Monday, January 17, 2011

Before & After: Curtains & Grommets

One of my 2011 goals is to organize and maintain my craft tower. It's a Metro commercial shelving unit on casters from the Container Store that I customized for my craft storage needs. I love it because it's adjustable, sturdy and mobile. But it is somewhat industrial looking and as much as it is organized, it still stuck out like a sore thumb sitting in the middle of my living room. After some brainstorming, I decided to give it a softer, cozier look and cover the mess by adding curtains to it!

blog - before and after

I bought really cute teal printed Boodalee bed sheets that I found on Gilt Groupe a few months back. After some cutting, trimming and sewing, a single bed sheet was turned into two pieces of curtains. And with some finishing touches, I now have curtains to camouflage the tower.

Here's a quick how-to:

You'll need: fabric, grommet kit*, hammer, s-hooks**

blog - directions - 01

*Recommendation: Get the 'General' grommet tool kit that can be found at Home Depot. It comes with everything you need to set grommets along with the grommet pieces.

**Recommendation: Get the Lehigh s-hooks that can also be found at Home Depot. It has a nice deep hook that will keep the curtains on.

Set grommet with the backside of fabric up. Hammer in the lock using the grommet setter:
blog - directions - 02

Once locked, the hole is reinforced from tearing and the front side will look like this:
blog - directions - 03

Hook s-hooks onto craft unit:
blog - directions - 04

Hook fabric onto s-hooks:
blog - directions - 05

Voila! Finished curtains!
blog - curtains finished

That's it for now. Hopefully next time, I'll share some of my paper craft work!

Until the next post!
- KRAFTY pearl


  1. you are so cute. and i spy rosie!!!

  2. Great solution. And I love your sketches of the before and after versions of the cart. You should be drawing up card sketches and layouts. :)