Hello there friends! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a fantastic week. It’s been a good one around here. I feel I am slowly catching up after Christmas and the chaos that was our January. As part of my ‘catching up’, I’m making good on some of last year’s commitments. Remember during the One Room Challenge when I said I’d come back and show you how I put the grommeted skirt around my counter top to make it look less, well ‘formica-y’? Well, first Thanksgiving and then Christmas happened, then we were decluttering and bottom line, I’m just getting back to you today on how I made my counter skirt.

I spied this Barclay Storage Table from Ballard Designs right about the time I was trying to figure out what to do with the Formica counter top in my office.

I had considered swapping out the Formica for a different surface, but given the wear and tear it gets on a regular basis, the Formica which can handle bleach and abrasive cleaning, really makes the most sense. So when I saw this…I thought that a counter skirt might be all I need to update and improve the look.Step by step instructions and material needed to make a grommeted counter skirt. This DIY skirted counter not only finishes my room decor, but it also does a great job hiding storage.

I have many ‘favorites’ from my office redo, but this skirted counter is clearly one of them. It really transformed my ho-hum, even a little ‘ugh’ but useful counter to something that looks great as well as being wonderfully functional.Step by step instructions and material needed to make a grommeted counter skirt. This DIY skirted counter not only finishes my room decor, but it also does a great job hiding storage.

Not only does it really finish this space, but the skirt covers the underneath storage that this counter affords.Step by step instructions and material needed to make a grommeted counter skirt. This DIY skirted counter not only finishes my room decor, but it also does a great job hiding storage.

And after I figured out ‘how’ to make this counter skirt, the actual ‘doing’ was really quite easy.

Here’s what I used and how I made the counter skirt:

  • Fabric

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. Step by step instructions and material needed to make a grommeted counter skirt. This DIY skirted counter not only finishes my room decor, but it also does a great job hiding storage.

The fabric is 58″ wide, so I just needed to know how many sections of 43″ high fabric I would need to go the horizontal length of my counter.  As it is I needed 2 1/2 sections of 58″ wide fabric. With this linen I may have been able to get away with less fabric since there really isn’t a pattern and I could have pieced the shorter section on the end, but the last thing I wanted was for it to look all wonky so I bit the bullet and got the 3.5 yards.  And I just wasn’t sure how thick I wanted the pleats, so I got the extra just to be sure. I can always use spare linen for something!

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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  • Grommets

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.

Step by step instructions and material needed to make a grommeted counter skirt. This DIY skirted counter not only finishes my room decor, but it also does a great job hiding storage.

Then it was just a matter of placing the grommets (which come in 2 pieces) on both sides of the hole you cut. We placed the fabric with the 2 grommet pieces in place between 2 books and then gently tapped with a hammer to push the 2 halves of the grommet together.Step by step instructions and material needed to make a grommeted counter skirt. This DIY skirted counter not only finishes my room decor, but it also does a great job hiding storage.

Now we were ready to put the hooks on the counter. 

  • Hooks

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.Step by step instructions and material needed to make a grommeted counter skirt. This DIY skirted counter not only finishes my room decor, but it also does a great job hiding storage.

We (OK, Terry) drilled starter holes into the counter and then screwed the hooks in. On the rounded edge of the counter, there is  a good 1/2″ of wood for the screw to embed in, but on the side there was no wood. We (once again, Terry) glued a piece of wood to the underside so that the screw would have something to grab onto.Step by step instructions and material needed to make a grommeted counter skirt. This DIY skirted counter not only finishes my room decor, but it also does a great job hiding storage.

  • Metal 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. Step by step instructions and material needed to make a grommeted counter skirt. This DIY skirted counter not only finishes my room decor, but it also does a great job hiding storage.

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. Step by step instructions and material needed to make a grommeted counter skirt. The skirted counter looks fantastic and does a great job hiding storage.

Once all the pieces were in place, it was just a matter of threading the curtain on to the rod and placing it on my hooks. This counter skirt turned out better than I had hoped and was really easy, once I figured the rod part out. Step by step instructions and material needed to make a grommeted counter skirt. This DIY skirted counter not only finishes my room decor, but it also does a great job hiding storage.

Phew, I don’t think I have any more outstanding 2016 commitments! Now we can proceed with all the fun stuff we have planned for 2017.

That’s it for today my friends and thanks for stopping by to visit. I appreciate you more than you’ll ever know. And when you leave a comment…ah, it makes my heart sing! 

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Until next time, 

lynn-in-brotherhood

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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22 Comments

  1. Tammy

    February 2, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Seriously my friend! You are talented! I love the way your skirt turned out. It was sure brilliance to have a local metal shop bend the rod as you needed it. Perfect!

    Reply
    • lynn

      February 4, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Aw thanks friend! I enjoyed making ‘friends’ with these old welders…two brothers…in their 60s-70s…overalls…the whole deal. But they did exactly what I needed.

      Hope you are enjoying a great weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  2. Carol

    February 2, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    This turned out so great, my friend! You think like Joanna Gaines about going to a welder to get the work done the right way. Love it!

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    • lynn

      February 4, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      What a compliment! Thanks my friend. It was a joy to work with these old guys!

      Thanks for stopping to visit.

      Hugs, LYnn

      Reply
  3. Robin from Frugal Family Times

    February 3, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Looks amazing, Lynn! I love the texture of the linen.

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    • lynn

      February 14, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Thanks Robin! I really love this skirt…especially that it makes all the stuff under the counter magically disappear!

      Reply
  4. Nicki Parrish

    February 4, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    These are a perfect solution for you! Also, I would love to see you write a post about all of those backdrops you have hiding behind there, I am dying to see them and know more!

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    • lynn

      February 4, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      I think so too! I love it…the way it looks and the way it covers everything!

      Thanks for coming by my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  5. Mary-the boondocks blog

    February 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Lynn I am so glad you published this one. I was really curious to see how you got that look. It is really very glamorous with the grommets. Thank goodness for Terri’s help. But you came up with the idea.

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    • lynn

      February 9, 2017 at 7:28 am

      That’s right! He is quite justly proud of his contribution, but I do have to reign him in and remind he that it was my idea afterall!?

      Reply
  6. sara s syrett

    February 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    This seriously looks so good! Love it!

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    • lynn

      February 14, 2017 at 7:05 am

      Thanks Sara…it was one of those times when the finished product was actually as good as or better than what I had hoped it would look like. That doesn’t always happen. ?

      Reply
  7. Sarah Vanderkooy

    February 13, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    This is a beautiful project, I am so inspired to do something similar in my craft room. I store all kinds of “junk” under my table that needs to be hidden.

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    • lynn

      February 14, 2017 at 7:03 am

      Thanks Sarah…I am thrilled with it. And the hiding of ‘stuff’ is just the icing on the cake.
      Wishing you a fantastic Valentine’s Day.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  8. Sam @ Raggedy Bits

    February 13, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    What a fabulous idea Lynn! I love the fabric that you used!! Perfect to hide all the goodies under your craft table!

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    • lynn

      February 14, 2017 at 6:56 am

      Thanks Sam…I do love my skirt! It does the job so perfectly for me. I love when a project comes to fruition as I had hoped.

      Wishing you a fantastic day.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  9. leanne with divaofdiy.com

    February 13, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Great idea! I am always looking for ways to hide my “stuff”!

    Reply
    • lynn

      February 14, 2017 at 6:55 am

      Right?! Hiding stuff is a critical component of this skirt!

      Thanks for swinging by Leanne!

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  10. Emily @ The Small Stuff Counts

    February 13, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    This looks great! Love the grommets. What a genius way to hide the clutter underneath and dress up a plain old counter.

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    • lynn

      February 14, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Thanks Emily! I pinch myself everytime I see it…And that it covers up stuff? Makes it all the more fantastic!

      So glad you stopped by.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  11. Richard (in Charlotte, NC)

    March 8, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Beautiful linen skirt to hide your storage area! Where did you procure your linen fabric? Inquiring minds just have to know.

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    • lynn

      March 9, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Hi Richard, I found the linen at our Fabric Solutions store here in Wilmington. Most of their fabrics are in the $10-15 per yard range. Do you have one in Charlotte?

      Reply

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