My first project: Laundry Room Remodel. I wanted a built in feel for the washer and dryer as well as a large space for folding laundry. I also wanted some space for storage and hanging clothes. I also needed to create a hide away access for water shutoff. I then wanted a decorative farm style look.
I started off my framing out where I wanted the large shelf. Since this was a rather large (shelf 67" wide), I determined I needed some center support, so I also added 2 x 4 in the center. I made sure I'd still have access to the water shutoff by installing a cleat that the top shelf slides down into. The top shelf is a simple L shape.
Once that was completed, I started adding my trim pieces to the front of the washer and dryer. Since my wife needed access to the washer and dryer while I was working on it, I made sure to do all my painting and sanding ahead of time as this was completed over the course of several weeks.
Once the fame framing was finished, I cut 5 1/2" MDF at 3/4" for the base boards and 4 1/4" for the top piece and 2 1/2 pieces for the stiles.
I painted all the stiles first as well as the walls where the wainscoting was going. It makes your life so much easier.
When finished with the trim work, I picked up some cabinets from Home Depot with a recessed panel to match the look of the wainscoting.