As part of our laundry room makeover we really needed a second shelf installed in our laundry room. So measured how wide I wanted my wood, which was wall to wall. It fell just over 5 feet long and I wanted the ledge to come out 9 inches. I made it that wide so it would cover the washer and dryer a little so lint and other items….like socks would stop falling behind the machines.
Above is a photo of our messy laundry room. See how desperate it is for organization? Once I had the measurement for my shelf I went to home depot to get wood and shelf brackets. I bought 6 foot long common board and made sure it was 9 inches wide. We cut the board to just over 5 feet to fit between the walls.
Using two stains I had from another project I created darker and lighter areas on the wood. I used the stain Early American to cover the whole board and then went over in light long strokes with the stain color Jacobean to create contrast.
Above is what it looked like after the stain saturated the wood and I wiped off the excess. Next I had my husband Polyurethane the whole board. He is a spray painting genius because when I spray anything it ends up looking terrible…..seriously! Seems simple but I can’t help but mess it up. So I just let the can master do it.
Here is the brand of polyurethane we use. I have had this same can for a few projects and I like the finish it leaves. Since this is going in a wet room I recommend coating the wood so it wont swell up with water.
While the coat of poly dried we started installing the brackets that the shelf sits on in the laundry room. I bought three brackets, one for each side and one to support the middle of the shelf.
To install the brackets we used drywall screws because that is what we had on hand. We also used a level and a stud finder to make sure the screws would be placed in studs and the shelf would hold up.
To make sure the shelf would be level and exactly where I wanted it, we made markings. I held the shelf where wanted it and my husband sat the level on top. After leveling it we marked the wall along the top and bottom of where we wanted the board to sit.
We made markings on both sides and the middle where we planned to place the brackets. Then we lined the brackets up with the lower line just how the shelf will sit on it and made marks where the screws would go.
Next we screwed the middle bracket into place. Making sure it was level again, we then installed the other two brackets. After the brackets were all installed we simply placed the wood on top.
You can screw the brackets into the wood to secure the wood in place, but we didn’t. I chose not to because if a bracket failed and the shelf fell it would just land on the washer dryer, also I want to move the shelf when cleaning behind the machines.
Here Is Our Project Cost Breakdown:
Shelf Total : $14
- $8 – Wood 6 ft by 9″ (Home Depot)
- $6 – 3 Metal Brackets (Home Depot)
- $0 -Stain ( Had On Hand)
- $0 – Sandpaper
- $0 – Drywall Screws
Below is a video of us installing this shelf. Be sure to also check out Our Full Laundry Room Makeover Here
Have you installed a laundry room shelf before? Was it easier then you thought?