Our farmhouse laundry room was the first room we tackled. We gave it a fresh coat of paint, installed a light fixture, added wooden industrial shelving and tons of basket organization. Beginning with this room was a must for several reasons.
First, we don’t have any closet storage on the first floor so I wanted to be able to utilize the shelving space in the laundry room.
Second, we have three little ones so doing laundry is almost a daily chore. Doing a small load a day is a lot easier than tackling a mound of laundry so I try to stay on top of it.
Lastly, it just seems less stressful when everything has a place. The laundry room stores everything from our laundry supplies and cleaning supplies to gardening, canning supplies and soap making supplies. Also, it functions as a mudroom with a coat rack and shoe bench. Come along to see the farmhouse laundry room makeover!
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Before Laundry Room Makeover
As you can see the old shelving was covered in layer upon layer of paint and there was no light fixture. We had the washer and dryer delivered after we closed on the house. That was an ordeal in itself. Our water had E. Coli in it so we didn’t use the washer right away until our water filtration system was installed.
Also, it turned out that the electrical outlet for our dryer was actually for an oven range. Consequently, we had to replace the electrical outlet in order for it to support our dryer cord. Once we had the washer and dryer working it was time to make the laundry room more functional.
After Laundry Room Makeover
The first step was to rip out the old shelving. Next, we painted the laundry room a light gray. After painting, we measured and cut new wood for the shelving. We stained the wood in an Early American finish. Once the wood was ready we mounted the industrial pipe brackets to the wall. I was unable to reach the top shelf of the old shelving so we wanted to make sure the new shelving was more accessible. Lastly, we installed a new light fixture.
Farmhouse Laundry Room Behind the Washer & Dryer Shelf
Due to the lack of storage space in our farmhouse we want to be able to utilize any potenial storage areas. For this reason, we built a third shelf behind our washer and dryer. This shelf serves two purposes, extra storage and as a cover to hide all the appliance connections. Using extra wood that was laying around this is what we came up with:
- 1, 1×10 (Top)
- 2, 1×10 (Legs)
- 1, 2×4 (Stability)
- 8 Wood Screws
Note: The size and space for your washer and dryer could be different. Measure your space before cutting the wood. Also, we used wood that we had on hand. If possible, I recommend using a 2×10 for the legs for extra surface area to screw in the top and to avoid any wood slitting.
Farmhouse Laundry Room Organization
On the shelf behind the washer and dryer there is a round basket with all of our laundry washing necessities. The small basket in the center contains essential oils and empty small amber glass bottles. Next, in the metal bucket we keep all of our homemade cleaning supplies such as the all-purpose cleaner, toilet cleaner and glass cleaner. .
On the middle shelf in the clear contains are baking soda, borax, epson salt and washing soda. The large basket contains all of the ingredients and supplies I use to make homemade cleaners and health & beauty products. The small basket all the way to the right is for trash bags.
On the top shelf the crock put and basket are homemade soap making supplies. The middle of the shelf is used for empty mason jars. All the way to the right is gardening supplies.
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