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How to Redo a Laundry Room (page 2 of 2)

Use these step-by-step instructions to give your laundry room a makeover that will increase its style and function.

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give the laundry room a makeover
  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 4: Install the Ledger Boards for Countertops

Decide where you want your counter and what kind of counter you want to install.

Measure where the laminate countertop will go before cutting anything.

Cut a 1x2 with a table saw for your ledger boards. Ledger boards are attached to the wall to support the counter.

Draw a level line with a level and a pencil.

attach ledger boards to wall to support counter

Step 5: Cut the Plywood and the Laminate

Cut the shape of your countertop using a circular saw onto a large 3/4" piece of birch plywood.

Always remember to cut along the good side, not the waste side of the line.

The plywood will be used as a base for the countertop, and the laminate is added to the top to create the smooth surface counter.

Use the cut plywood as a template for marking your line for the laminate top.

The laminate cutter can take a lot out, so make sure you are on the right side of the line.

cut plywood and laminate

Step 6: Install the Countertop

After cutting the laminate, dry fit it onto the plywood to make sure it's correct.

Use contact cement to secure the laminate to the plywood (Image 1). Directions for contact cement are on the can. Follow them closely as you only get one chance to make the right bond.


  • Make sure to have proper ventilation when using contact cement.
  • Use wood slats to help keep the surface in place, while rolling the air bubbles out.

Use wood glue to attach trim to the edge of the countertop. Use a nail gun for added strength.

Fix nail holes with caulk and repaint if necessary.

Using a screw gun, attach the counter to the ledger board. It is helpful to have two people during this step so that someone can screw in the counter while the other holds it in place (Image 2).

Step 7: Cover the Pipes

Measure the duct, then cut down 3/4" plywood on a table saw. To make cross cuts, use a chop saw.

You can also cover the exposed duct line for the dryer by building another chase, or three-sided box. Just use the same process as covering the pipe.

Tip: Paint the chase the same color as the wall, that way the chase will disappear and will become part of the design.

cover exposed duct line for dryer

Step 8: Install the Cabinet

To add extra support for the cabinet, install a cleat, which is a board that is screwed into the studs of the wall.

After securing the cleat to the wall, place the cabinet onto the cleat. Secure the cabinet by using a screw gun and screws.


  • Make certain to keep in mind the height of the washer and dryer, when the doors of the cabinets are opened.
  • Consult a plumber and electrician before relocating your washer and dryer.
  • Before reinstalling the washer and dryer, it's a good idea to make sure all of the hoses are in good condition.
  • Keep the duct work clean from lint and dust because they can be fire hazards.
  • Dryers need 220 volts of power. Always consider that when you are moving appliances around in your laundry room. It's a good idea to consult an electrician when moving the volt power outlet.

add extra support for cabinet with cleat
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