Here at The Old Summer Home we’ve been tackling our awful mudroom/laundry room. This room has been an eyesore ever since we bought this house 8 years ago. Yes, 8 whole years I’m ashamed to say! In short we really needed this upgrade for quite some time.Finally a month ago I decided to kick my butt into gear and get to it. The herringbone laundry room table is one of the many projects that we have undertaken in the mudroom/laundry room makeover.
By far, our Herringbone laundry room table is one of my favourite things I have ever made! I recruited my hubby, Josh, for some of the cuts and building of the base because he is the carpenter after all haha. I’m getting better with power tools but I wanted perfection the first time around hence, calling in the expert. I’m so proud of how it turned out and its exactly how I envisioned it! Most importantly it is the one of most useful projects created in this newly renovated room.
Planning my Herringbone laundry room table
I figured out how wide and long I wanted it to be and settled on two feet wide x 4 feet long. I chose this size for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is plenty of room to fold on. Secondly, perfect amount of space for laundry baskets to go underneath.Thirdly, and most importantly, I can still open my dryer and the basement door with no interference! I’m pretty tall and wanted a good height to save my back while folding laundry therefore I went with 37 inches for the table height. These were all key things I took into consideration when designing my table so that it would be exactly what I wanted and above all what we needed.
Assembling the Herringbone table top
My next step was to cut a 2 ft x 4ft piece of 3/8 plywood. Recruiting my husband for this since I had a full sheet to cut on the table saw. Using a piece of plywood for the base of your herringbone table top is important because it adds strength and durability. Likewise it gives you a solid structure under the pallet boards to build with.
Once it was cut I laid it on the table saw. I often use the table saw for building because of its height and how sturdy it is. Josh marked my Center line straight down the sheet of plywood so that I could use that as my guide for butting up my ends. Then I started lining up pallet boards along the top but I ran into some difficulty keeping them square without being secured. Therefore I decided to start nailing them even though they were not cut to size as of yet. Each piece I nailed on using my hubby’s new Mastercraft nailer that I had bought him for Christmas. (Secretly knowing I will use it more than he probably will ) I checked each one with a square before nailing them into place to make sure it was all lining up nicely. Once completed it looked like this.
I then nailed on a few smaller pieces to fill the gaps as you can see above. Josh took the skill saw and cut all the edges flush with the sheet of plywood for me. My hero haha.
I added a skirting to the herringbone table top by using a few more pallet boards.
Time to make the laundry room table legs
Now it was time to flip it over so that I could start on the legs. Using 2×4’s I cut to length 4 pieces at 36 inches long. Attached them to my table top using screws.
I also cut two pieces to fit in between the legs at the top of the table and two more for the bottom. I attached the two bottom ones two inches above the the bottom of the 2×4 because this would be my bottom shelf. At this point I was at a stand still.
I needed hubby to come rescue me by helping me rip a couple 2x4s into 2×2’s because I’m frugal and that’s what I had on hand.
X marks the spot
Now we needed to come up with the angles for X’s. I had been dreaming of these since I started this plan in my head. We had to play with it a bit to get them perfectly lined up. The mitre saw couldn’t get the right angle so we simply traced it on the 2×2 and cut with the circular saw. The shorter pieces angles on the side were 45’s therefore simple cuts on the mitre saw. In this case the X’s were for decoration more than stability so I just used the nailer to put them into place.
I added some 2×2’s at the Center mark of the X. We pre-drilled so that it would not split and used some extra long screws to hold them in place. These would be my second shelf.
I should add I always try to remember to pre-drill when building for a couple of different reasons. First of all, it prevents splitting and cracking. Second of all, it makes it so much easier to screw together once its pre-drilled. Lastly it helps make it look a bit more professional. I also like to use our countersink bit because then I’m able to hide screw heads if I want to.
Repurposing to create rustic shelves
I had some scrap wood left over from a cubby cabinet I had ripped apart and we cut those to length width wise of the table to give it a planked look. Next I sanded them to get some of the paint off and create a rustic look. Then I put them aside.
Adding a few coats of fresh white paint
I gave the base of the table a quick sanding. Then I used two coats of flat white kitchen paint allowing a bit of the wood colour to show through because I still wanted a farmhouse feel.
Completing the Herringbone laundry room table
Once it dried I flipped it over and grabbed the trusty nailer attaching all my plank boards to the 2×2’s. Honestly I was hesitant on how the shelves would look because it was yet another tone of rustic in this compact project. Absolutely no regrets with this decision!
Time to bring this rustic beauty inside.
Once we brought our completed herringbone laundry room table inside I felt like the room was finally complete. Although I have many more projects I want to make and add to this room. The herringbone table top ties into the pallet wall so beautifully. I plan to add some pallet shutters to the wall behind it one of these days too. We get a lot of early morning sun on this window and as a result it can pretty heated in this room. Back to the table before I go off on in Lala land of future dream DIY projects haha. The white base gives it a nice crisp look whilst tying into the farmhouse look of the white wood used in various elements of this room. I am 100% completely satisfied with our latest DIY project. I hope you love it too!
At this point in our renovation I’m pretty sure I could live in this laundry area for days. Check out my other posts here at theoldsummershome.com for more of the projects that have been and are happening in this room!
Thanks for reading and until next time,
The Old Summers Home