flour sac closet curtain

flour sac curtain

because our contractor went awol this fall and our mudroom project is delayed indefinitely (did i never mention this? i might not have) we have archie set up in our spare bedroom. his litter box is currently in our spare bedroom closet and that closet had a bifold door on it that we were leaving open for him. but tuesday night i went to the one of a kind show and, amidst other gift purchases, bought this 8″ x 2″ photograph by caledon artist patrick lajoie.

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i was all excited to hang it on my “seascape” wall in the studio until i got home and realized that the open bifold door blocked the exact square of wall i wanted to hang it on. boo. (i got the second piece for free because we actually went back and purchased a huge piece for our living room wall — patrick’s coming to install it this week.)

i had long-term plans to remove the closet door anyways, much like we did in our own bedroom. we took our closet door off so that we could put a three drawer dresser inside of it; it’s really the only way a dresser would fit in our bedroom. looking around our spare bedroom (which is about 70 sq. feet) i figure the closet is the only place to house a dresser/change table for our non-existent child and we’d also installed floating shelves in this closet with that future plan in mind, too. so off came the closet door, to be replaced with a curtain that wouldn’t obstruct the art, but still allows us to hide the towels, sheets, vacuum cleaner, and kitty litter.

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i removed the closet door very quietly. i may be watching too many episodes of my cat from hell, but i was really worried that if i did something traumatic around the litter box (i.e., bring a closet door crashing to the ground) that archie would then be afraid of the litter box. i sanded, poly-filled, sanded again, and then painted the closet trim. archie wanted to know what was going on and got a bunch of paint on himself, but my cat would be covered in paint.

i debated how to hang the rod. i knew i had saved these block-y things from our basement reno (these use to hold up the closet bar in the old bedroom downstairs), but i was at the home hardware in parkdale on my lunch and found these great copper end caps that fit the 7/8″ wooden dowel i bought to use as a rod, so i was thinking about hanging the rod out in front, like a curtain rod. in the end, i went with reusing the block-y things (i don’t know what these are called)… i sanded them and gave them a quick drink of mineral oil before just screwing them right into the frame. so i have some great copper end caps for a future project.

i cut the rod to size using a handsaw, and then slid the black clip rings on. the rings were my biggest expense for the project — about $15. it’s what i used for the flour sac window curtain in the basement and they’re brilliant — so simple. ’tis the season of more money going out than coming in, so i wanted to do this project without buying anything and just using stuff around the house. total expenditure for the project was less than $20.

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the curtain itself was made out of two old flour sacs that i already owned. one was being used as a pillowcase in the basement and the other as a dish towel. unstitched and then stitched together they were the perfect width and length — and i’ve always wanted a flour sac closet curtain, ever since coming across photos of this other 1940s toronto bungalow bedroom a few years ago. it inspired the little flour sac curtain in our basement, oft cited (by me) as the whole reason for our basement reno!

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my mom and i used seam rippers to open one long and one short side of the flour sacs and we just left the edges raw to keep things simple.

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my mom used her sewing machine to stitch the long sides together and voila! archie has shown a little interest in pawing it, but not as much as in our blue velvet chair — yeah, the one we had professionally reupholstered and now boasts about 10 holes from a certain cat’s teeth.

i love love love the curtain and just hope it stays out of archie’s claws. i guess a little hole or rip would just add to the charm (since there are already a few holes in the sacs anyways), but something in tatters would be just too shabby, especially to reuse in a nursery.

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