Currently, I’m a renter. This means, when something needs fixin’ it does not get fixed. I just cover it up! I wanted to share two examples of cheap renting-style solutions.
The bedroom has a washer and dryer hook-up. Yet, I do not want to have have a washer and dryer in my bedroom. If fact, I do not even have a washer and dryer. I drag all my clothing out to my fiance’s house every weekend. So, I really need to somehow cover these pipes up. My first idea was a tall dresser, but the dresser was too wide and covered part of the closet entry which looked quite silly.
Apparently, the washer had leaked at some point and discolored the hardwood floors (such a shame!). If this were my own home, I would be inclined to figure out how to sand the floors down and then restain them. However, I just needed a short-term solution.
I was having trouble coming up with a way to hide the hook-ups, until this idea popped into my head. We took the old door from a barn at my soon-to-be-mother-in-law’s home & I bought a mirror at Wal-Mart for $15 (maybe less). Using a handheld power drill we attached the mirror to the door with the four brackets and four screws that came with the mirror. Then – I leaned it against the wall – done!
The spot on the floor with the water stains is located right below the new mirror. So, I bought a rug at Lowe’s for about $20. I laid it on the floor right below the door.
Project number one only cost about $15. I really like the mirror and it is convenient to have nearby my closet. I can also take it with me when I move out. The second solution was about $20. The curtain panels were only $5 each from Wal-Mart. So, two problems and two solutions for about $45.