I've had the area pretty much done for over a month, with the last detail being to hem the curtains. Can I just say that was a pain in the ass!? Yeah, not so fun.
Anywho, as a reminder, this is what I started out with...
The lack of door thing was an issue for me. Sure I could have tried to keep the area clean all the time...but it's the laundry area. I just didn't want to look at it, especially when it's one of the first things you see when you walk into our house.
I knew I wanted drapes, but what kind? That is really what took the longest in this mini makeover. I wanted something fun, but that wasn't so crazy that it made the area stick out like a sore thumb. Also, I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on drapes that I may not get to use again. Thank goodness we live so close to an IKEA now! For about $60 I was able to accomplish this...
We already had the laundry baskets. I like having them there to catch the dirty kitchen and bathroom towels. It also means I can grab a basket to put the clean, folded laundry in to take upstairs (only to return with more dirty laundry). The baskets hanging off the shelf are such a great way to add more storage space to the area.
The drapes are black and white with little dots of green and a orange/red.
So now, instead of walking into our house and seeing this...
You get to see this (the Emmett butt is just a bonus)...
The rundown on what we got:
~ HEDDA BLAD curtains from IKEA x2: $14.99 ($29.98 for the pair)
~ Curtain rod from Target: $3:50
~ Under shelf storage baskets: $6.00 ($30 for 5)
In the end I'm kind of happy that the folding doors didn't work with the washer/dryer. I like how the curtains break up the wall of folding doors (we have three closets along that one wall). Plus, I won't always have to worry about keeping the area clean. Close the drapes and "poof" mess-be-gone!
Simple things for an easy decorating/organizing fix. My kind of DIY.