This post has been one in the making for a long time now. It all started back in August, when our very old wash machine took it’s final breath. I mean a 1990 washer that had seen plenty of dirty clothes between our family and the previous home owners. So of course that gave this girl the opportunity to do a mini laundry room makeover. I decided to officially paint our cabinets to match our kitchen color (simply white), and then I added some subway tile to the side wall, updated the flooring (which I will be sharing later this week), and yet something still felt incomplete. I had a pretty nicely decorated laundry room, but still ugly piping took over the look of the space. To hide the piping felt impossible. I could not figure out a way to hide them…and there was no chance I was going to subway tile this part of the wall…I felt it still would have looked odd and ugly. So, I decided I needed to hide the ugly laundry room pipes…and I had just the solution.
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Here’s what the laundry room liked like post painting, subway tile, and new machines.
See what I’m saying? How in the world do you hide this? Well, a curtain of course. And because I can’t just do anything normal I need to go one step above…I chose some french grain sack fabric, and decided to add that vintage french look to the laundry room space. Since I’m not much of a sewer, I decided to go about these curtains with a no sew approach.
- Tape Measure
- Fabric (here’s the fabric I used)
- Curtain Rod
- Peel n Stick Fabric Fuse
Step 1: Measure Fabric and cut 1.5 times the amount of the width. So for example if you have an 8ft gap, cut fabric 12ft. You want to have that extra fabric to be able to get that gathered effect on the rod. Also, measure the length with the added amount for the rod and the bottom hem.
Mark Measurements with chalk and then cut along the line.
Create hem line for bottom of curtain and use adhesive to apply. Repeat this step for the hem at the top of curtain, but leaving a large enough gap for the curtain rod.
Once, adhesive has been applied, fold fabric to create gathering. Then slide fabric onto rod.
We installed the rod using brackets attached to the upper cabinets. We were able to squeeze the rod perfectly in place.
The look of the curtains add that french farmhouse charm, and disguise the ugly pipes. Its a simple and affordable way to create a pretty laundry space.
Our laundry room is very tight and dark so by choosing white and a bright look to the space it adds that cheery feel that every laundry room should have. I have to say, it’s not my dream laundry room…but it feels a whole lot better then the before ( and I did not even show you the real before). Grateful for a new space that does the job and keeping my families clothes clean and stylish enough for this mama.
Now you can appreciate our beautiful new LG washer and dryer!
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Shelley @ Calypso in the Country says
I have the same dilemma that has haunted me for years in my laundry room. In fact, my hoses and outlet are in the exact same position as yours! My electrician told me the outlet needs to be easily accessible and didn’t want to move it and my contractor told me that the hose box mess has to be at a certain height – which I kind of have a hard time believing because I always see all these beautiful laundry rooms with no hose box in sight! In the past, I have attempted to hide the mess by hanging a string across and clipping pictures with clothes pins to make it look more decorative. I ended up taking it down though because the pictures kept getting knocked down when we were folding laundry. I love your idea of the curtain though – and the fact that it’s not a big sewing project! Maybe I will try that next! Thanks for the idea!
Hi Shelley, I know isn’t it awful! I decided the curtain would be the easiest and way to go about it. Especially since I don’t have a lot of room in our laundry room…I mean it’s basically a closet that separates my house from my garage, so anything I could do to make it look better.
Grandmas House DIY says
Very cute! I might have to see if I can do this in our laundry room too! And, we would love to have you at our link party To Grandma’s house we go, it opened Wednesday but runs all week 🙂
Hi, where did you get your drop cloth at and do you know if you can get different colors. I just love that idea. Thanks
Hi Lisa, The drop cloth for the curtains I had made in my dining room were from Lowes. You can buy them in any hardware store. I don’t think they come in other colors, but you most certainly can try to dye them. I would look up idea on how to do this. Hope this helps!
Michele DORAIS says
Thank you so much for this idea. I had planned to use a longer curtain, but this shorty with the cubbards is very cute and easy !.
Oh yay, I’m happy to hear this was helpful!
This is an awesome idea! Mine looks the same way and I’m dying to try this idea myself!!
Oh Yay! I”m so happy this can help with your laundry room. It’s such a bummer looking at those ugly pipes. It may still be a small laundry space, but at least it’s cute now!