Did your mother used to tell you that it's impossible to make a silk purse from a sow's ear? Mine did. And my mother was a master of creativity and finding ways to make the less expensive look like top quality.
Well, I'm here to tell you that my mother (and maybe yours as well) may have been mistaken about that silk purse thing.
After all the many, many expenses associated with moving, I just could not bring myself to put expensive window coverings in the basement bedrooms (aka my studio and our office). Off I went to our local bargain boutique, WalMart, where I picked up some very inexpensive curtains and hardware.
Oops, those curtains might have been a mistake. When I hung them, they proved to be pretty cheap looking, not to mention, in need of a good ironing. What to do, what to do?
When in doubt, dye it or paint it is my motto. In this case, I chose paintsticks and a gorgeous wood block from Indonesia that I picked up several years ago from Maiwa in Vancouver.
First, I lined the curtains with a very dense black fabric in my stash and then gave them that much needed ironing and suddenly, they look like good curtains and no one is going to see through those babies.
Next, I painted, well did rubbings with my Shiva paintsticks and I'm downright impressed with the finished product. I only painted the set going in my studio as I have a pink couch in there. In the office is a dark grey couch and I may yet decide that some kind of silver paintstick might be needed. But for now, easy peasy, I have some nice looking privacy!