Here is a BEFORE of my rickety rackety sorter and hanging space:
And an after!!!
As you can see clothes are filled in the baskets an they are very sturdy! Each person in my family has their own basket now. the 6th basket is for fabric napkins and towels. They can hold dirty clothes... or clean, and slide in and out just like a dresser drawer.
I ammended the Ana White Laundry Dresser plan I built 2 dressers, however for the top piece I cut one piece (instead of 2) to help keep them together, then I squared them up when I put the backing on. I was going to do a ceramic tile countertop and build in the whole thing like cabinets... but then I started thinking about if we ever needed to replace the washing machine or dryer and needed to move those out of the room.... I had to keep the laundry dresser moveable too... so it is NOT attached to the wall and I left the baseboards in place :)
Eventually I will build a sink cabinet... and replace the utility sink... I will secure that piece of cabinet in place and the dresser will butt up to it. I had to keep this under a certain height so that my ironing board cabinet would still open and be usable :)
So all that said I joined varied lenghs of 1x3's which I sanded an distressed. The stain is ebony and red mahogany mixed with 2 coats of poly on top for a smooth finish.
I also added wooden brackets with a rod for my hanging area. I came out enough to allow for hanger to hang and had to add a block of wood to the tops because I didn't account for the shelf being in the way when hanging... It works... same distressed look :)
How about some more pictures???
|Close up of bracket|
|Close up of folding area. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my finish!!!|
I have decided to wait until my kiddos go back to school to finish the doors. This summer I am commited to getting my oldest son moved into the bonus room (which was the playroom) and have a BED to be built!! All 3 kiddos will be in school this year and I will have plenty of time to myself for projects!