It seems like the cousin of Murphy’s Law goes into effect when you remodel a home: no matter where you start the remodel, you end up remodeling every corner of the house. My house has proved no exception to the rule; we now find ourselves working our way through the house from one end to the other.
One desperately needed upgrade has been the bathrooms. The cabinets and fixtures are the originals from 1976… old, dated, falling apart. The boy’s bathroom got the first re-do:
The shower curtain is the point of this post, however. I couldn’t find a store-bought curtain that looked nice in this elegant bathroom. One day, I noticed that Mr. Wild Onion had pulled out a piece of my rusted, overdyed fabrics and draped it over the shower curtain rod. What’s this?? Mr. W.O. is playing in my stash?? Get out!!
Turns out he hasn’t decided to learn how to quilt (phew– my stash is safely MINE!!) He just thought that the fabric looked good in the bathroom. OH!! Cool!! He has a very good eye for color and texture, and I agreed that the fabric really added some great texture in the room.
A shower curtain has a lot of fabric, so I had to create some rusty art cloth specifically for the project. I got out some white cotton, dampened it in a water/vinegar mixture, and tossed it (artfully, of course) into my trusty rusty wheelbarrow.
A week later, after turning and misting the fabric daily, I had enough lovely rusty fabric for the curtain. I added some whimsically cut chocolate brown squares to mimic the slate tile squares in the backsplash/bathtub area. I love how it turned out, and thought you might like to see an example of how to use your own art cloth:
Here’s another fairly gratuitous photo, just because I do so love the rusty texture!
Next up: a tutorial on adding grommets