June 26, 2013

Basement Update: Easy Solution for Hiding an Ugly Washer and Dryer


After we drywalled and painted (including painting the floor a bright turquoise), the laundry room still had some unattractive elements: a really old washer and dryer, water tank, slop sink and mess of pipes.


I needed a cheap solution to help make the space look nice, especially from the adjacent room.  I had to think long and hard about a solution that would work for us because so many inspiring laundry room makeovers involve a new washer and dryer!  In the end, we came up with something easy and inexpensive: curtains!  We installed Ikea curtain rods as close to the ceiling as possible (although we originally priced out DIY rods, the whole shebang, including the drapery rings, was only sbout $30.00 at Ikea so we ditched the DIY plans).


Once the bar was installed, my Mom was roped in to do some sewing.  Anyone recognize the fabric???


It's our old duvet cover!  I loved the pattern but never really liked it with the DIY'd headboard.  When we replaced the bedding with crisp white linens, I didn't want to just get rid of the old stuff, so I hoarded it in the linen closet.  When my basement inspiration featured DIY stamped fabric with a faded black pattern, I knew I had just the fabric to achieve the look.  Mom cut open the duvet cover and simply hemmed the edges.  One problem: they were a bit floody.


I like my curtains to just touch the ground, puddling a tiny bit, so we used the old black bedskirt to add a border.  We opted for a thick border so it looks intentional and adds a bit of weight.  And we may or may not be using the rest of the fabric to lengthen a super-short dress to cover my skull-crushers.


Now the ugliness is hidden but easily accessed.  Peekaboo! 


Plus, I can access one side while keeping the other hidden.  Although both sides look much better closed!  I thought curtains might be a hassle, but I just push them aside with my bum when my arms are occupied carrying a laundry basket. They slide really easily on the rings. A door on the laundry room would be a solution too, but it's a sub-standard size plus blocking off the room right at the doorway made the basement seem closed off and weird.  Also, opening a door with a laundry basket is much less convenient.  I can still toss things in the hamper or take things off the dry line without touching the curtains.  It works for us!  When I show photos of the rest of basement, you'll see how sharp the laundry room looks now from the rest of the basement.


It's so hard to take a good photo in the laundry with NO natural light, but I'll take a stab at better shots for a full "after" tour! 

21 comments:

  1. Amazing! You and your mom are quite the genius team! Way to reuse what you already had as well. :)

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    1. We are a pretty awesome team (if I do say so myself). We approach problems so differently, but both love a DIY project. Moving closer to her means so many more fun sewing projects. Plus everyone will get to see us makeover and renovate her house too!! I'm so excited.

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  2. I love the look of the curtains and think the thick border looks awesome. This is definitely a great way to hide unsightly appliances.

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    1. Thanks!! The laundry room definitely looks a lot cheerier now and from other rooms the unsightly stuff is hidden without closing off the room. Although, new appliances would be lovely . . . a girl can dream!

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  3. Tanya it looks amazing!!
    So chic and really high end styling.
    So smart!
    Amy

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    1. Thanks Amy!! Certainly much fancier than the dump it was before. Less scary, too, which I hope home buyers recognize!! It's funny to come back after showings and see they've fussed with the curtains.

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  4. I love the solution you came up with! I'm a huge fan of cheap and it looks so pretty while being practical. Kudos to you!

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    1. Thanks! I'm definitely feeling the penny pinch right now so being able to come up with a solution that was cheap was a huge relief. Even if we hadn't re-purposed old linens, fabric stores always have great sales on basic cottons. One of the living room curtain sheers was only $1 a meter!!

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  5. Cute idea! Mom to the rescue again!!! :)

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    1. Isn't she awesome? I was going to sew these myself but then she and my Dad decided to come for a visit to help finish getting the house ready for sale. I'm glad she did the curtains because there was more fussy work than I thought and my version would have looked sloppy. I actually hate sewing. When it comes to sewing, I'm more of an idea person, lol.

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  6. Those curtains look great! The black border really finishes them off well so I guess it worked out that they were a bit short ;-)

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    1. It was lucky! In hindsight, they look naked without them. And because of the border, even people who recognize the bedding (or have it - it was from Winner's) don't recognize it at first and doubt themselves. Sneaky sneaky!!

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  7. This is brilliant - and so pretty! I have to go through two doors to get to the washing machine and you're right - it's tricky with armfuls of laundry.

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  8. Love this! I love it when you can reuse something you already have to save some dough- especially if it's something you loved but it somehow didn't work where you originally planned. The minty floor and black and white look great!

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  9. This is such a fun makeover! I really like the colour you chose for the floors. Projects like these are always my favorite because you get a big impact for less money. Popped over from your feature on Apartment Therapy and now am a new follower. :)

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    1. Hi Janelle! Thanks for saying "hi"! I am also a fan of the not-a-lot-of-money project, mostly because I don't have a lot money, lol.

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  10. Just wondering...usually water heaters are close to the floor for safety reasons (I think gas fumes are heavy and sink). Do the curtains allow for enough ventilation (or maybe your water heater is electric)?

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    1. I defaulted to Hubby on this: our hot water tank is heated by gas but the input and output is located outside. There are no fumes inside and if there are, that means the water tank is malfunctioning. It would be bad, curtain or no, and need to remedied ASAP.

      Our water tank does have a minimum clearance, but it is two inches on the sides and rear, and four inches from the front, which we meet.

      The way I see it, there are much smaller utility/laundry rooms with hot water tanks in them, and all this curtain does is make the room smaller in that area.

      It's also not close enough to anything to be a fire hazard.

      But, please refer to your own water heater's manual if you're thinking about this. Also, please note we do not have a furnace behind there and I'm not sure how this project would impact that.

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  11. Brilliant!!! I love the use what you have ingenuity!!! Thanks for sharing

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