Laundry Room Update

If you are like me, you probably spend a lot of time eyeing lots of beautiful home decor and room makeovers wishing you could get that look in your own home. One project I have been eyeing since we moved into our new home was to put a countertop on our washer and dryer. When you walk into the house you have to walk through the laundry room so that space inevitably ends up being a dumping ground when you walk in. In addition we are always folding laundry at our couch which can sometimes be awkward if you have unexpected guests arrive. (Quick hide the undies!)

After lots of dreaming from afar I decided to go for it! Here is what our laundry room looked like before the project:

Before - Laundry Room

I decided to purchase the Karlby Butcher block countertop from IKEA. This is the countertop that best fit my dimensions though I knew it would need to be trimmed down. My handyman actually used pieces of the wood that was trimmed off as the base. (Yay for recycling!) To securely mount the frame he used 3 inch screws. I have checked it and that baby is secure.
In Progress - Laundry RoomOnce the frame was complete, the butcher block slid in and the project was well.. complete! The whole thing took him about an 1 hour from start to finish. Completed - Laundry RoomI added some cute baskets and plants to finish it off and we were done. This was such a simple project that proved to be not very expensive and instantly changed the look of my laundry room. Not to mention it creating a functional space for laundry to be done as well.After - Laundry RoomStyled - Laundry Room
Styled - Laundry Room

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David - May 7, 2017 - 10:02 pm

Thanks for the post, this project looks great! I was thinking of doing something very similar with the Kalrby countertop. I was wondering how well the counter has kept its original look? Any warping issues du to the heat of the dryer? Do you have a support installed the washer and dryer or only around the edges? Thanks for any tips you may have!

Jennifer Chase - May 8, 2017 - 8:16 am

Hi there! Thanks for asking. Yes the countertop has held up and going strong. I haven’t had any issues with it warping. Regarding the support of the countertop, my contractor took some of the excess from when he trimmed it down and repurposed it to be the support for it around the perimeter. It is very sturdy and has even held up to the occasional instance when my son climbs on top (he weighs 70 lb). Good luck!

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