Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Map Drawer Tilt Out Laundry

For my birthday this year, I decided to finally dedicate time to a project that I've been wanting to do for the past four years, but kept putting off to do more practical things instead. I really wanted a tilt out laundry to hide the hamper in our hallway. I also decided to use only scrap wood that was taking up space in my garage, so I got a little creative with cutting and ripping certain pieces I had to make them work.

The sides of the box are all left over pieces of MDF. I even ripped some smaller pieces of MDF to make braces in the back.

I added some 3" strips of 1/4" plywood to make the sides look nicer and hide the seams of the MDF.

The front door is a few pieces of 1/2" plywood that I fused together with my Kreg Jig. I hid all those seams by attaching more 3" strips of 1/4" plywood to make the false drawer fronts.

I found some cute mini knob handles off ebay. And these self adhesive metal label holders on Amazon here. I spray painted them silver to match my knobs. I ended up with seven false drawer fronts below the handle at the top, so it worked out perfectly to label each one a different continent (my kids love that part).

I wasn't sure if I could stain the MDF and have it look like a wood finish. First, I used M
inwax Pre-Stain Conditioner
(affiliate link) to help it absorb the stain evenly. Then I used Minwax Gel Stain in Walnut (affiliate link), which sort of goes on like paint, so a few coats of that (sanding in between) looked great. Then to protect it and give it a nice finish, I used two coats of Minwax Polycrylic (affiliate link).

Linking to: DIY Dreamer Party 233, Wake Up Wednesday 138,Wow Us Wednesday 291,Talk of the Town 37,


  1. WOW!!! What a fabulous piece!!! Such a great way to hide the laundry!

  2. It looks like the map drawers I remember from years ago in different libraries. Great piece! It dresses up the hallway and hides the laundry too. You are so cleaver!