In the Laundry Room with Mickey of Your Modern Dad (Laundry Room Makeover)

Bring on the grass stains, spilled dinners and finger paint messes… I’m ready.

 — Mickey Mansfield- Your Modern Dad

Your Modern Dad Laundry Room Makeover
With four kids and two adults in our family, so to say that we do a lot of laundry is an understatement.   

We do a TON of laundry… a load a day keeps chaos at bay?  That about covers it.  I do a load every single day.  Well, our laundry room was not somewhere that I wanted to be every single day… it wasn’t somewhere that I wanted to be every week.  …We wanted a change. It was time for a laundry room makeover.

Check out the before picture of our dreary laundry room:

BEFORE LAUNDRY ROOM YMD
It was a folding table that was awkward to use and really had no appeal.

It had a cabinet above it that looked like someone just decided “I think I’ll put a cabinet here.”  It didn’t really ‘fit’ the space.  Before pic 2 YMD Laundry Room
So, we made a plan to change it.

We made a list of what the space needed:
1- Cabinets that would fit a laundry basket.
2- Storage space to hold our Molly’s Suds detergent.
3- Shelving that looked great and had a function.

First things first: demo day!

Take out the old before you can bring in the new.  Once it was removed, I went ahead and added shiplap.  

 I had the hardware store cut the wood into 6 inch strips, to save time.   

I used ⅜ tile spacers in between the shiplap to be sure that it maintained a consistent space in between the wood pieces.  


I painted it a white: Sherwin Williams Extra White.  You will see that the blue walls behind it still peek through, but it’s hardly noticeable unless you are very close.  That was our goal… a hint of color.
Once I painted it, I was ready to add in the new cabinets that I purchased.   I bought three 18-inch wide cabinets from our local home improvement store.  Two were door-style and one was with drawers.  I put the cabinets together and then added hardware to tie it into the accessories that we bought. I bought wood for the top.  I used three 2×10 boards that were 6 feet long each.  I gave it a one-inch overhang on the sides and front.   I then used a router to route the edges.  The stain color was Minwax BeachWood.  We liked the gray tone to it, so it was going to look great with the white shiplap.  I used three coats of the stain, applied with one of the many stand-alone socks that have made their way into our drawers, without a match.

The shelves were made with 1X10 clear pine.   I used the same stain on the shelves, three times as well.  I sanded the edges of the shelves.
I applied of four coats of polycrylic enamel, letting it dry in between each application.  I used a Wizz Foam Cabinet Roller.
I then used a 220 grit general sandpaper and lightly sanded any rough spots.
Once everything was ready, it was time to bring in the detergent and make it a functional laundry room again, but this time, with some appeal.
YMD finished Laundry room makeover
I stocked  our drawers with backups of everything, like the Molly’s Suds Wood Dryer Balls.
Molly's Suds Dryer Balls
I loaded up the cabinets with the Molly’s Suds Oxygen Whitener, Liquid Laundry Detergent, back-up packs of the Laundry Powder and All Sport Laundry Wash.

Cabinet of Laundry Suds products

I also filled the jars on top of the table.  I like practicality, and I like having detergent that is easy to reach, but I also like things to look nice, so the glass jars were perfect.
Laundry Powder pouring into Glass storage jar
I did the same with more dryer balls.


Glass Jar storage

It gave it a nice look and I knew that it was easy to get to when I was ready to do the laundry…

MS Whitener and Glass Jar Storage Ideas
We added some accessories to the shelves.  Overall, we are very pleased with the look of our updated laundry room.    
Finished Laundry Room

Bring on the grass stains, spilled dinners and finger paint messes… I’m ready.

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