Well, I’ve been making slow and steady progress in the sewing room over the past couple of weeks. In the afternoons, when I’m done with my work-work, I’ll head upstairs and work on it for about an hour. My tendency is to plow through a project and get it finished as soon as possible, but I’ve learned in recent years that projects are more enjoyable when they are spread out and done in a leisurely way. Fewer mistakes are made when I don’t rush. I have to fight my propensity to rush, though, because I love productivity and crossing stuff off the list!
But, the sewing room is a little easier to work on in pieces, because it’s not one I’m in a lot. Out of sight, out of mind. If I was sitting in the middle of it all day, it would probably feel more urgent.
I decided to focus my efforts on the left side and back wall of the room, so I could move the wardrobe and sewing desk back into place and have a little more room to move the daybed away from the other wall when I’m ready to work on that. With all of the furniture pushed into the middle of the room, I couldn’t quite fit the step ladder over on the right side of the room and I’m going to need it to hang the fabric.
So, I primed and applied two coats of paint to all of the trim and wainscoting…
The window frames and sashes are such a pain, so I’m glad to have those behind me! It’s looking so good, though. What a difference!
And then I started hanging the fabric panels. It’s been a while since I’ve done this technique (I did it in my PA house in the master bedroom), so it took me a couple of panels to get into a groove.
Working with fabric is easier than wallpaper in some ways, but it’s more challenging in others. In this case, it’s a much more economical choice and it’s looking great. I’ve always wanted to deck a room out in toile.
I especially love how it frames the windows and makes more of a feature out of them. I am planning to install white plantation shutters in this room, so they will match the others visible from the front of the house. I think it always looks sharp when all of the window treatments look the same from the exterior. I had considered making toile curtains, but since I’m planning to add a bed crown, it felt like that might be a lot! A lot of fabric and a lot of sewing! Plantation shutters will provide privacy and shade, but will look clean and allow the trim to be seen.
This week has been busy, so I’ve been doing just one panel a day. It’s been slow, but effective and now I’ve finished with the left and back walls.
And I love it!! It’s such a fun and classic way to make this sewing room/guest room special.
I can now move the furniture back and start working on the right side of the room. Here is how it’s looking now…
Caulk will work magic on those cracks and I can’t wait to be rid of this peachy off-white. The entire house was painted in this color and we only have four more rooms to paint before it’s totally gone. It’s not that it’s a terrible color, but everything was this color…doors, trim, and walls.
I also need to finish working on this patch. Patching drywall isn’t my forte, but it’s coming along. I’ve sanded and applied another coat since this picture and I think it just needs one more coat. Once the bottom half is done, I’ll add the trim pieces.
So, things are moving along…
I’ll share more about this fabric treatment in the future, but HERE is the link to the tutorial I wrote for HGTV a few years ago.
And, to answer a few questions…
Is it removable & good for renters?
Yes, it is removable. You can just peel the fabric right off the wall and even wash and reuse the fabric. The walls are not damaged and just need to be wiped down with a damp rag or paper towel to remove any residual starch.
Can you use any fabric?
Yes! I have done this technique with very light cotton, linen, and heavier woven fabrics.
How do you clean the wall?
I just run a vacuum over it every couple of months to remove any dust.
Will this work in a bathroom or kitchen?
Yes! I helped one of my friends install fabric as a backsplash since she was having trouble with peeling paint from the regular use of an electric kettle. The starched fabric worked perfectly and never peeled off. My mom starched fabric to a metal partition in our military apartment bathroom in Germany and it stayed put for four years. When we moved, she just peeled it off. (As a side note, it was a cute blue and white German folk art print with wreaths and dancing couples!)