Alas; new year, new beginning, new projects! I'm not only back but I come with 12 awesome tutorials for you in 2012. One project for each month.
Before we get started I know you know that it is already February so I'm late right out of the gate. Since moving I am having some crashing issues with Photoshop and Illustrator, seriously limiting my productivity. Trust me, I was working on this in January.
As you know, we own another fixer upper so I don't need to go far to find projects. Every room needs a face lift, and as an interior designer I look forward to sharing creative ways to get that high-end look on an affordable budget.
I was over-the-top excited that Jennifer, Joe and the kids were coming here for Christmas. I decided to do a quick and inexpensive makeover in time for Christmas dinner. As you have already learned from my past Before and Afters, my husband starts tearing out while I'm still making the To Do List. This was no exception and before I found the camera those sconces were in the trash. I found this Before image taken prior to possession.
STRIPED WINDOW TREATMENTS
Notice the $4.99 sconces on either side of the windows? Take a closer look here.
|BAD REPAIR JOB|
We remain baffled as to why anyone needed to move those beauties down 5". Repositioning the junction box and fixtures was definitely a DIY job gone wrong. I decided to cover the whole bad mess with horizontal striped window treatments and a fresh coat of paint.
The idea for these came about while I was wandering around Ikea with this wonderful $19.99 throw under my arm, which is maybe my best find from Ikea so far.
I noticed these Ritva curtain panels for $34.99 a pair. They are heavy cotton but look like linen and they come in various colors. I placed the white, which is more like a creamy white next to the yummy gray and instantly witnessed a marriage made in heaven. So I bought one pair of each. These are not lined but that didn't matter to me since they were hanging against the wall.
The other plus with ready made curtains is that they are finished at the top. These have hidden loops on the back to slide a rod through. I must admit that I have never purchased ready made curtains, but since I snatched these I have noticed some incredible bargains out there. Look around at Marshall's, Target, Pier One, World Market, etc. and I bet you can make these for less than my $70 find.
2 pairs of curtains in different colors
Straight edge ruler or yard stick
2 colors of thread to coordinate with curtains
So here is the process used to measure and cut the stripes. First, determine the desired finished length. Mine was 94 1/2". I wanted seven stripes so 94 1/2" divided by 7 is 13 1/2" per stripe once they are all sewn together. I made this chart as my guide and I suggest you do the same for your curtains.
NOTE: Because the very top panel is already sewn and finished you only need one 1/2" seam for the bottom of this stripe. The last stripe at the bottom will be much longer to include the hem.
PRESS and FINISH
Once all the stripes are sewn together press each seam open. Then fold and press each long side of the seams under 1/4".
Sew both sides with the coordinating threads. Then refold the side hems. Sew and press.
|BACK OF FABRIC|
I found short metal curtain rods at Lowe's. They were cheaper than one's at Target; about $10 each and included the hardware for hanging. The Ikea curtains came with double sided iron-on adhesive for the hem, but machine or hand sewn hems are fine.
I love the way these turned out. They look custom. Wait. They ARE! And there is plenty of leftover fabric that will probably pop up in future tutorials.
Hey, let me know what you think.