This DIY laundry room storage center makes clever use of black pipe, a towel rack and robe hooks keep everything tidy and organized. It adds some personality to what is often a not-so-inspiring part of the house.
Here’s the step-by-step tutorial so you can make your own laundry room storage center.
Materials for Laundry Room Storage Center
- Liberty Flat Black Robe Hook Value Pack
- Liberty Coat and Hat Hook with Ceramic Accents
- 1 x 8 Common Board
- Base Cap Moulding
- Minwax Wood Stain in Honey
- Americana Decor Chalk Paint in Vintage
- Steel Pipes and Flanges (see below)
- Wood Glue
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Pipe Pieces to Build the Shelf Bracket
Cut plywood to 28 in. wide by 24 in. tall
Cut 1 x 8 common board to 22 in.
Step 1: Build Steel Pipe Shelf Bracket
Lay out all of your pipe pieces, and then thread them together to build your bracket, according to the images below.
Step 2: Cut the Moulding for the Frame
This organization center will be 28 in. wide by 24 in. tall.
You can have an associate at your local Home Depot store cut your plywood to that size. If you prefer to cut it yourself but don’t have your own tools, Home Depot has a great tool rental service, which is the perfect way to try out tools at home before purchasing your own.
Since I had my plywood cut to size at Home Depot, I asked them to also cut my 1 x 8 common board for my shelf. I had this cut to 22 in. so that it would fit between my moulding frame.
Here, we’re using moulding that’s already primed for painting, but you can always choose an unfinished moulding if you will be staining yours.
Cut a 45-degree angle at one end of your moulding using a miter saw.
Measure the outside edge of your moulding to 28 inches.
Make a second 45-degree cut at this other end, but be sure that the angle is at the opposite direction! It helps if you place your cut moulding pieces in place on the board to be sure that your cuts were done correctly.
Repeat for the remaining three sides of the moulding frame.
Step 3: Stain and Paint
Lightly sand the plywood, edges of your moulding, and shelf. If you are going to stain your moulding, you should lightly sand this, as well.
Wipe off the sawdust.
Apply a thin coat of stain to your plywood base and shelves using a foam brush or wiping cloth. We’re using Honey wood stain from Minwax for its warm wood tone.
Let the stain sit for about five minutes, then wipe off the excess stain with a clean rag.
Repeat these steps for the shelf.
Tip: We left the sides of the plywood unstained, in order to paint them later, once the moulding is attached.
Apply a coat of paint to the moulding. You can add a second coat, depending on how saturated you want the color. We used Americana Décor’s Chalky Paint in Vintage; this light blue color looks great against the Honey stain.
Let everything dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 4: Attach the Moulding
Apply a thin beading of wood glue to the back of the moulding, and press the moulding firmly on to your plywood.
Once the glue has cured, use a brad nailer and ¾-in. brad nails for additional support.
Tip: You might need different size nails depending on the thickness of your moulding and plywood.
Tip: You might find that some glue seeps out after nailing the moulding down. If this happens, you can remove the excess glue by wiping it off with a damp cloth.
Since we did not stain the side of the plywood earlier, we now paint the side since the moulding is attached. It is much easier to do this step now, rather than when doing the painting earlier, because this way you don’t have to worry about getting paint on the top of the board.
Step 5: Attach Hooks and Pipe Shelf
To be sure all your laundry supplies will fit properly on your organization center, position everything you’re going to store on the board before committing to a layout. Once you’re confident that everything will fit, center the pipe shelf bracket left to right, and made sure it’s level by measuring down from the moulding.
We’re using Liberty’s single prong robe hooks for this organization center. They’re the perfect size for all of the products the kinds of products that will hang on the organization center. Black is a good color, too, because they coordinate well with the black pipe.
Use a pen to mark all your screw holes. Drill the holes for the screws using a 3/16-in. drill bit. This helps to prevent your wood from splitting.
Depending on the thickness of your plywood, you might need to pick up some screws, in case the provided hardware is too long.
Use a drill or screw driver to attach your hooks, pipe shelf bracket, and shelf.
Step 6: Hang Your Organization Center
To attach your organization center to the wall, pre-drill holes in the the plywood board, and then screw it directly into wood studs. If you aren’t sure where your wood studs are, be sure to use wall anchors for your appropriate type of wall.
To hang the ironing board, use the coat and hat hook with aqua blue ceramic accents. The aqua blue color looks great with the trim on this organization center.
Step 7: Style!