Monday, July 21, 2014

Café curtains

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One thing about being a teacher that you may not realize: I have to cram a year’s worth of projects into six weeks (minus the vacation time).  So I am (in the vernacular of DL) busting my hump.

One of the things I wanted to do this summer was to clean out the loft room.  It’s a room that’s just been used to store stuff, because there’s no heat or cooling in there.  I had to move my sewing machine out of there and into the sunroom because of the lack of climate control.  I have a long-term goal for it to become a craft room and office, but for right now I just want it relatively useable. (Translation: get the junk OUTTA THERE!)

The first thing to do was get the big honkin’ desk out.  It was serving absolutely no purpose in there, now that the sewing machine was somewhere else.  That left the window uncovered. (Uh oh!  The window’s naked!)
My quest was to cover the window for exactly zero dollars.  I wasn’t going to pay for a curtain rod, let alone curtains. What’s a woman to do?

I decided that raiding the junk drawer was in order.

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Two eye screws and some covered wire later….I had something to hang curtains on.  Curtains?
Vintage embroidered dishtowels.  Hung with clothespins.

I always have clothespins hanging around, as they are so incredibly useful. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use them au naturel or to paint them green (green because I had some left over from another project—remember, I am working with a budget of $0), so I decided to try both and let DL decide (maybe). 

Painting clothespins is something I do every once in awhile, and this is how I like to do it:

*Get a clean Chobani cup. (It doesn’t have to be Chobani, but it would be nice if it was, because DL has the contract for Chobani for the next couple of years and every little bit helps.)

*Clip all your clothespins to the rim.

*Pour a little bit of paint into the bottom of the cup. 
 
*Now you can paint all the way around the clip and not have to worry about getting your fingers all painty.

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*Let ‘em dry, take ‘em off, and throw away the cup.  It’s that simple!

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Do you like them au naturel??

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Or green?

14 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

they are easy enough to change any time of year! :) i like them au naturel i think, but i like most things au naturel. ;)

Pat said...

I choose au natural every time!:-) Oh, you were talking about...clothespins...let's see...natural is good for me.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

What a fun painting tip! I think I'm an au natural kind of girl too! :)

The Bold Abode said...

I never thought to clip the pins on a cup to paint them. Genius!

Bliss said...

That's why you're the teacher and I'm the student, handy painting tips. But I'm not sure if I like them better natural or green.

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

I like both colours. Why have I not thought of pegs? My kitchen window has been naked for the last few years, my neighbour is 86 and rarely outside but every now and then I get a shock when her gardener is looking right in at me....he's creepy!

Marty Walden said...

Total genius! I would really hate to tell you how I painted the ones purple for the craft room. It was kinda like finger painting in kindergarten again.

Feral Turtle said...

What a great idea Kirby! Love your curtain....I think I would paint them all different colors.....how fun would that be!

Kim said...

I would think the natural would be better as it would go with any curt... um ... dish towel that you chose to hang there but the green seems to go well with the Christmas vibe you have going on the window sill. :)

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

You are a genius! I swear it's the little things that impress me the most! Love the $0.00 budget. I say paint them to coordinate with the holidays... a real blogger! Ha!

Andrea said...

I really need to put better stuff in my junk drawer! I like the natural.

Debbie Borthwick said...

I love your tip for painting clothes pins, I do mini ones all the time and they are a pain. This will work perfectly, great idea! Since I already paint mine, I have to choose your painted ones.
Debbie :)

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Well I love a good no-sew project and this is a clever and a cute one Kirby! Oh...and I love Chobani too!

Miss Kitty said...

Love your idea for painting clothespins! The photography of the same is quite good also. I think that I like the clothespins painted because it gives an "I meant to do that" look to the curtains...not a "I'm hanging my tea towels up here to dry look".

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