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:)

Shanty 2 Chic

Thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. Kristie on January 9, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Know this is an old post but I have a question, are you pleased with your front load washer? We’ve heard both very strong opinions. Since this project pretty much requires front end, I’d like your input…or anyone else that would like to join in. Thanks so much.

    • Shanty2Chic on January 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      I did for a few years but purchased top load when we moved. No matter how I cleaned them the washer began to smell like mildew. Much happier with the top load!

      • Kristie on January 9, 2016 at 12:07 pm

        Oh wow! Thank you so much for your quick response. Know you are very busy! So glad to have your input!!

  2. Vern Glassel on May 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Hi this is a fantastic write-up. I’m going to email this to my buddies. I stumbled on this while exploring on google I’ll be sure to come back. thanks for sharing.

  3. Michael Aben on May 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    make sense, I had not think of it before, well anyways, thanks for sharing mate! keep posted!

  4. clare on April 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    This is perfect! My finance is 6’7″ when slouching. Watching him load the dryer makes my back hurt in sympathy for his back. I’m also not short and this will be perfect for our new apartment.

  5. Monika on February 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Hi, I love what you did with the pedestal! I do have one question though… Now that it has settled a bit, is there any bowing in the middle? I don’t see any vertical supports in the middle except for the outside (4 posts), and it doesn’t seem that just having the horizontal cross supports would be enough to hold the washer/dryer…sooo, how’s it holding up?

  6. Mary on January 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Hi there. My husband built a pedestal for my washer & dryer also…..TWO YEARS AGO and it’s STILL in the basement!!!!! (My laundry room is on the main floor.) LOL I have to say that I don’t blame him a bit for it still being down there. For one thing, it weighs a ton!!!! (We’re going to have to hire the local football team to bring that monster up! LOL) He built drawers for ours. We’ve just been putting off bringing it up and installing it because I think he’s dreading trying to get it all set up. I know I am dreading it for him. I have a question… Once you got the W/D up on the pedestal, HOW in the WORLD did you get to the water, drains & electric behind there? For that matter, I can’t figure out how to get the second one up there once the first one is set in place. That’s kind of what we can’t figure out! BTW – my W/D is red, so we painted the pedestal the same color red. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me. 🙂

  7. Karen on November 28, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Hi, Ashley, I just made a pedestal just like yours!! I have a few questions…….Does your washer make a ton of noise now that it’s on the pedestal? Also, I think I made mine a little too tall. How tall is your pedestal from floor to the top of the pedestal? I love the paint you chose!

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  9. jan on July 15, 2011 at 3:09 am

    okay…i’m a little p.o.’ed that i didn’t see this post before i built my pedistals. yours are sooooo much cuter.

    • Ashley on July 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      Aw thank you Jan!!! I have enjoyed having it so much!!!!

  10. Elle on June 8, 2011 at 3:31 am

    What a great Idea- love it 🙂

    • Ashley on June 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

      Thank you Elle:)

  11. Nessy on June 1, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Where did you get that rug? It’s gorgeous!!!

  12. Megan Camp on May 26, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Lovely remodel! Love the colors you chose.

    I noticed the doors to your washer and dryer both swing inwards which makes it awkward to take laundry out of the washer and put into the dryer. I don’t have front loaders myself but have you checked to see if you can switch the doors around? Quite often on washers, dryers, fridges you can switch the door to open from the side that’s the most convenient.

  13. Melissa on May 23, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Wow! I just found your blog through tatertots & jello and I am so happy that I did! I love all your projects and I’m especially excited about this one. You make it look so easy! I have never done any woodworking of any kind but now I really want to try! If I wait around for the fiance to do everything, it will never get done. Thanks for the inspiration! You’ve got a new GFC follower!

    <3 Melissa @ knit purl baby

    • Ashley on May 24, 2011 at 1:16 am

      Hi Melissa! Thanks so much! That is the reason I started building/DIY’ing. I am very impatient and when I want something done I want it done yesterday;) You can do it! It’s not hard at all and it is addicting! Good luck:)

  14. Jenniffier on May 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Just showed my husband this and asked him to build me something similar. He said it looks like something he could do. Thanks for the idea! Now you have him thinking and I might get more storage space in my oh so tiny laundry room off the garage. 🙂

    • Ashley on May 24, 2011 at 1:18 am

      Awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing:))) You will LOVE it!

  15. A Mommy's life....with a touch of yELLOW on May 21, 2011 at 3:13 am

    I am in love with this. It looks awesome. As soon as I have my own laundry room with front loaders I am making my hubby make me that! I pinned it so I wont forget. I am visiting from TT&J linky party. Come and say hi I love visitors also I am doing an awesome giveaway next week so check back soon.

    A Mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW

    • Ashley on May 24, 2011 at 1:18 am

      Thanks so much!!!

  16. 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!

  17. 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:)

  18. 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?

  19. 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 🙂

  20. 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.

  21. 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 🙂

  22. 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.

  23. 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!!!!

  24. 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;)

  25. 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!

  26. 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 🙂

  27. 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 ; )

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

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


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

      Thanks Angie!

  31. 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:)

  32. 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:)))

  33. 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:)

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

    LOVE IT :))

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

      Thank you Yolanda:)

    • Rafael on March 9, 2019 at 4:46 pm

      Pls I need instructions to build laundry pedestal for washers and dryer, Tks.

  35. 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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