Add a DIY shelf behind your washer and dryer with this simple tutorial and hide the hoses while adding extra storage.
Welcome back to the New Year, New Refresh where eight bloggers are giving a room an easy makeover in four short weeks. A big thanks to our hostess Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living for organizing this fun challenge every January!
Last week I shared simple ideas for a laundry room refresh and this week I bring you a DIY that can be done in minutes to hide hoses and other washer and dryer connections plus add a little storage.
You can find all of the articles and reveal below:
- Laundry room plans and ideas on a budget
- DIY shelf for behind a top load washer and dryer (you are here)
- Wallpaper accent wall and paint
- The Laundry Room Reveal
DIY Shelf for Behind the Washer and Dryer
First, measure the wall behind your washer and dryer. Second, grab a pine wood board at your local hardware store and have them cut it to size.
Use two “L” shelf brackets to install it in place.
I found it easiest to attach the “L” brackets to the shelf first and then to the wall. Make sure to use drywall anchors if you aren’t screwing into a stud for extra support. Leave 1/2 to 1″ clearance at the bottom of the shelf to easily slide the washer and dryer back into place.
I will be painting the cabinets soon and plan on matching the shelf with the same paint. I just can’t decide between blue and green! You can see the choices from my inspiration and mood boards last week.
I’ll be honest with you. Last week I had planned on getting a major start with the refresh by painting the entire room but a hectic schedule got in the way and I still haven’t decided on my final paint colors as I mentioned above. But I hope this easy DIY helps you solve the problem of decorating/designing around a top load washer and dryer.
Here’s the to-do list:
Build shelf with a plank of wood and two metal L brackets.
- Paint walls and trim white with leftover paint.
- Paint cabinets and shelf blue or green with leftover paint.
- Install a small section of wallpaper.
- Frame stored art prints and find a new rug with a store gift card.
Make sure to check out the other participants!