Last year I reworked my laundry room for what I thought was the last time... then Izzy came along and suddenly I needed to make some changes. Izzy will NOT LEAVE THE LITTER BOX ALONE!
I also needed to finish painting the laundry since I had done the job in dribs and drabs as I renovated it so moving things around to better suit the dog situation wasn't an issue. Time to get this laundry done once and for all (yeah, yeah I know, it will never be finished for good).
She's just pretending to be good here.
I had hidden the litter box last year by hanging a shelf over the box and a curtain in front of the shelf. That worked really well for me and the cats. It did not keep Izzy out and the poor cats were very upset at having this dog constantly bothering them when they were doing their "business".
The shelf idea worked so well that I wanted to keep that part of the equation. I also wanted to keep some hanging space and my storage tower since there really isn't much space for storage in the laundry otherwise.
After rethinking the layout, I decided to move the storage tower and hang an Ikea hat rack on the wall to give me hanging space. With the tower tucked away beside the stacked washer and dryer, I had room on the wall to hang my laundry baskets. I put the folded up hanging rack on top of the dryer (not my fave idea but keeps it handy and out of the way) and I hung a 16" deep shelf counter to give me crafting space and/or folding space.
The counter is hung on two heavy-duty brackets that are screwed into studs with 3" long #10 screws. I ran a 1x2 underneath the back edge of the shelf to help support it and I used a 36" piece of 2" doweling as a dry-fit leg at the front center edge of the counter to give it some extra support as this counter 65" long and I don't have a bracket at the midpoint. I also attached a 1x4 just under the front edge to give the shelf a chunkier look. First I added a 1x2 using my finish nailer, one inch in from the edge of the plank to give myself a nailing surface for the 1x4. Then I nailed the 1x4 to the 1x2. Confused yet?
The kitty litter is tucked in the corner and partially hidden by the shelving tower. I also was able to bring my tool crate back into the laundry and store it beside the litter box. This helped to keep the dog out but it still wasn't enough.
At a yard sale, I came across a 32" bamboo roman blind - ding ding ding ding ding!!!!!!! Winner!! I hung the blind on the front of the shelf counter and it works beautifully. The dog can't get into the litter, the cats get in and out via the top of the tool crate, the blind rolls up easily to allow for the litter to be scooped and everything is happy in the garden again.
My laundry is now painted, freshened up and much brighter with not having the shelf tower blocking the light from the window.
The laundry tub area is unchanged except for a new light fixture.
I set up my recycling at the back door using crates placed in the bottom of a baker's rack. A few hooks on the wall hold jackets and a dog leash.
Here's a tip for those of you with front load washers. The manufacturers recommend that you leave the door open between loads but I can't since Max (the cat who acts like a dog) has a taste for chewing up the rubber seal. I found a small scale bungee cord that I tacked to the screen beside the washer and I opened the bend in the hook to allow it to fit easily over the door handle. The door is open but not so open that Max can get at the seal!
Yet another project checked off the list.