After we drywalled and painted (including painting the floor a bright turquoise), the laundry room still had some unattractive elements: a really old washer and dryer, water tank, slop sink and mess of pipes.
I needed a cheap solution to help make the space look nice, especially from the adjacent room. I had to think long and hard about a solution that would work for us because so many inspiring laundry room makeovers involve a new washer and dryer! In the end, we came up with something easy and inexpensive: curtains! We installed Ikea curtain rods as close to the ceiling as possible (although we originally priced out DIY rods, the whole shebang, including the drapery rings, was only sbout $30.00 at Ikea so we ditched the DIY plans).
Once the bar was installed, my Mom was roped in to do some sewing. Anyone recognize the fabric???
It's our old duvet cover! I loved the pattern but never really liked it with the DIY'd headboard. When we replaced the bedding with crisp white linens, I didn't want to just get rid of the old stuff, so I hoarded it in the linen closet. When my basement inspiration featured DIY stamped fabric with a faded black pattern, I knew I had just the fabric to achieve the look. Mom cut open the duvet cover and simply hemmed the edges. One problem: they were a bit floody.
I like my curtains to just touch the ground, puddling a tiny bit, so we used the old black bedskirt to add a border. We opted for a thick border so it looks intentional and adds a bit of weight. And we may or may not be using the rest of the fabric to lengthen a super-short dress to cover my skull-crushers.
Now the ugliness is hidden but easily accessed. Peekaboo!
Plus, I can access one side while keeping the other hidden. Although both sides look much better closed! I thought curtains might be a hassle, but I just push them aside with my bum when my arms are occupied carrying a laundry basket. They slide really easily on the rings. A door on the laundry room would be a solution too, but it's a sub-standard size plus blocking off the room right at the doorway made the basement seem closed off and weird. Also, opening a door with a laundry basket is much less convenient. I can still toss things in the hamper or take things off the dry line without touching the curtains. It works for us! When I show photos of the rest of basement, you'll see how sharp the laundry room looks now from the rest of the basement.
It's so hard to take a good photo in the laundry with NO natural light, but I'll take a stab at better shots for a full "after" tour!
P.S. I've had a few people, over the years, ask me where we got the black and white tree bedding. It was purchased from HomeSense and I long threw away the packaging, but I happened to find a very similar bedding set on Amazon for anyone trying to track it down.