When I started thinking about re-doing our entryway, I lusted over the idea of doing a wall mural like this:
But even in our small room that would cost over $250; absolutely not in the very limited budget. I was ready to give up on large birch trees in my foyer… until I saw this shower curtain:
Hummm, very similar. And at $25, it fit right into to budget. I got my shower curtain at a place in Ottawa called ZoneMaison, but this one’s identical. Anyway, I hatched a plan to turn this bathroom linen into a large piece of artwork for the would-be mural wall.
I decided to use 1×3 pine to build a frame slightly smaller than the curtain. That way I could stretch it over the frame for a neat wrap-around look. The curtain was pretty shear, so I knew if I didn’t have a lining the wood would show through. A relatively cheap canvas painting drop cloth would suffice for the base.
What You Need
- wood glue
- staple gun
- canvas drop cloth
- an iron
- a shower curtain
What to Do
Step 1: Cut the wood according to the plan and lay them out. Lay something out underneath your work space to protect it from messy glue.
Step 2: Add a bit of wood glue on the joints and press.
Step 3: Straddle the stapler across the joint and add two or three staples. Glue then staple each joint.
Step 4: Flip and do the other side.
Step 5: Lay the canvas drop-cloth under the frame and cut to size, leaving about 6 inches of overlap.
Here is the base for our artwork:
Step 9: Iron your shower curtain to get the fold creases out of the fabric. This was the least fun part of the project. I hate ironing.
Step 10: Repeat Steps 5 through 8 with the curtain; cut-stretch staple. /p>
And here it is:
Not exactly the statement a whole wall mural would have made, but still a bold piece that adds drama to the room. There are so many cute shower curtains out their that could make great ‘art’. And at about $40 all in, it’s a trick that can fit into anybody’s budget.