My laundry room still needs a wall to separate it from the soon-to-be-master-bedroom, it needs tile on the floor, and it needs a ceiling. BUT since I do not know when all that will happen due to time and money flow, I decided to at least make one wall cute for now. And maybe when canning season is over I will have the time and energy to focus on the rest :)
Here is what it looked like after I added the gray stained wood planks:
And here it is with the shelf!
If you notice in the first picture you can see the outlets and water lines. I didn’t want to see them but I needed them to be accessible so I came up with a plan. I got a 1×10 board and cut it to the length I needed. I bought a 6 foot board and trimmed it to about 5 feet. Then I added molding to the edges (except the back edge of course). I used what I had on hand which was crown molding but casing or molding that has a flat back would probably have been easier. I wanted the molding to hang down past the board for two reasons. One, was so it looked thicker. And the second reason was to hide the hinge. What hinge you ask???
I added some wood slats to a thin piece of plywood. They were the same tongue and groove boards I used on the walls. Then I took a 4 foot piano hinge and attached it to it. Then I attached the wood slats (that were connected by the plywood) to the bottom of the shelf. So the wood slats hang down from the shelf but can be lifted up (thanks to the long hinge) to expose the electrical outlets and water lines if needed.
I hung the shelf using 4 metal brackets. They stuck out from the wall 6 inches. So the piano hinge had to be attached 6 inches from the back of the shelf to allow room for the brackets. If you look closely it is obvious that there is a panel of wood slats that sticks out farther than the wall. But it looks much better than seeing large electrical outlets, brackets, and water lines.
I had fun adding decor to the shelf!
Fresh flowers are a must :)
This metal box is something my mom found. It currently hold the dryer sheets.
The wood bowl is from Target. It holds all the “treasures” I find in pockets like change, small toys, rocks, worms….. I am the mom of four little boys you know!
This basket from Create-ology is awesome. It came with another one that is slightly smaller too. But this large one is perfect for clean folded laundry ready to be taken care of.
I can’t wait to finish the rest of the space. Right now I am considering this color scheme for the whole room. Gray, white, light green, coral/melon, and maybe a little yellow.
(photo source: Boulder Locavore )
I am really happy with how it is turning out. I have a loooong wall to plank next. But then I get to decorate it with more industrial yumminess. I think an antiquing trip is in order :)