Recently my brother gave me a stack of wood the came from a house in Lafayette Square (in St. Louis) from 1875. One side of the wood was covered in several coats of paint (probably lead...put oh well!). The other side was a beautiful stained rough sawn wood.
We trimmed it down and cleaned up the edges so it would all fit together nicely.
We laid all the wood on a sheet of 3/4" plywood so it would be sturdy.
The previous stain color of the wood was great, it just needed sprucing up. I used Howard's Restore-A-Finish to give the wood a deep luster and bring out the detail in the wood.
I finished it with 3 coats of matte polyurethane to protect the surface.
To attach it to the wall we used 1 x 2's and screwed them along the wall into the studs.
The wood counter top sits on top of the 1 x 2's.
It's so wonderful to have a solid surface over the washer and dryer! No more socks and undies falling in between the them, or the washing machine vibrating things right onto the floor! The counter turned out just like I wanted it to!!
There's still many more things I need to do to finish the laundry room, but this was definitely the biggest project.
Next up I plan to change out the light fixture, do something around the window, and add corrugated metal wainscoting along one wall!
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