Washer and Dryer Pedestal Reveal

I am about to show you the most loathed, neglected and hidden room in my house…..

Yep, my laundry room….  Okay, it’s not that bad but it just screams BORING… as if laundry isn’t boring enough;)  It’s baseball season which means loads and loads of laundry for me.  I love my family and I love taking care of them but it’s time to spice it up a bit:)


I sure would love one of those large mud room/laundry rooms but I didn’t think about that when we were house hunting so we have a small laundry room off of the garage……I am determined to make the most of every square inch I have in this little room and make it as cute as possible in the process:)  Hence the Washer/Dryer Pedestal!  If you missed the build process you can check it out HERE!

I chose Behr Gray Area in high gloss ~ there was no fine science to this.  I didn’t get samples, I just picked a pretty gray;)

After 2 coats of Gray Area and 1 coat of Minwax Polycrylic high gloss it was ready to test out! 

Ladies: If you would like to build this for your laundry room, tell your husband to leave the room for a sec;)

This sucker was the biggest pain in the touche to get in the house and under the washer and dryer!  Beware:)  If you have a large laundry room I would assume it is no problem…not the case for us!  I will spare you the details because we got it in but picture Austin Powers in the warehouse;)  It hurt, we got frustrated and water spewed EVERYWHERE the first time we turned the water back on (beach towels in the corner of pic;)

John connecting the dryer hose for the 4th time….  someone’s gotta be behind the lens;)

Okay!  You can tell the hubbies to come back in:)

Okay, remember the before….

And the after!

Love the storage!  I’ll share the tutorial for these baskets very soon.  I will say that they were SUPER cheap:)))

What I love:  The storage it offers on the bottom,  it sits the washer and dryer high enough to cover up all of the hook ups on the wall and it gives my laundry room personality!

Total cost for the pedestal (paint not included) $80!  The pedestals that you can purchase are about $200 and you have to buy two of them!

And because I just couldn’t resist…..

It’s built tough!  In the case I get the urge to read a magazine in the laundry room;)  Seriously though, I climbed up and down on these trying to touch up paint on the walls and ceiling.  The pedestal didn’t budge!

I’m still adding finishing touches to the room so I’ll be back later to show you my complete laundry room make-over!

Don’t forget to link up your favorite Shanty Supper on May 19th!  We are so excited:)

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Thanks so much for stopping by!


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  1. DaNita on May 21, 2011 at 2:07 am

    This is so great! I’d love, if you linked to my Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party, which is going on right now.

    Hope to see you there,

    • Ashley on May 24, 2011 at 1:19 am

      Thanks so much DaNita!

  2. Jenn on May 21, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Way to put the hubby to work! Looks great! Love the colors!

    • Ashley on May 24, 2011 at 1:19 am

      Thanks Jenn:)

  3. Diana on May 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Love the pedestal / platform as well as the paint color. You made the small room look new and fresh. I have a question about your w/d – are they made by LG and do you like them?

  4. chinamommy on May 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    just found your blog & love it!! love your laundry room ideas as we’re getting ready to make mine pretty!! Distressed robin egg blue cabinetry is 1st on my list 🙂

  5. VickiT on May 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    You are too funny. I feel so bad for your hubby having to crawl inside that to hook things up. I was fortunate when we got our front loaders a year or two after they started selling them. I talked the store into dropping the price on the washer and dryer to match the price at another store AND toss in one of the drawers. I was so proud of myself when we left that store even if we did have to buy the other drawer. At least we saved enough of everything else that technically it paid for the one we paid for. But, we still have the same problem with the hookups as you do. Luckily for my husband, he’s 6’6″ tall so he just leans over top of the friggin things and hooks them up. I can’t even reach across the top and get anywhere near the back of either machine. In fact, I just remembered as I am typing that I had a delivery yesterday and tossed the first box in the door onto the dryer and then went back outside for the 2nd box but remember hearing a crash. oops. I knocked something off the top of the dryer and it’s now living behind it way down onto the floor. This is where the shelf you have would come in very handy. Your hubby would be able to shimmy underneath and retrieve it. My stuff? Yea, it now has a new home and I hope hubby can recall what might have been up there so he doesn’t have to pull the dryer out to retrieve it in case it may have been something that could open. ack. Guess I’d better remember this when he gets home from work today so I can let him know to take a peek over top and see if he can check from there.

    Oops. sorry. got a bit sidetracked there. Your room looks great and you on top of that cracks me up. One of my kids when he was a baby loved sleeping in his little chair on top of the dryer because of the noise and vibration. Put him right to sleep. LOL

    Can’t wait to see more pictures. It looks good so far.

  6. abeachcottage on May 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Love what you did to your laundry room. Will be back to see your posts of any additions 🙂

  7. Fabby on May 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Oh, what a terrific idea, I can do this, as my laundry room is small too and for sure I need more space for storage! I’m going to show this to hubby. You look picture pretty sitting on top of the machines, pretty girl! Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week. I’m also at MM at: BNOTP.

  8. Lori on May 16, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Love them! Just a word of caution though, did you bolt the washer and dryer to them? I have the pedestals that we bought with our front loaders and they bolt to the pedestal because they can ‘walk’ a little bit when in a high speed spin, especially with a large or heavy load in them. Just a thought!

    • Ashley on May 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you Lori! I see what you mean about the walking. My washer has some sort of suction that made it very difficult for us to move out of the way when we put the pedestal in place and it has attached itself to the pedestal as well? Didn’t know it did that but I guess I lucked out:) Thanks for the tip though it is very helpful to hear others experiences!!!!

  9. Jane F @ Atticmag on May 16, 2011 at 1:04 am

    That washer and dryer are certainly riding high and so is Mom. What a perch! Great project and love the gray color. My laundry room is getting a repaint very soon and I’m going for gray. Jane

    • Ashley on May 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks so much Jane! Good luck on your painting;)

  10. Danielle on May 15, 2011 at 2:08 am

    SUCH a great idea! I’m about to move into a tiny apartment (from a good-sized house) and am looking for as many ways to maximize space without clutter that I can find. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Colleen on May 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Love how they turned out and love the color of your room! I know you said you would be doing a tutorial on the baskets, but could you tell me where you got the fabric for those? It’s perfect for something I’m working on…I’ve been trying to find a grey/blue, black, and white combo and have had no luck! Thanks 🙂

  12. Amy on May 14, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I love how this turned out…I need something for my machines! I won’t show my hubby this post though…he would veto the project since our laundry is in the basement ; )

  13. Bronna on May 14, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I love how the gray color pops with the white. Did you use the same gray on your walls? Love the pedestal!

  14. Trisha on May 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    LOVE IT!! It looks so good and would love to do it I just can’t get out of my mind – “what if the washer leaks?” Did you cover up the drain underneath the washer? or route a drain from the pedestal bottom to somewhere else? I’m always a worrier 🙂

    • Ashley on May 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you Trisha! I’m not sure I understand about the leaking? If it leaks, I don’t know that it would be any different than if it leaked on the ground. All of the hook ups are connected. My washer has never leaked before so I may be misunderstanding….. So far it is working great!

  15. ANgie on May 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm


    • Ashley on May 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks Angie!

  16. Kristie on May 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    The pedestals look awesome. I can’t wait to see the finished room.

    • Ashley on May 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks so much Kristie:)

  17. J Houston on May 13, 2011 at 11:56 am

    love this idea! now I HAVE to get front-loaders so I can make the pedestals ;)!

    • Ashley on May 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Haha! Thank you:)))

  18. Becky on May 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Fabulous laundry room. Worth all the pain in the effort! And stick a pillow up there and you do have a reading nook. lol

    • Ashley on May 13, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Lol! Thanks so much Becky:)

  19. yolanda on May 13, 2011 at 5:00 am

    LOVE IT :))

    • Ashley on May 13, 2011 at 11:51 am

      Thank you Yolanda:)

  20. Dianne on May 13, 2011 at 1:34 am

    I’ve been thinking about doing something like this too…but I have a question for you. Do you think that you’ll still have room to have upper cabinets up there? If so…would they be “reachable”?

    • Ashley on May 13, 2011 at 1:36 am

      Hi Dianne, there is plenty of room for cabinets. Reaching them is another question. I am working on a solution for above shelving/cabinet. I have a shelf right above the washer and dryer that I can reach but I couldn’t reach to a higher one unless it came out further. I am 5’4″.

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