You may be wondering: Why install a washer/dryer in your kitchen to begin with? There just isn’t another place for it in this small cottage. The fridge on the right is recessed into the only available wall space, which backs a storage closet/pantry we can’t live without. The wall behind the sideboard backs a bathroom, dominated by a claw-foot tub I adore, so there’s no extra room in there. The rest of the cottage consists of four tiny bedrooms without closets and a front porch that has windows on all sides. And, no, not having a washer/dryer is not an option. Given all the damp towels and bedding this beach cottage sees, it’s a must-have. So when I designed the kitchen, I turned to this under-the-counter LG model that I had once sourced for my Brooklyn apartment renovation. But though it is compact, it’s not integrated and stands “proud” of the cabinets. Would a sink skirt help? Or would a sink skirt make it stand out even more? Some of you are not fans of the skirt. So, let’s try it and see.
Part I of the Project: Installing the Curtain Wire
Step 1: Assemble your tools. To install the curtain wire, you’ll need a measuring tape, marker, drill and smallest drill bit, and a wire cutter.
Step 2: Drill pilot holes into the underside of the counter.
Step 3: Screw in the “eyes.”
Step 4: Measure and mark the placement of the curtain wire and using the wire cutter, cut to fit.
Part I is complete. With the curtain wire at the ready, it’s time to make the curtain.
Part 2 of the Project: Making a No-Sew Hemp Skirt
Step 4: Place the iron-on hem tape inside the fold and roll it over again, and press it. Do this on all four sides of the fabric, so that every rough edge is hemmed.
Step 5: Finally, at the top of your curtain, create another fold, slip the iron-on hem tape under it, and press it. This creates the top loop for hanging the curtain.