I love the philosophy over at Nesting Place – she sounds like my kind of gal!
I have been putting off the ‘decorating touches’ in our Dining Room for a few years now, knowing that we are getting closer and closer to a MAJOR renovation, but the windows have been DRIVING ME CRAZY!!! We have basically been living with a set of sheer panels in there with nothing else for some time now.
I took the time last week to go through the Nesting Place blog and was inspired – inspired to create something from nothing.
Here’s what I’m all about:
– I hate to measure
– I hate to use patterns
– I have a hard time spending money on anything
_ I like to start and finish a project within the same afternoon.
– I do not consider myself at all crafty, however I am creative.
That means that seams don’t always line up, things don’t close the way they should, and generally, I don’t spend any time ripping out seams if they are not right…I just make it work “good-enough”. I probably would have been diagnosed as ADD had that been a real diagnosis when I was a kid. I don’t have a long enough attention span for long or complicated projects.
I stumbled on a perfectly, good as new flat sheet in the thrift store that I just had to put in my cart based on the colors…I initially thought that I might use it to recover my dining room chairs.
The sheet was $5.99.
However, once I got it home, some new ideas started to perk.
I measured my window and I ripped….ripped strategically of course, but just ripped it. I hung it over my existing too-skinny drapery pole thingy, and an idea was born! I scrounged through the fabric store bargain bin on Saturday morning and spent $9.00 on some beady fringe, et voila!
The perfect MISTREAMENT!
I plan to add some brownish colored side panels, but I refuse to pay more than 10 bucks for the two windows in there, so I will have to keep watching and waiting at my local thrift stores and discount shops.
I wrote this post a week or so ago, and just hadn’t edited or posted it yet. Would you believe that my patience and scrounging paid off in a big way?
Lookit this price tag…
Guess what $4.99 bought me???
SIX PANELS 42″ X 100″ – SIX PANELS!!!!
They are only polyester, but I covered BOTH windows and have two panels to spare for under 5 bucks!!
They are actualy more a dark moss / olive green than brown like they look in the photos……and look how they match the rug in the room:
You can see the whole room after I clean up the disaster zone that you can’t see right now…(!)
GRAND TOTAL OF TWO WINDOW MISTREATMENTS:
Original flat sheet: $5.99
Bead fringe thingys: $9.00
six panels : $4.99
and I had to run to The Depot to get some of those white drapery bars….I have given all mine away…$9.00
So for 29 bucks, I have covered TWO windows!
I will be watching for heavier valance poles…I think a nice heavy dark wood will work better than those skinny iron things….but dontcha just love how I was able to mount them so high….my dining room looks so much more elegant now…!
but wait, I’m not done there! There was a tiny swatch left, that wasn’t quite wide enough for my kitchen window, but that’s no-never-mind to me once I’m on a roll….I whipped out some brown corduroy, ripped off some appropriately sizes pieces and sewed them onto the ends.
And again – voila! I didn’t even take time to iron these or straighten them out I was just so excited about how they look….quite honestly, the way it goes around here, I probably never will (take them down to iron them…) that’s just the way I roll…!
And, with the last little bit of fabric I had left over, I pulled out a painting, covered it up, hung on some ribbon, stitched on a few key rings, and we will also have the perfect accessory to hang fun photos by our entryway!
(and yes…the blue wall will not exist post-reno….but again, I just HAD to get the photo now…who’s got time to wait????)
whew – that’s enough fun for one day!