I lived with my side-by-side washer combination for over three years, never happy with it. My husband would tell our friends how I was constantly moving the washer to the left 2 feet then back to the right two feet, because that was the only space I had to play with. Even though I could fold on top of them, the washer and dryer were simply taking up too much room. My butt would hit the wall when I went to take clothes out of the washer. And there was no place to sort dirty clothes or store laundry baskets so the whole place was a mess. (You can read about the first renovation here.)
Hubby had asked me over if I wanted him to stack the washer and dryer, but I always said no. I’d never had a stacked washer/dryer, so I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. OMG I should have done it years ago. There was so much space in there!
My new layout had to have the following:
- A place to fold
- A place to sort dirty laundry
- A place to store laundry baskets
- A place to store laundry supplies
After much thought, I decided to wall off the washer/dryer, creating deep shelves above. This also gave me space to put a counter for folding, which would rest on a laundry basket shelf. Here are some of my sketches:I went with 3/4″ B-C grade plywood and had all the pieces cut at Lowe’s, but I will forever regret not getting cabinet-grade plywood. I tried to save some money buying “Plywood Project Panels.” Lesson learned. Buy cabinet-grade when making cabinets. I would have saved a lot of time sanding and it would have looked better in the end. Oh well. Live and learn.Here is my cut list:
(2) 35″ x 31″
(1) 14.5″ x 31″
(1) 16″ x 31″
(1) 95″ x 31″
When I get wood cut at one of the big box stores, I never just give the guy my cut list. I sketch out exactly how I want the piece of plywood sliced up, then explain it to him one cut at a time. That way there’s no waste. I brought my smallest assistant with me to get the wood.
Let’s review… This is what they washer and dryer looked like side-by-side.And then stacked.This is the piece of wood that will act as the partition wall.All of the wood was sanded outside, then painted inside.Then sanded again outside. Then it was time to put together the shelf above the dryer. These are the four pieces.I positioned the unit on its side so I could screw in the left side piece. First I pre-drilled the holes. After screwing in the left side to the top and bottom pieces, this is what I had. To add the center divider, I measured 17.5″ across the bottom, middle and top.
I filled in the remaining holes with this wood putty…and gave it another coat of paint. This is the “final” product.
Here’s the complete list of posts that led up to this reveal:
1: Initial Renovation
2: Shelf Over Stacked Washer/Dryer << You are here
3: Wallpaper Tips
4: Laundry Basket Shelf and Counter Top
5: Wall Shelves
6: W-A-S-H Letters
7: Paddles as Drying Racks
8: Final Reveal