Remodeling a whole house can cost a fortune turns out and can use up loads of resources not just including $. So to lessen that amount using repurposed materials is always ideal. This project focused on the laundry room and saved loads of cash and gave a few food crates an extra life!
Step 1: The Crate
I didn’t take a picture of the assembled crates but this is a close example.
Each Crate had 4 walls and a bottom and an open top. Made from either ¾ or 1” plywood or luan. Each wall measured close to 48”x48” the walls were attached to one another using rivets which had to be drilled out or hammered out using a punch. Apparently food crates can only be used 1 time to carry food then they are deemed dirty and up for grabs to be reused.
16 pieces of walls and 1 bottom were salvaged
Step 2: The Floor
The floor of the laundry room was covered in some aged vinyl that had to go. However after removing the old vinyl it was found that the laundry room was in bad shape and would need to be replaced. The bad flooring was removed and now only a subfloor remained which was now 1” lower than the adjacent kitchen.
So 4 sheets of crate wood were used to cover the subfloor and bring the room back to the same level as the kitchen floor. To eliminate a weak spot in the floor where the 4 sheets came together the sheets were staggered and cut to fit the space.
Step 3: The Stage
The sister wanted the washer and dryer to be elevated a few inches off the floor if possible. Well it just so happened that the bottom of the crates where built stronger than any stage I could have built and would raise the washer and dryer 4.5 inches. The crate bottom was cut using a circular saw to match the footprint of the washer and dryer.
Then the washer and dryer were hooked up and placed on top to see how we did.