After my kitchen shelf makeover, I decided to tackle another eyesore in my kitchen, my washer and dryer. My small house doesn’t have a laundry room or a basement so my old, outdated, mismatched but functional washer and dryer are located right in my tiny galley style kitchen. Not very attractive but necessary and convenient nevertheless. I have wanted to do something about them for a while so I scoured the internet for some creative ways to try to hide or at least disguise them, since I can not move them.
I came across this image from Country Living Magazine that features open shelving similar to mine and with a lovely green fabric sink skirt hiding the storage or cabinet under the sink. I love this idea and decided that I wanted to do something similar to disguise my washer & dryer.
A fabric washer & dryer skirt seemed like the only feasible solution. I bought some fabric but didn’t really love the pattern so I put this project on the backburner for a while. I just couldn’t seem to find the motivation or the time to search out that perfect fabric and do all of the cutting and sewing that I was sure was going to be required. It all seemed so overwhelming.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, then starting on the first one.” Mark Twain
Then I read the above quote and had my aha moment. I decided that I would commit to working on this project at least 15 minutes a day until it was complete no matter how long it takes. And of course, once I got started I didn’t want to stop.
Once I had that aha, I remembered I had a stash of fabrics that I had collected and decided that surely I had something stashed away that I could make work. Amazingly, I found a neutral colored patterned sheet that I had completely forgotten about. It had an old, faded look, just perfect for a shabby chic kitchen.
Next, I measured the washer and dryer to get the dimensions. For a fuller panel, I also decided to triple the measurement. Doubling the width is usually enough, however, I wanted more volume.
Since my dryer opens in the front, I also decided to cut three individual panels (one for the visible side, one to cover the front of the dryer, and one to cover the front of the washer). I figured this would allow for much easier dryer access.
Next, I hemmed all edges of the 3 panels and sewed shirring tape to the top of each panel on the back side, then pulled the strings to the desired width.
Click here for another example with detailed instructions.The example is for a sink skirt, but it follows the same basic steps.
|Image from Ballardstylestudio.com|
After getting the panels to the desired width, I then attached self stick Velcro strips to the washer and dryer and to the gathered panels over the shirring tape. Be aware that increased fullness may cause the Velcro not to stick on some fabrics and it may have to be glued.
Third Panel Complete & Project is officially finished!! Woot woot!