Clever DIY Laundry Room Cabinets & Shelving (That I Should Have Done Yesterday)

In our home, we are always looking for easy ways to help organize our space. One day when I was doing laundry in our small space, I looked up and realized there was a ton of dead space above our current cabinets. I knew I needed to find a way to create DIY laundry storage that would utilize that dead space.

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What are the best laundry room cabinets?
I chose to get two 30” x 36” height cabinets to fit our space above our washer and dryer.

We figured stock cabinets were a great way for us to get the height we wanted, but also a way to make this project pretty inexpensive. The quality of these cabinets is what you would expect.

Hampton Bay Upper Stock Cabinets as DIY Laundry Room Storage
However, I do like the look. Since these were only for our laundry room, I think they worked out well. I would not recommend these upper stock cabinets if you were using them in a kitchen or other high traffic area since parts are still made of particleboard.

Our new washer recommendation
And by the way, we had to purchase this new Maytag washer (which we absolutely love) after our old Samsaug washer went kaput.

How To Add Extra Storage To Your Laundry Room
Laundry Room Cabinet Idea
We were not happy as that was the highest-rated washer at the time, but eventually, it was the model that had all of those recalls. I am so happy that we replaced this washer, but now it was time to really do a DIY laundry room upgrade.

We really are happy with our Maytag and it did match the dryer that we already had. We really didn’t want to purchase both, if we didn’t need to.

How to improve a small laundry room?
Before Laundry Room
After the new washer came, I started to look at how to improve our space. We debated about adding cabinets across the whole wall…

but thought that would make using our utility sink a little difficult. Therefore we can up with our laundry room storage idea of two taller stock cabinets and DIY open laundry room shelving above the utility sink.

What are the dimensions of our small laundry room?
For reference, you may want to know that our laundry room approximately 7 ½ ft. by 6 ft. We are able to just fit our new washer, dryer, and utility tub on the length of the wall with a little wiggle room in between. We do have large capacity appliances, so I am sure we would have more space if we had a smaller washer and dryer.

How to paint wooden stock laundry cabinets?
Full disclosure, I ordered a paint sprayer and totally wanted to try using it on this project. But I was using the same paint color on rollers for our bathroom vanity and oak railing makeover. Therefore, I ended up just using brushes and foam rollers like I did when I painted the bathroom vanity cabinets.

I do think that these cabinets would have probably turned out a little better if I had sprayed them. The cabinets were not nearly as forgiving than solid wood oak cabinets that I was also painting at the same time.

While these worked for our laundry room cabinets, I would say they are far from perfect. I may even end up having to sand a few areas and try to retouch some areas that seemed to take the paint inconsistently.

Supplies needed for painting cabinets
Old Rag

Enamel Paint in Semi-Gloss (We used this paint in Charcoal Blue)

*Latex Primer-We use Multi-Purpose Latex Sherwin Williams Primer

Brush- We like using Purdy 2 ½” Angular Trim Brush or equivalent from Wooster

Small High Density Foam Roller (these are must for a variety of DIY projects)

Small Roller Handle

Small Paint Tray-I love how sturdy & cheap these are

Hardware Pulls or Knobs- Here are the pulls we used. These pulls are plated, but don’t look like it when they are up.

Extra Fine Sandpaper

Steps for ideas for laundry room shelves painting laundry room cabinets and shelving
1. I did not think I needed to do this and I regret it. I would lightly sand the cabinets with extra-fine paper any rough spots you see. The doors had some wood shavings or extra particles on them.

2. Wipe down the cabinets before priming with a damp rag.

3. Use a primer (we love SW latex primer) with a brush and foam roller to completely cover the areas you need. I did not prime and paint the parts of the cabinets that I knew would not show.

Priming laundry cabinets before painting
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4. Once dry, start painting the first coat of enamel paint. Use a brush and small roller (or if you are more daring this inexpensive paint sprayer that I have read great reviews on and have to try to soon).

5. Propping doors on 2 x 4s will make this easier for you.

Also, I highly recommend storing your brush and roller in a Ziploc bag when you are not using them. This works as long as you are finishing your painting project in a timely manner.

6. Once they are dry, you are able to hang your cabinets.

Where else have we used this charcoal blue color paint?
We cannot believe that we were able to use this gallon of paint on several DIY painting projects throughout our house. You can see the whole list of charcoal blue painting projects.

and be sure to out how awesome our painted bathroom vanity turned out!

Supplies needed to hang laundry cabinets
Stud Finder

4’ Level


Shims (maybe)

Cordless Drill

3.5” Screws

Tape Measurer

How to hang laundry room cabinets?
1. Remove any existing cabinets or shelves. We had to take down both, but luckily we repurposed the old shelf and added to our garage for extra storage! The wire shelf may need to get sold on Facebook using my tips.

Empty laundry room wall before cabinets added
2. Use stud finder to find studs.

Stud finder used for laundry cabinet installation
3. Use 4’ level to mark the line where the bottom of the cabinets will be Determine the height of cabinets or how much room there will be at the top of the cabinets.

Learn from our laundry cabinet hanging mistake
At first, my husband just assumed putting the cabinets all the way to the ceiling would be a great idea. Luckily, I was easily able to see that I did not like the current height before my father-in-law and husband did too much work.

Make sure that you are able to reach your items while leaning over your washer. I realized I wouldn’t be able to reach the top shelf or even a lot of the bottom shelf if they stayed that way. You don’t want to have to get a ladder out to reach most of your items.

4. Put up and hold up cabinets while a second person puts 4’ level on the face of cabinets vertically to see if they will be plumb.

If they are not plumb, use wood shims to plumb (you might have to do this if the wall is in/out). Luckily, our laundry room was pretty square and we did not have to do this!

5. Use a cordless drill and 3.5” screws to anchor cabinets to studs. Each cabinet ideally would be anchored to two (2) separate studs that are typically located 16”s apart

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