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    • Laundry Room Makeover

      Our laundry room was a complete eyesore, but it just wasn't in the budget to splurge on redecorating overhaul. Instead I decided give the room a makeover for under $20.
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      Here is a Before shot of the laundry room. The hot water tank is clearly hanging out of the closet. Luckily my husband had an old piece of plywood hanging around in the shed, so I installed this piece beside the washing machine (so I would have a place to fold laundry).

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      Project Expenses & Supplies:

      I purchased a package of cloth curtains for $12 at Big Lots.
      1 pkg Staples $3.
      1 Black Curtain Rod - purchased at a Walmart $5.


      First, I installed the curtain rod and a single curtain over the Water Closet doorway. Using leftover paint from when we originally painted the room, I painted the shelf beside the washing machine.

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      Next, Using a pair of pinking shears, I cut the remaining curtain into several pieces. One to create a curtain for the shelf, leaving a hide away area for the laundry hamper, another to to create decorative pieces for the existing shelves. The stripes really add a nice contrast to the room.

      To attach the fabric, I simply stapled the fabric to the plywood. As you can see from the photo, I stapled the fabric in the stripes, which make the staples nearly impossible to spot.

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      To make a window dressing for the door, I cut a section of curtain, gathered the material every 3 inches, poked a hole in it and tied it with raffia, repeating all across the top.
      The bottom is cut in a scalloped shape with pinking shears (to prevent unraveling).

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      While this isn't a complete "Makeover", it certainly spruced up the room and gave it a more "homey" feel with a splash of color.


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      Comments 18 Comments
      1. m.simmons's Avatar
        m.simmons -
        like the ideas. i have the same problem with the water heater!
      1. Liss's Avatar
        Liss -
        Quote Originally Posted by m.simmons View Post
        like the ideas. i have the same problem with the water heater!
        We remedied this by removing the electric hot water heater and installing an Instantaneous on-demand gas fired water heater. It's a small unit that hangs on the wall, leaving plenty of closet room. It has dropped our electric bill by over $75 a month. It was worth EVERY penny!
      1. renjac1301's Avatar
        renjac1301 -
        my washer and dryer is in the garage, i have no idea on how to fix it up any suggestions?
      1. Jrwolf's Avatar
        Jrwolf -
        I truly love your make over and you have given me an idea for my bathroom.

        I know you all do not see me much as active in the group but I am here. I cannot type well due to crippling of my hands with fibromyalgia, this illness can have good days and bad but winter is always the most painful for me. But I continue to keep going anyway. I now have Dragon Natural talking for my computer and learning it daily, so I will be able to be more active now.

        Thank you for letting me continue all this time.
      1. barb.r's Avatar
        barb.r -
        Great job! Isn't it amazing how a little bit of imagination can change your whole outlook? There's nothing better than DIY!
      1. jereabee's Avatar
        jereabee -
        wow amazing job way to go
      1. Rondahs's Avatar
        Rondahs -
        Looks Great! I love the colors.
      1. PatM058's Avatar
        PatM058 -
        love it! I have been stumped as to what to do with my laundry/mud room. most of these ideas will work great for the space. THANK YOU!!
      1. velvet1116's Avatar
        velvet1116 -
        Cute idea . The room looks and feels homey ,you don't mind doing the laundry !
      1. TiffanyWheat's Avatar
        TiffanyWheat -
        Too cute! Love, love, love the yellow paint, btw. So cheerful!
      1. MessyMom's Avatar
        MessyMom -
        Love the way you hid the eye sores and brightened up a room we all spend a lot of time in, but hate to!
      1. Cackywacky's Avatar
        Cackywacky -
        Terrific idea! Love the colors and you have inspired me to DO something about my eyesore.
      1. Mrsbear's Avatar
        Mrsbear -
        so happy for you. its surprising sometimes what small things can make a world of difference to our sensibilities. very happy, user friendly laundry room. and..(drum roll please) you did it yourself.
      1. kburg's Avatar
        kburg -
        I have such a tiny laundry room and a load of things to store in there. Any suggestions for "making extra space" for storage?
      1. root4me2's Avatar
        root4me2 -
        Love the navy and yellow and the stripes really give it the homey look you wanted. Great job on a shoe-string budget.
      1. jojo8's Avatar
        jojo8 -
        Love this!!! I love the way you brought the color of the curtains all thur out the room!
      1. jenifini's Avatar
        jenifini -
        I LOVE the idea of the little piece of curtain to trim the shelf! I think I may do this!
      1. Mom3under3's Avatar
        Mom3under3 -
        My laundry room/closet was an eye sore bc its inside my kitchen and the slider doors that concealed it were not attached when we moved in so EVERYTHING was visible! Ugh! So I also put curtains up and I love itand they match the curtain on the inside of my kitchen door's window!


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