I Got Lucky

I went out Saturday morning to a local surplus house called Debois Textiles.  They had some beautiful fabric to be sure but nothing that would work for my living room curtains. Partly because I need 11 yards.

I liked the "Rich Socha Silver" (middle fabric) but it was very sheer and would fray easily.
I liked the color of the “Rich Socha Silver” (middle fabric) at Joann but it was very sheer and would fray easily.

I headed over to Joann’s thinking if I found something I liked but too expensive I could search online for the same fabric at a better price.

This print was tempting but too bold for my plan.
This print was tempting but too bold for my plan.

When I arrived a saw an old friend who informed me that upholstery fabrics were 60% off. I looked and looked.

Lots of lovely greys and ochres.
Lots of lovely greys and ochres.

Then I saw it: Weston Charcoal. Naturally the price was not marked.

Did I forget to mention I found fabric for the living room curtains?
Weston Charcoal fabric

I stood in the cutting line a good while until it was my turn.  I asked the young man behind the counter if they had 11 yards.  He told me the local store did not but the warehouse and website both had enough. He could order from the warehouse but the website would be a faster delivery. He cut me a swatch.

A small swatch pinned to the living room shade.
A small swatch pinned to the living room shade.

I ordered 11 yards on Joann’s website and got the 60% discount ($14 per yard which usually sells for $35 per yard) and free shipping. Now I’m just waiting.  I pinned up a piece of this medium greige diamond jacquard which is 62% cotton and 38% polyester to the living room window shades. The fabric is not shiny or satiny. And there’s a tiny ochre flower in the print that ties it to the kitchen color (Waterbury Cream).

Can you see it all tie together?
Can you see it all tie together?

The Revere Pewter walls, greige canvas shades, Weston charcoal curtains, and greyish rug will create a monochromatic shell in which the living room furniture will float.

I bought 2 sets of pewter curtain rods at J C Penney for this project.
I bought 2 sets of pewter curtain rods at J C Penney for this project.

For me that creates a room that is not too busy. Comfortable and cozy.

Do you wait until you find just the right color? Fabric? Item?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “I Got Lucky”

  1. Love your fabric choice! . I am still waiting for the perfect fabric for my guest bedroom curtains. I have some temporary ones up until I find the “one” .

    1. Don’t cave. Presumably you’re going to pick the perfect fabric and make it once. It’s the same amount of work whether you use cheap, make-do fabric or your favorite piece. Make it great. Jo

  2. I’m drooling over the fabric selections at your Joann! Mine is teeny! Online ordering is the only way I get to shop a large inventory. And waiting for the right fabric is the only way to go!

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