I have a front loading washer and dryer. When we bought them five years ago, I was trying to save money so I didn't buy the pedestals for them. After bending over and over again to move clothes in and out of each appliance, I decided it was time for a change. I still couldn't see paying $400 for two pedestals.
(See the example picture I took at a home show below)
I mentioned to my dad that I would love to have a pedestal to put my w/d on without paying a bundle. So, (in true I love my daughter style) my dad built me one. I'm thankful to my husband and future son-in-law for manhandling those beasts onto their new home.
A layer of wallpaper, paint and some lettering later, they looked like the above picture. I hate wallpaper for walls but I love it for decorating ;-) I created the words on my computer, printed them on tissue paper (I'll explain that later, if you want to know how) and mog podged them over the wallpaper inserts.
I told my husband when we get old and forget what they are used for - maybe this will remind us ;-) LOL... Debra