I built another raised laundry platform recently through my company Lone Pine Construction, a little different from the last couple I discussed in my previous built-in raised laundry platform post, and will show step by step how this one was constructed for those who would like to build one themselves.
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Last year for Desiree’s Christmas present I made a custom built-in jewelry cabinet for our master bathroom. It went over so well that I decided to stick with the master bath home-improvement theme for this year’s present. Desiree had been wanting to change the color scheme in our master bathroom to something more calm and serene, and also wanted a frame for the vanity mirror.
“Variety is the spice of life”. That’s what one of my good friends would always say. My wife Desiree must subscribe to that philosophy as well, because she is always wanting to change things up in our house, rearrange the furniture, etc.
Over the years we’ve accumulated memories captured in photos that we wanted to display above our fireplace mantel in a picture frame, that would allow Desiree to switch them out whenever she wants. We found out what size photo enlargements were available from Costco, and then I made a frame to fit any of the pictures we decide to blow up.
Repainting exterior painted surfaces of a home, such as exterior doors, as needed about every other year or so is normal maintenance. Last fall, I noticed all our exterior doors needed to be repainted. I had an unfinished reject alder door slab sitting in my basement for years, thinking I would someday use it to switch out our front door. So instead of taking the time to repaint our steel front door last fall, I replaced it with the wood door slab.
Desiree and I found a good deal on a dining table a few years back at the RC Willey Outlet that was discounted because the corner was chipped. We thought it went great with our kitchen cabinets and adjacent family room. And it was tall enough that our black lab wouldn’t be able to snitch some dinner off the table when we weren’t looking. The only thing missing was the asiento (that’s Spanish for a place to sit).
Give a room or accent wall some personality with batten board wainscoting. It breaks up bare walls, can be used in many different kinds of rooms, and is relatively inexpensive for a DIYer to install. Batten board wainscoting can be 3-feet tall, 6-feet tall, or really any height you like, and topped with a decorative cap or shelf.
We bought a front load washer and dryer 5 years ago when we built our home. Instead of paying the $600 for washer & dryer pedestals (which are nice for raising the height of the washer and dryer as well as providing storage), I built a raised platform in our laundry room out of left-over building materials I already had. Raising front load washers and dryers makes doing laundry more ergonomic, with less bending over. I recently built a raised laundry platform in another home that improved upon my origional design by adding tile, cubbies for laundry bins below and additional built-in storage shelving.
My wife Desiree was looking to decorate the wall in our front entry and also wanted a place to hang coats for our guests. So I made this simple coat rack with a shelf.
Can lights provide good ambient lighting for general purpose use and basic task lighting needs. Most people like can lights because they illuminate a room in an inconspicuous way. They recess into the ceiling, and for the most part blend into their surroundings. Recently in a basement home office, I converted can lights into decorative accent lights using a can of spray paint.
I noticed a really cool gridded accent wall in the home of some people I’m doing some work for. Their home office has a high vaulted ceiling, and on the tallest wall in the room they used 3 inch wide flat trim spaced about every 2 feet horizontally and vertically to make a grid pattern, giving the accent wall depth and texture.