The storage over my washer and dryer looked like this
for months. You can see that in addition to not being sturdy, that shelf wasn’t pretty either.
I’ve been searching for cabinets for a year now and haven’t found any second hand that I liked and I’m too cheap to pay full price for new so I lived with that shelf.
My dad has been in the hospital in Denver for the past few weeks undergoing his last cancer treatments (hence the sporadic blogging-sorry!) so I have been making a lot more trips to that side of the state. One day while I was hanging out with him he told me to go find some cabinets. I searched for thrift stores around the hospital and set out. I couldn’t find any of them. Some were closed down and some were only donation sites so I found myself driving further and further from the hospital in search of a thrift store. I didn’t find one. But, if you follow me on Instagram, you know I found IKEA. 🙂
And at IKEA, in the “as is” section, I found this:
I was willing to throw some elbows to get that thing but luckily that wasn’t necessary. I looked it over and it was in excellent condition (and already assembled!) so I bought it.
I really wanted two cabinets over the washer and dryer but there wasn’t another one like this so I went looking for another solution.
I cracked open the box and found that this cube was white so I bought it too. So, for $30 I found my solution!
You have no idea how hard it was to hang these alone. I was sweating like I had run a marathon-between holding the cabinet up, keeping it level and getting the screws into the studs, I was ready to give up! I had to walk away several times and call my dad for advice but I finally got it!
The cabinet didn’t have a shelf with it so I had to buy some pegs and cut down a board I had.
I did that!
It took me longer to style that cube than it took to hang it.
No, not right. I hate that you can see the screws on the back and it just seemed off.
So I dove into my scrap booking paper stash and found this navy blue stripe. I just stuck it up there with some clear tape and it seems to be holding!
I got the aloe plant from Trader Joe’s and I think it’ll be okay up there. I’ve had other succulents that seemed to be happy in my laundry room so I have my fingers crossed that this will be too.
The frame has this printable. I wanted a little something on that shelf but didn’t love any of those cutesy quotes that are all over Pinterest. I really love it-and I’m hoping I’ll use it and save some of my clothes!
And here’s a view of the whole laundry corner now! The cube needs to be moved up slightly (but I need another set of hands to do that!) and I need to replace that light bulb and I need to actually shorten those lights and finally get rid of the zip ties!
But for now, I’m just going to enjoy the hard work I’ve already done!