Beaded DIY Curtains from Flat Bed Sheets

Posted in BEDROOMS, DECOR, DIY
on April 16, 2013

Inexpensive beaded DIY Curtains take little time to make, require only hand sewing and give your room a romantic look.

DIY Curtains

I’m always looking for inexpensive ways to decorate. As we made our way through my daughter’s Paris themed bedroom makeover, it came time for window treatments! I wanted to keep it simple for two reasons; First, limited budget – enough said. Second, I didn’t want the window treatments to compete with the other elements in the room that I would prefer to draw attention to, such as the fun pompom bedding we added or the Parisian wall art.
Eiffel Tower Pictures - Full 2
However, I still wanted them to add just a little bit of bling on their own. So, I needed curtains that were:
  • cheap
  • soft and romantic
  • a little bit blingy
Pretty tall order, eh? Or not. Enter Walmart twin flat sheets and a box of sparkly beads!
DIY Curtains - BeadsBeads

HOW TO MAKE BEADED DIY CURTAINS

Here’s what you’ll need:

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needle and thread
Curtain Rod

Here’s what you’ll do:

1. Wash and press the sheets.

Beaded DIY Curtains-press
2. Use the large hemmed end of the sheet, or what would usually be the top, as the hemmed edge of my curtain. On the other end, fold over at the top about 7-8″ and pressed well, ensuring there is a distinct crease.  This will become your ruffle. The size of your ruffle, or fold, will be determined by how long you would like your curtain to be – a longer ruffle will result in a shorter curtain!
Beaded DIY Curtains-thread steps
3. Next, add the bead scallop detail. Beginning at one end of the ruffle, pass your thread through the sheet. Add on three beads, then loop back through the edge, allowing the beads to dangle from the ruffle. Continue this pattern the length of your curtain.

Beaded DIY Curtains-thread step 3

4. Repeat on the second panel.

To hang the curtain:

Beaded Diy curtains - hobby lobby finials

I found these great drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby and was able to use them as finials for the rods, which gave the drapes even more character. I hung the curtains by using drapery clips. Space the clips out evenly along the folded edge of your panel and slide the clips onto the rod.
You’re done!
Beaded DIY Curtains - Front
Paris Themed Bedroom

I’m happy with how these curtains turned out – not bad for a Beaded DIY Curtain! I’m even more pleased with the little effort (and cost) required. Happy dance!

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Land of Nod Knock-Off – Ahoy There Mirrors Copy

Posted in BEDROOMS, CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY, WALL ART
on April 16, 2013
I ran in to these lovelies from Land of Nod on Pinterest one evening, and fell instantly in love.
I do love their products – they are so unique and fun and these mirrors in particular were a fun find for Ayden’s room. With the striped wall we just added, he has a bit of a nautical theme going on that I could work up a bit, while staying in line with the “All About Ayden” theme we were going for. I also wanted to tie in the industrial look we’ve been working with lately with his dresser redo, so I decided to add a bit of silver to match the dresser hardware.

I had created this sunburst mirror a while back, and I figured the concept was the same – I took a stab at making them myself.. so glad I did!

For this project I used:

  • 3 inner embroidery hoops – 12″, 10″ and 8″
  • 3 craft mirrors – 12″, 10″ and 8″
  • Craft glue – I used Aleene’s
  • Spray paint in your choice of colors
  • Rub’n’Buff Silver Leaf
  • Command Damage Free Picture and Frame Hangers

What I did:

I removed the inner hoop from all three hoops and put the outer hoops aside for another day. I would not be using them.

I then spray painted all three inner hoops until thoroughly covered – this took two coats of paint, and I used a high gloss blue from Krylon. Once the paint was dry, I sloppily carefully applied my rub’n’buff to both what would be the bottom edge (the edge applied to the mirror) and the inner edge.

I touched up the blue edges where necessary – the rub’n’buff smudged in a few spots from handling-  by spraying the paint into a container and using a small paint brush. Don’t use a Styrofoam cup for this – I now know that spray paint eats Styrofoam. I will not divulge the gritty details, just know that it involved me running around with a quickly disintegrating cup full of blue paint, that was disappearing from the bottom up and that my hands were blue for the rest of the day. I looked like I was auditioning for the Blue Man Group. Hilarious? Yes. But, dears, just trust me on this. No Styrofoam. I tell you, some days I think my life should be a sitcom. At the very least, I’m learning so much from these adventures!

ANYWAY..

Once the touch-up paint was completely dry, I turned the ring over, silver leaf side up, and ran a thin bead of glue around the top edge. I applied the mirror, turned it over for cleaning up of excess glue,  and placed a weighted object on top to ensure the glue would adhere. I let it sit to dry.
Once the glue was dry, I turned the mirror face up and cleaned where necessary. Turning the mirror backside up again, I prepped the back for the command damage free hanger, and applied the hanger to the back of each mirror and to the wall as directed on the package. I truly love the Command Damage-Free products for a project like this!

The mirrors add just a touch of whimsy, and I really love the addition of the silver inlay – it adds just a teeny bit of shine, taking them from ordinary to a little bit stupendous!
I’m really excited about how this redecorating project is going. I hope you’ll follow along to see the final reveal.
If you like what you see here, let me know – drop me a comment – and don’t forget to check out last weeks Monday Madness!

 

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Boy’s Room – A fun dresser gets a little love, the rest of the furniture get the leftovers

Posted in BEDROOMS, DECOR, DIY, FURNITURE MAKE-OVERS
on April 12, 2013

Despite the fact that I appear as though I’ve been bathing in black paint, I am so excited to share this refinish, that I can barely contain myself!

Most of the furniture in Ayden’s room had lived in other places before coming to him. Until now, they were all different finishes, different colors, and different styles. You can see Mis-matched styles as eclectic or cluttered – unfortunately, in this case, it was the latter!

We started with the chest of drawers. Both dressers were part of a childhood set belonging to my husband’s Uncle Rusty. They were a little beat up, but I loved the clean lines and especially the brass hardware. The style reminded me of steamer trunks. Still, they needed some love – It was as if they were screaming at me, “Love us!” and I was screaming back, “I do! I do! But only for your personality!” Looks aren’t everything, right? 

dresser makeover - before

When deciding on the finish, we considered a few things that Ayden already has. Ayden has a platform bed, in black, that we made for him last year based on the Hailey Platform Bed from Ana White’s design plans, and we love it.

The other consideration was Ayden’s ceiling fan, most importantly, the metal detail. I liked the brushed nickel, and thought it gave a kind of industrial feel to the room, which presented a problem with the existing hardware – it’s solid brass. It would be impossible to replace it, as the pulls and side hardware are custom-sized to the dresser, and although I could probably replace the tacks, they wouldn’t be the same without a custom order. So much for a cheap project!

dresser makeover - hardware brass

Enter.. da da da dahhhhh – that’s me singing – Rub’n’Buff. This stuff is magic in a tube; I kid you not. You can find it at most craft stores – I got mine at Michaels, and I believe I’ve also seen it at Hobby Lobby. Unfortunately, they do not carry it at Joann’s.

dresser makeover - rub n buff

This is how magic this stuff is – It transformed the hardware from brass to this!

dresser makeover - silver hardware

It only took about 15 minutes. Really. It was the most straightforward part of the project, and it had the most impact. Win!

As you can see, I painted the dresser black – but instead of painting a flat finish of all paint, I opted for a glazed finish. Glazing is using a clear medium to thin out your paint, making the color more translucent, therefore allowing the underlying color to shine through. I like the smoothness of the finish and that you can still see the woodgrain, and I like the variation in color that you get when glazing. It’s a “soft” black, if there is such a thing.

I removed the drawers and all of the hardware, and thoroughly washed the dresser down – because of the age of the piece under the drawer pulls was nasty!

I then mixed my paint – half to half ratio of Valspar Clear Glaze and Behr Paint in Eggshell finish – Black Suede.

You’ll apply two thin coats – allowing them to dry between them. There was no primer needed, and I used it with a cheap sponge brush.

Expect an exceptionally long drying time though – at least overnight for the final coat to be thoroughly dry. Excuse the photos, my camera is terrible in low light (I’m hoping the Birthday Fairy brings me a new one for my birthday!) but I hope you can see the variation in color.

For the hardware, I used Rub’n’buff in silver leaf. It was the most straightforward process ever – I applied a small bit (less than the size of a pea) at a time and rubbed it onto the hardware with an old sock. It dried nearly instantly. When I re-applied the pulls, I had to touch up the tacks and side hardware a bit, but other than that, I’ve not seen the finish fade at all. Beautiful.

dresser makeover - with black and silver hardware

As you can see, with just that little bit of TLC, we end up with something that finishes off the room and adds to the industrial look that I was going for – very manly, as Shay informed me. Just perfect for my about to be six-year-old and even better, it is a style that he can grow with!

bed and dresser complete - dresser makeover

With the room painting done, and the furniture refinishing done, we’re on to storage of some kind and wall decorating. Bring on the wall art and get ready for a full reveal!Don’t forget to check out this week’s Monday Madness and sign up for the giveaway!

 

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