I have big “someday” plans for our laundry room (which you can see here), but unfortunately, limited funds to make it happen right now. We really debated whether or not to just go for the gusto and spend our savings, or do some temporary improvements and save our pennies. In the end we decided to delay our full laundry room overhaul, and instead make some minor updates to improve the space for the next several years. This past weekend we got to work, and created a countertop over the dryer…
Here is the picture of the space before we started. Not very pretty, and not very functional. And, that’s correct, our washing machine is not next to the dryer. In fact, it’s on the other side of the room, which is just bad design, but I digress…
We started by demolishing the floating shelf and cabinet, and giving the walls a fresh coat of gray paint (Smoke Embers by Benjamin Moore)
For the laundry countertop, we wanted to make something very inexpensive. We initially considered just a painted plywood top, but, we wanted something with a little more pizazz. So, we went to Lowe’s and found some cheap ($1 each) peel-and-stick vinyl tiles that looked like Carrera marble (kinda). We cut out a plywood base, and installed the vinyl tiles directly on top of the plywood, using 1/8″ spaces to make sure the tiles were evenly spaced.
Then we used some pre-mixed gray grout to give the laundry countertop a more realistic look. I used a plastic bag trick I saw on the internet (think pastry bag) to apply the grout. Once the grout is properly shoved into all the cracks, you need to sponge off the excess.
To install the countertop, we cut and installed some 1″x2″ cleats. We had to make sure the cleats were all level at the same height so they could evenly carry the weight of the countertop. Because of the span (42″ width), the countertop ended up being a little saggy in the middle, so we put some reinforcement on the underside and that fixed the problem. The front of the countertop was finished off with a small piece of painted 1×2 trim.
We’re really happy with the finished laundry countertop. It looks like real tile! This is going to be a great solution for us – no more socks falling behind the dryer! Next, we plan to install floating shelves with baskets above the dryer to hold all of the things that had been in the old cabinet. Stay tuned for that.