March DIY: Spring Cleaning Station

We know that cleaning your home can be a challenge, especially when you’re attempting to do the massive (and sometimes never ending) spring clean.

Our interior designers are helping you make life easier with an easy DIY project. It makes cleaning a snap, with all of your supplies in one place and labeled by each room. It’s as simple as grabbing a bucket and scrubbing up.

Here’s how to create this month’s DIY project, a spring cleaning station (and check it out in action in the Prospect Rise showhomes).

1. Shop for supplies

We hit up Home Depot and grabbed some basic supplies to create the cleaning station. You’ll also need a drill, measuring tape and screwdriver.

  • Pine shelving panel (we used one that was 4 feet long by about 2 feet wide)
  • Three large bolts (and four oversized metal nuts for aesthetics)
  • Three buckets or hangable baskets. These can be any kind, from galvanized  to wicker. We chose plastic so you can use the bucket for washing up as well as for storage.
  • Contact paper in the finish of your choice, like faux leather or stainless steel. You can also use stick-on tiles for a different look.
  • Heavy duty picture hanging hardware

2. Drill the holes, cover the board and install your bolts

  • Measure the height of the buckets, then space the bolts accordingly
  • Use a drill to create large holes that will fit the bolts
  • Grab your contact paper and stick it to the board. Trim excess, and don’t worry about the back – you won’t even see it.
  • Use a wrench to install the bolts, so they show slightly through the back of the board.
  • Glue the oversized nuts to the four corners of the board.

3. Install heavy-duty picture hanging hardware

Cleaning supplies can be heavy, so ensure you use picture hanging hardware that supports over 50 pounds (it’ll say so on the packaging). Pre-drill your holes before you install the hardware for extra strength.

4. Mark and drill your holes, then use drywall plugs and screws to hang

Measure two spots on the wall where your drywall plugs and screws will go. Ensure they’re evenly spaced, then drill your holes and use drywall plugs before installing screws for durability.

5. Label and hang your buckets

Using standard letter labels, find your favourite font and print up some simple labels for each of the buckets. Then fill the bucket for each room and hang.

Visit our Prospect Rise Kincora showhomes to see this DIY project in action in the garage.

You can also check out other DIY projects on our Pinterest boards. Questions or comments for our designers? Comment below or check out our Facebook page.