I have joined up with some really great ladies for this DIY Project Challenge. If you’re looking for some amazing DIY inspiration, then get ready! You’re about to see a whole set of wonderful ideas from some inspiring bloggers. This month’s parameters were to DIY an organizing solution for under $50. For my project, I chose to give the details on this DIY wrapping paper storage cart. (The rest of the projects are listed at the end of this post. Please go check out each and every one because they are so great!)
Do you have a small laundry room with that awkward extra 6 inches next to your washer and dryer where dust looms and socks fall to their death? We did too! But don’t fret! That space does NOT need to be useless. If you’re like me and live in a smaller home where you have to utilize every last inch, this is for you. Build this DIY wrapping paper storage cart and give that sock sucker some form and function!
When we did our laundry room makeover, I knew that we needed to cover this space up and utilize in the best way possible. I didn’t have a great solution for wrapping paper storage. It can be so awkward! This seemed like the perfect place.
What You’ll Need
*All measurements should work with a standard top loading washer. Please measure your space before you cut to make sure these specifications will work for you.
- An 8 foot piece of 5 1/2″w x 3/4″ thick wood
- A 6 foot piece of 1 1/2″ w x 3/4″ thick wood
- 8 screws
- Drill or screwdriver
- Handle of your choice (we used this)
- Paint of your choice
- Kreg jig (helpful but not necessary)
- 4 1 1/2″ casters
The first thing you’ll want to do is cut your wood. To make the process even easier, you can always have your local hardware store cut your wood for you. For the 5 1/2″ wide x 3/4″ thick piece, you’ll want to cut a 29″, a 34″, and a 31 1/4″ piece. For the 1 1/2″ wide x 3/4″ thick piece, you will cut two 31″ long pieces.
Once you have your wood cut, you will want to make the appropriate Kreg jig pocket holes. If you are going to be into a lot of DIY projects, this is one tool I highly recommend. It allows you to screw pieces together in a much more seamless way. Make 1 pocket hole on each end of the 1 1/2″ wide pieces. These will serve as your side supports. You will also make two pocket holes on your back piece and two on your bottom piece. You can reference the plan below for a visual. The orange arrows represent the locations of the pocket holes.
You’ll notice above that the back piece is shorter than the front. I did this because we have the shelf above it with brackets. Having the lower back piece allows for clearance of the brackets.
Once your pocket holes are all drilled, you can start to put the pieces together. I would suggest attaching the bottom to the back piece first. The back piece does sit on top of the bottom. Then attach the bottom to the front piece. Notice that you will put a 1 1/8″ overhang on the front piece below the bottom piece. This will allow for the piece to go all the way to the ground so when the cart is pushed in, it will look built in. You won’t be able to see the casters and it should blend in nicely with the front of your washer.
Once the front and the back are secure, you will add the side supports. This is much easier to do with someone to help you. Attach your casters about 2 to 3 inches from each end of the bottom piece and you are in business. Paint in your desired color. We chose white since it would blend in with our existing washer and dryer. When it’s pushed back, the eyes almost don’t even notice it, which I like.
Drill a hole about 4 1/4″ down and 2 3/4″ in on the front piece for your desired hardware. We chose to do this simple brass knob but any hardware should work. This is a great way to personalize it and make it custom to your space.
And there you have it. A great way to utilize those extra inches in your laundry room while also providing something nice to look at. And here’s the kicker! The whole thing cost us only about $25 to make! You can’t find organizers for that price that will look this good. I promise you. If you make this, please send me pictures or tag me on Instagram @rufusandhenrietta.
Don’t forget to pin this project for later. I promise you will not regret it!
Now go check out all of these other amazing organization solutions that were all less than $50! I promise they will not disappoint!
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