I built this laundry table to hide the sock-eating gap behind our washer and dryer. And to give us a good spot to drop our keys and mail when we walk in. BUT it turned out to be a great place to fold and added a ton of style to the room.
Step 1: The Ugly Gap Before Picture
The dryer vent created about a 10" gap behind our machines. It was a total eye sore and stuff was constantly falling back there.
Step 2: Build the Frame
I used Kreg Jig Pocket Holes to assemble this easy frame. I like to set the rails 1/4" back from legs to add a bit of interest to the design.
You can see the full build and download the free plans on my site.
Step 3: Make the Plywood Top
I used Maple Plywood for the top. Applying edge banding to the plywood edges is a quick and easy job with an iron. The banding just needs a little trim with a utility knife or the edge band trimmer to make it flush with the table top. Then a light sanding will blend it into the wood perfectly.
Step 4: Apply the Finish
I used 2 coats of Watco's Danish Oil in Medium Walnut on the table top. Then 2 coats of Matte Polycrylic to give the finish more depth and a bit of sheen.
The frame was painted with Magnolia Homes by Kilz paint in Spontaneous. That also got 2 coats of Matte Polycrylic.
Step 5: The Finished Table
This table slides right over our washer and dryer. It adds so much functionality and style to this room. Plus, a little stained wood makes any room look better. ;)
You can find more DIY's from this Laundry Room by following this link too. Like the Mudroom Bench I made by cutting a base cabinet in half.
Get the full tutorial steps and download the free plans here.