Grommeted Linen Counter Skirt
Replacing it with a nicer surface wasn't really a good option; I often use bleach and abrasives to keep this surface clean .
I spied a curtained table in a Ballard Design catalog and the lightbulb went off!
Here's a picture of my counter. Not only is it a useful surface, but I do enjoy having the storage underneath. But..no reason why it can't be useful AND good looking...that whole functional aesthetics thing!
I purchased 3.5 yards of linen. I calculated my yardage like this:
There is a 36″ drop from my counter top and I knew I wanted a substantial 4 inch hem at the top and a 1 inch hem at the bottom, so I added an additional 7″ for those, resulting in 43″ in vertical length.
If you like the thickness of my pleats, then multiple the length of your surface by 1.15. The linear length of my counter is 119″, and my counter skirt is 138″.
I sewed the sides together so that I had the 3- 54″ wide panels side by side and put a 4 inch hem on the top and an 1 inch hem on the bottom.
Then it was time for the Grommets.
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I used these grommets. Once again, not knowing how many pleats I was going to have, I purchased more than I needed. But by using the factor of 1.15 for the pleat thickness, I needed 28 grommets, spacing them 5″ apart. They come in packs of 8, so I only needed 4 packs.
I marked every 5 inches on the top of the skirt. Do a little math to make sure you aren’t going to have one end with 3.5″ at the end…know what I mean?
I placed the circle shape that came with the grommets so that the center of it was on top of the marks I made, traced the circle and then cut them out.
I used these hooks which I found at Home Depot. They come in packs of 2 and I needed 6 total, so 3 packs. They were originally bronze, but I spray-painted them black. This size worked perfectly for my 1/2″ thick rod.
Because my counter has a corner that I needed to go around, this rod was the one element that took me the longest to noodle. I spent countless hours at Home Depot looking at all sorts of options, and there are many if you don't need a bend in your rod. Ultimately, I called a local welding shop and had them bend a 1/2" thick solid metal rod at a 90° angle.
(In case you're wondering, I did figure in the weight of that rod as it relates to the hooks. Each hook can handle 95 lbs in wood and the rod was under 10 lbs)
I needed the end product to be 8' by 2' , but since the rod came in a 12' section, I just had them bend it at 9'. This gave us some wiggle room to cut it exactly as we needed it when we got it home and lined up on the counter.
When measuring, bear in mind that your rod will not be right up against the counter, so figure in some space for the hooks and your corner.
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EmDirr @ DustandDoghair.com on Jun 09, 2018
I clicked on this for all the wrong reasons... I thought the headline referred to the kitchen and thought this would be one of those "just because you could, doesn't mean you should" kind of projects (of which I, too, am guilty). Anyway, when I saw we were talking about a craft room...and what you did with it, I had to bury my schadenfreude. Fabulous idea! Looks wonderful and SOOOO craft roomy!