As a mom of 5 kiddos, there are a few things that I know. Ok, maybe just a couple. One of those is LAUNDRY. I know it, and I don’t love it. I always smile when I see those pins about missing laundry one day when the kids are grown. Nope. I won’t miss it. I will miss lots of things, but not laundry baby. So… for now, I try to find ways to dislike it a little bit less! 😉
That leads me to today’s project. This may be one of my very favorite builds yet! For years, I have placed a laundry basket in the hall upstairs for my kids to throw their dirty clothes into. I have stared at that thing for years thinking one day I would come up with a solution that fit our needs and my dislike of dirty piles of laundry.
Let me introduce you to my new DIY Laundry Sorter!
Oooooh I love it. Lots. Does it look like a sorter to you??
Now, before I do get questions… I do realize that it is long for this space, and does cut off that door opening into my son’s room a tiny bit. I thought about that while I was planning this dresser. I had the choice to go with two baskets, but I couldn’t pass up that third! So, I traded few inches of space for another basket. I found these baskets at Walmart for $7 a piece, or you can find them HERE on Amazon!
. You can also find them This dresser is designed around the size of this basket, but it may fit others as well.
As always, I will walk you through the entire build below, and you can also download and print the full set of FREE plans by clicking HERE or the button below! Thanks so much to our good friend Jay for putting all of our original ideas into printable plans for you guys! Y’all should check his site out… Great ideas!
DIY Laundry Basket Dresser Details
I started by creating the box of the dresser. This uses hardwood plywood, and I went with Purebond Plywood for this.
Many of you have heard us talk about Purebond. It really is an amazing product to work with when you build furniture. It’s greatest draw is that you get the look of an expensive hardwood for a fraction of the cost. Not only that, it’s also made in the USA with sustainable resources, and it’s formaldehyde-free making it safe to work with and breathe. Winner. You can find it at Home Depot.
I did have Home Depot rip down my plywood to make it easier to get home. Once I had it home, I made all other cuts on my Ridgid Miter Saw.
I used my Kreg Jig
to make all of my pocket holes. You can see in the photos below where I placed all of them. I started by building the side frames. These are simple! I used 3/4″ pocket holes and 1.25″ pocket hole screws for this part. I also used a bit of Gorilla Wood glue on each joint before using my drill to attach them.
The back of the frame is also Purebond Plywood that is 1/4″ thick. When attaching thin material like this, it’s a good idea to use staples rather than brad nails. The nails tend to go right through that thin material, but the staples hold it in place perfect. I used my Ryobi Airstrike cordless stapler for this part. The best part? It uses the same 18v One+ battery that my drill and other tools use.
I drilled the pocket holes for the base next. You can see here how I placed the base into the Kreg Jig to make the holes on each long side. I am using the same size holes here.
This is what the base of the dresser looked like after my pocket holes were added.
After planking the top, I attached the whole thing. You can see where all of the pocket holes line up and attach.
Once I was done with the box of the dresser, I moved on to the doors/drawers… I couldn’t decide what to call them 🙂
These are a very simple design of attaching two pieces of plywood together with pocket holes. Each base should look like this below…
Attach them to the door fronts using 1.25″ pocket hole screws.
To attach the side pieces, I nailed them in place first before attaching with the pocket hole screws. It made this part lots easier.
At this point, my dresser looked like this…
And the back looked like this.
Now for trim! Now, this is where you get to be the artist. I wanted my dresser to look like individual drawers, so I made faux drawers from trim. It did cost more money, but I love the look of it. You can simply frame around each dresser door. That would be simple! When doing the trim, I started flush with the bottom of each door. All of my cuts are 45 degrees.
Next, I attached side pieces.
Then, I aligned the next ‘drawer’ up flush with the one I just did. Once finished, the trim should overhang the doors about 1/2″ on the sides and top of each door.
Now, on my second drawer I decided to speed through it. I forgot the old saying ‘measure twice, cut once’, and I ended up removing every piece of trim I added. There were choice words used on this part as well. 😉 Just be sure to measure each piece, or you will end of with a handful of nails like me!
After trimming each door, my dresser looked like this and was ready for a little paint.
I filled all of my nail holes with this before painting. I also caulked some of my less than perfect seams… There may have been a few. 😉
The color I used on this dresser is Sherwin-Williams Anonymous (SW-7046)
Once that dried, I used my Corner Cat sander to distress it a bit before adding my hinges. I used these hinges from the Home Depot.
It’s helpful to have a second pair of hands on this part to hold the doors… Just a heads up. I first attached each hinge to the box of the dresser. Please ignore my botched paint job. I only paint what eyes can see.
So, each opening had two hinges like this.
Now, fold the hinges together like this.
Set each door into place on top of the hinges. Now from the back of the dresser, open up each door and attach the base of the door to the hinge. There is probably an easier way to do this, but it totally worked for me.
And for my very last step… hardware! I found these cute cup pulls at Home Depot. Again, buying 9 of them did drive the cost up, but you can stick with 3 and keep it lower. The doors will fold open to the floor, but you can add small stop chains if you want. That will keep it from opening all of the way. I am adding them to keep the littles from opening the doors and playing inside of this thing. 🙂
And here she is all finished up. Oh. I love it.
What do you think?? Would it make you love laundry any more than you do now??
Let’s talk cost. I did spend a bit more on this piece. It is large, and the hardware and trim I went with did drive up the cost of the project. I spent around $100 for the wood before my trim and pulls. My trim and hardware added another $100 to the cost, making the project around $200. You can easily simplify the trim and cut down on your pulls to stay under a smaller budget if you need to though! But really, I would have paid a lot more for it because I LOVE it! 😉
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