2 Patches and Shelves

This series of home posts are events which occurred in the distant past, please bear with me until I catch up to the present.

After installing pipes to bring water into our laundry room, it was time to bring this room to the next level.

I have to say, it’s rewarding both financially and mother-earthly to reuse materials whenever possible. This room was no different. We were able to salvage these closet doors and repurpose them into shelves (I’ll explain in a bit):

We started off filling the opening left behind when we tore down the closets. Since the old drop ceiling tile would have had about a 6 inch gap (to support the wall) left of wood studs, we improvised. Here’s the best before shot of the gap before:
And we were in luck; the beau’s boss had some extra tile lying around the shop that weren’t being used. With the boss’s permission he used them to cover the hole. Gotta love free!

He simply positioned them and attached them using a few screws.

Now it may look a bit wonky, but matching paint and some baskets helped camouflage the differences:
Oh and that yellow ball around the PVC is spray foam which was used to prevent bats fromentering our living area as well as a fire barrier (required by our local codes).

Then it came time to transform the room into much needed closet space. We were able to salvage two (white) shelf brackets from the previous closet and purchased five more to line the walls horizontally. Even though they didn’t match the “platinum” brackets, they wouldn’t be entirely noticeable once everything was put together.

The full list of supplies:
1 End cap $1.97 | 2 Pole Sockets $1.97 | 3 8 Ft. Closet Pole $10.00 | 4 Shelf and Rod Bracket (in Platinum) all for $14.95 | 5 11 inch Shelf Bracket (in Platinum) all for $3.98 | 6 Shelf and Rod Bracket $0.00

The plan was to have two shelves above the washer/dryer and one shelf with two bars on the long wall. We figured it would be a complete waste of shelves (and weight) when long shirts would graze the top anyway. It also would have been a waste to have a bar along the shelf at the height of the washer and dryer.

Let me tell ya though, having a top and bottom rung has always served me well. A place to hang your pants is a great luxury to have.

The beau began by hanging the brackets on studs with long nails to support the weight of our four season wardrobe, ensuring the pole would be level throughout.
This one is particularly close because the bathroom wall reconstruction.

The pole sockets were installed, ensuring they were level with the pole. By the way, end caps are different then pole sockets- the caps are used to protect your bum or hip or even head (depending on how tall you are) and the sockets are to hold more clothes er support more weight.
Any excess length was trimmed off using a hack saw before attaching the end caps. We lucked out and only had to cut about a foot off the washer/dryer side. We fully realize the white sticks out like a sore thumb and one of these days we’ll bust out the paint and touch up. In the meantime, the mounds of clothes disguise it pretty well.
Like mentioned above, the beau worked his magic salvage hands and we were able to put the old closet doors to good use. He measured the space and figured we would only use two and a quarter doors. With measurements in hand, he went to town using his table saw.

Since one wall was a bit longer than the doors, he improvised and used his kreg jig to seam them together. Thinking ahead he faced the “pocket holes” toward the ceiling where no one would see. Are you sensing a hiding pattern here?

The shots below may help you visualize the distance between the shelf bracket directly and the washer/dryer. 
The tiny space is exactly why we didn’t need the Shelf bar. And here’s the room full of shelves screaming for organization and a few d├ęcor items.
We saved a lot of money by recycling various pieces and after the supplies we purchased, we didn’t think $57 was terribly much for this transformation. Nothing like a before and after:
Slowly but surely we're inching our way to finishing the Laundry Room!

Can you believe this room costed us so little so far? Have you made any inexpensive but valuable updates lately?

Want to follow along with the 2nd bedroom turned Laundry Room progression? Here's plans for the 2nd bedroomtearing it up, fixing unlevel floors, and adding plumbing.

P.S. We were not paid or perked from any of these vendors; we just happily picked up the supplies necessary for the job.


  1. Hi! Stopped by the check out your blog, and I just wanted to tell you that your "Supplies" infographics/pictures are BRILLIANT! Its such a visually clean but helpful way to list them!

  2. Hi Brynne!

    The supplies lists (and graphics on my site) have gone through a bit of an evolution. Happy to have finally found a good balance on the supplies list!

    Anywho, glad you stopped by, and thanks for the kind words!


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