DIY Laundry Room Crates

Our laundry room is now one project closer to being done! Yes!

Last weekend Anthony had a spare second, so I begged him to do a project for me.

Turns out, he might not be immune to my begging after all. Either that, or he was sick of hearing me talk about laundry room crates.

Remember the plan?

Laundry Room Plans

Well, we’re steadily making progress because today it looks like this:

DIY Laundry Room Crates by The Wood Grain Cottage

Here’s how we made those lovely crates:

First, we started with the dimensions for the crates, which are custom to our laundry room pedestal.

2 are 15 1/2″ wide x 16 1/2″ long x 16″ tall and 1 is 15″ wide x 16 1/2″ long x 16″ tall.

Anthony first startedΒ  by making the ends…

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And cut all the cedar tongue and groove planks into the proper lengths…

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Then, he attached the planks…

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And nailed them on…

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Once the sides were covered, he started attaching the front & back.

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With all sides attached, he nailed on the bottom, which is made from the same thing as our plank wall.

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Then, he did that 2 more times!

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Once they were built, I gave them a light sanding and wiped them down with cheese cloth.

Then, I stained them in my favorite stain, Minwax Early American.

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Once the stain was dry, I gave each crate a couple coats of poly.

Then, we attached the handles and 4 felt circles on the bottom of each crate for easy sliding.

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I am so happy to have them built!

DIY Laundry Room Crates by The Wood Grain Cottage

I love how they look!

DIY Laundry Room Crates by The Wood Grain Cottage

And they’re the perfect size!

DIY Laundry Room Crates by The Wood Grain Cottage

They hold a ton… not that I’ll ever let them get full… I hate when laundry piles up…

But they’ll hold a comforter or several blankets with no problem!

DIY Laundry Room Crates by The Wood Grain Cottage

And when I’m done, I just push them back in. They’re very light weight, so it’s super simple.

DIY Laundry Room Crates by The Wood Grain Cottage

Now we just need to install the plank wall and this room is almost finished! Then, I can start adding the accessories.

In the mean time, I’m really enjoying how much better they look and function over the old plastic baskets…


Hanging Ironing Board by The Wood Grain Cottage

And now:

DIY Laundry Room Crates by The Wood Grain Cottage

Loads better, right? Ha! Pun totally intended!

Have a happy weekend!

Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage

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  1. These are a great way to hide “the stuff”.
    Do you have something on the bottom of the crates so that it doesn’t scratch your floor?

    1. Thank you, Cheryl! They are a great way to hide stuff! πŸ™‚
      Yes, we have 4 felt furniture circles on the bottom of each of the crates. I didn’t want them to scratch up the floor!

    1. THANK YOU! I’m lovin’ the rustic vibe too! I hope your laundry room is coming along nicely. πŸ™‚

  2. Shayna,
    I love these crates! What a great idea and they look sooo much better than the before pic. It’s amazing all of the little fun things we can do in our homes to make it ours and fit our style. Great job to you the the Hubby!
    xo, Jennifer

    1. THANK YOU so very much, Jennifer! I’m loving them too… and they do look sooo much better than before! πŸ™‚
      Have a great weekend!

  3. Nicely done, team WGC!!! It really brings the laundry room together. My handsome hubbylicious/helper is hanging shelves, as I write…can’t wait to decorate them:)

    1. THANK YOU, M! I think it really brings it together too!
      Isn’t it great to have a handy hubby? Enjoy your shelves… and decorating them! πŸ™‚

  4. the crates are beautiful so much better than plastic baskets; what a difference they made to your space, it looks complete! πŸ™‚ your husband did a great job on these and love how you can even put extra pillows or covers inside of them and no one has to see what’s there! πŸ™‚
    wish you a beautiful weekend Shayna

    1. THANK YOU so much, Ingrid! He did a fabulous job and I am so excited to have them done! They hold so. much.!
      Have a great weekend!

  5. You are making some great progress- what a nice addition those crates are πŸ™‚

    Thanks for linking up to The Inspiration Gallery this week!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House

    1. THANK YOU so much, Mandy! We are making great progress… and I’m so happy to have these done! Life just got easier! πŸ™‚

    1. THANK YOU so much! I love the stain on them too!
      Thanks for inviting me to your party! I’ll be sure to link up! πŸ™‚

  6. These are awesome! I wanted to do something similar when we redid our laundry room but it was going to make my machines too high to have a useable countertop (I use the counter daily because it is also the mud room). These are so fabulous and convenient though, wish I could have them too! Great building work:)

    1. THANK YOU so much, Krista! I’m loving them! They not only look great, but they’re super functional! πŸ™‚

  7. You and your husband are so talented, Shayna! Just wondering though…don’t you get a lot of vibration and noise from having your washer on a wooden platform? Mine sits on the pedestal sold with it, but on laminate flooring and we’ve had a terrible time keeping the washer “CALM”! I’d love to try something like this because my laundry room is the same size as yours and there’s no space for the baskets.
    Glad to find your site, from It’s Overflowing linky party.

    1. THANK YOU so very much, Cynthia! I’m happy you found me! Welcome to the WGC! πŸ™‚
      I know what you mean about the front load washer… luckily, we don’t have any problems with it on the pedestal. We had it built extra sturdy and the vibration is minimal, especially since we have placed a little piece of sticky backed sandpaper underneath the front of the washing machine’s legs. That has helped with the occasional “walk”. Before, we had the machine on concrete and it really moved. After every load I would need to pull it back in place. The sandpaper has worked wonders. We bought ours from our local appliance store, but they said our machine should have came with them.
      I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  8. I saw you mention the console table at the beginning of the post and love that it is small and compact. Did you make it, too, or do you have a source?


  9. Hi Shayna, I’m a long time reader and first time commenter. I know you probably can’t get a full on shot of the front of the W/D but I was wondering why two crates fit under the washer and only one under the dryer. I love those crates! Such a sleek/rustic finished look!

    1. Thank you so much, Karen! We love our crates as well! I actually designed out washer and dryer platform to fit two crate on one side, and one on the other. The divider had to be there for support, so I worked around it! πŸ™‚

  10. Wow, fantastic job. My laundry room is long and narrow as well and I will use yours as an inspiration as I redecorate. I noticed Anthony wasn’t wearing safety glasses in the pictures with the power tools, please remind him to use them. It would be terrible if an accident happened.

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