A Little Laundry Shelf

Hello Everyone!

I'm still working on my little room, yes, the laundry room. It feels to me like I've been working in there for a whole year, but well, its almost done.

After installing the wood paneling on the wall (you can see it here) and taking the pictures, it felt empty! sooo, I didn't waste any time and went thru my pile of trash wood leftovers trying to find some pieces to create a shelf. That wall is the perfect spot for a shelf with hooks, its the first stop getting in the house from the garage. It had to be customized, it couldn't be that deep because that's a passage way.

Working on this little shelf made me remember the first time I worked with wood. I was in 6th grade in a wood working class, the project of course: a small shelf. What I remember the most is using a plane to smooth out the pieces of wood. It was so haaard :( The wood I brought to work with had pieces of concrete attached to it! No wonder the plane didn't work! My teacher had to help me with that. When the shelf was all finished I was so excited to take it home and show it to my family that I forgot the trouble I had with the wood.

This is my newly built shelf:

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These are the pieces I used:

Put together:

Since it was for the Laundry Room, I wanted to incorporate a drying rack. My inspiration were these styles from Ballard designs:

Source: Ballard Designs
Source: Ballard Designs

I went to my closest store looking for similar racks, but couln't find them in the small size I needed.  While browsing the store this guy got my attention:

A swing arm trouser rack :) that would work! I just have to cut the top part or hook and in order to attach it to the shelf I got these EZ-Cable clips at HD:

I also bought four hooks and went home to finish the project.

Remember to always, always did I say ALWAYS?  PREDRILL!! Don't just go and begin putting the screws. Firts predrill little holes to prevent the wood from cracking and for the screws to get in easily. 

The predrilled holes

In its place:

Once again:
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As usual I'm happy with my shelf  especially the memories it brought. The total cost was around $20.

Some related links you might want to check:

Laundry Room Final Reveal
Laundry Room New Brighter Look


  1. Cristina- You did a GREAT job on that shelf. Very ingenious use of materials for the project. Love it~ xo Diana

  2. Perfect! What a great addition to a laundry room, and really doesn't take up any space. I love it!

  3. Hi Cristina what a cute and very handy laundry shelf. You are very talented. I love it. Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving kind words about my kitchen reno project. I'm a new follower on LF. Hope you'll come back to see how my project is going. Peggy

  4. Cute idea and project! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

  5. What a clever idea. I'm sure you have a sense of accomplishment for making the rack yourself.
    I'm your newest follower on GFC and Linky.
    Mary Alice

  6. Oh my goodness! That shelf/drying rack/hook combo piece is just amazing! You are so good with power tools...I am in awe. Your whole laundry room makeover is just great. I am following you now.

  7. What a smart idea! Very nice! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  8. I love this and I need this!! I'm pinning it for future reference and I'm featuring you today on my blog!!

    Thanks so much for linking up!!

  9. I LOVE this!!!

    So creative and it looks awesome!

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!


  10. LOVE this! You are such an inspiration! I am always amazed at what you create.
    Thanks, Pam

  11. that is SO clever!!! I got one in the closet...

  12. Wow, I am so impressed, I am going to continue to explore your blog. My first memories of working with wood start last year, maybe someday my mind will be able to come up with cool ideas too!


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