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How To Cover Up Ugly Washer Hookups

Is the ugly box for your washing machine’s hoses visible in your laundry room? This simple DIY will cover up washer hookups beautifully!

Every laundry room is laid out a little differently, isn’t it?

AnnMarie and I used the same builder for our homes but we have different floor plans.

Her laundry room is on her first floor and mine is upstairs.

When she installed gorgeous shiplap walls in her laundry room, she just cut the wood to go around the washer hookup box.

The box was placed behind her washing machine.

I’m not sure what our builder was thinking when they installed my hookup box!

If we placed the washing machine to cover the hookup, then the dryer vent hose would be exposed.

As you can see in the picture below, we opted to leave the washer hookup box exposed.

French country laundry room with beadboard drying rack and painted laminate cabinets and an uncovered washer hookup box in a laundry room with visible knobs for hot and cold water and three hoses coming out of it.

And then we did what any good DIY couple would do: we built a box to cover up the washer hookups!

Because that ugly box did not go with the French country laundry room vibe I envisioned.

Our builder also put the outlet for the washing machine up high on the wall, even further from the washer than the hookups!

What on earth were they thinking?

We had to modify the drying rack we built to accommodate that outlet, including cutting a hole in the bottom for the cord.

Uncovered washer hookup box in a laundry room with visible knobs for hot and cold water and three hoses coming out of it.

We had some trim left over from building the window valance and enclosing the space over the cabinets.

And some beadboard left over from the DIY drying rack and my garage drop zone project.

Not having a mud room or drop zone was the only downside to having the laundry room on the bedroom level.

But we created a space in our garage that’s been wonderful, complete with lots of shoe shelving, hooks, and a bench.

I digress.

Let’s get back to how we covered the washer hookup box.

Building a Box to Cover the Washer Hookups

This is the box we built:

Close up of the side of a beadboard box to cover up the hookups for a washing machine.

It’s just a simple box.

We nailed some beadboard on the front to coordinate with the drying rack.

To leave room for the hoses: we cut out a section on the side of the box.

I know the inside isn’t painted and neither is that cut out, but I didn’t bother with those spots because you’ll never see it!

And by the time we got to this point in the laundry room makeover, I was so over painting.

Close up of the back of a beadboard box to cover up the hookups for a washing machine.

Here’s another view of the washer hookup box.

At the top, there are two holes which are how the box hangs on the wall.

After hanging the box, we realized we needed another little notch for the electrical cord.

A drill bit did the job.

Beadboard box to cover washing machine water hookups.

We chose to hang it this way so it would be super easy to remove if we ever had a leak and needed to turn off the water.

It’s actually pretty secure.

The shelf over the washer and dryer is where the pretty stuff all sits.

Beadboard box to cover washing machine water hookups.

Now those hoses just blend into the background.

And the washer hookup is invisible.

French country laundry room with a beadboard drying rack and painted laminate cabinets and a beadboard box to cover the washer hookup box that hides all hoses, plugs, and the hookup box.

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Sandi

Saturday 5th of March 2022

Umm, it’s ok

Cat

Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

@Anne, I love it what a great idea!

Anne

Thursday 10th of March 2022

Thanks so much for checking it out, Sandi!

Connie Hotchkin

Sunday 6th of February 2022

Paint the bit of washer cord & plug to match wall to blend even more of what’s exposed.

AnnMarie

Sunday 6th of February 2022

That's a good idea! Thanks for sharing. :)

Mike Williamson

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

This is a great idea! I like seeing the connections hidden.

One item I would change: I would reroute the power cord so that it doesn't touch any metallic surfaces like your braided water supply lines.

Anne

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

Thanks so much, Mike! I'll have to have my husband take a look at rerouting the power cord. Thanks so much for the heads up!

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Sunday 28th of February 2021

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Katrina schmitt

Saturday 27th of February 2021

Looks fantastic

AnnMarie

Saturday 27th of February 2021

Thank you Katrina! This idea could be used for anything you need to "hide" in a space. Thanks for reading the blog! :)