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2/20/2011

Laundry Room Quick Change—Part 3

Last time you saw our laundry room it looked a little something like this…

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New paint, no more ugly HVAC ducts overhead, new washer and dryer… it was a great start!  But there was work yet to be done.  I hinted in my last laundry room post that we had plans to hang cabinets around the washer and dryer.  So here’s an update on how that went.

We were extremely lucky on this project!  Just like with the appliances, I had an inside scoop when buying cabinets for the laundry room.  You see, Lowe’s recently switched suppliers for their in-stock cabinetry… which meant that they had to do something with all of those old (yet still new) in-stock Woodgate cabinets that were lying around. 

But what in the world would they do with them?  Hmmmmmm…  Donate them to Habitat for Humanity of course!!!

I’m tellin’ ya’ it was just meant to be!  All of the Lowe’s stores in our distribution area have donated the remainder of their Woodgate cabinets to the Habitat for Humanity ReStores nearest to them.  Which means that the Resale Store for the affiliate I work at received about $35,000 worth of brand new (still in the box) cabinets (in oak, hickory, and white finishes) to be resold with the proceeds going to my office for the building of new homes for families in need.  And the price was most definitely right! 

So here’s what we bought to fill the wall around our new washer and dryer…

  • 2 – 24 in. wall cabinets in white
    • Original Lowe’s price $132 each for total of $264
    • Habitat Resale Store price $45 each for total of $90
  • 1 – 30 in. wall cabinet in white
    • Original Lowe’s price $156
    • Habitat Resale Store price $50
  • 1 – 24 in. drawer base in white
    • Original Lowe’s price $172
    • Habitat Resale Store price $50
  • 1 – 3 in. wide x 30 in. long filler in white
    • Original Lowe’s price $16
    • Habitat Resale Store price $6
  • 1 – 96 in. long toe kick in white
    • Original Lowe’s price $9.25
    • Habitat Resale Store price $5

So that makes the subtotals…

  • Lowe’s = $617.25
  • Habitat Resale Store = $201

And when you add tax (which is 9.5% in the state of Tennessee) the final totals come to…

  • Lowe’s (what we would have paid if we bought them regular price at Lowe’s) = $675.89
  • Habitat Resale Store (what we did pay!) = $220.10

Which means a savings of $455.79!  That’s enough to pay for all of our new lighting for the kitchen and then some… I’ll take it!!!

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So, if you’re in the market for some new cabinets… maybe for a similar laundry room re-do… or for your garage… or even for your kitchen… contact your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and see if they have any new cabinets from Lowe’s!!!  Even if you don’t have a ReStore near you and have to drive to a neighboring county it’s still definitely worth it for the money you would save!  To find a Habitat ReStore near you click here.

So now that I’ve properly plugged the Habitat ReStores and I’ve let you all know what a great deal is out there, let’s move on to what we did with the cabinets.

Now Craig and I have absolutely no experience hanging cabinets… just the idea of hanging cabinets sets me into a shear panic… but Craig was convinced that we could do it.  And with it just being a laundry room and not our soon to be new kitchen (which we’re leaving up to the pros) I agreed to give it a whirl.  Since neither of us have any experience with this sort of thing we relied heavily on the advice of Craig’s best friend… Google!  There are a ton of great tutorials out there and a few different methods to use when hanging cabinets.  We chose to use the French Cleat system since we didn’t want to have to move the washer and dryer and the cleat would support the weight of the cabinets while Craig screwed them in place.  So we sort of ended up doing a blend of this and this.

The first thing Craig did was find and mark the studs.

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Next we cut the cleats and attached them to the wall. (I apologize for the poor quality of pictures from here on… I dropped the camera in the middle of the project and broke it, so the rest of the pics were taken on my phone)

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Then Craig attached the cleats’ mates to the back side of the cabinets and hung them in place.

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Next he screwed the cabinets together and then screwed them directly into the studs.  And let me tell you… those cabinets aren’t going anywhere!

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After that he set the base cabinet using this site as a guide.

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We trimmed them out with fillers and moldings and then reattached the doors.

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So our finished laundry room cabinet project looks a little something like this!  Not bad for a non-professional, huh?

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We still have to put in a countertop on the drawer base, add hardware, new floors, move the HVAC, and a few other small projects, but definitely 200% better than before we started a few weeks ago.

2 comments:

Lindsay said...

It looks fantastic! I love it!

Kristy said...

Looks good!