Saturday, March 16, 2013

No Sew / No Drill Window Valance

The other weekend I did a whole lot of painting.  Not the fun kind though...I worked on our French Doors and as much trim as I could get to.  I needed a break but wanted to stay productive, so I ended up making a $0 valance for above the kitchen sink.  I had this fabric sample from over a year ago with the intention to make a valance out of it, but never had the time, so I just used it as a runner in the guest room.  So if you don't have a fabric sample "lying" around, go find a runner you like! It will probably be even easier since it's already sewn too!

I'm not the best seamstress so I cheated a bit... actually, a lot.   I had the iron-on tape from another old project, so I used that instead of sewing! I just folded over the bottom part about a 1/4" to 1/2", and the top part about 2".  Of course, this all depends on the size of your sample. I just eye-balled it. 

My original plan was to mount this rod above the window for the valance to hang from; however, our faux wood blinds aren't inside mounted, so the depth of the rod didn't work for me.  

Just when I thought I couldn't do it, I realized I bought the Command Strips the night before to hang the Wine Cork "N" I made for our wall gallery.  I only had one left, so I cut it in half and stuck it right on the top.

And that was it! I just stuck the fabric to the Command Strips.  It's been up for over a week and hasn't fallen down, ha! Who knew those things would come in handy?!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Mint + Gold

Maybe it's the weather and the fact that I'm starting to get Spring Fever, but I've been loving Mint lately (and not just in terms of the Girl Scout Cookies I just bought).  The color is so soft and refreshing, I just love it. I love it even more when it's combined with gold. 
This weekend, I was planning on refinishing a tray my mom had for our coffee table. I was originally just going to sand it down and paint it white (it's currently blue).  However, I happened to stumble upon this gorgeous wall covering by Candice Olson (for MDC Wall covering) today and I think I'm going to use a piece of it in the bottom of the tray.  Our home is purposely gray and beige with the intent to add pops of color...the problem is, I haven't been adding the color part!  So the goal is to "Think Spring"!
Here's an image of the wall covering... it's a little hard to see, but the lines of the pattern are gold.

"Skinny Dip" in Jade, by Candice Olson Contract (for MDC)

Here's a quick board I put together of Mint/Gold Combos to brighten up this Snowy Day...
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wine Corks + Amazon box = Wall Art?

So I'm in the process of updating the wall gallery I designed a few years back in our Living/Dining Room.  Since I want to break the picture frame grid a little bit, I started looking for different pieces.  I found a galvanized metal "N" when I was in Boston a while back but never bought it.  So I checked out Etsy to find something similar...and came across the smaller "N" below for $20.

....but with all that we have going on, I decided to keep the "impulse buys" to a minimum and play with different options to save some cash.

So I decided to try a different alternative that cost me a whopping ZERO dollars!
(unless you count all the wine we drank in the past and the Amazon order Rick received today) 

This mini-project took me about a 1/2 hour.  The best part is, it gives you an excuse to open a bottle!  After all, it's "for art".  :)


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