The following statement may sound slightly petty... given all that us military spouses do, flex, bend, adjust to... but one of the more smaller scale frustrating aspects of being a military spouse is the continual change of curtains. Curtains that matched one room, are too short, too long for the next house, etc... 1500 miles away. I found some cheap sheer curtains ($3 for two panels) off of a "classifieds" trading group where we are currently based. I wanted something for our downstairs bathroom and didn't want to spend $60 on curtains just so that I can enjoy them for the next 14 months. I decided to use a doily to stencil Grecian looking circles on it. A similar pattern caught my eye during a recent trip to World Market. I got the idea of using a doily as a stencil from a child craft blog post where you use heart shaped doilies to stencil on shirts for Valentine's Day.
--- so here it is .... on with the instructions...
Protect your work area. Lay out a large (dollar store) table cloth, canvas, etc and lay out your curtain on top of it. The paint will go through! I used rocks to anchor down the materials while painting because in Colorado --- every day is a windy day.
I made two designs. I painted on the "stencil" or doily and then pressed it down onto the fabric to create one shape.
Then I laid my doily down onto the sheer and stipple brushed over the small cut out shapes to create blue cirlces and then laid over again and repeated with a nice granny smith apple green.
The end result -- was hung to dry for about 5 minutes in the warm, sunny, Colorado breeze.
The end result is a sheer with a little bit of an update, has a little bit of a Grecian feel to it... slightly inspired by the new Banana Republic Trunk Line. I think they look great with the shabby sheek end table I scored for $5 and last year's watering can, doubling as a trash can.
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