Friday, February 19, 2010

Guest Room Curtains

For some time now I have thought about changing the curtains in one of the upstairs guest rooms. These white tab-tops were just not adding anything to the room and I felt like they left it sorta cold feeling.

So, I found this pretty blue/green silkish (I know this isn't a word) fabric for $7.99/yd. at my fabric store.

Seven yards of fabric, and I had no earthly idea what I was going to do. After the fabric stayed folded up on the bed for a few days, I decided to buy some covered button kits and curtain rings. I've always loved the look of covered buttons, but had no idea how to do them. (By the way, it's very simple).

(For all of you professional decorators out there, please avert your eyes, because I had no idea what I was doing.) I started by laying my fabric right side up and folding over 13".

I then folded approximately 3" under and join this together at the top.

I added ring clips (which holds all the fabric together), hot glued the covered buttons (using the clips as a guide).


I didn't hem these curtains - just let them puddle on the floor. Because of the sun pouring in this room, I couldn't get a good picture of the full-length curtain. You can see in the picture at the window seat where the curtains just rest on the cushion. This was a new-sew project (love my hot -glue gun).

This is the room most of my children and family like to sleep in when they come. I've tried to make it comfy and cozy. Hope you like it!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Projects - Coffee Table and Guest Bedroom

Today, I decided to tackle the coffee table on my to-do list. Here is the table I found a couple of months ago at Hotline for $50 - solid wood and just a little worn...

I have decided to sand and stain this bad boy a rich mahogany brown, and I am hoping and praying it will turn out okay.  I have never stained a piece of furniture and am totally flying blind here!  
So far, I have sanded with my DeWalt sander using 150 grit sandpaper and applied a coat of Dark Walnut stain.  It was leftover from another project and I thought it would work.  It didn't.  I didn't like the color AT ALL.  I only stained the top just to see if I liked it.  See for yourself...

So, I headed to Ace and bought some Bombay Mahogany Stain and Polyurethane in One.  

I resanded the table and so far I have one coat applied.  The can says it will take at least 6 hours before I can apply another coat in the right conditions.  Since it is FREEZING here and in my garage, I am going to wait to apply the second coat tomorrow.  As soon as I do that, I will put up a picture!  For now, here it is with one coat (please ignore all of the other items - our garage is a wreck right now, since we are in the process of moving)...

In other project news, my mom is mailing me her old white curtain panels (cotton duck material) so that I can add this fabric to the top to make panels for one of our guest bedrooms.  I bought this at Wal-Mart for $4.44 a yard - what a steal!

I am going to use the extra to make a bedskirt and maybe a no sew pillow.  This room is going to be white, black, and aqua.  Here are some of the items I have bought for this room...

These aqua pillows from HomeGoods (LOVE THAT STORE!) $29.99 for two, big, down pillows!

A duvet cover, shams, and a pretty black and white pillow from Target...

Two lamps from Old Time Pottery in Wilmington - $30/piece...once again ignore the crap in the background - all of this is hanging out in my garage...

And this mirror from HomeGoods - hard to tell what it really looks like in the box but saving it for the move...note the lawnmower in the black - classy...


Hopefully the wind will slow down and I can spray paint the headboard I have been meaning to paint tomorrow.  We are hoping to start moving into our house in three weeks so I better speed things up.  New house pictures to come this week, too!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Curtains Finished!

Here is a final picture of one of the panels we made! Sorry for the picture quality - we were eager to take pictures and the lighting was bad! Also, these aren't the windows or the hardware I am using for these curtains - just for the photo. The rope trim was $1.44 a yard and we found it at Wal-Mart...

 I have 6 more panels to do for the living room and I am trying to decide if I want to buy more of this fabric or use this...


This is a Joel Dewberry fabric - Lodge Lattice in Sky.  This fabric is on Etsy for $7.99 a yard as opposed to the more expensive Waverly  fabric.  Plus, I think it would be cool to add one more pattern to the mix!  

More projects coming up in the next week - gotta check off another to-do on my long, long list!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dresser Redone as a Dining Room Sideboard and New Drapes!

One project down and one meeellion left to go! If you want to see my project list, click here.  So, the first project I tackled was our old bedroom dresser.  I decided to paint it and change out the hardware, so that we can use it as a sideboard in our new dining room.  Here is the before...


Here is a picture after one of the three coats of paint!  I used Behr Paint and Primer in One in Cherry Cobbler.  Click here to see the color. 

And here is the after - sanding, 3 coats of paint, slight distresssing, and new hardware...

In other news, my mom and I are making new curtains for my dining room and living room.  We started with a pair of cotton duck panels from Big Lots (for $15 a pair!) and a package of No Sew Hem Tape...

...and 2 yards of Waverly Damask Duet fabric - one yard bought from Calico Corners for $24.99 and the other yard bought from Etsy for $14.95.  The fabric is the one to the far right. These other fabrics will be in my living and dining rooms...

We cut our fabric, hemmed it with our No Sew bonding tape, and then attached it to the top of the curtain panels to make longer, custom-looking panels at a fraction of the price.  Here is us ironing our no-sew panels!

Even though it was a no-sew project, it was still tiring!

And here is the partial after.  We are going to Wal-Mart tomorrow to purchase some inexpensive braid trim to add to them and then we will put up a final after, but here is what we have so far...

We are pleased with them so far and we figured that we made custom panels for about $30 a pair! Not a bad deal!! Be back tomorrow for a final curtain reveal!

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