Updated: May 11, 2020
Happy Spring projects everyone!
We have been busy during isolation and hitting the renovations. In this tutorial we will break down how we made our herringbone design wall and how we made our new shelving in our laundry room. It's more-so a laundry closet, but same same.
We had all of this lumber stocked up in our garage from leftover projects, but we will run through exactly what you will need to get the job done.
WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO NEED:
We bought our sponge from the tile section of Menards for $2. The lumber for our project cost us about $55. The brackets were $3 each and we spray painted them matte black. The screws were approximately $5. The paint and stain we had on hand, but we will have those linked down below for you guys. Depending on the thickness and length of the herringbone design you're going for you can use varying sponge sizes and thicknesses. We had paint from previous projects in the house- the black we used is Zombie by Paramount.
- Paint your walls WHITE.
This will make your herringbone design stand out- if you are going for a similar look to what we have going here. I also had to fill in the holes and retexture the wall where we took down our ugly builder grade wire shelf that came with the house.
My little helper always. I can't get through a single project without tiny hands having a part in it as well.
Here is the paint we use!
- Cut sponge in half & to desired thickness and length.
I cut my sponge the long way and then trimmed it to be a bit thinner.
- Secure sponge halves in place with toothpicks.
Once I had my sponge halves, I went ahead and secured them together with toothpicks. I messed around with the shape a little bit, cut it down more, squared it off, etc, until I reached the desired look I was going for.
After I had my sponge in the shape I wanted I did a few test runs on a scrap piece of wood. I wanted to see if the shape translated to a surface correctly, and I needed practice for how to apply my sponge stamp.
You can see some of my other practice runs on this board as well. I tried using the side of the sponge before cutting it, but was worried about angle consistency as a whole.
- Start stamping in the upper left corner of your wall.
I want to add here that I eyeballed this whole design. I was going for a "rough" design. I wasn't wanting the design to be 100% consistent, but wanted it to be spaced somewhat evenly.
Again, I totally eyeballed that first column of stamps for spacing. If you want to go for a cleaner design you can use painters table and line out where each design will be laid. At the very least you could place tape for the spacing between columns. What I did for a somewhat consistent look is I lined the corner of my sponge with the stamp to the left and then lined up the middle of my sponge point with the stamp above. The spacing I completely winged it... lol maybe not do that if you don't live life on the edge like I do. This again comes down to the fact that I jump into projects without a total gameplan. It's a Morgan trait that my husband cringes at. It usually works out in my favor, though!
You will also have to play around with the pressure when stamping your sponge. As you can see my design is inconsistent in the amount of paint and pressure. This is the look I was going for, but keep this tip in mind when you are stamping. The look you are going for may be different than mine.
The last part of your stamping may end in a partial stamp! Mine came out to be about half of a stamp design. I simply took the toothpicks out of the sponge and used half of the sponge stamp to get the last column on the wall. Again, the rough look is what I was going for here.
- Make your countertop.
I am actually going to refer you over to our modern farmhouse dining table DIY for this one. How we made the table top in steps 1-3 is how we made this countertop as well. We squared off the 2x12's, cut them down to length of the laundry room, and Kreg'd them together for a solid wood counter surface.
We used 3 2x12's Kreg'd together to make our countertop and used single 2x12's for our top two shelves.
Here is the mix of stain we used for the shelving. It is the exact same color as our dining table- driftwood, classic grey and a small splash of special walnut. We also sealed our shelves and countertop with a generous coat of polycrylic.
You can find the link to that DIY here.
- Place the counter support.
We used 2x2's for the counter support on the wall. We secured the 2x2's directly to studs in the wall using a stud finder.
Don't mind that paint splatter.. lol. I eventually cleaned that right up!
We used a level to be sure it was even as we secured the boards.
We lined up our counter support with the top of the water outlet for the washer. It was the lowest we could go with the counter without covering that.
- Install the countertop.
Next up is getting the heavy countertop in place and securing it to the 2x2's on the wall. We used 2 1/2 inch screws to secure the top down.
PS- this sucker is HEAVY! This is definitely a two person job. The top alone weighed about 120 pounds. We also had to use a sledgehammer to pound it into place- it was a TIGHT fit.
Again, our little zebra helper checking for studs on the countertop. Definitely an important step here.
Once the counter is in place you can move onto getting your other shelves up!
- Install brackets and put up shelves.
We picked up cheap white shelf brackets (in a 10" since we used 12" boards) and spray painted them matte black. Our go-to is Rustoleum for spray paint.
We used molly screws (drywall anchors) to be sure our shelves could support a decent amount of weight. We like to store our extra cleaning supplies in our laundry room and all of that liquid is HEAVY.
We went in about 10" from each wall and 21" up from the counter for the first shelf.
For the second shelf we went in 10" from each wall and up 14" from the second shelf. The very top shelf is where we planned to put our extra toilet paper and paper towels for easy access. Right now we store our paper products under the stairs and we rarely go downstairs. Is it weird that I felt like leaving the toilet paper in these pictures was a flex? Lol! Just a normal amount of toilet paper in our house, guys. One Costco package lasts us 2-3 months, by the way!
Mike also secured the shelves to the brackets with the hardware that came with the brackets.
For a small budget and a small amount of time to work with we whipped this little space into shape! I'm loving how everything is coming together in the house room by room!
When the shelves went up and I stepped back.. I had the biggest, dumbest smile on my face. Once you start doing renovations it becomes addicting! Just take a look at the before and after of this room!
Anyone seen Trolls? And the little squeal Bridget makes? That was me.
For under $100 this little laundry room was transformed into my DREAM laundry space!! I can't wait to organize all of my cleaning supplies and get some cute little signs. Totally adulting now guys. When organizing your cleaning products is a highlight of your day, you've officially hit adulthood. Maybe.
Stay tuned later this week for the DIY video going live for this amazing room transformation and be sure you are subscribed to our YouTube channel for more inspiring renovations and DIY's!
Until next time, we are sending all of our love! Stay sane, healthy and safe everyone!