DIY Fold Down Drying Rack with Building Guide

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What would it take to make you enjoy doing laundry? I don’t think I can answer that question, but having a fold down drying rack will certainly make it a little easier for me.

I recently built a fold down drying rack for my laundry room refresh and I wanted to share a high level building guide with you. My guides are not in-depth, or detailed building plans, but they should provide you with the visual aid and supply list you need to build the drying rack on your own.

This drying rack is the most sturdy when folded down to a 90 degree angle. If you plan to use your rack at a 45 degree angle, I recommend installing the hinges towards the top.

Supplies

Tools:

To build this drying rack I recommend doing all of your cuts and drilling your holes first. Second, build 3 of the 4 sides of the inside fame. Next add a little glue to the ends of the dowels and then insert into the pre-drilled holes. After your dowels are secure, attach the fourth side and then secure the frame with screws (this part might require a bit of trial and error). Build the outside frame and then or stain all your pieces. Last, attach your hardware (according to the package directions) and mount to your wall.

Again, if you want your rack to lay down flat, attach the hinges towards the bottom. If you want your rack to open to a 45 degree angle attach your hinges towards the top.

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2020 Prime Day Finds for DIY and Home

It’s day 2 and I’m sharing some amazing finds from Amazon Prime Day! These are great deals that would benefit anyone focusing on their home and DIY projects! If you click on the photos they will bring you directly to the product page on Amazon.

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Spade Drill Bit

I don’t have this exact brand but I have a very similar set. These spades are great to have on hand when drilling out precises cirlces. Make sure you have a high voltage drill when using. I’m currently using the 1″ size for my propagation station project.

Amber Spray Bottles

I’ve gotten in the habit of decanding lately and these amber spray bottles are perfect for storing bathroom, laundry, and home cleaning products. Getting a pack of six-16oz bottles for around $14 a great value. I’m using these in my laudryroom refresh for the One Room Challenge.

Wool Dryer Balls

I’ve slowly been focusing on areas in our home where we can be more sustainable. One of those areas is with the laundry. We have a bad habit of using tons of dyer sheets. Last year I started using wool dryer balls in my laundry as a replacement and I’m hooked. They help your clothes dry faster, and are a great alternative to toxic dyer sheets. If you like to add scent to your laundry just add a few drops of essential oils to the dyer balls.

Fashion Safety Glasses

Every DIYer needs a pair of safety glasses. Whether you’re sanding, cutting wood, using a saw — you need to protect your eyes. While I don’t personally own these specific pair of safety glasses — glasses are a must have if you’re working on projects at home.

Pretend Play Toolbox

If you have a little one at home like I do, it’s nice to have them “help” while working on projects. This pretend play toolbox allows kids to have hand on activity without the fear of them getting into your real tools.

Satin Pillowcases

I’ve been on a “natural hair journey” for the last 3 years and the best decision I made for my haircare routine was buying satin pillowcases. They’ve helped protect against the damage cotton pillowcases cause on curly hair. It’s the one thing that I KNOW has helped me maintain healthy and undamaged hair.

From Boring to Bright – Guest Bathroom Photo Tour

About two years ago I painted our guest bathroom cabinets green as a quick refresh for the space. Today, I’m sharing how I recently upgraded this “so-so” bathroom from boring, to bright and relaxing!

The use of vertical shiplap, mix of natural and neutral tones, and the functional pegs turned this bathroom into one that’s convenient and stylish. Keep scrolling to check out more of the space to learn about my design and DIY process.

THE WALLS

From the start, I knew I wanted to add some sort of accent and texture to the walls. I originally thought I would use board and batten but eventually settled for vertical shiplap.

I created “do it yourself” shiplap using 1/4″ plywood. I purchased the plywood from Lowes and had them rip the plywood down to 6″ strips. This ended up being much more cost effective than purchasing tongue and groove shiplap.

I painted the walls and the shiplap “Baby Artichoke” by Behr in a satin finish. keeping the walls and the planks the same color gives the room the feeling of having taller ceilings and it keeps from breaking up the space too much.

THE PEG RAIL

I am loving the peg rail trend and wanted to incorporate it into the room as well. I knew I had a very specific look I wanted for the pegs and decided to make them myself. I purchased 3/4″ and 1.5″ dowels and and cut them to the appropriate lengths for the pegs. After a little wood glue, sanding and staining I had the exact look I wanted.

THE MIRROR

We have a very basic builder grade 2000’s home. This means the home is PACKED with cheap builder grade finishes, including oversize unframed mirrors.

I decided to frame the mirror instead of buying a new one and I’m so glad I did! I framed out the mirror with pine common board and stained it with my favorite color stain, Early American, by Varathane. Framing the mirror was definitely worth the effort and really upgraded the entire space.

DECOR

I incorporated additional color and texture with the textiles, rug, and bath tray. This chambray shower curtain by Target’s new Casaluna brand is beautiful (and affordable).

I swapped out a traditional bath mat with this affordable vintage look runner by Unique Loom.

I added in Turkish towels — these towels are super absorbent, stylish, and lint free.

Finally, I found a simple way to incorporate a trendy terrazzo look by using a fun bathroom tray by Target’s Project 62 brand.

Links to all the items used in the bathroom are outlined below.

Wall/Panel Paint: Baby Artichoke by Behr in Satin

Vanity Paint: Fig Tree by Behr in Eggshell

Bathroom Tray: Terrazzo Bathroom Tray – Project 62

Shower Curtain: Chambray Shower Curtain Clay – Casaluna™

Rug: Bright Tones Vintage Traditional Green Runner Rug

Cabinet Pulls: AmazonBasics Euro Bar Cabinet Handle in Oil Rubbed Bronze

Wood Stain: Early American Classic Wood Interior Stain

Vertical Shiplap: RevolutionPly 5mm Poplar Plywood ripped to 6″ strips

Liquid Nails: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Liquid-Nails-10-oz-Extreme-Heavy-Duty-Adhesive-LN-907/205089262

Caulk: Alex Fast Dry 5.5 oz. White Acrylic Latex Caulk Plus Silicone

Turkish Bath Towel: 77×38 Bath Towel

Turkish Hand Towels: Bazaar Anatolia Set of 4