faux striped grain sack, faux roman shade
Many of you have asked where I got the striped “grain sack” roman shade in the guest cottage kitchen.
Well, I couldn’t find any kind of window treatment that had the farmhouse vibe I was going for, so I made one. Wanna know how?
Step one. Measure your window.
Step two. Buy a drop cloth from Home Depot (I like theirs because they are hemmed).
Actually, I just used the leftover piece from the sink skirt that I made.
Step three. Cut the drop cloth about a half inch larger in width and lenth than you need it. Hem the unfinished sides with a 1/2″ seam.
Step four. Using painter’s tape (I used Scotch Blue), tape off the section for the wide center stripe. I measured and marked a dot a each end and placed the tape down on the dot on the end. Then I stretched the tape out above the drop cloth to the other end where my son placed it down on the other dot. It’s easier with a helper. Then I gently laid the tape onto the drop cloth and when I felt it was straight, I pressed the whole length of tape down rubbing really hard…especially the edge where the paint would be. Don’t skip this step or your paint will bleed. Repeat for other side of stripe.
Step five. Use Acrylic paint in desired color and a cheapy foam brush. Paint in the direction of the stripe, not side to side. The painter’s tape is good, but why push your luck?
Step six. Let dry…the paint dried amazingly fast. Use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process if you want.
Step seven. Once the paint is dry, pull the tape off in the direction of the stripe.
Step eight. Repeat for the little stripes.
Step nine. Step back and admire the fact that you are not only thrifty, but crafty and clever as well!
Here comes the most brill part ever…creating a “faux” roman shade. Sidenote…that word always makes me laugh. One of my besties, Deborah is a very talented faux finish painter. She had a client ask her once about her “fox” finish painting. Good times.
So I saw this tutorial on Traci’s blog Beneath My Heart.
You can go there to read the deets, but to me a picture is worth a thousand words. I used 4 tension rods on mine. You can adjust the number accordingly. All you do is place the rod and overlap the fabric. Seriously. It took like two seconds.
So there you have it.
A faux striped grain sack, faux roman shade….Faux under $10!
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