Sunday, April 1, 2012

Laundry room storage

We finally did it! After weeks of planning, preparing, cutting, painting, and just plain procrastinating - we installed the self made cabinet system this weekend!

Here is what our laundry room looked like when we moved in:

Laundry Before

Please take note of that back wall - I have no idea what they were thinking when they built the downstairs, but that line at the top and right is a 2 inch pop out. This made installing a system not exactly simple since the wall was not the same depth for the entire width.

A few months after moving in our dryer went we replaced both of them with front loaders, something we had in the condo and loved! Since I knew eventually this would be the room the cat box would go we decided to stack them to leave room. For the past 8 months or so the laundry room has looked like this:

Laundry Before

With the baby on the way, and the cat box currently in our hallway upstairs we knew it was time to do something.

1st step - install cat door. Okay, you can see that in the I didn't exactly take a picture of the room as it looked for the past 8 months, shoot me...but you get the idea ;).

2nd step plan - what do we need? We needed a cabinet that we could put a cat box on the bottom of. it needed to cover the vent and gas line, 38" tall. It also couldn't be to deep to leave room for those items and allow access. Well, this meant a normal cabinet wouldn't work. And a system wouldn't work cause not only is the wall funky but the vent is in the way too. So I took a page from the YHL playbook, my favorite blog! Their home made system looked like this:

link here

Now, I'm going to be honest, they make it look soooooo easy...and it was NOT! My god was it not! Although, we had a few stumbling blocks and weird things about our space...but cutting, priming, painting, putting together. NOT EASY. 3 weeks later, lots of sweat and tears, okay, no tears....but lots of cursing! And we finally finished it.

After planning, we bought the materials and took it over to Mom & Howards and the boys spent 4 hours+ in the garage cutting the pieces and putting things together.

Great teamwork!

Then we primed & painted:

Then installed! Check out our final product:

I still need to make it look a little "prettier" but its super functional and I love it!

Did you notice the cat box on the bottom? *extra bonus points*

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