As I pointed out here our 2nd floor laundry room needed some updating. We had already pulled up the old vinyl flooring and exposed some beautiful wood, put white beadboard on the bottom half of the walls, and painted the top of the walls a lovely periwinkle blue.
We even fixed the door to the attic so it would close all the way.
Now it’s time to complete the installation of a closet to the right of the stacked washer and dryer to utilize a narrow space but deep space in a functional way.
The space is only about 18 inches wide but 32 inches deep to match the depth from the back wall of the washer/dryer. It’s already partially framed with 2 by 4s. The outside of the closet should be finished with beadboard on the bottom and drywall on the top which will entail moving the stacked appliances out of the way.
Since the closet is deep I’d like shelves at the very back to keep seldom used or seasonal bulky items like comforters, blankets, pillows and bedspreads.
Toward the front should be a hanging pole for things that come out of the dryer and need to be hung immediately.
Photo from Martha Stewart.
Ages ago we bought these doors at Second Chance with the idea of using them on the laundry closet we were going to build.
And a smaller one for up top.
Here’s the list of materials:
- drywall screws
- drywall mud with putty knife and mud pan
- drill with drywall screw bit
- Shelf hanging brackets
- boards for shelves
- 2 x 4s for framing
- 5 hinges for doors with screws
- doors (pictured above)
- chisel or router
- plywood or trim for facing
- Queen’s Lace semi-gloss paint for wood
- Periwinkle paint for drywall
- paint bushes and paint pan
My plan of attack would be the following:
- Install shelves before drywall so there’s lots of light for installation
- Frame rest of closet
- Install and paint drywall
- Install face trim and doors
It will be soooooo nice to have a closet in the laundry room. I’m going to begin gathering the materials together today.
My friend told me that my projects seem to have a lot of steps. It’s true. Don’t yours? Have you come across any simple one or two step fixes? Please clue me in.