10/19/2014

Black Linen Closet + Dog Nook

I love it when friends ask what I'm working on, but I have to admit that I felt a bit hesitant when my answer was, "Oh, I'm painting my linen closet black (like ya do)..." Sometimes I feel confident that an idea will turn out looking like it does in my head, but a lot of the time I'm pretty doubtful! Fortunately, I like how this turned out and didn't have to spend the remainder of the weekend feverishly trying to cover the black paint!
black painted linen closet with dog bed nook
We usually have a laundry hamper in the bottom of the closet and when it 's not there Roxy loves to curl up and make a little nest. I was looking for ways to keep the dog beds out of traffic areas, so I decided that once the closet was painted, I'd make a posh little nook that she wouldn't have to share with Juno, our Great Dane. 
black painted linen closet with dog bed nook
The dog bed is a secondhand wool blanket wrapped around a standard size bed pillow; inexpensive and easy to wash! I snagged the crewel work poppies from a thrift store a few weeks ago and asked Jesse to cut a piece of wood the same size. I stapled the crewel work around it, upholstery style, and hung it on the wall. Yes, my dog has wall decor hanging in her nook, she might be a smidge spoiled!
black painted linen closet with dog bed nookYou probably know how I feel about before and afters, so here is a gratifying side by side comparison! It's amazing what some paint, elbow grease and accessories can do! I've also learned some photography tricks between then and now, so that helps as well.
hallway before and after, black linen closet


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9/21/2014

How to Make Block Stamped Curtains


There's The Stairway to Heaven and The Road to Hell. There is also The Hallway to Nowhere, which is in our house! Our front entry has two steps that lead directly to a long hallway with three closets on the right and a window at the end. Don't get me wrong, I love having the extra closets (and another space to decorate), but it's an odd layout that I like to make fun of!
I'm feeling a little "stuck" on how to finish the office so I've been sprucing up The Hallway to Nowhere instead, which included making new curtains for one of the closets. Here is a photo of how the hallway looked a few weeks ago, before I dragged home a vintage Lane trunk /bench and made new coat hooks.


I wanted a simple geometric pattern for the curtains and felt totally inspired when I came across this wall by Vintage Revivals. So fun and bold but simple!

First, I showed Jesse the picture from Vintage Revivals and asked him to cut a triangle shaped block for me. A few minutes later, he came back from the shop with a block that had a handle on it. A handle! Serious brownie points. Side note - I think an old drawer pull would work well as a handle, too.
How to Make Geometric Block Stamped CurtainsAfter I had my amazing new stamp, I stapled a double layer of old tee shirt to one side, pulling it tightly around the corners. For the curtains, I bought a queen sized flat sheet from Target, cut it in half and hemmed the sides. Fourteen dollar custom length curtains? Yes please! Before I started stamping, I laid out the curtains on a large table and measured and marked straight, evenly spaced lines using a yardstick and pencil.
How to Make Geometric Block Stamped Curtains
Remember the stamped pillow from a couple months back? I used the same paint mixed with fabric medium for this, spreading it out on a (super fancy) piece of cardboard wrapped in foil. After dipping the stamp in the paint, I used the back of a spoon to spread the paint around a bit which gave each stamp a fun random look.
How to Make Geometric Block Stamped Curtains
The stamping process took about an hour for each curtain but I moved pretty slowly, carefully lining up the point of each triangle on the pencil line. I also didn't want to drop the stamp and ruin the curtain like I did with my stamped pillow.
How to Make Geometric Block Stamped Curtains
I let the curtains dry overnight before hanging them up. The instructions on the textile medium say to heat set the paint with an iron, but I'm a lazy crafter so I didn't do that. I figure if the curtains ever need to be washed I'll do a quick heat set before tossing them into the machine.
How to Make Geometric Block Stamped Curtains

How to Make Geometric Block Stamped Curtains