After we mounted our laundry cabinetry, we waited weeks to finish trimming it out. Instead, we’d say, we have to go to the grocery store today! Or, let’s lay brick pavers instead! Or, want to map out our planter boxes?
I think we were getting burned out on the laundry room. It’s been a long, winding, renovation road since last year – can you believe we started planning this room in November of 2015? – and although we’re so close, I guess you could say we got completely derailed during these summer months. The backyard was calling! (It still is.)
Finally, we looked at our calendar. Together, we blocked out an entire weekend where we’d trim those cabinets. The good news? It only took half a day, plus a few hours the following day to touch up with spackle, caulk and paint! The cabinets make the room. Once we checked that to-do off of our list, we were amazed at what a difference it made! Why did we wait so long?
Some of you might remember that we teamed up with TheRTAStore.com for our cabinets after feeling frustrated by the size and height limitations from other ready-to-assemble cabinetry brands. But The RTA Store? So. Many. Options! After ordering several samples, we landed on the Aspen White Shaker; the white is bright but warm, a great complement to our ostrich wallpaper. Here’s what we did to complete the project and, as a result, get us that much closer to finishing the whole room!
First, we removed all the cabinet doors. A custom made side panel was attached to the wall using small L-brackets. Due to our unique depth of 32″ to stay flush with the side of our machines combined with our 9′ ceilings, we asked our kitchen cabinet maker if he’d be willing to do the job. It was painted in Sherwin Williams Extra White, a really, really solid match to the Aspen White finish. With the panel in place, we used base and wall fillers (they come in all different lengths and widths!) to fill any and all gaps. Everything had to be measured twice, cut (once) and clamped into place, if possible.
We opted to use our nail gun with short nails, very carefully angling the gun away from the front face in the off chance a rogue nail would decide to shoot through.
Behind the scenes, things always look worse before they get better:
We accounted for a 4″ gap between the cabinets and the ceiling, but to give our filler a place to adhere, we needed to add scrap wood to the top of the cabinets:
Below, you can see how the crown is now flush with the doors – a result of them laying on top of the scraps. Afterwards, we caulked along every seam (we used this method against the wallpaper) and filled nail holes, and we finished that by touching up the caulk + spackle with paint (a combination of these paint kits and a leftover jar of Sherwin Williams Extra White). The results feel custom and built-in – exactly what we were hoping for!
The recessed lighting was a last minute inexpensive add-on during the thick of the renovation, and we’re so glad we included them! The option to have the more powerful recessed lights or our dimmable brass flush mount feels weirdly luxurious.
Soft close hinges are a standard with the cabinets we chose, and the shaker style is so simple and clean-lined when paired with these knobs. So pretty!
Our counter is still a work in progress. To this point, we’ve cut down a slab of butcher block, but we still need to mount a sink and faucet, both of which have been in waiting for far too long!
To make the space work for us, we chose 24″ deep uppers for maximum storage. Not having seen many examples of extra deep upper cabinets, we wondered, will it be… too much? Will it feel like a wall? We’re happy to report that choosing the 24″ depth has been a dream. We’re storing everything from thick bed linens to towels, soaps, cleaning supplies and even photo albums! Our base cabinet is pulled far enough away from the wall to create a counter depth of 32.” We’ve given Libby a cat door to use the facilities, and she has been loving the privacy! (Often times, we’ll find her snoozing the day away inside the cabinet.)
We couldn’t be more satisfied with our cabinets, and we’ve found our entire experience with TheRTAStore.com to be easy and effortless! From browsing samples to working with one of of their designers, to building and installing, we surprised ourselves with how much we could accomplish on our own. If you’re looking to get started on your own laundry room – or bathroom or kitchen! – you can use the promo code YBH50 for 50% off all sample doors!* Start planning with a free designer now, and you’ll be set to go in time for their upcoming Labor Day Sale!
TheRTAStore.com provided us with cabinets for the laundry room, and all opinions belong to these two. Thank you for supporting the brands that support us, and most importantly, we hope this gives you another budget-friendly option for all the flat-packed cabinetry out there!
*You are responsible for return shipping of sample doors, but original payment method of doors will be credited back to you!