I have another update for you on how I am getting my house prepared to sell. It is the final mudroom update. This room, kitchen, and master bathroom are the rooms that got the most updates. We are almost at the finish line in our preparations. I am happy to report that the “For Sale” sign goes up this week. YAY!
If you remember from a few weeks ago I showed you that we installed wall cabinets above the washer and dryer in our laundry. room. They look great and offer lots of hidden storage.
What I didn’t like about them though was that the connections for the washer were visible and looked unsightly.
To disguise the area a bit without too much cost and effort involved I made two small curtains that hang from the underside of the cabinets with tension rods.
I didn’t even buy fabric yardage for the project, I used an old drapery panel, but you could use the fabric from a tablecloth or even a shower curtain. Check your local thrift store to find them inexpensively.
I chose to use white fabric to keep the room neutral and not compete for attention with the colorful rug I painted on the floor. If we were staying in the house, I would have chosen a colorful pattern for the curtains since you know I like to see pops of color in my house. :-)
How to Hide Washer and Dryer Connections on a Wall
- Fabric, Shower Curtain, or Drapery panel
- Round Tension Rod – 7/16 inch diameter
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine or if you want to make them the no-sew way, fabric glue
- Iron/Ironing Board
Tension Rods come in different adjustable lengths. Make sure you get the size needed. What I love about using them is that you do not need any nails or hardware to hang them. EZ! My cabinets are 30-inches wide so I bought rods that measured 28″ – 48″. To adjust the length, you simply turn on end to shorten or lengthen.
To get a snug fit, adjust the rod so that it is slightly longer than you need. The rods have a spring in them that will allow you to push the ends to make it smaller, and then when you release, the spring in the rod will go back to the size you adjusted to.
I used a drapery panel that measured 42″ wide x 63″ long to make the curtains. I cut the fabric in half vertically which gave me two pieces that measured 14″ x 48″.
To measure for fabric yardage needed: Measure the width of cabinet and double the measurement x the drop that you need to cover the wall area. Add 1-inch for a hem and 2-1/4 inches to make a rod pocket.
2. To make the rod pocket. Lay fabric right side down and fold over top edge 1/4″. Press to make a crease and then fold fabric over again 1-inch. Press and pin and then sew 1/4″ up from bottom edge to create a rod pocket. (Photo above where it says sew line)
The rods are hidden from view.
A simple and affordable way to hide the uglies. :-)
Do you have something unsightly in your home that you found an inexpensive fix for? If so, please share in the comments.
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