the hardware (if it arrives), hang the cabinets, and finish our fold-down drying rack. Maybe we can even get the rod installed to hang clothes up?
We have something special planned for the rod under the cabinets so I want to get it up asap for I can show you. Hopefully, it’ll turn out how I’m envisioning.
build upper cabinets
- make shaker door fronts for cabinets
- install cabinets
- paint cabinets
- install hardware
- make bottom section
- make countertop
- Drying space
- add rod to hang clothes
- make lay-flat drying drawers
- make fold-down drying rack (it’s halfway done!)
- remove existing tile
- lay tile on floor
- lay tile on wall
- Other projects
- make shelf for above washer/dryer
- make step-stool (Andrew might be tall, but I’m short)
replace fluorescent light
- If there’s time (HA!)
- accent wall across from laundry room
add permanent shelves to linen closet
Alright y’all. That’s where we’re at so far. Do you think we can finish in time? I have to say I’m starting to get nervous!
Want more project ideas and inspiration? Don’t forget to check out the One Room Challenge blog to see what everyone else has been up to during the past week!