It has been one of those days. After a few days of work, and all the necessary minutia that follows my life around, I get antsy. I bet I am hilarious to watch. I start a project, but in the middle of that project, I come up with another one. While I am juggling both of those projects, I hatch another one….and the cycle continues. That is how today was. I was in the midst of decorating my dining room for Christmas, but nothing was going quite as planned. I just was not loving the direction it was heading. I sat down a minute and was looking through some of my inspiration pics when it hit! My dining table needed a grain sack tablecloth! Oh yes, I will just run to my closet and look through my collection. Oh wait, don’t I wish. So instead, I went looking in my fabric closet. Drop cloth fabric, that is what I was looking for. Red paint? Yup, found it. I was getting very excited. I decided I needed to make a tablecloth and some extra for other projects.
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Here is what I used:
Red Craft Paint
(or whatever color you want to make them)
Now let me just say this: I am in no way trying to replace the amazing antique grain sack fabric that you can sometimes find. If I could keep a nice large collection of that stuff in my home, oh my, I would be in heaven. But, alas, purchasing that is just not in my budget these days. Maybe one day. Until then, I will use my go to method and create my own. I know its not the same, but it sure is close.
The first thing I did was lay out my drop cloth fabric. This fabric had been washed a few times so it has a much nubbier and softer feel to it.
I will say drop cloth is a pretty good substitution but I do think that you need to wash it with some bleach to soften it up.
I taped off the lines that I wanted to create on the fabric. I chose two skinny lines for this piece. I also made some with a wider stripe on it.
Once the fabric has been taped off, I took some red paint and brushed it on in a dry application. I did not paint it solid. There is unevenness that I quite like.
You can see the look of the paint effect here.
Once I was done, I took the tape off. I did not wait until the paint dried, because sometimes the tape will dry to the paint and you will have a hard time getting the tape off certain spots.
The last thing I did was sand down the lines a bit once they were dry. I just wanted to give them a more antique feel.
And that is it! I spent about an hour making two different patterns and had amassed a large amount of faux grain sack fabric. Do not worry, though it will all be put to good use. Check back tomorrow when I show you what I have done with it. I know rude, right? Making you wait.
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