DIY Window Shelves for Plants

I recently shared my craft room tour. And as a little reward for cleaning up that chaos and getting organized, I treated myself to a little DIY project. I love one of the windows in this room. Here’s how it looked in the past:

vintage craft room

The window shown above nearly reaches from floor to ceiling and with the two different sized windows in the room (one tall window with trim original to the house/one high small window with no trim), window treatments always felt tricky or lopsided. 

So why cover that beautiful trimmed tall window at all? It faces the back of the house, it’s a second story window and it’s not a room for dressing or a need for privacy. I’ve always wanted to put shelves on a window for plants. Plenty of sunshine should assist in changing my luck with plants, right? 

Here’s what I did…

Materials:

  • (3) 1 x 4″ pine boards for shelves
  • (6) shelf brackets
  • Minwax Polyshades (Ebony)

I decided where I would attach the brackets to the window trim to calculate the measurement of my shelves.

measure

Then cut my shelves. 

window shelving tutorial

Sanded the rough edges and wiped them clean. 

window shelving tutorial

Then brushed on the Polyshades using a foam brush. I let it sit for a few minutes then wiped the stain away and let dry. I did all sides. (I may apply a wax finish to the wood shelves for further water-proofing but I was on a bit of a deadline.)

window shelving tutorial

Next I marked the holes for the brackets and drilled a pilot hole.

window shelving tutorial

Then I just screwed the brackets into the window trim/pilot hole (can always be patched with wood filler in the future). *Use a level to be sure they’re ‘level’. 

window shelving tutorial

Attach the wood shelves to the brackets with screws (be sure these screws are smaller than the shelf thickness so the screw doesn’t poke up from the bottom).  

It adds a bit of privacy without a long drapy curtain panel but still lets natural light into the room.  

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It’ll take some maneuvering/removing plants to open the window but the shelves don’t interfere with the function. 

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before

vintage craft room

after

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DIY: Removable Decorative Window Frame

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As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas network, I’m participating in the September “window treatment” challenge. I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to complete my project…addressing this bathroom window:

DIY Removable Decorative Window Frame Tutorial

Our main floor bathroom has a window that sits high up (no one can see in and the view out is of the treetops). The window is not framed. I’ve tried a curtain on this window, but with it sitting so high above the toilet tank, it just doesn’t look right.

bathroom window

This project would be great for window privacy too!

Materials I used:

  • 1×3 pine boards to create a frame
  • Flat corner brackets
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • Wood filler
  • White paint (leftover Valspar Signature in satin finish)
  • Picture frame hanging hardware
  • Screen (36″ wide)
  • FrogTape
  • Staples
  • Stencil
  • Craft paint
  • White vinyl table cloth
  • Vinyl decals

Removable decorative window frame: 

I started with creating a frame for my window using the 1×3 boards, corner brackets, Gorilla Glue, wood filler and paint. It’s best to miter the joints, add glue to the joints and brackets (be sure that screws are not longer than depth of frame). Fill joint lines with wood filler and lightly sand once dry. Prime/paint frame.

DIY removable wood window frame

Cut screen to fit inside the wooden frame with enough room to fold under borders and to staple to the back side of the frame.

  Removable window frame DIY

Stencil a design on the screen and let dry. I used Cutting Edge Stencil’s Allium Gladiator Flower Stencil (it sort of looks like dandelions and butterflies). FrogTape was essential in working with the screen by holding it flat and in place. Once paint is dry, staple screen to back of frame. 

removable decorative DIY window frame tutorial

You may think to stop here but when I hung the frame (in the daylight), the stenciled design wasn’t visible. It simply looked as if I only framed the window.

So I cut a piece of white vinyl table cloth to size (a bit bigger than the inner space of my frame with an extra inch around the borders to staple it into place) then I added vinyl decals to the white tablecloth. (I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a bike and quote.) You could also try a light colored/patterned fabric or paint your own design on canvas…just remember that your stenciled screen will show when it’s dark outside.

removable decorative DIY window frame tutorial

I stapled the white tablecloth into place. 

Simply hang on nails using the sawtooth picture hangers. Easily removable – as simple as taking a picture off the wall.

Before…

bathroom window

During the day, the bike and quote show up…

bathroom window covering

and at night, the stenciled screen shows up as well…

DIY window frame

It’s easily removable for when I want to open/access the window and lets in a lot of light during the day. Yay! Love the result…window dressing, window frame and art. What do you think?

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Painted Striped Curtains {apartment sneak peek}

Painting Horizontal Stripes on Fabric Curtain Panels

Renovating, furnishing and decorating an apartment = very tight budget. With the main floor needing six panels, Ikea’s Vivan panels were a perfect choice. A set of two panels for $9.99 – what a deal! And they’re huge! 52″ wide x 98″ long. I love all white curtain panels but for the main living space, I wanted to add a little texture, neutral accent and simple pattern. I love horizontal striped curtains. We decided to go with three large neutral stripes, starting from the bottom.

Not according to plan: My plan was to do an ombre design from black, dark charcoal to light gray. I ended up with something a little different. Here’s how I did it, my suggestions on what I would have done differently and why my stripes aren’t ombre.

What I did: 

Materials:

  • Ikea Vivian curtain panels
  • Paint (fabric paint or latex paint)
  • Sponge rollers (recommend trying foam rollers)
  • FrogTape
  • Tools used: yard stick, iron, sewing machine for hemming if needed

I started by pre-washing and ironing out wrinkles, then spread them out (one at a time) on the dining room table. I used a vinyl table cloth as a “drop cloth” for underneath the panel.

Ikea Vivian curtain panels

Using my yard stick, I started from the bottom and measured 12 inches, then drew a pencil line.

DIY horizontal striped curtains

I used my FrogTape on the outside of my 12″ line to create a crisp border. For the next stripe, I measured 12″ from the edge of the FrogTape. Note: My straight tape lines extended past the panel to secure the edges of the fabric to the vinyl tablecloth to help prevent shifting.

FrogTape for painting striped curtains

I purchased 3 large bottles of fabric paint in black. My plan was to add white to lighten each stripe. However even three bottles of fabric paint does not go a long way with six curtain panels. I ended up using the black fabric paint for the bottom stripe of each panel.

painting striped curtains

painting stripes on curtains

Dip in paint, roll on cardboard/paper towels then roll onto fabric. My cheap rollers meant I had to go over it a few times but once the roller was saturated with paint, it went quicker. 

painted horizontal striped Ikea curtains

Then…since we are on a budget, I used latex wall paint – which is the reason I ended up with a black stripe, gray stripe and greige stripe…not white ombre, but neutral! Tip: {figured this out after the fact}, water down latex wall paint for better absorption.

DIY painted striped curtain panels

I used a sponge roller from the dollar store for each stripe. Tip: DO not use cheap dollar store sponge rollers. Invest a couple dollars in a better quality foam roller. My cheap sponge roller is part of the reason for a “suede” look…which we were okay with and ended up liking the look, but I also would have liked a more solid result. The faded look is pretty too and when time is an issue, it looks even better. ;)

I painted each stripe, let it dry a little, then hung each panel to dry more thoroughly.  So, with six curtain panels, it did take me a couple of days.

drying painted curtain

I wiped the vinyl tablecloth in between laying out each panel. (Pleasant time saving surprise: The paint on my vinyl drop cloth could be seen through the white curtain panels, meaning after the first one, I didn’t have to measure/mark each panel – I just lined it up on the vinyl drop cloth and taped where the previous curtains’ FrogTape lines showed through.)

how to paint striped curtain panels

I immediately removed my FrogTape once painting was complete.

removing FrogTape from painted curtains

Once all of my panels were dry, I measure the length and cut from the top, adding 3 inches to create a rod pocket (cutting from the top or bottom means one of those needs hemmed and I found painting from the bottom up easier). I love using curtain rings, but again, 6 sets of curtain rings adds up, and this is a budget friendly makeover.

measuring and cutting curtain panels

cutting and measuring…

creating rod pocket

sewing a rod pocket

I creased the extra 3 inches with an iron,

ironing rod pocket

then folded about an inch under and ironed that.

creating and ironing rod pocket hem

I sewed a straight line near the bottom of the ironed fold to create a rod pocket.

sewing rod pocket

***I’ll share what I did with the “top” piece of the curtain panels soon – cutting from the top left me with 6 valances, just needing a hem.

I gave each panel another quick iron over and now they’re hanging!

Before apartment makeover:

door before

Just a peek of the apartment windows before:

chartreuse door

Door paint color is Valspar Gilded Pesto (beautiful chartreuse!).

Sneak peek windows after:

DIY painted horizontal striped curtains

Side note: Since the tiny apartment doesn’t have an entry way or closet, I attached some coat hooks (Hobby Lobby) to a board and screwed it to the door – instant cute coat rack. DIY Show Off bag is from Nest of Posies.

painted curtain after

Whatdoyathink? It might make more sense when you see the rest of the apartment, eh? Patience, my friends. I know – not one of my strengths either. ;)

Note: I haven’t washed the curtains after painting, but I’m assuming all will be well – after all, the paint doesn’t wash out of my paint splattered DIY attire.

Update: More apartment details! We are still working on some finishing touches and last minute issues that have come up {the joys of DIY!}, so the reveal has been pushed back. However, there are a TON of DIY details and I’ll be sharing those over the next week or two {and while we’re on vacation}. We think it’s awesome and can’t wait to hear what you think! Little by little…we’ll work up to the reveal!

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Girls’ Chevron Room Reveal

When I first saw Ang’s girls’ sweet room reveal, I couldn’t wait to help her ‘show off’. It’s crammed full of DIY accents and the result is super fun.

Meet DIY’ers: Ang and Matt from

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The walls are soft gray,soft yellow and a fun chevron pattern accent wall. The comforters are $20 Target finds (awesome!) and the headboards are a DIY door project…

sweet gray and yellow girls' bedroom makeover

An old hand-me-down accent table…

accent table before and after

gets a fresh coat of paint and new knobs for a cleaned up look and new purpose between the beds…

accent table before and after

Jersey fabric strips from a ruined pair of pants are the perfect shade of gray for a shade makeover…

DIY lamp shade makeover

Coordinating fabric creates a cute bunting and dresses up an old window frame for wall art with a vintage vibe…

old window and bunting wall art

This old chest of drawers…

before

dresser before

gets a new look from one of Ang’s talented friends

dresser after

The other side of the room is all DIY too!

girls' room makeover

See all of the details on the Girls’ Room Reveal and MORE about this lovely family at Slaughterhouse Rules.

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Let’s Talk about Chandeliers!

I’ve been really lucky with finding thrifty {used} light fixtures. Want to see? Ever wonder how a creative idea strikes? Read on, my DIY friend…

This week, I may have squeeled with excitement when I saw this at St. Vincent de Paul for $9.99 {except that I’m the quiet type and even if I did squeel, you wouldn’t have heard me…but I was THAT excited. I still am!}

thrift store chandelier

and I’m thinking it’ll go in the family room {which, as you know is a work in progress…so what it looks like now isn’t a reveal and those pretty doors aren’t finished either!}…

turquoise doors

Then Lindsay had the idea of making it into an accent table – isn’t that brilliant?! ::light bulb over my head:: Re-wire it to plug in, add a glass top and ta-da!  It’d be gorgeous all rigged up – no need for a table lamp if the table is a chandelier!  Hmmm…now that she’s planted that seed…I just don’t know! {You know I’m indecisive!} But when it’s sitting on the floor, it DOES look like a table!

But I do love to play around. Here’s just an old window on top and an idea of how it’d look. Pretty awesome, I’d say!

DIY upcycled side table

repurposed coffee table

This one was purchased for $20 from Habitat ReStore…

  thrift store chandelier

and I’m pretty sure it’s replacing the light fixture in the dining room…

  thrift store chandelier

Now the dilemma. I love that they’re both huge and will make a beautiful statement in each room. But did I choose the right rooms for each chandelier? I think either light would work in either room so I’m certain I’m going in the right direction. I think. lol! What do you think?

And I love each of them and their aged gold color but I’m so tempted to give them a “WOW” with a coat of spray paint. Check out this inspiration…

yellow chandelier

{Pretty Handy Girl}

green chandelier

{Addicted to Decorating}

purple chandelier

{houzz}

magenta chandelier

{Vickie Howell}

blue chandelier

{design sponge}

I’m no stranger to spray painting chandeliers:

My dressing room chandelier used to be brassy gold…

The room that Cassity (Remodelaholic) and I designed for Shaw/HGTV Home last summer and the painted chandelier:

Guest Room Chandelier

  1. Keep my current placement plan?
  2. Spray paint one or both or none?
  3. Chandy side table?

Ps. Mr. DIY pictures a big palm leaf ceiling fan in the family room so the light fixture there will be temporary until we decide to choose and invest in the perfect one. And he’s sort of liking our current dining room light fixture, but maybe he won’t notice the swap? Or he’ll fall in love them when they magically appear in place? Didn’t happen with this one in the powder room:

powder room before and after

{powder room}

He’s not a fan of the ‘snot monster’. But he tolerates it for me. Love him {and the tear drop light}. They’re both keepers! ;) 

After writing up this post and playing with the idea more, I’m thinking if I keep the current dining room light fixture {we’d love a pulley light there anyway}, use the lantern-chandelier in the family room and the caged chandelier as a coffee table/accent table … problem solved, right? What do you think? I am LOVING the chandelier coffee table idea! So, I’m going to work a little do-it-yourself magic, make it sturdy, add a top (I like the window) and change the electrical from hard-wire to plug-in. It’s just too perfectly my style not to go with that idea. Here are some more pictures of the repurposed chandelier table idea (I see a tutorial in my near future). DIY chandelier coffee table

repurposed chandelier coffee table

I’m so glad we had this chat. It’s been a huge help in curing my indecisiveness. ;)

old window, books and globes

But I might still change my mind.  {After all, I do have these for making a coffee table too.}

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Redoux Friday Feature Party

This weeks DIY Crush: Pottery Barn Inspired Home Office

Every once in a while, I meet a blog friend who not only shares my passion for do-it-yourself, but we share the same style and design ideas as well. Meet: Beth from

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DIY Project Parade and Wallpaper for Windows Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winner has been contacted via email. Congratulations, Elizabeth G.!!!
It’s that time of the week! Time to share your latest do-it-yourself projects. I’m always so inspired by your creativity and hard work.

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I’m still slowly making progress in the family room. Our living room and family room are joined by a set of interior French doors. Both rooms serve similar purposes. The living room is where Mr. DIY and I hang out and watch tv. The family room is where the kids hang out. So a little privacy between the two rooms is preferred.

French doors in living room

Wallpaperforwindows.com has a huge selection of decorative etched, stained glass and privacy window films. I chose a light frost privacy film for the windows (just measure size and quantity in the order and they cut to size). It’s a translucent film that obscures visibility through the glass. Perfect for allowing the light to shine through but gives a little privacy between the rooms. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to install too!

First, I cleaned my windows. I spritz the glass with Windex, wipe with a dryer sheet and clean with a paper towel. I think I saw this trick on Pinterest and it works so well.

window cleaner

Once the window was dry, I gathered my supplies and washed my hands:

wallpaper for windows supplies

Optional: helper

  • Spray bottle with water and a few drops of dish soap (do not shake)
  • Window film
  • Squeegee (credit card type tool provided with my window film order)
  • Paper towels

Mist the glass with the soap/water solution.

spray glass

Peel away the window film from backing. (I recommend pulling away from the long side first, not the shorter end to prevent crease/fold line.)

peel away wallpapersforwindows frosted film

Place onto misted glass. I love that it’s vinyl and not “sticky” (It’s adhesive-free! No residue when removing in the future). Film can be easily moved around for perfect placement.

frosted window film tutorial

Once in place, mist the film with soap/water solution. Working from the middle, squeegee the film (this pushes the water and air bubbles out).

squeegee

Simply dry with a paper towel.

wipe window

It’s that easy.

See the difference?

window film comparison

frosted window film comparison

Privacy!

Before BEFORE (before we moved in)

Before

After

(I can’t wait to show you looking into the living room from the family room…working on it!)

eclectic traditional living room

Wallpaperforwindows.com is giving away a $75 store credit to one lucky DIY Show Off winner! Giveaway starts today and ends Friday, Apr. 6. Open to US and Canadian residents only. I chose the light frost privacy film but there are more options:

  • Colored window tint (not just frost but a rainbow of color selections)
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  • Leaded glass-look
  • Stained glass-look
  • Etched glass-look
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Quick, Easy Curtain Panel Update with No Sewing ~ Maxwell House Interiors

Meet:  Jeannie from
Jeannie loves seeing the Ballard Designs catalog in the mail box. Don’t we all? But like most of us, she finds the prices a little on the high side.   The Deux Ribbon Linen Drapes were featured in the Ballard Designs catalog last Spring with an $89 per panel price tag. Ouch!

Stair and Landing Before and After Makeover

Stairs and Upstairs Hallway
Let’s take a walk up my stairs beforehand. When we bought the house, it was covered in nasty dirty carpet. Mr. Handy ripped it all out.
After the carpet was torn out, here we go up the gouged staircase…

Not for the faint of heart:  After turning the corner and a few more stairs. Here is what it looked like before. Not so lovely, huh?

Then:

Also in this project is this little storage cube (before):

Not very appealing, is it?
Now, let’s take that same path after stairs were redone (see below – red walls no longer there!):

And this is the new landing. A little paint (Ralph Lauren mahogany) and new knobs give the dresser a cleaner and more modern look. I think it’s over 40 years old and needed a face lift.

Notice the storage cube – I sewed a cover and cushion. All covered and pretty.

I also sewed a table runner to help protect the top (Mr. Handy likes to toss a drill or other tools here.)

All of the doors here have glass knobs. I love them. I wish we had the old skeleton keys. The dresser also has locks on each drawer, but…again, no keys.

 

Stairwell landing before

after:

At Christmastime

stair landing Christmas time

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DIY Project Parade and DIY No Sew Script Drop Cloth Curtain Tutorial

No Sew Drop Cloth Script Curtain Panel Tutorial
 
I wanted something different for our sitting room and the new DIY curtain rod. I love the idea of drop cloth curtains…affordable ($25 for a 9×12 drop cloth). I headed to True Value for my supplies:
 
9×12 drop cloth for three 4′ panels
Sharpie Permanent Marker
 
I spread the drop cloth out on the dining room table.
 
I wanted 3 panels. My floor to ceiling height in the sitting room is 7 1/2 foot. I drew up a plan:
 
I made marks 18 inches (minus 1 1/2 feet) in from the bottom hem (laying out my drop cloth with 9 ft. being the height and 12 ft. being the length). The cut panels are the exact height from floor to ceiling (we’ll worry about exact correct length later…as long as they’re a little longer than needed, it’s all good.
 
*Tip:  The drop cloth will be larger than table (if you have floor space to spread out – that’s great). Otherwise, working from one end, hold up fabric overlapping edge, measure and mark.
 
I cut from mark to mark. I heard using pinking sheers helps eliminate unraveling (myth as shown below).
 
*Tip:  Large drop cloth is difficult to work with. Pull fabric towards you as you cut.
 
Next I cut 3 panels out of the 12 feet at 4 feet each.  However:  I don’t think the manufacturer thought anyone would actually measure a drop cloth, so I had two 48″ pieces and one 42″ piece. (Which is okay – these are decorative and it was okay for my middle curtain to be off a little…but take this into account if it matters for you!!!)
 
I did not hem  cut edges – I like the frayed edge.  Left curtain panel has an outer hem by manufacturer, inside is frayed. Middle has two frayed edges.  Right panel is reverse of left with an outer hem, inner frayed. Top hem is sewn by the manufacturer.
 
I washed the panels on the hand wash cycle and dried on low.
 
As you can see, pinking sheers did not make a difference with fraying…
 
Unless this is decreased fraying?!
 
I pulled or cut away the strings. I like the frayed look once the tangled mess was gone.
 
Next I ironed the panels, using a high temp and steam.
 
I laid each panel out on the floor and using a yard stick, I made LIGHT pencil lines every six inches starting from the top.
I chose Robert Frost poems. They’re mostly nature related and short. I selected poems that were around 12 lines long. (Panels have 14 pencil lines:  Poem title, poem and author’s name = 14 lines too! Perfect!)
 
Using a Sharpie, I just started copying and writing out the poems…judging/eyeballing whether I needed to write smaller or bigger or insert a symbol to make the lines fit on a line. Sometimes I went over and darkened certain words by tracing again with my Sharpie.)
 
I didn’t like the “B” at the beginning of one of my poems, so I made a patch of left over drop cloth and this is the only part I sewed – but I patched right over the ugly “B”.  You might call it imperfection but I call it character.  :)
 
When finished, I hung the curtains using curtain clips.
 
For the bottom hem, with the curtain hanging, push the bottom fabric to where the floor meets the wall. Draw a pencil line in that corner.  Cut along the line with pinking sheers.
 
All done. Custom. Affordable and I love the look!!!  How about you?
 
 
 
 
 
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Dazed. And then some…an old window DIY project.

Meet:  Rachelle from

Dazed. And then some...  
who has recently turned some old windows into some amazing things.  Today she’s sharing one of her awesome window projects.  Here she is:



Yay!! I am SO excited to share this project with all of you!


I started with just the window frame (it came with the glass) and went from there.


Okay, so here’s how I did it!

Supplies:
  • Window Frame w/glass
  • Crackle Paint
  • Country White Acrylic Paint
  • Brown Acrylic Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Raw wood shelf
  • (3)  Longer Nails/Hammer
  • Twine
  • (2) Screws
  • Screw Driver
  • Wall Decals (Optional)
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue


Instructions:
  1. If the frame you chose already has a dark stain or dark color paint, you do not need to paint it again. Just take your Crackle Paint and brush on a nice layer in one even direction. Let it get tacky. Do NOT let it dry.
  2. Using your Country White paint, brush on a nice thick layer. Within a minute or two you will start to see it crack! You can speed this process along using a hairdryer, as well.
  3. Using the same brush you used for the white paint, start painting your raw wood shelf brown. 
  4. Sand both the shelf and window frame along the edges and even more so on the corners.
  5. Flip your frame over and screw in your screws. (One on the top of each corner for hanging.) 
  6. Cut enough twine to fold over 4 times and tie a loop on each end. Apply to screws.
  7. On your shelf, hammer in 3 nails. Make sure they are long and sturdy enough for keys (or whatever you think you will be hanging from them).
  8. Now apply a nice thick layer of hot glue to the back of your shelf and press onto the bottom of the frame.
  9. Finally, apply your decals to the windows. I used Designer Wall Accents in “Swirly Branches”. 

Note: You do not have to apply the decals at all if you prefer not to. If you like the idea of branches but don’t want to buy decals, you can just paint them on the back of the windows. (That was my initial plan until I spotted the decals!)

HANG HER UP! :)

**I kind of forgot to take a before shot, so here is the back of the frame after I had already finished it.

Close up of the crackle effect… Cool, ri
ght?!





This is a shot of it without the decals. It looks great either way! 



Beautiful and so creative!  Great job, Rachelle!  This would be perfect in an entryway! Love it!


See more DIY and creativity from Rachelle at her blog…

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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!

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DIY Weekly Wanderings – Vintage. Repurposed. Home.

What’s better than DIY?  Coming from the DIY Show Off, it’s our opinion that there’s not much better than DIY projects. EXCEPT for awesome genius DIY projects beautifully photographed. Let’s face it, great projects portrayed in pretty pics is what inspires us.

Meet:  Sheryl from

Hi Sheryl!  Sheryl is a photography and DIY’er and {insert sexy whistle} take a look at her beautiful DIY.  Click the links to visit Sheryl’s blog for the details and tutorials. My favorite projects are vintage and salvaged items repurposed into gorgeous home accessories. These are awesome!
Looking for a creative idea for those pallets sitting around?
Sheryl shows us how to make a Pallet Swing.
Pallet Swing Tutorial

I love the rich color, recycled beauty and rope in the place of chains!

Remember those old windows lying around in the garage just waiting for a creative idea? 

Sheryl spied these beauties…

and created these for her daughter!
Vintage Window Jewelry Organizer Tutorial

 No tangles!

I just love the rustic charm of these. Pretty. Organized. Neat and within easy reach for accessorizing! Yes, please!
Everyone I know loves a beautiful old door.  So charming!
Sheryl snagged this one from her aunt’s old house…

and with a lot of work, turned it into chalkboard entryway “thing-a-ma-gig”.

What a wonderful idea and love the natural wood paired with black magnetic paint!

Chalkboard Entry Display Tutorial

 Bottle cap magnets – perfect!

 Ceramic knobs keep purses and bags organized in the entry way.

I want this in my entryway! No more purse on the floor or chair.  Great idea for a family memo center too!
Awesome job, Sheryl!  Each project has is genius and I love that you’ve enhanced each thing’s natural beauty and charm.  Inspiration for sure! Thank you!
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What You Make It

Meet:  Coley from “What You Make It“.  Coley is a DIY’er, lover of entertaining, and a nutrition-conscious girl who grew up in a big city and was recently transplanted to small town America.  She has some pretty great DIY ideas.  Click the link to see the full original post at What You Make It.

Get details on how to make this super easy
Adorable for adding a pretty touch to your laundry room!

Seating charts made from old windows (cute wedding idea!)…
are repurposed as a poster frame…

Great for bringing a little fresh green outdoors inside!


I love taking Coley’s advice.  DIY , home and life – all areas that are “what you make it”.  Make it your best.  :)
You can see more DIY ideas at 

Mirrored Windows – Chic & Lovely

Another beautiful old window project. This one isn’t quite old but it’s a DIY inspiration for those old windows lying around – from Holly at Chic & Lovely


Chic and Lovely

Holly had old windows with plans to add a DIY mirror something easily done now with Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint or adding a mirror to the back yourself (see Holly’s inspiration here) but she scored mirrored windows at Hobby Lobby for a great price, no work and the same effect.  The mirrors add so much more interest and light and at first glance, look like an architectural design:


Before:




And After!!

Beautiful living room!




Holly even sent over a complete before picture too:


Again, her after. So pretty with warm neutral tones and so much character (adding the mirrors was less than $100!) v>

There’s LOTS more to see at Chic & Lovely including…

SO MUCH BEFORE/AFTER FURNITURE – you’ll be inspired to dig around in your basement for something old and forgotten! Or to visit her shop – she gives old furniture a new look!

Before
After

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful transformations, Holly!

Diaries of a Whimsical Wife

How can you not love blog posts written diary style by a whimsical wife?

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Especially when she’s a whimsical  wife with amazing DIY talent.  Click the links below for more details, tutorials and pictures or to just say “hi”!

She’s turned an old window into a French Menu Chalkboard for her kitchen…




Her kitchen transformation is a rags to riches.  Plain to gorgeous.  

Here is the kitchen before they bought their home…


Now close your eyes and make a wish … for a beautiful, fresh, bright kitchen. (If only DIY worked that way, they would be less broken fingernails!)


Ta-da! 


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{For more before photos click HERE}
{DWW Kitchen Plans HERE}
{DWW Kitchen Inspirations HERE}


WOW, huh?  I’m still so in love with all white kitchens. Great job, Melissa!
Beautiful projects (I love old windows) and the before/after kitchen is night/day. So pretty! Thank you so much for sharing, Melissa!

Scissors and Spatulas

Jennifer from

shares our love of DIY in order to create the look and home accents she wants without the big price tag.  Our kind of blog buddy!  We all love old windows and you’ll love her creative window projects!
One is a the perfect frame for old family photos. I love the chippy old finish paired with old photos…perfect. It hangs above her writing desk. 
The second one became a mirror and it’s beautiful in her son’s nursery…
Her nursery is all DIY and discount purchases (2nd child = tiny budget)  and doesn’t it look just as beautiful as any you’ve seen in a catalog or magazine?  It’s stunning. 
See more pictures —> NURSERY KNOCK OFFS
So peaceful! She sewed the curtains above herself and saved over $160. I love the beadboard and striped walls, soothing colors and that gorgeous bedding (she made the pillows except for the monogrammed one). 
Super job, Jennifer!  I love your DIY style and the nursery is adorable!  Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

Two More Old Window Ideas

Old windows are such a great material for DIY decor.  Here are two more fabulous ideas…

See how Lisa at Serendipity Chic Design made this unique one-of-a-kind window wall art using an old window. So creative and beautiful:

Texas Crafter frosted an old window.  A pretty and private solution.

Window before…

Window after:

This fabulous vintage window message center is a creative idea from FrouFrugal

Check out her message center tutorial!

Top:

Center:

Bottom:

All of those fun message center details ALL in ONE space/one message center!  Awesome!

Click below to see TONS of  DIY decorating ideas for old windows!



All DIY Old Window Decor Projects

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Vintage Window Mirror and the DIY Project Parade

It’s been a week and I can’t wait to see what you’ve been DIY-ing!  This week, I created an acid-look vintage window mirror using an old window, Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like paint, Gorilla Glue and left over fabric.  Super easy! 

1.  It seems there is rumor that Krylon was going to discontinue Looking Glass paint.  Myth!  Krylon states there is no plan to discontinue Looking Glass paint.

2.   They also said that the main retailer for the looking glass is Michaels.  I would also try other crafting stores. The product rep gave me this Web site as well. They said they usually refer people to it to find more products:
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Read the full tutorial with more pictures at The DIY Club!

 
Let’s see what you’ve been up to!


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More Vintage Window Projects

Vintage windows catch my attention every time.  Our barn is full of the original windows from this old farmhouse yet when I spot them at a yardsale, I’m piling them in my car!  I’m addicted.  Remember when I did this post for vintage window ideas?  Well, here are some more ideas from creative readers., Whitney and Katie.  Click the links to visit the original post (send my love while you’re there!).

A window frame from Whitney at Our Sweet Story

Old vintage windows usually sell for $1 to $10 at yard sales, salvage shops, etc.  Back with burlap, add precious photos and hang.  Instant art!

I love this!  I’ve been taking a lot of photos in my family lately.  Must.do.this.  Thanks for the inspiration, Whitney.  It looks easy and it’s a beautiful photo display!
Katie from Not Just Decorating had this clever idea for a menu board…

$5 window from Habitat.
This is 40″ by 40″ and fills a huge empty wall in her kitchen.
Total Cost: $10!
Window: $5
Picture Hangers: $2.25
Scrapbook paper and hangers: $3
Katie added hooks to the bottom to hang her aprons. Love the details!
Isn’t that pretty?  I love that it’s functional and for $10 – a large statement on a big bare wall.  Great job, Katie!  I love the pretty paper and that it’s also an really quick, easy, inexpensive project!
Editing to add this awesome Halloween project from Pattie at on HollyHock Farm!

Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspiration ladies!  
Have you done a window project?  I’d love to show it off!  For more great i
deas
for old windows, click the label “
windows” – a great inspiration source if you’re a collector and need some ideas!
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One (1) more day until the Country Living Magazine Fair in Columbus – are you going?  Be sure to stop at the Gorilla Glue booth to see projects featured by the DIY Club.  I’d love to meet you!

Vintage Windows – DIY Project Inspiration

I‘ve gotten quite a few questions regarding old/vintage windows.  Here are some ideas I was able to find online:
  • Pot rack
  • Bed canopy 
  • Drying rack
  • Chalkboard
  • Frames
  • Table
  • Shelf
  • Memo board
  • Display
  • Cabinet
  • Greenhouse
  • Mirror
  • Shadow box
  • Flower box
  • Sign
  • Sconce 
  • Divider
I have some in my house and they are mainly used in decorating/on display at this time (saving some of these genius ideas for future DIY!)

Chalkboard paint makes this old window a message center at our barn patio!


(baby shower decorating)

 Also at the barn patio, this old window paired with an old crate makes an fun end table:

I plan on doing these windows on the wall in our dining room makeover but for right now, I love looking at them here.

And this one in the back entryway.  I plan on using chalk board paint on another one I have that looks just like this to use as a weekly planner.  Whoa!  While looking for some ideas I came across a video tutorial for the chalkboard planner at BHG.  Click here to see it.  :)

There’s even one hanging out by the herb garden awaiting a DIY project:

So, I set out to find some other ideas and hit the jackpot!  So many beautiful window projects!  Here are a few.  Click the links for more information, tutorials and inspiration!

Make a cabinet like the beautiful one at My Repurposed Life!
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Wallpaper Frames – beautiful idea at The Crafty Nest!
 http://www.craftynest.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/dscf4405c.jpg

I would love to make a drying rack!
image courtesy of Country Living

Chore charts at Decor Allure
with more inspiration!

My favorite find in my search for window projects was this site. I met Margo at Robojunker.comHere are her projects.  I love windows as tables.

and her blog, Robojunker.com -  has an entire section dedicated to DIY window eye candy.  Pop over for TONS of more inspiration!  Check it out!

Do you have a DIY window project?  Email me pictures and/or a link and show off! (thediyshowoff@gmail.com)

More Ideas!
How beautiful is this window framing antique teaspoons? I love it!
Details at Nestled in Rosenberg.

Look at an old window framing pictures submitted by Lisa.  What a pretty way to display favorite pictures!

Christy at Sliding Down the Stairs has some creative DIY window projects too.
Jewelry Organizer

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