Happy 2016! I hope you all had a peaceful and relaxing holiday. We had a straight up great Christmas. Food, friends, family, kicking it by the fire, hiking, movies, sushi. It was awesome. But it wasn’t all sipping Pinotage and listening to Bing Crosby. (Seriously run, do not walk, and get THIS wine. Eno in Providence has it). We also tackled some major projects at the house, thanks to my workaholic aunt who was visiting.
Try to pretend you don’t still see paint-stained green carpet…I literally used it as a drop cloth.
Namely we tackled the dining room. You can read more about our saga from mural to navy to peeling paint to white HERE.
One project I also had on my list – even when I was planning to go navy in the dining room – was to DIY curtains with a pattern similar to this by Lauren Liess.
I’ve only done one other stenciling project (in our old foyer) and it made me want to gouge my eyes out, so I was nervous to stencil white fabric. Me and precision aren’t exactly sympatico.
The Merete has grommets at the top, which I didn’t want, so I sewed 4″ wide buckram from Joann’s to the bottom of the curtain to firm that up and make it the top. The grommets got cut off when I hemmed the curtain.
For the paint, I custom mixed a warm gray color with acrylic craft paint from Michaels, along with fabric medium, which I’m not entirely sure you need but better safe than sorry.
And no I didn’t iron these before stenciling. Because I’m lazy.
I used a small foam roller to apply the paint after lightly taping the stencil, on only 2 of its sides, to the curtain with green painters tape. I swiped the foam roller on a paper towel before starting each stencil to make sure there wasn’t excess paint on it.
I didn’t measure for placement, just eye balled an off-set pattern. (This is the worst tutorial ever, right?). In hindsight I should have made the paisley closer together and done more of them but oh well.
Still, it was way easier and turned out far better than I expected.
I snagged this gorgeous and sturdy brass curtain rod off Craiglist for $10. Rich people throw the craziest shit away. It’s a fixed length and was perfect for this window #highfivingmyself
Ideally there’d be banging euro pinch pleats at the top but for now the drapery pins are just randomly stuck in there.
I need to hang Aunt Mary on the wall and of course rip up the awful carpet. That dust storm will be fun.
As for the ceiling color, thank you all for weighing in on the cantaloupe! I really appreciate your input and hemmed and hawed over a decision, but I finally made one and feel really happy with it. The color won’t go up until we cover the chipped mess ceiling in tongue and groove panels. Hopefully I’ll have more to show you next week. And maybe the sun will come out so I can take some decent pics.
What do you guys think about the curtains? Do they look cheap? Squint, then tell me what you think.