Hide an Unfinished Laundry Room with Paint & Fabric

Dans Le Townhouse

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It's OK to have an ugly laundry room. It's a room that's better dressed for utility than for elegance and it takes a lot of time and money to turn an unfinished laundry room into the sort of glamorous "mud room" we all pin from Pottery Barn on Pinterest. In real life, it might have bare concrete floors, exposed pipes and insulation, and a massive rusting water heater commanding attention in the corner. In the meantime, here's an easy fix for an unfinished laundry room, using just paint and fabric.

Tayna from Dans le Townhouse has a partially finished basement. That means part of it was a totally livable space to hang out, and the other part, the laundry room, was a semi-walled off eyesore. To update the laundry area and make it a little more seamless with the rest of the space, Tanya employed two easy fixes:

Step 1: Paint the Walls & the Floor.
Tanya painted the walls in the unfinished space to match the rest of the basement, then cleaned and coated the concrete floors with Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor enamel in a turquoise color. The fresh colors make a formerly grungy space look clean and new.

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Step 2: Hide the Machines & Exposed Ugliness
To hide the "really old" washer and dryer, water tank and slop sink, Tanya made use of an easy and inexpensive solution: curtains. Curtains made from her old duvet cover were hung from IKEA curtain rods and hardware to keep the appliances and utilities hidden from the adjacent room.

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See more of this project at Dans Le Townhouse

(Images: Dans Le Townhouse)

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