Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pantry "feed sack" curtains

     I only have a few more weeks until baby #2 is set to arrive...preferably sooner than later. I am trying to finish up a few things that I know will bug the life out of me if I don't fix now, as they won't be a priority once baby comes. One of those things, I mentioned in this post, is my pantry. Its a few built in shelves that have nothing in front, and it's an eyesore in my opinion. No matter how tidy I may try to make it, it still looks cluttered.

     Lets face it, canned corn is not cute. I've had my eye out for ages at garage sales and such for old shutters or something to hang in front. Once, I found the most adorable set of old salon type doors at a rummage shop, but they were wanting way too much money for them so I didn't buy them. I'll still keep an eye out, but for the mean time I decided to try making a curtain for the bottom half. I wanted it to keep with the country, vintage look I already have going on the kitchen.
     I picked up some cheap, unbleached muslin at the fabric store and cut it into two panels. Next using strips of masking tape to keep me straight, I stenciled on words to look like old feed sacks.

      Using fabric paint, I painted on the letters, being very careful to use as little paint as possible. I didn't even bother to hem the edges, because I'm lazy I wanted to keep it rustic looking. Here's what it looked like when I finished.

       And.....I didn't like it. They looked too loud or something.

     They looked too new. So, I didn't heat set the letters and threw them in the wash.

     I know, I know, you can barely read it now...but I like it! It looks old and worn.

     It hides my mess, so I don't have to look at it....I'm satisfied.

      Well, for now anyway. I have a bit of extra muslin...I thought about making a few pillows. That fabric is really soft after washing it, and the unbleached color is quite pretty.

"Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing." Psalm 145:16

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  2. What a cute idea!! We also had open shelves of food, and I hated it, too! Finally built in some pantries, which I LOVE!! Showed them on my blog just yesterday!

    So excited for your new little one!


  3. This is really clever idea, and I agree with you that the washed, worn look is perfect for the fabric and stencils you chose. Congratulations on your coming baby, too!

    I also love the posts on your site and suspect that we might be kindred spirits! Keep up the good work:)

    Stephanie from Make Home Make Sense

  4. Love the way you made your curtains. And I think they look better now too:) Great job!
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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