Texan Ingenuity - DIY Shelves for $115

By Erin Carlyle of Houzz

The price tag for laundry room renovations can vary widely, depending on the work that is done. To see a slice of what Houzz readers are doing to improve their laundry rooms and how much these changes cost, we asked Houzzers to share their stories. Today we visit a 35-square-foot laundry room remodel in Texas, where an intrepid DIY-er created more storage and style for just $115.

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BEFORE: “Our home has very little storage, and it is a constant struggle to find an organized place for things,” Elizabeth Basinger says. So she decided to do a simple DIY project that would give her more storage space and eliminate wire shelving in the process.

Basinger built three new shelves into her laundry room wall, doing most of the work while her kids were at school. She has done many DIY projects, including installing wood floors, tiling and hanging drywall. “I looked at pictures of shelves, and I just figured it out,” she says. Here is the laundry room project in progress.

Basinger designed the shelves herself. She experimented with the structure, first trying out one design, finding it too unsteady, then adjusting until she created enough supports for stability.

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Here are the shelves decked out with Basinger’s laundry supplies. Basinger uses the cubby below the second shelf to store a decorative glass bottle and some dusting cloths. The lower shelf has a rod at the far right and far left for hanging clothes.

“The three new shelves give me tons of extra storage. The top shelf is pretty high up and is reserved for items that I don’t need to get to very often,” she says.

Style muse: Basinger found inspiration for the paint color in a project she found online. The color turned out to be too pale when she saw it in person, so she had Sherwin-Williams tint it to the next color darker on the paint chip. She describes her new laundry room as “happy, light, clean, practical.”

Wall paint: Waterscape, Sherwin-Williams

Walls moved: No
Plumbing moved: No
Plumbing replaced: No
Professionals hired: None
Special features: New shelving
Savings: DIY-ing the project saved a few hundred dollars

Cost Breakdown
Cabinetry: $70 for shelving materials
Accessories and/or decor: $5 for a decorative bottle
Paint: $40
Total: $115

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