I'm still plugging away on my laundry room and having so much fun too I might add! ;o) This weekend I worked on hiding the ugly electrical panel and disguising the hot water heater! Let's start with how I hid the electrical panel.
Here is a reminder of what I'm talking about.
Remember the ugly electrical panel? It's HUGE and right smack dab in plain eyesight!!
Here is how I hid it! It's actually a pegboard! I got the idea from The Posh Place! If you're wondering why I didn't just paint it you can check out her post and you'll see why. I'll show you how I made mine.
Wood Pegboard Panel
1 " X 2 " boards
Flat Corner Braces
Fabric of your choice
Assorted Peg Board Pegs
I had a piece of pegboard left over from my shed project at my old house that was already the perfect size.
Isn't this fabric cute? I found it at Jo-Ann's. I haven't been in there for awhile and I was very pleasantly surprised that they have LOTS of new fabric! Last time it seemed like everything was old-fashioned and not trendy... now they even have chevron in all different colors! I wanted something that would make me smile whenever I walked by, I think this cute fabric does the trick! :o)
This is where I started building my frame and promptly forgot to keep taking pictures. Sorry! I'm bad at that! Basically what I did was use the 1" x 2"s and created a basic frame using the corner braces to attach them together. Then I painted it the same Arctic Cotton white that I've been using throughout the laundry room redo.
My scrap of pegboard was already the size I needed so I just laid it on top of my fabric, both face down, and stapled it to the pegboard, nice and tight!
It already makes me smile!
Then I attached the covered pegboard to the frame (I just used screws to attach it through the holes in each corner of the pegboard), then attached 2 D-ring picture hangers on the back and hung it up on the wall!
When I was planning this project originally, I had it much more complicated in my head. I was going to screw the whole thing to the wall and cut out a little hinged door in the middle of the pegboard so that I could open it to get to the electrical panel. When I looked at my inspiration again over at The Posh Place I slapped myself in the forehead and said "DUH!". Just hang it up like a picture then when you need to access the electrical panel just take it down (it's so lightweight that you can just lift it right off)!
Next I loaded it up with supplies! All you have to do is figure out where you want to hang your things and use a pair of sharp scissors or an x-acto knife and push a little hole through the fabric for the peg!
I got this clock at Big Lots today along with...
This cute little broom and dustpan set, and the lint roller.
I already had the little black basket made especially for pegboards and I found the scissors in a box of stuff left by the previous homeowners. I always need scissors in the laundry room to cut off the tags from new clothes that I'm about to wash so that I don't have to rip them off and put a hole in my new clothes. I've done that more times that I want to admit :o/
And when I was in the garage searching for my pegs I found this cute little green fly swatter! It was pure luck that everything matches! lol!
And to make the fly swatter even cuter I used some washi tape on the handle to cover up an ugly advertising logo! :o) Dorky I know but it makes me happy!
Next up was disguising that ugly hot water heater... I mean LOOK AT IT!!!
They didn't even try to hide it! You can see it from the living room, from the kitchen, and of course when you are doing laundry!
I went back to Jo-Ann's to get more fabric but they were all out of the cute floral stuff so I found this coordinating yellow polka-dot fabric!
And I used magnets to attach it around the top of the hot water heater! Genius I know!
It was a happy accident actually. I had a small piece of the floral fabric left over from the pegboard and I laid it on top of the water heater while I was cleaning up and then thought... huh! That might be kind of cute! So I grabbed a magnet off the fridge to tack it up so I could see what it might look like and then thought... well double-huh! I can just use magnets! Then I went into all sorts of self praise... "I amaze myself sometimes", "I'm just a regular Eli Whitney"! .................HEY! I am working all alone here! Whatever it takes to amuse myself!!
Here are some super cute laundry themed magnets I found that would be fun!
|LAUNDRY CHORE MAGNETS|
Again... I was imagining all kinds of complicated hot water heater covers... building screens, using old fence boards, etc. Why-oh-why must we make things much more complicated than they need be?!
In this picture you can see the labels on the hot water heater through the fabric but I think that's because I used the flash on my camera because you really can't see them very well in person. I think this is a better option than building something that will likely make this very small room feel even smaller... especially since I now have my Laundry Folding Table in there!
Here is the view from the living room.
One more thing I did in there this weekend...
I mounted my new wall-mount drying rack! I had a bulky floor standing one before but this room is just toooo small!
I ordered it from Amazon.
Polder Wall-Mount 24-Inch Accordion Clothes Dryer, White
It is very sturdy... right now I have 2 pairs of jeans, a pair of slacks, a sweater, and a blouse drying on it and it didn't even budge! :o)
I'm really happy with how these two projects turned out, my laundry room makes me smile now!
I think next weekend I'll work on the lighting situation in here and maybe a couple of other small projects I have in mind!
To see more laundry room redo projects check these out:
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