How to Upgrade your Laundry room with Custom Cabinets

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I’ve been MEANING to share our laundry room custom cabinets for 6 months now, and today is finally the day! I was waiting for it to be all the way complete, but you’re just getting phase one now. The laundry room isn’t necessarily the first room in the house one thinks to makeover. Guests hardly ever see it, we don’t see it unless we are doing laundry….BUT having it all spiffed up sure does tend to make laundry more fun, right? That’s the goal here…and function. Our laundry room is a pretty decent size…not too big, not too small, but it was quite horrible in the function part. I always love a good BEFORE, so here ya go!

Laundry Room Make over before and after building custom cabinets

The past few years, I’ve been requesting projects from my husband, instead of gifts. This project happened last May, right around Mother’s Day. This way, he works without complaining, since he’s gifting me. We’ve both found that I’m kinda useless, I try to help, but he tends to like doing things his way, I just give him the idea of what I want initially.

That shelf that came with the house is just way too high…a few years ago, I had my husband put in the lower shelf so that I could have a spot for the detergent. It’s just always needed some kind of cabinet, 1.5 shelves just wasn’t cutting it for me.


So we took everything out. Notice, I still have the old school washer/dryer set. They are 13 years going strong! I’m sure eventually they will be replaced, but I still love ’em.

laundry room before the makeover

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I love this shot of my daughter showing off the mess. This is opposite the washer/dryer, we put the sink in, but it doesn’t work, and the shelf above it with tablecloths that were always falling…yeah, I can be disorganized, for sure.

messy laundry room before makeover

Apparently, I neglected to take a picture of the blank wall…what was I thinking? Just imagine it without the shelves…

So we took them all off, and this is the beginnings of the new shelves:

How to Build custom laundry room cabinets

We love our cordless Ryobi tools, they make projects like this so nice to not mess with a cord getting in the way!  You can see the white paint where the previous shelf was before.

how to build custom cabinets for the laundry room

Here are a few rough steps if you want to re-create:

  1. The white structural support that holds up the shelves are 1×2 cheap wood. Make sure you hit the wall studs, because it’s supporting the entire cabinet system.
  2. The boards were 1×12 whiteboard (name of the wood) and we got it long enough to go wall to wall, cut them to size for vertical. Make sure you screw this into the structural support, to keep it all nice and solid.
  3. On the face of the cabinet, in the image below, are 1×3 boards. We used a nail gun here, both in the front and attaching the middle spacers.

custom cabinets in laundry room

For the cabinet doors, we built 3 individual frames, using a Kreg pocket hole jig system. A router groove on the inside of the edge, and attached the backing of the cabinet door to quarter inch MDF with wood glue (with something heavy on it over night on the table to set well).  Liquid nails all on the inside to help it stay in place and stay pretty–rounded off all the rough edges.

Kreg jig tool to make cabinet door

Custom laundry room cabinet tutorial

Then they got painted gray, it’s my favorite gray that is also in my Living Room (I’ll add it soon, can’t remember!)

Custom laundry room cabinets

Close up look inside

Inside DIY laundry room cabinets

At the very top was a piece of crown molding to prett-i-fy the whole thing.

Then, I decided to go bold with a fun color!

These were my narrowed down choices:

turquoise paint chip colors for custom cabinets in laundry room

I ended up choosing Benjamin Moore Meridian Blue

Benjamin Moore Meridian Blue paint color

I shared this hint on instagram last spring


As with all of our home projects, we made it a family affair. The girls had fun painting…

Painting custom cabinet doors meridian blue

painting custom cabinets

And the boys helped dad hang the doors just so…

Hanging custom cabinet doors in laundry room

We found some hardware to my pleasing at our local home store, and VOILA!

Custom Laundry room cabinets with turquoise paint

I’m loving the fun color, and the storage is AMAZING!

Turquoise laundry room cabinets

Blue custom laundry room cabinets

Phase 2 is coming soon….I’m SO excited about this part, too! While you are waiting, feel free to check out the rest of our HOME TOUR!

Tools we love for this project: