Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Laundry Day Musings

Our washer/dryer set is in our living room.

(My grandmother keeps her washer/dryer in her living room/dining room as well. I'm not sure if this is a thing or if it's something that's handed down from a grandmother to a granddaughter. Perhaps we are the only two people in this whole wide country that have their washers/dryers in the living room.)

(I doubt it.)

It's not exactly pretty.


No amount of staging could have made this photo any better.

Eventually, we have a big plan of boxing in a closet and snaking a set of stairs up that wall into the attic. Right now, neither of those things have happened. At the rate we're going, they're unlikely to happen until next May, perhaps later. Perhaps never!

A few weeks ago, I had this brilliant idea for a temporary solution, but no time to pull it off. Curtains!

Laundry Closet eclectic closet

I'm not entirely certain how to pull this off for two reasons:

  1. Any curtains I hang would have to wrap around our units. That means your basic curtain rod doesn't exactly work. I may have to resort to a few hooks and my twine curtain rod method on this.
  2. Since this is a temporary solution, I don't want to spend a lot of money on appropriate curtains. They need to be heavy to block out the sound and there needs to be enough of them to hide the units while looking luxurious. Heavy curtains + many curtains generally means money.

    We do have a curtain that's the perfect weight for the job (gifted to us by some members of Mark's family and readers of this blog!) but not long enough. I've thought about attempting to hack them into working for the situation, but that idea, in itself, means the job isn't getting done.
For now, we watch TV with our washer/dryer. Once the rush of Christmas activities is over, perhaps I'll be able to figure something out. Until then, any ideas for me? Where do you buy cheap (but heavy!) curtains?

13 comments:

  1. You could totally do this! Just get two curtain rods and screw them to the ceiling on the front and side of the washer/dryer unit. You'll have to buy two panels (or make two panels) - one for each rod. Check Craigslist or Kijiji for people selling curtain rods. You could also make curtains from sheets. Not long enough? You could do a two-toned curtain by hemming them together. It will add length and detail.

    Sarah Richards installed a curtain rod on a ceiling before to act as a divider. Worked out awesome!

    You could so pull this off! :)

    (I clearly get excited about everyone else's projects and ideas! LOL!)

    Michelle

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  2. Ikea has a cheap(ish) system of using wires as rods that goes around corners and can hang from the ceiling. They also have relatively inexpensive curtains and fabric. Check good will, the salvation army and value village for something you can re purpose in to curtains, you never know!

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  3. Just a thought, if you do the whole curtain rods from ceiling thing it would be easy to use thrift store comforters/ throws (hang using the rings with clip or just sew the fabric over)

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  4. NK @ StyleING w/ ChildrenDecember 14, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    I don't think it is that bad. Really... maybe it's the wine talking :) BUT if you have plans for this space that will be taken care of in the next 6-9 month, I would leave it and concentrate your energy on more permanent projects.

    it might not be super hot right now, but I've lived with way worse :)

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  5. Could you use a shower rod for a pedestal tub? We used to have a super strange 90 degree angle shower curtain in our old apartment that made the tub into the size of a shower with the curtain. It was seriously strange but I've seen larger ones for larger tubs. Do you have Christmas Tree Shops or TJ Maxx in Canada? I love both of those stores for curtains. CTS has $10 panels of very heavy fabric. I made my own light block curtains but they are more expensive than buying them from there.

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  6. For some reason, I never even thought of the option of using curtain rods screwed to the ceiling. Why? I don't know. Excellent idea!

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  7. Hmm... I will definitely have to check that out!

    I have looked at Ikea for curtains... unfortunately, the reasonably priced ones are not as heavy as what I'd like. I will definitely be checking out the various thrifty locations though!

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  8. I hadn't thought of not using curtains... thanks for the tip!

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  9. You're right, it's not that bad. And if it were just the aesthetics of it, I probably would leave it. But it can be a little loud when it's running and we're trying to watch TV. I'm hoping that if I use a heavy enough drape, it can dampen the noise.

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  10. That's a though... I think I know what ones you're talking about. Will look into it!

    Unfortunately, we have neither of those stores in Canada. :( No $10 panels of very heavy fabric for me, I guess.

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  11. Second one curtain really nice!
    Blackout blinds

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  12. I was thinking the same thing as Nora... a shower rod for a pedestal tub... and shower curtains are cheaper than curtains most of the time...

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  13. Drop Clothes make great curtains. You can get them in varying sizes and thickness at hardware stores. I've seen bloggers who have painted them too. And I thought the same as Britt: a clawfoot/pedestal tub curtian rod is meant to curve around.

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