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 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).


Simply dry with a paper towel.

wipe window

It’s that easy.

See the difference?

window film comparison

frosted window film comparison


Before BEFORE (before we moved in)



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

eclectic traditional living room 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)
  • Frost
  • Leaded glass-look
  • Stained glass-look
  • Etched glass-look
Great option for decorating mirrors or privacy/decorative accent for doors, windows sidelights, etc.!

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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?


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


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).
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!

  • 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

  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!)


**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

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: 
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).

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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