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How To Make Designer Window Panels with a Cake Stand

Soooo, my master bedroom is undergoing a makeover that resulted in a need for new window panels.

Having no inclination or budget for $100+ apiece designer panels, I went shopping in my house for something that could work.

I found a ceramic pie plate, a glass 10-inch pedestal cake stand, a sample-size of Sherwin-Williams “Socialite” plum paint, and two white queen flat sheets.

Yes, that IS a pacifier. It’s a multi-purpose life people.

After filling the pie plate with paint and turning the cake stand upside down in it, the work began.

It took multiple sessions and a fan blowing on each section of the fabric for hours at a time until everything was complete. (My 3-year-old is still trying to figure out why he was cast off to the picnic table outside for days on end.)

After many many MANY circle-stamps with the cake stand, the finished product is now my favorite DIY of all time.

First, here’s the only “Before” photo of the room I could find, taken when we’d first moved in.

And NOW, here it is.

If you look closely, you can see variations in the line width and paint coverage. That’s what I love about these. They’re obviously not machine-made, and the dribbles, dots and imperfections lend a truly artistic quality.

I’m in love.

No, lust.

No, complete infatuation!



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Living Room Makeover – Warm and Dated turns Cool and Zen

This is one of my favorite before-and-afters ever.

Take a look at Becki’s warm but dated living room when we started.

She had never loved it, and for the longest time had wanted something more reflective of her zen and minimalist taste. Many months of planning and hard work later, (and trips to Pier 1, Lowe’s, and Chik-fil-A!) here is the reveal.

I still can’t believe it.



The yellow and red window dressings were replaced with these lovely rich and textured brown tones.



(Had to get a live shot of the desk in use.)

Bookcases before:

Bookcases after:

(Next up will be spray painting the brass accents on the fireplace to a black.)

We found baskets that carried the accent colors of dark brown and sage into the shelves.

Drapes before:

Drapes after. (Click here for the how-to on making these DIY painted drapes.)

We were able to keep papa’s favorite chair which brought a nice industrial and minimalist element to the space.

I somehow forgot to take pictures of the sofa wall before we started work, but just imagine a completely blank yellow-y wall above a tired tan sofa.

And now, the wall is this:

We brought in textures, color and contrast with the sofa fabric, pillows, blankets and rug.

The walls are painted Sherwin-Williams Amazing Gray  in flat and the floors, stairs and banisters were stripped and stained to a walnut finish.

The picture frames were all spray-painted the same shade of espresso.

Okay, one last look at the dramatic change from this:

To this:

Be still. My heart.

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Removable Drapes for a Windowed Door

A few months ago we gave our bonus room a makeover to create a more comfortable family hang-out space.

Since then, we’ve replaced the original interior door with a windowed door to open the room, let in more light, and make it feel bigger.

BUT we needed a way to create privacy for the room since it also doubles as a guest room when we use the pull-out couch bed. With only days to go before our second child arrived I was exhausted and out of ideas, but the good Hubs landed on something perfect.

THESE babies for $1.48!

He placed two of them over the top of the door, put a short curtain rod between them, bent the curve to keep the rod from sliding, and voila…

You’ll remember that the curtains on the other side of the room have grommets at the top. (You can see the DIY custom drapes tutorial here.)

Well I had an extra curtain that I wasn’t using so I flipped it upside down and hung it on the door.

Now the grommets on the bottom act as weights to keep the panel in place. (And they bring in a funky element too.)

Here’s the view from outside the room.

Of course now I’m thinking about a few other windowed doors in our house. See what you started Hubsy?? xoxo



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How To Paint Striped Drapes (a no-sew)

I found these Ballard Design striped drapes on Pinterest that would work perfectly for my client’s living room makeover. They are no longer available through Ballard  but the look was just the inspiration I needed.

(Source: Ballard Designs via Remodelaholic)

Remodelaholic knocked off these drapes using ribbon, but painting is easier for me so I decided to give it a try.

I started with two cream-colored painter’s drop cloths sized 6′x9′ from Lowe’s ($14.00 apiece), that were first washed, dried and ironed. (Make sure to get matching drop cloths. In this case they each had one vertical seam down the middle.)

I laid out the drop cloth on my kitchen island after everyone had gone to sleep so I could work in peace more quickly.

Since the bottom of these drop cloths aren’t exactly straight, I had to create a straight line across the bottom where I wanted my first stripe to begin. I began my first line at 8″ up from the bottom, accounting for the crookedness of the actual fabric.

I knew that I wanted four stripes like the Ballard drapes, but that I also wanted the entire striped portion to take up 1/3 of the total drape height. So I measured my stripes to be 3″ wide each with 3″ between them.

Then I could finally begin rolling on the paint. This is a flat latex wall paint that we chose to match the client’s chocolate brown sofa. I used a Sherwin-Williams 6″ mini roller …the same one I use for painting walls for a nice smooth finish.

It took two coats of paint to get the stripes absorbed evenly. I kept newspaper underneath the fabric so it wouldn’t bleed through to the countertop.

Immediately after the second coat, and while the paint was still wet, I peeled off the painter tape. The lines weren’t perfect, but they were pretty darn close.

The first panel took me 3 hours but the second panel went a little faster…about 2 hours total.

The paint dries a little crispy but once hung, the fabric drapes pretty well. You can train the canvas with clothespins to fold in specific places if you wish.

Here’s the final product.

Whatcha think? Here’s Ballard’s $180 version ($90 per panel):

And here’s our painted version.

Since I already had the paint roller, it only cost $15 for the quart of paint + $28 for drop cloths ($14 apiece).

Total = $43.

More importantly, Becki loves them in her newly transformed living room. I will be posting more about her makeover soon!

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