Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Laundry How-To’s

Yesterday I shared with you our updated laundry room…


Today I’ll share with you how we completed some of these easy tasks and what we learned along the way.

First up….the closet curtain…


I had originally planned to use an old shower curtain rod but the rod was too wide for the closet.  Instead Nate hung two L brackets and one hole straps on the inside of the closet (which is only primed…don’t judge)… 


We hung the curtain (which I made out of 3 yards of fabric) on a dowel rod and placed in the one hole straps…done!  If I can sew this, you can.  It’s a large rectangle with a 1 inch seam allowance on 3 sides and a 3 inch seam for the dowel rod.  You don’t even have to sew that straight if you have a closet like ours.


Next, the shelves..


We purchased two shelving boards and cut them to size.  I primed and painted them.  I used a sample of Valspar’s Radiant Red.  The sample was just enough for two coats on both boards.  Nate hung four L-brackets and screwed the boards into them.  I then painted the white brackets the same color as the wall (Smoky Blue by Sherwin Williams) to help them blend…



I keep trying to go “natural” with cleaners…and then I get lazy.  Bring on the Lysol and Scrubbing Bubbles.  I inhale amoxicillin dust all day.  Pretty sure that will kill me before my toilet bowl cleaner. 

And lastly, the faux roman shade…


I decided to go with the faux shade because privacy really isn’t an issue in our laundry room..except when I walk in half naked in the morning looking for clothes that I failed to put away…but these upgrades are surely going to make we want to finish my laundry as soon as that dryer beeps….for like a week…maybe. And if someone is looking in my second floor laundry room window at 6:30am, I have bigger problems than a faux roman shade.

I followed this tutorial.  It was super easy to follow so I won’t bother with the step-by-step here.  Darby explains it better than I can. (And she remembered to take pictures…which I failed to do.) She used black out fabric but I just left up the blind that was originally in the window to block any light behind the faux shade.  I did have to use some stitch witchery (love the name…it’s basically iron-on tape) on the folds (front and back) because the window is wide and the whole shade was floppy. 




There you have it.  The how-to’s on our inexpensive upgrades!! Any questions? 

Who’s coming over to paint the inside of that closet for me?  On a side note, Nate hated hanging ALL of these projects and wanted the title of the laundry room post to include a swear word. Good thing I’m in charge of the writing and he’s in charge of the power tools!  We have a clean blog and straight shelves.  Team work!

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  1. Totally impressed you sewed those curtains. I am severely lacking in the sewing department. Straight lines, whaaaaa? That and I don't have a sewing machine. And that would take FOREVER by hand. (great excuse, right??)

  2. I love your blog!! I love how you decorate--nice, clean lines. Laundry would definitely not be a chore for me in a room that looked like yours. Beautiful. Really love the smoky blue paint.You guys rock. And, love the dog.

  3. I actually love every little detail about your laundry room.

    Love the Sherwin blue paint color and how you paired the red shelves. I love both curtains, and I admire your sewing skills.

    I haven't used my sewing machine since High School and now when I try, the bobbin does something wonky and the needles break off. I'm afraid of getting it in my eye! lol

  4. Very cute laundry room! I found your blog through Cindy from the flipping couple's recommendation, and I've been enjoying reading it! Also, I love the faux roman shade. That fabric is gorgeous!

  5. Your laundry room turned out SO cute! Mine isn't even painted :/ I keep thinking I want to paint it a fun, darker blue (similar to your blue) but then I'm never motivated since I always just shut the door anyway!

  6. Looks great! I love the fabrics you chose and that the shelves are red! I wish our laundry room wasn't litter box land...

  7. That's what I keep telling myself about sewing drapes - it's just a large rectangle of fabric, right? How hard can it be? (Swear words are forthcoming, I'm sure.)

    I love your upgrades! Not sure I can read your blog anymore though... what with the primed closet and all... *shameful!*

  8. That's what I keep telling myself about sewing drapes - it's just a large rectangle of fabric, right? How hard can it be? (Swear words are forthcoming, I'm sure.)

    I love your upgrades! Not sure I can read your blog anymore though... what with the primed closet and all... *shameful!*

  9. The colors in your laundry room are beautiful. I started reading your blog because of your dog. I also have a wire fox terrier. He is only 16 weeks old.
    Great pictures and adorable dog!

  10. I am completely in love with your shade, makes me wish like mad I could sew

  11. Wow! This looks SOOO good. (I've totally been MIA so I'm just catching up.) I love the fabric you chose for the faux roman shade. It looks so awesome. What a cheery laundry it is, now. Do you want me to drop off our laundry, too? You know, now that it's so fun!?

  12. Awesome! The shade was easy, right? I've got a couple of windows that could use some love.

  13. I've been out of town for a few days and I missed all this great stuff!!! I am in looooove with your laundry room! I love the idea of cheerful red shelves against the dark grey wall, it goes perfectly with the new curtain (I have a new appreciation for anything hand-sewn lately).
    Great job!

  14. I like the splash of color on the shelves and curtains! I have a small window in my LR that I want to put up a faux roman shade too but I need a pull down shade or blinds or something for the times I walk in there half naked too ;)

  15. Oh la la I love that paint color on the walls! The pattern on the curtain really pops again the wall color. Nicely done. I would love to have you share this at my VIP party today... http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/vip-party-24.html

  16. It all came together so nicely! LOVE that fabric for the shade. Great laundry room!

  17. Beautiful color scheme! Great job! :)

  18. Love your laundry room. Where did you get the fabric for your roman shade? That would work perfect in my kitchen. Thanks!!

  19. I love the roman shade fabric as well, where did you get it?


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