DIY Project Parade Highlights – Room Reveal Round UP

One of my favorite type of links in the DIY Project Parade is when someone shares a room reveal I might have otherwise missed. Here are some awesome room makeovers definitely worth a look:

Jessie at Imperfectly Polished shared her master bathroom before and a look at the gorgeous reveal.

master bathroom makeover

I am loving the patio made from old doors at Shabby Love! She took an inspiration picture and created a beautiful version for herself. I believe this counts as a room reveal. Wow!

old doors turned patio

Did you see the beautiful porch ceiling at Not Just a Housewife? Stacy shows us how to create/paint a harlequin patterned ceiling with a great tutorial.

how to paint a harlequin porch ceiling

Brooke from Design Stash shared her pretty cottage living room makeover. I love her attention to detail and the transformation from before to after is a breath of fresh air. Beautiful job!

living room makeover

No budget for a new backsplash? Miranda from Pressing On shares my love of stencils {the impact adding design can make} – and created an awesome stenciled chevron backsplash. How beautiful is this?…

chevron stenciled backsplash

Cassie at Primitive and Proper shares her gorgeous master bedroom makeover. I love her comfortable style, mixing vintage and antique with beautiful navy and gold colors. Eclectic elegance…

master bedroom makeover

I think these master bedroom makeovers are so inspiring. (It’s on our list of things to do!) and the colors, texture, pattern and accents that Lisa from Diary of a {Wannabe} Domestic Diva are so soothing and pretty!

master bedroom makeover

I love a good before and after and the family room makeover at Totally Lauren Amber is just that – boring before with a beautiful transformation with so many details and so much to see! Gorgeous!

family room makeover

A big round of applause and praise for these girls and their amazing DIY talent. WOW!

Thanks so much for coming over to link up and join the party! We’d love to see your latest DIY project!

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Cottage Bedroom Before and After

Seaside Shelter blog

Dani from Seaside Shelter loves DIY and bargains. Our kind of girl! At Seaside Shelter (her blog), her objective is to share small ideas that will make a big impact on your living space. And she’s so good at it too! She recently finished a cottage bedroom makeover with an amazing reveal for only $335! Take a look:

bedroom before – boring, outdated.

bedroom before

Carpet was removed to reveal birch flooring which was refinished. Wow! Painted walls and trim really freshen up the space…

bedroom after

I love the green and navy accented with gold. Dani calls it “preppy cottage”. Perfect! There are a lot of DIY accents in this room. Pendant lights hang above painted nightstands to save on table space (great idea!) and the beautiful DIY upholstered headboard sports some gold nailhead trim…

DIY upholstered headboard with nailhead trim

Old nightstands get a new look with a coat of paint in a fun accent color…

green painted nightstand

And the stenciled wall adds interest and texture with a pretty pattern…

stenciled bedroom accent wall

Amazing budget with gorgeous results! See the cost breakdown, links to DIY details and more pictures at Seaside Shelter Preppy Cottage Bedroom Reveal.

How to Upholster a Headboard ~ The Sweetest Digs

Every single time I see an upholstered headboard, I’m tempted to repurpose our existing furniture so I can DIY one myself. Today Gemma from The Sweetest Digs shares her DIY headboard tutorial.

Tips on How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

Gemma’s poor pillows on her “before” bed had no where to lean or rest…

no headboard

Easy, affordable solution? A DIY upholstered headboard of course! Here’s how she did it…

She purchased her fabric and batting then had Home Depot cut her 1/4″ plywood to the right size (using measurements for her bed).

She laid out the batting on her dining room table.

batting

Next she laid her plywood in the center and stapled the batting to the backside.

batting on plywood

Next, she ironed her fabric and laid it out on the dining room table…

fabric for headboard

She laid her plywood in the center and stapled the fabric (starting with the long ends)…

stapling DIY headboard

and ending at the corners…

stapling corners

It’s hanging in place using French cleats (shown here).

Ta-da! Seriously, she made that look so easy, didn’t she? Who knew it was THAT simple and the result? Stunning! The best part? Total cost: $98! Woo hoo! Thanks so much for sharing, Gemma!

DIY upholstered headboard

Love it! A beautiful inexpensive way to accessorize with color and pattern! See the full original post with more detailed instructions {and more DIY from Gemma} at

The Sweetest Digs

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Decorating Ideas Made Easy ~ Beautiful Master Bedroom Makeover

Hi DIY friends! I’d like to introduce you to Jennifer from

Decorating Ideas Made Easy

Jennifer’s website is all about teaching others about interior decorating on a budget and she also runs a blog where she highlights different projects. It’s so fun ‘e-meeting’ others who share our love of decorating. Jennifer is also an interior decorator, and runs her own business. I’ve enjoyed browsing the links on her side bar.

decorating ideas made easy

Today she is sharing her beautiful master bedroom makeover which started with beige walls and two pieces of faux finished furniture. Jennifer was ready for some soft color and a calm relaxing retreat. She started with choosing a “Gray Shell” by Porter Paints for the walls because of it’s blue undertone.

rustic beach bedroom

{the headboard is an old door!}

Then she painted her furniture white to create a clean and fresh look and purchased bamboo blinds and sheer curtains to soften the room.

painted white dresser

Her search for quality and affordable bedding resulted in finding pretty blue damask pattern set at 65% off. Lucky girl! It’s so pretty!

diy door headboard

Accessorizing the room with a ruffled pillow, bench and lamps were layered into the room. I love her choice of decorative accents.

ruffled pillow decorative accents

As her budget began to run low, her DIY creativity kicked in and she created a beautiful unique piece for $7 for above the bed. So sweet!

DIY wall art

Didn’t she do an amazing job on a tight budget? I think it’s so peaceful and relaxing. I want to snuggle up in that bed after a long week! I’d have a hard time leaving!  See more details on this master bedroom makeover at Decorating Ideas Made Easy. 

master bedroom makeover
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Apartment: Before Pictures & Plans

Since I’m up to my eyeballs in apartment renovations, you’ll be seeing quite a few posts of our progress leading up to the reveal. Please bear with me until I get to the fun/creative/decorating stuff…I can’t wait for that part myself! It’s the reward for the dirty work, isn’t it? I shared the first project yesterday {sanding floors} and here is the apartment “before-before” and after cleaning/’in progress’ but before paint. Got that? lol It’s just the before pictures before and after cleaning, before and after sanding hardwood floors.

Everything got a bath. E.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g! It went from disgusting to clean. As you can tell, someone was a heavy indoor cigarette smoker. Thankfully with washing/scrubbing everything, sanding floors and primer+paint, airing out and sitting empty for quite a while, the smell will diminish. I apologize in advance for these ‘before’ cleaning pictures. I did spare you worse ones, I promise!

Okay, ready?

Dirty kitchen ‘before’ and before cleaning…{gag…what is the brown stuff all over the walls? Tobacco? Cooking grease? Coke explosion? Maybe we don’t want to know!}

rental kitchen before

All cleaned up and in progress…ready to move forward

  • paint ceiling {done!}
  • paint walls
  • paint trim
  • paint cabinets
  • redo countertop
  • storage and organizing solutions
  • thrifty furnishings
  • decorate!

There’s a paint fest going on! Envious, aren’t ya?

clean kitchen before

Pantry under the stairs – before

apartment pantry

Apartment before then ‘after’ cleaned/sanded…

wall 1

apartment living room entryway before

living room before

wall 2

living room before

apartment makeover - before

wall 3 – dirty before

apartment living room before

in progress…

apartment before

{You just turned 360 degrees and saw the entire first floor!}

Stairs are so narrow with a bend…we’ll have to get creative with upstairs furniture/getting furniture up!

before:

apartment stairs before

  • clean (done as of yesterday)
  • sanded (done as of yesterday)
  • stain stair treads
  • fun paint technique on the risers
  • paint trim and ceiling
  • patch ceiling/trim

Someone obviously wasn’t too careful with moving furniture out {it’s a super tight squeeze and odd angle for furniture} and tore off the trim and part of the ceiling on the way down…uh oh!

trim before

I love the vintage light fixture hanging in the hallway upstairs…

vintage light fixture

  • patch and paint ceiling
  • fun idea for the small wall space coming up!

Bathroom needs a complete overhaul, but we’ll see what’s in the budget. Hate.hate.hate the faux tile walls and yellowed tub surround. Actually, I hate it all! I may be able to get away with a new floor, vanity and lighting but that’s probably all we can manage financially for right now. Those walls and tub surround have to stay for now. Wahhhh!

  • new flooring
  • new baseboard trim
  • new vanity
  • new mirror/medicine cabinet
  • storage solutions
  • new lighting
  • paint
  • caulking
  • decorating!

This bathroom is so tiny, the sink/vanity only leaves a small entrance…

apartment bathroom before makeover

Bedroom before…

apartment bedroom before

who paints half a room and walks away?

apartment bedroom before

After will turn this small room into 3 areas:

  • office/study area
  • bedroom for one
  • dressing room

Improving with every little bit of TLC and elbow grease. Ah, progress. Still a ways to go, but getting started is always the tough part for me and we’ve passed that goal! ;)
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The Sweet Survival – Master Bedroom Makeover

Hi everyone I am Trisha @ The Sweet Survival!  I am so happy to be guest posting my master bedroom over here at DIY Showoff!  Roeshel is a special lady and I just love her blog.  So I can’t wait to share with you all our master bedroom transformation.

I wanted to use our existing bedroom furniture but give the room and bright and fresh makeover.  It started with the duvet I found on sale at Horchow.  I am sure they do longer have it it was last year when I got it.  I purchased the duvet and standard shams from there.  I added the white euro shams from West Elm and the ruffle pillow from Etsy.  The white coverlet came from Homegoods.

From the bedding I picked the dramatic teal wall color. It is Scenic Drive from Benjamin Moore.  My Mom helped me paint the room. She is a pro painter.  I had the valences made from coordinating fabric by a seamstress on Etsy – she no longer has a shop.  Last spring I completed the gallery wall and my light fixture make over.  The frames are a mix of old and new from Pottery Barn, Michael’s and Target.
I only had one nightstand from my original set so I was out to find something else to work as nightstands for the room.  Our guest room upstairs recently got converted to Carson’s nursery (it is a work in progress – almost complete) so I decided to borrow the nightstands from that room. They are the Charlotte nightstands from Pottery Barn.  The hardware was replaced with these gorgeous knobs from Anthropologie.  The lamps were purchased from Home Goods last year.
We had a old chair that we used in our living room at our old house that was completely ruined by my cat.  So I decided to have it slip covered by a local seamstress. She did an absolutely amazing job.  I love it.  I made the pillow with fabric from Denver Fabrics and purchased the throw from Overstock.
I just love how everything turned out!  Thanks so much for letting me share my space with you all.  Feel free to stop on by The Sweet Survival and check out the rest of my house and my crafting addiction!

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DIY inspiration from the Project Parade

These links in the DIY Project Parade are inspiration to me personally this week. I’m so thankful to all of the talented blog friends who take the time to link up and show off…it’s just the motivation I need for a few things I have going on with helping my sister decorate her new home next month.

Carmel at Our Fifth House shared her DIY pegboard headboard and I’ve been looking for budget friendly DIY ideas to surprise my nephew. Isn’t this awesome? I love all of the DIY details in this room. And I need to make that bed frame too! Great job, Carmel!

DIY pegboard headboard

My teenage niece is going to want a glam bedroom and I see a pretty DIY chandelier makeover in my near future like this beautiful one shared by Ada’s Interior Design

DIY chandelier makeover

We’re going to need some fabric and Dear Emmeline has reminded me that repurposing vintage curtains {sheets too} is a beautiful, affordable option with yard sale season in full swing…

see the coffee table and end table tops:

coffee table makeover

My sister has an old dining room table and a thrift store eat-in kitchen table and we can’t wait to give them a ‘makeover’. The table makeover from Art is Beauty is bookmarked in our idea folder…

table and chairs makeover

As soon as my sister goes back to FL to pack up the last of her things, I’m sneaking over to redo her master bedroom. I’d love to surprise her with a beautiful romantic master bedroom. Have you seen the master bedroom reveal at Raising Up Rubies? Breathtaking!

master bedroom reveal

Have you seen the awesome links in the DIY Project Parade this week? Have you linked up your DIY? Time to ‘show off’! Let’s see what you’ve been up to:

DIY Project Parade

TGIF! Have a wonderful long holiday weekend!

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Bedroom Makeover Design Board

The master bedroom is on the DIY to-do list this year. I’m starting to put together some ideas and this is the first draft. However, if you know me, you know this will change. Still, just for fun, here is what I’ve come up with. A lot of items are things we already own that I’m trying to work into the design.

farmhouse bedroom design board

The details:

  1. DIY Styrofoam/Convex Mirrors – using DecoArt MagiKote, Americana craft paints and Styrofoam wreath forms and PARTSMART SMR729193 8-1/2″ Offset Mount Convex Mirror
  2. Rubbed Bronze Ceiling Fan (a Mr. DIY must) – Overstock
  3. Vintage Inspired Industrial Large Number Signs (our anniversary date) – Antique Farmhouse
  4. Distressed European Wall Clock – Wisteria
  5. Sage Chinese Pots & Vases – Wisteria
  6. Burlap Crewel Damask Draperies – Ballard Designs
  7. Beach Postcard Lumbar Pillow Cover – Pottery Barn
  8. Beach Postcard Lumbar Pillow Cover – Pottery Barn
  9. Benjamin Moore –  Morning Dew
  10. Black Bowfront Chest – Wisteria
  11. Handwoven Rustic Rug – Wisteria
  12. Vintage Ticking Stripe Duvet Cover – Pottery Barn
  13. Old vintage steamer trunk

Other things in the room:

  • Hardwood floors
  • Two mismatched windows – a challenge!
  • King sized sleigh bed
  • Old dressers
  • Built-in dresser with hutch/shelving

And of course the design board is only a wishlist/dream since some of the items are not in my budget so imagine a DIY spin on some of those numbered items. We’ll use dressers we already have. Curtain panels will be stenciled drop cloths, a DIY knock off on the accent pillows. Vases/planters will be thrift store finds + spray paint. #13 – I already have those trunks but hope to do something fun with it. And #1, the Styrofoam Convex mirrors are a DIY project. I’m sharing the tutorial today at the DIY Club.

DIY convex mirrors

Do you take the time to ‘dream’ up a mood board for your room makeovers? It’s a great way to see how things coordinate and come together. Sometimes catalogs/a little internet window shopping is a great source of DIY inspiration.

DIY Club


Drop Cloth Headboard Tutorial

Don’t you just love a good Pottery Barn inspired DIY project? I’m so inspired when I see something not in my budget recreated for a fraction of the price and it’s rewarding. Stretching a budget further with more to spend in other areas or just the ability to have the same look when it’s not otherwise possible. Meet: Susanne from

Tenth Avenue South blog

Can you believe that her headboard is a do-it-yourself version, upholstered using a drop cloth?

DIY Master Bedroom Makeover

You all know Jaime from  that's my letter blog

right? Well, in case you missed it or just in case you don’t ‘know’ her yet, I’d like to introduce you to a super creative, talented DIY blogger. She claims “All DIY all the time” and she’s not kidding.

She always has some amazing do-it-yourself projects to share and most recently, a truly awesome master bedroom makeover full of DIY projects with detailed tutorials on how you can give your room or even other areas of your home a fresh new low-cost look. Here are just a few of the before/after photos.

master bedroom before

master bedroom after

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Mini Bedroom Makeover ~ Because I Like to Decorate

Meet:  Mary from

because i like to decorate...

Like me, Mary has a neglected master bedroom.  She decided that while her husband was away, she’d sneak in a surprise mini makeover. It might be a mini-makeover but the result is HUGE.

This is what her master bedroom looked like before.

Mary says that when they moved in, they placed the furniture and walked away. Does this look at all familiar? Inspired by DIY headboards all over the internet, Mary set out to DIY her own. She used Home Depot stocks 6′ long pre-cut boards for about $5.50 a piece. It took six boards that she stained then screwed them to the wall using a course drywall screw.
They also needed some lighting changes, so she picked up these nightstand lights as well as the ceiling fan and called a very generous friend to come install them last-minute.
She brought in Hayden – the antique cedar chest to frame the foot of the bed, and also picked up a few nightstand accessories…
…including this super-cool motorcycle statue that she couldn’t resist for my husband’s side of the bed. Super cute!
To keep things practical, she used books that her husband actually reads topped with a couple vintage, old-looking books. (great tip, Mary!)

And finally, she purchased this rug to frame out the space and add a little texture and dimension.

Isn’t it beautiful? Just some quick DIY and accessories and a completely new look!  Awesome, Mary!  See more from Mary at Because I Like to Decorate.

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French Cottage Bedroom Makeover

 Lee Caroline Art
Hi, my name is Lee and I’m fromAuckland, New Zealand, the country with 4 million people and 40 million sheep :)…I’m  aprofessional artist and adore interior design, crafts, cooking, fashion and I’m addicted to Houseand Garden magazines so much so that I have copies that go back to early 1970′s. I stumbledupon Roeshel’s gorgeous blog a few weeks ago and I’m so excited and honoured to feature asRoeshel’s guest post today.
Twenty months ago I returned to NewZealand from 14 years living abroad in Brunei, Qatar and Abu Dhabi. I bought a small littlecottage in a seaside suburb of Auckland called “Mission Bay”.  Its a wonderful location butyou pay a lot of money for property around this location and all I could afford was a boxy littlebrick house on a very tiny section. However, I knew that I could make this house really desirableand I am gradually working through it one room at a time adding character and making it feellike a home. Today I’m sharing the makeover of what was a very boring small master bedroom. My bedroom does have a little en suite and walk in wardrobe which is a great bonus,however I needed to do something to make my bedroom feel special.   
 

My favourite places on earth are Italyand France, with this in mind and the idea that I love anything French I decided to buy someold French shutters (yes from France!) and use them as a headboard. The shutters are duck eggblue which is my favourite colour for the moment.  Wallace Cotton a lovely homeware shop in Auckland, providedthe bedlinen for me to take some pretty shots of the bedroom once it was completed.  Iam sharing all my photos with you today including a before and after shot of the bedroom.The “before” shot was the previous owners’ look prior to me purchasing the property.

 
My design board
 
 My gorgeous pair of distressed French Shutters.
 
I added a sconce between the shuttersas I felt the gap was a little wide. However, I needed this space to balance the shutters againstthe width of the bed. 
 
 Paradiso quilt from Wallace Cotton
 Simple steel bedside tables that were originally bought for the living areabut didn’t look quite right. I think they are perfect in the bedroom.
 
I love the seersucker pillow for added texture
 My mother gave me this lovely Royal Albert cup and saucer I adore thecolour as I am mad about “duck egg blue”
 
 I used a lovely linen for the Roman blinds in a neutral beige and whitecheck
 
 
 
 
I hope I have brought some inspirationto you, a simple addition such as the old shutters can make a plain bedroom into a fantasyescape to France!  
 
 
Have a great weekend
Lee oxo
Poppy (my little Schnoodle)
poppy

See more from Lee & Poppy at Lee Caroline Art.
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DIY at Stardust – Decor & Style

Hello “The DIY ShowOff” readers!My name is Olga from Stardust – Decor & Style and I am just one of you… a fanatic reader and follower!
I’m a new blogger and I blog about DIY, decoration, makeovers and transformations, house tours and whatever beautiful catches my eye.
S t a r d u s t   -  Decor & Style
I can’t describe how honored I am to be here today and share some of my recent projects with you!So grab a cup of coffee, make yourself comfortable and here we go…This was my master bedroom a little after we had moved in. At first it was OK, but then I wasn’t satisfied with the colour and even more I hated this awkward wall behind the bed. I was trying to figure out a way on how to cover it and make the room feel more dramatic. The first makeover that I attempted didn’t turn out as I expected.  It kept me thinking. And then it struck me… curtains + paint + a few new accessories… I had it all in my mind. Well check this out for yourselves:
BEFORE
FIRST ATTEMPT OF MAKEOVER
AFTER

What a transformation, right? It seems like a completely different room! And it cost me less than $100.00 (except for the light fixture which was somewhat expensive… but couldn’t resist it…you feel me right?)!For more pictures and details please go here
And then we have the hallway. It was a plain, common, and boring hallway. I’d tried to spice it up with some wallpaper and a mirror from IKEA. Had it like that for about two years. And then one day I decided to do something about it. I ripped off the wallpaper – not an easy job – and painted big horizontal stripes which I lurve! 
Let’s take a look of the Before and After pics:                                                                            
BEFORE

                                                                             AFTER

Well what do you think? And this project didn’t cost anything at all. The paint was leftovers from previous paint jobs which i mixed all together. And there you have it! I loooooove horizontal stripes!  For the full tutorial please go here.That’s all folks for today! If you want some more you’re most welcome to come and visit Stardust – Decor & Style, where you can also see my balcony update. It would mean the world to me to see you over at my place! 
 Hope you all enjoyed the post.A big Thank You to Roeshel for having me here today! Roeshel you are such a sweetie!Merry Christmas everyone!!!                 
xoxo

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Reminder:

12 Bloggers, 12 Colors, 12 Days
of Holiday DIY

Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ 
Fireflies & JellyBeans

Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage

Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

CRAFTY SCRAPPY HAPPY ~ Bedroom Reveal

If you saw my tongue twisting post title before I changed it…I’m sorry!  No excuse except that it’s Monday. I knew I was twisting it around and even proof read the post repeatedly (forgot the title, I guess). I apologize, Jaime! Now –>Meet: Jaime from 
Crafty, Scrappy, Happy
I love her blog – so many beautiful transformations, DIY and repurposing projects to see!  Today, she shares her beautiful bedroom makeover. I love that it’s so personal to her and her style, with pieces that have special meaning.  We have a master bedroom to makeover and I love Jaime’s ideas. 
“I am so excited to show you guys my Bedroom Makeover, it has been something I have been wanting and thinking and putting off doing for a LONG time now…. I just kept pretending that I didn’t mind the look of my room…. Butttt I was finally inspired to make the room HOME—and I am SUPER excited!!”
She refinished all four of the above pieces!
Bed frame:
Old bench/coffee table – upcycled with a new home:
 Dresser:
Not a fan of the curved top.  What’s a DIY girl to do?  Make a new one!
MUCH better, right?!
Night stand:
Sweet and simple, light and airy.
chair:
Pretty!
Total cost for furniture makeovers:  $6!
Accessorizing:
 August 1st has special meaning. 
Beautiful and relaxing…
She’d love to know what you think! Know what I think? I want my room to look this way! Seriously, she’s crafty/DIY ambitious and so successful – she’s even participating in two craft competitions and hosts an awesome linky party. She’s crafty Scrappy Happy – Superwoman!   See more amazing DIY at 
Crafty, Scrappy, Happy

Easy DIY Pelmet/Cornice Box Tutorial ~ My Old Country House

Lesli from My Old Country House is showing off her super easy tutorial for: 
PELMET/CORNICE  BOXES
The supplies you will need:
1. Fabric

2.Foam Core Board
the kind your kids use for school projects (unbelievable!)


(They come 3 in  a pack for about 8-$10. You will need 2 per Cornice
 so, that means… you will need 2 packs total.)

  • 3. Packing Tape
  • 4. scissors, 
  • 5. a box cutter
  • 6. and batting to line the Cornice.
  • 7. Normally this would be staple gun, BUT
  • I could not find my staple gun so I ended up using Packing Tape for the whole thing!

Talk about EASY!


Okay here we go…

First, measure your window width and then add 9″. You will need 3 1/2″ on either side to be the SIDES and one extra inch on either side to set the Cornice out from the window frame. (You will need to adjust YOUR personal measurements if you want your Cornice shallower or narrower or wider. 

Next, take your board, (I just used the exact size of the board 20″ x 30″ (NO cutting!) and I cut the second board so that the EQUALED the measured length I needed. 

After you get the right combined length, tape the two pieces together, back and front. 

Then on one side of your board, which will be the FRONT, measure out 3 1/2″ on all sides, draw a line, and cut with your mat knife, BUT only a cut half way through, you are going to bend this to make your BOX.





When you get to the corners, you will have a little box, and the LOWER part, the LINE part that is on the sides (parallel with the floor) , you are going to CUT all the way through until you reach the side line, because when you fold that down and tuck it into the side, it will make your BOX!


Lay your batting down on the FRONT Face of the Cornice. This is where I discovered that I did not know where my staple gun was and took a break and ran to the grocery store and got packing tape.

Tape the edge down on the bottom and on the top to hold the batting in place

I had also discovered that I did not have enough fabric to cover the WHOLE piece so I pieced together a coordinating DWELL STUDIO Fabric, and created a lining.

 I then sewed this fabric together …


I love how this lining peeks out of the bottom 
I taped the fabric to the board…



I put the curtain rod, which held the Bedroom curtains inside the top of the Cornice…

Okay…are you ready for the REVEAL???


Isn’t that awesome?! WOW!  Take a look at the rest of Lesli’s beautiful bedroom…
She has plans to make a cushion and upholster the bench. 
Lesli even made the pillows (Amy Butler fabric).

le="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">Lesli, you’re cornices are awesome!  Unbelievable! You make it look super easy and super cheap but the results are so professional and custom! Great job!  Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

See more from Lesli at 

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Bedroom Renovation – Memoirs of a little thing called life

Hellooooo, DIY’ers.  I recently “e-met” Chloe from 

Memoirs of a little thing called life | Fashion and life in Leeds


“We recently bought a house that was built in the 1830s over in England. (How cool!)  It needed a complete renovation, serious renovation works, we may as well have rebuilt it. This is the main bedroom which we split into two. We tried to keep as much of the character as possible including the original floors and fireplace.”



I love old homes and old European homes have so much character.  This was Chloe’s bedroom before:




Now it’s an adorable country farmhouse bedroom full of 1830s charm…

The room is full of family treasures…

 Gorgeous vintage/sentimental (her Nan’s) chandelier…
“found” fireplace

Isn’t it adorable?  I just love it!


See more pictures, details and in-progress pictures at 




There’s a lot of fun, thrifty fashion finds to inspire you too!  :)

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DIY at Dream Book Design

It’s not a secret to Adrianne that I love her blog but in case you didn’t know, I’d like to introduce you to 

Dream Book Design
Take a look at her latest projects.  Dreamy!
So pretty!  Makes me want to give up our sleigh bed and start from scratch!
Love these DIY knotted pillows.  Great no sew project!
And my favorite:
How To Make a DIY Tripod Lamp ~ isn’t this gorgeous? 
Thanks so much for sharing your DIY creativity, Adrianne (and Jeremy)!  Beautiful work!

Growing a Bedroom at Imperfectly Polished

Meet Jessie from 

Love her blog and her creativity. 
This was Jessie’s master bedroom before.  Small.
That’s Pudge on the bed…such a cutie!
Beautiful before of the headboard wall…
See her inspiration here.
With just a few changes, they gave their small room a bigger feel.  Look how much it’s grown!
Beautiful horizontal wood treatment makes the room seem wider.  Love the texture and the originality, don’t you?  A great way to add a little rustic vibe to the room.
The window before seemed very small (see in the before picture above?).  Framing it along the entire wall with curtains really enlarges the look of the room!  Magic!  Pretty coral drapes!
See these original Master Bedroom Reveal post for all of the details!
Night Stand Accessories (parts 1 and 2)
So much love, DIY and hard work went into this beautiful reveal. What do you think? I LOVE IT!  
Thanks for sharing your master bedroom reveal, Jessie!  I love the new look!  Great job at making your room  beautiful and cozy rustic retreat!
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Creative in Chicago

Hi!  No, I’m still in PA, not Chicago but I’d like to introduce you to someone “Creative in Chicago”.

Creative in Chicago: a decorating blog

Meet:  Zoe.  She is currently decorating a house that boasted brown in EVERY room.  Here is her journey to make her home fresh, light and airy.

Before
Now – soothing and peaceful!

Basement - Boring to Fun!
Blah before
Fun after
Boring before
Makeover magic…
family room makeover
Zoe has an awesome list of accomplishments:   before and afters AND great how-to’s including everything from painting paneling to homemade deer repellent!  She addresses her blog to her Chicago house and the changes that are taking place. Check it out! I love her latest project too.  So cute!
Looking good, Zoe!  Thanks so much for sharing your hard work! I look forward to seeing more!