Thursday, January 26, 2012

Custom-Made Denim Shower Curtains

I wanted denim shower curtains in indigo,but could not find anything in stores or online that didn't have a top-stitched Western look to them. Unsatisfied with what was out there, I decided to make them myself.
My denim and shantung-trimmed shower curtains beautifully compliment the Mongolian Desert Slate vignette and trim in our new bathroom.
I Made two panels, 78x82 allowing for 3 inch hems on either side and 6-inch hem at the bottom. A standard shower curtain is 72 x 72 but because we used an L-shaped shower rod, hung from the ceiling, the curtains needed to be 72x76. The width of the denim is 60 inches so I had to purchase the extra yardage, which I cut in half to sew down the side of each panel.
I purchased 6-3/4 yards of Mesa Indigo denim at my local Joann store. Regularly $25/yard, I used a 50% off coupon and got it for $12.49/yard.
The striped shantung and upholstery trim that I used came from my stash.
I purchased Dritz shower curtain grommets at Joann, easily installed with a hammer and board and the tools that come with the grommets.

Bathroom Mirror Frame-Out

We're putting the finishing touches on our bathroom remodel. Framing this mirror has been something I've wanted to do for a few years now. I purchased carved framing at frame #W-730-55. I measured the height and width of the frame and ordered pieced to those lengths. THe company cuts the framing as if you will be dropping the mirror into the frame, I wanted to reduce the surface of the mirror so I had them cut the pieces to exact size.
If the frame underside is light colored, paint it black or it will show in the mirror. I used an epoxy glue to glue frame to mirror. Beginning with the bottom piece, apply glue in a zig-zag along the back of the frame. You will need to hold piece in place for about 10-15 minutes, Use blue painters tape at 4-in intervals to hold piece in place for a complete bond. This bottom piece will anchor the sides and top pieces so let this dry & bond overnight.
After 12 hours of bonding, glue and place the two sides, tape with painters tape and then glue and tape the top piece. Do not walk away! Stay with this for 10-15 minutes to avoid slippage of frame pieces. Cost for project: Framing $140.00 Glue $6.00. Total: $146.00