Laundry Room Drop Zone

Last week I was SO proud to share how I changed my first light switch and that project was all thanks to your words of encouragement over the past few months! I still owe you guys for giving me the friendly “nudge” I needed to give my first electrical project a try.

I was so focused on the rookie tips I learned along the way that I never mentioned what space was in need of a white switch + switch plate. Laundry-Room-beforeSpoiler Alert: I’ve been working on this baby wall in my Laundry Room and that’s where I installed the new light switch. Right before I went back to school for the year, I added board and batten to this tiny space. Believe it or not, this is one hardworking wall in our home so I wanted it to look more like the drop zone we already use it as.

Now that I’ve done my fair share of board and batten projects (maybe too many depending who you ask), I was able to do this ENTIRE wall, including paint, in one day (minus hanging the hooks).

I started around 8am and worked until it was painted with its second coat of white paint, which took me to about dinner time! Literally a days work brought me from that….

laundry-room-board-and-batten-with-hooks…. to this!


The night before I started working, I picked up the supplies from Lowe’s.

  • 2 pieces of thin lattice, long enough to be cut down to four strips (vertical strips)
  • 1 MDF 1×3, long enough to be cut down (horizontal strips)
  • 3 of these hooks
  • White Light Switches
  • White Switch Cover

I had all of the other tools/supplies for this project, which kept the cost of this project way down. Casey gave me her leftover white paint, extra caulk, AND the 2 gorgeous black hooks on the very top of the wall. All together this entire project cost me less than $40!


Because we have tackled board and batten so much on the blog, I skipped the step-by-step shots this time around. But if you are looking for a board and batten tutorial, check out this post, this post or even this post! <— wow can you tell we absolutely l-o-v-e this easy DIY?!

laundry_room_board_and_batten_hooks-7No Measure Hooks!

The black hooks are probably my favorite part of this new look (thanks Casey!!). I love how bold they are next to the white…. so classic! And would you believe me if I told you that I hung these hooks without using a tape measure? I have a little trick on how to hang hooks evenly and level, without measuring, coming to the blog on Thursday. #LIFECHANGING

Tiny Space, Big Job

Even before this mini makeover, we used this tiny space A LOT. Since we have a small house, incorporating vertical “storage” space is important to keep the house de-cluttered and organized.

I strive to make sure everything (literally everything) in our house has a “home” and this space is usually home to our school bags right when we come home from work.
laundry_room_board_and_batten_hooks-11It’s close enough to the kitchen for us to grab something quickly if we need to, but it’s tucked away behind the laundry room wall so we never see the clutter. And although it seems weird to put hooks so close to the doorway, hanging stuff here somehow works for us. We have another door that leads outside to our patio so we don’t use this “side door” very often at all, which allows us to hang stuff on this wall without being hassled.

Heart Eyes Now & Later

I am glad that we lived here a few years and established these routines before diving into this project, because putting hooks or a mini drop zone so close to a door may not work for everyone.

This project was SO WORTH the $40 and a summer days work! This laundry room nook has always worked hard for us, but now it works hard AND looks good, which makes me really happy with how this project turned out.

laundry-room-board-and-batten-with-hooksAnd note to self: if I ever have a formal mudroom in my next home, I know for sure that board and batten plus black hooks will definitely be a part of it. I’m officially in love with this classic combo. Bridget Signature

  • Liz Gordon

    Looks great! I have a similar set-up near my front door; I’m totally bookmarking this idea for down the road!

  • Erin

    imagine how hard it’s gonna work come winter time. but yeah i stick by the whole “live in your space for a bit” before you make any drastic changes. our front closet has two levels of hooks, the bottom is all about the dog stuff and the top is like scarves, bags, etc.

    • Right?! The layers that come with winter makes this drop zone that much more valuable in the winter!

  • shawnna griffin

    Hey Bridget- love the new look! SO cool! great job!

  • Kristen Ayotte

    Looks great! Making a hardworking space look good is always so rewarding. 🙂

  • Austin Schneider

    It looks SO GOOD! I’m so impressed, and I can’t wait to hear this hook-hanging secret!

    • Thank YOU!! I can’t wait to share — such a simple trick that saved me a ton of time (and measuring). =)

  • Great, as always!! I love these mini mudroom spaces! Will definitely need to find somewhere for one before our son starts school (in two years, I have some time).

  • Ok, now I have to BEG the hubs to put board and batten in our laundry room with hooks!!! Perfection!

  • Kenley

    Just now finding this for my industrial wood shelf project! This is the best explanation of this project I’ve found. One question: when Lowe’s cut down your pipes, did they also have to thread each pipe they cut, where they cut it? I noticed you have threading on both ends of each cut-down pipe…

    • Thanks Kenley! And yes when Lowe’s cut down the pipes, they added a thread on the side that was cut (which made the pipe threaded on both sides).

      Hope this helps!! =)