In October I wrote about my room-divider that I built (click here to see how I built it) and how I have been searching for some fabric for its reversed side. Well, last week I had an epiphany...OMBRE! I really set my mind to an ombre side to the room-divider. Since that isn't really a type of fabric that you can buy anywhere around here, let alone in the greys that I want, I thought about painting fabric again.
Then I went on the hunt for fabric medium. I used fabric medium in combination with acrylic paint to paint my grey horizontal striped curtains (click here to see). I haven't yet used fabric medium in combination with latex paint, since the instructions on the label read acrylic paint.
When I checked at the craft stores, they either had nothing left or just one or two bottles of fabric medium. I think $7.99 is a lot per bottle, don't you think so? And on top of it A.C. Moore really bugged me when they told me I could only use one coupon per person. Really? That's ridiculous! Then I did research online to see if somebody came up with a recipe for fabric medium. I'm sure that there is something you could make at home to add to the paint as fabric medium. I'd really love to find out. I also search on Pinterest and found nothing. Have any of you come across a fabric medium recipe?
At the end I was so frustrated that I just skipped the fabric medium and painted straight onto the duct cloth with latex paint. I figured that I didn't need it soft and washable like the curtains. On my room-divider it would not get washed or moved.
So here is what I did:
I stapled the fabric to the side of each panel. Then I attached them back together with the hinges so I could stand them up next too each other and started to paint.
I started with stripes, the lightest color from the top to the darkest color on the bottom.
|My little helper who ended up with paint on her pants and in her long hair :)|
|My furry helpers (aka photo bombers). I sometimes really do have too many helpers.|
|Sleepy from helping too much.|
|"I'm too old to help. I just snuggle and watch."|
|I wanted to mix the second stripe but ended up redoing it and using an almost white at the top.|
Then I used each stripe paint, a spray bottle and brush to blend the stripes together. I wanted it light and subtle, because like I have said before, it is a dark corner by the step.
The blending wasn't easy to do. I went over it several times which took me several hours.
When the panels dried I went to Joann's fabric and bought dark grey ribbon, which I attached to the sides with hot glue to hide the staples. (You could also use a bright colored ribbon)
Here it is. Of course the weather was horrible yesterday (no natural light) and I had a hard time taking bright pictures in the dark corner. But I think the photos didn't turn out too bad, right?
When I put the room divider back into the corner my hubby asked me if it is staying this way?
Me: "Well, ahhh, yes, it is dear! That's what you call ombre!"
Me: "Yes, ombre, when one lighter color fades into another darker color. A gradient!"
Him: "Oh, but it just looks unfinished."
Whatever hubby, I like it. I think it looks nice! Don't you?
And now that I see this picture, I have to say that a wall is bugging me.
Can you spy which one I'm talking about? I can see another painting project coming up.
So what do you think about the ombre?
Are you with the hubby or me?
And should I paint THAT WALL from dark to light as well. I'm so itching to ;)
Talk to you on Friday und guten Tag!