The laundry room was a clutter magnet, and no matter what we did, we could never keep the two shelves in the room looking neat or organized. That simply wouldn’t do for the SYLVANIA Blogger Makeover Challenge. I had to make the room look good! My solution? Cover up the shelves!
I initially planned to hang bamboo blinds, because I knew they’d be easy to pull up and down as needed to access everything behind them — including laundry detergent, my hubby’s toolbox and more. However, we quickly discovered that — much like the situation in my daughter’s room — the entire ceiling in the laundry room is covered with electrical wiring. Hanging blinds was a no go, because we were afraid to drill through the ceiling.
Instead, we decided to grab a simple tension rod and use a curtain to cover the shelves. And this seemed like as great a time as any to finally paint a chevron pattern on a piece of fabric. In this case, I chose a simple drop cloth as my medium. Why a drop cloth? Well, mostly because it was cheap, but also because I knew I wouldn’t be afraid to “mess it up.” I was also able to find one in the exact width I needed, which meant I could avoid sewing.
- Drop cloth (buy a size as close to your final measurements as possible) or curtain
- Straight pins
- Tape measure
- Painter’s tape
- Low- or zero-VOC paint (we used Behr’s paint & primer in one)
- Roller and tray
Hang your drop cloth in the space with curtain clips so you can find the right length. Pin the excess to the length you desire, and cut off the excess.
Measure your chevron lines, and trace them onto the drop cloth LIGHTLY with a pencil. I cannot stress enough how important it is to sketch your lines lightly. It can be tricky to get the measurements right, and chances are, you’ll have to draw your lines more than once. I got so frustrated with the measurements at one point that I was ready to scrap the project altogether. Thankfully, my husband swooped in and saved the day.
Eventually, we got the measurements right.
Our curtain is 68″ wide. I wanted two points on the chevron, so we divided the width into 4 sections, each 17″ wide. The marks we made gave us the ends and centers of the chevrons. Vertically, the curtain was 47″ long. We divided that into 4 sections, each 11.75″ tall. Then, we essentially connected the dots.
Confused? Yeah. We were too for a while. So I created the graphic below to better illustrate what the final measurements should’ve been. They were slightly different, because we messed up. But this is how it should’ve looked. Click the graphic for a larger view.
Measurements will differ depending on the size of your curtain panel and the number of chevron points you want, but you get the general idea. If you still need help, check out this chevron curtain tutorial from Kristen over at kfd designs.
Using your light pencil marks, use painters tape to mark off the segments. You’ll need to tape on the outside of the sections that are to be filled with paint. So the center between those two segments, the tape lines will be might closer together. That is how it’s supposed to look.
Lay a thick sheet or drop cloth on the floor and place your taped curtain on top of it. I would advise using cardboard or something else to prevent the paint from soaking through the curtain to the floor underneath. We didn’t, and the paint soaked through the drop cloth AND the sheet underneath to the carpet. NOT a good look, but we fixed it with some low-VOC paint thinner.
Roll on your paint! Use as much or as little as necessary to achieve the color saturation you want. Because we were using red paint, we had to roll it on pretty thick to avoid bare spots.
Pull the tape while the paint is still damp. Then let the paint dry completely. Hang your curtain(s) and enjoy!
Again, this project was incredibly frustrating for me during the measuring phase. But the result? Completely worth it!
I love the tailored look of the crisp chevrons against the organic look of the canvas dropcloth. It is easily my favorite part of the laundry room makeover.
If you try this project, I’d love to see your results!
DISCLOSURE: This post is part of the SYLVANIA Blogger Makeover Challenge. I received a $500 Lowe’s gift card along with compensation for my participation. However, as usual, all opinions are completely my own. Check out all the SYLVANIA blogger room makeovers on their Facebook page. (sponsored opp)