Tuesday, June 6, 2017

DIY Laundry Room Folding Station

This past week I worked on part 2 of my laundry room organization project. I had only intended this to be a 2-part project, but after getting the supplies needed for this part, I decided I will be adding to the existing shelving behind the machines. But more on that next week.

I must be honest; part of this project was almost a DIY fail. I say almost because I will be correcting the failed attempt. As you’ll see in the pictures, the hardware I initially purchased was not supportive enough to hold the folding table leaf. I had it all planned in my mind, and it was going to work! I tend to keep my project plans in my head, which can be good and bad. But, that’s something I’m working on. So, anyway I decided to share this even though it's not complete.

Project goals:

1.       Create a surface for folding laundry.

2.       Create a space for kitchen towels that need to be washed.

Supplies used: ½ inch MDF board cut to size, Peel and Stick Laminate (contact paper), hinges, and screws.

Step 1: Bought mdf board and had it cut to size in store. I went to Lowes, and got 2 4x4 ft. sheets of mdf. I had 3 pieces cut, 2 for the folding table and one for to use on the surface of the dryer. I was so excited that I didn’t have to do any cutting myself!

Step 2: Covered the boards with the contact paper (I am in love with this stuff!) after applying a light coat of white spray paint and primer. The spray paint was to prevent any wood showing through and to help the paper adhere.

Step 3: At this point the dryer surface board was done. And this is where the diy fail comes in. After attaching the hinges and bolt lock I realized the lock would not hold the board upright! So, at this point I started an online search which brought me to the realization that I needed a folding bracket. Duh!


This is what it will look like when I get it right. This is one of those 3 drawer rolling carts with the drawers replaced by this basket that fit perfectly snug. 

And there you have it.
The total cost of this project was about $30 including the hardware. I hope this inspired you to create something that fits your space! I will update this post after adding the bracket to the folding table. Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Have you had any DIY fails? Thanks and God Bless!

Living Simply,

Mindy ❁

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