Sheer Panels Room Decor
- 1"x2" furring strips: 8-ft long
- Scrap wood for corner triangle braces
- 2 1/2"x49 1/2"x1/4" lattice
- 2 1/2"x47 1/2" 1/4" lattice
- Masking tape
- Hammer, nails
- Small plastic clamps
- 8 yds sheer drapery fabrics: includes 1/4 yd for practice painting
- Basic sewing supplies
- Sewing machine
- Iron & ironing surface
- Spray starch
- Plastic wrap or dry cleaning bag
- Three 50"x90" clear plastic drop cloths
- Acrylic paints: 3 dark shades, 3 medium shades, 3 light shades
- Acrylic paint: off-white
DIRECTIONS: Make stretcher frames to support panels while painting. Furring strips are inexpensive, but have
rough spots. Sand as needed and use tape to cover knot holes or chatter marks.
1. Cut furring strips into six 85" lengths and six 46" lengths.
2. Create butt joints on each corner, with the 46" pieces on the inside.
3. Cut corner triangles and nail on the back of each corner joint.
4. Tape over joints on front to prevent snagging.
PANEL RODS: When purchasing lattice, check to make sure pieces are straight, not bowed or twisted.
1. Cut 3 pieces of lattice, 49 1/2" long.
2. Cut 3 pieces of lattice, 47 1/2" long.
3. Sand wood as needed.
4. On 49 1/2" pieces, drill a small hole in the top corners, 3/8" from both top and side of board.
5. Whitewash lattice strips with watered down off-white acrylic paint. Allow to dry.
FABRIC PANELS: Because fabric is lightweight and loosely woven, spray the back with spray starch before working to prevent sliding and puckering during cutting and sewing. Pressing before sewing will also help.
1. Cut fabric into three 7-ft 8" x 50" panels (no selvages).
2. Turn side edges over 1" and press. Roll raw edges into the fold; press, pin and sew along inner folded edge.
3. Turn top and bottom raw edges up 1". Press. Baste folded raw edges to fabric to prevent raveling.
4. To make rod pockets, fold top and bottom edges up 2 7/8". Press and pin. Sew along edge of inner folded edge.
5. Wrap lattice rods in plastic wrap or dry cleaning bags to protect them from paint. Insert rods into rod pockets.
6. Clamp top and bottom edges of panels to stretcher frames.
7. Tape sides to stretcher frames with masking tape.
8. Paint each panel at a window, or check application in bright light to be sure that color & paint thickness give
the desired effect. Use plastic drop cloths between panels to keep paint from soaking through to rear panel.
BACK PANEL: Use darker colors to sketch in trees.
MIDDLE PANEL: Use mid tones, with a light tone to create highlights in the thistles.
FRONT PANEL: Use mid and light tones to create overlapping grasses.
9. After paint has dried, remove rods, take off protective plastic and reinsert into rod pockets.
SUPPLIES & TOOLS (for hanging panels):
- 1"x8" plywood board
- Size #6 eye hooks: screw type
- 6 large cup hooks
- 6 links decorator lamp chain:for panel attachment
- Additional chain length to suspend board from ceiling or 2 L brackets to suspend board from wall
- Drill with small bit
- 2 pr pliers
- Optional: nail gun
SUSPENSION BOARD: Drill a small pilot hole before screwing in hooks and eyes.
1. Cut 1"x8" board to 50" length.
2. Sand wood and whitewash board.
3. On top of board, screw eye hooks on width center point, 6" from each end.
4. On bottom of board, lightly draw a 1/2" line parallel with each end. Insert cup hooks at mid-point of line, 2" forward and 2" behind the midpoint hole along the line.
5. Remove 6 links from decorator chain. Set aside for final panel rod assembly. Use two pliers, and twist links apart. To protect chain, place tape or felt over each jaw. Divide the remainder of chain in half.
6. Attach a length of chain to each eye on top of frame if it is to hang from ceiling or rafter, or attach L brackets to bottom of suspension frame to attach to wall.
1. Place decorator chain link through the holes at each end of top panel rods.
2. Twist link closed with 2 pliers.
3. Loop chain links over cup hooks to hang panels.