Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sharing my laundry redo!!

I don't usually post about my own home, but I have been meaning to share my Laundry Redo for a while.  Last May 2011 we adopted our dog Java from Last Hope.

{ Java - isn't he cute! }

His kennel took up what little floor space we had in our laundry room. It was terrible trying to getting stuff in and out of the dryer.  We had to do something.  Our washer and dryer were about 15 years old or so and not efficient at all.  It was time for a new washer and dyer, but how could we create space without tearing down the walls??

{ Literally only 1 foot of floor space! }

{ Old washer and dryer had to go! }

We got a great deal on a stackable Samsung washer and dryer right before Thansgiving - this is the best time to shop for appliances.  What a huge difference it made - there is actually room for the kennel next to the washer and dryer!!!  But we needed a counter.

{ New washer and dryer }

To save on money we build a counter platform ourselves out of plywood.  It is angled to allow for maximum surface area.  We also installed a shelf from Ikea.

{ Plywood counter - washer & dryer side }

{ Plywood counter - sink side }

Now look at all the floor space we have between the wall and the washer and dryer!!  I know the room is small, but I can actually stand in front of the washer and dryer and get stuff in and out!  I hate the flooring but it will do for now - It is just a laundry room :)  I may add a fun runner though!

{ Floor space!!! }

I stained the plywood platform to match our existing cabinet - it looks like it has always been this way! We had dark gray Silestone installed on top off the plywood frame.  We used the existing sink.  I also added a little valance made with one of my fabric samples and some art work.

{ Nice counter space! }

The space under the counter is used for Java's kennel.  I want to replace the kennel with something build the exact shape of the counter top, but it is just fine for now.  I'm looking for a cute laundry basket and some art to stick to the side of the dryer.  We are so happy with our Laundry Redo and doing laundry is so much easier!

{ Kennel space }

{ Wow - CLEAN! }