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Grosgrain Roman Shades {DIY}

Monday, July 28, 2014

Let me start off this post by saying I had little to nothing to do with this DIY.  My lovely genius mother sewed and constructed these roman shades and made my windows look like angels.  I wasn’t even smart enough to take pictures of each of the steps, so all I can show you is the final product and some tips.  That being said, if you are thinking about making your own roman shades and have any sewing prowess whatsoever, you should do it.

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So I spent a long time trying to figure out the best window treatment for the 9 (yes 9!) windows in our bedroom.  We have 3 windows in the main part of the bedroom and 6 windows in the little nook that you see in the above picture.  That is a lot of window treatments, which would have cost me a lot of money if I bought them from a store, even if they were just cheap bamboo shades like I was originally thinking.  Even more confusing was the fact that our bedroom is on the front part of the house so for the main part of the bedroom, I wanted to do treatments that would provide privacy but still be able to let in light.  I decided on normal roman shades for the nook and top down/bottom up roman shades for the main part of the bedroom.  We’ll talk about the top down/bottom up version at a later date, but even the normal roman shades can get expensive (see these Pottery Barn ones that look the exact same as mine for a cool $177 per shade) so I begged my mom to see if she could make them.  Thank god she agreed.

So I’m not going to do a step by step for you, because she mostly followed Little Green Notebook’s post.  I found this really cheap white linen ($6/yard !) and bought 10 yards, and we measured the inside of each window for her to sew the fabric for the shade.  She also sewed a lining inside for extra privacy, and then sewed a black ribbon down each side of the front of the fabric.  She used the ugly old mini-blinds that were already in the window and cut out most of the little slats and the extra cords, just like the post says.  However, instead cutting out all of the slats, she left some in, evenly spaced, to help the fabric fold as you pull up the roman shades.  She glued on the edges and center of the mini blinds but left the part with the string glue free because the strings need to be able to move freely.

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Also, instead of the wooden slat Jenny used, my mom glue the same metal bottom from the mini blinds that we already had a couple of inches from the bottom of the fabric.  When we were putting up the shades, we just relooped the string through the metal piece and tied a knot at the end.

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One of the most genius things she did was decide to velcro the top of the fabric to the top of the mini-blind, so it can be adjusted if you don’t line it up quite right when you are putting housing (metal piece that attaches into the window) of the mini-blind back into place.

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Genius.

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If you’re looking for me, I’ll be in my nook reading and staring at the loveliness of my window treatments.  Oh and that chaise lounge is from One Kings Lane but they also have them at Urban Outfitters (way overpriced) and Target (for way cheaper.)

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Brooklyn Limestone Collaboration: Hidden Litter Box Side Table DIY

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hi friends!  Do you have a cat and therefore one (or several) ugly litter boxes jacking up the overall ambiance of your house?  Me too man, me too.  Luckily, we can hide our litter boxes in lovely furniture and no one will be the wiser.  Head over to Brooklyn Limestone to see my hidden litter box side table.

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Not quite as good as kitten mittens.  But what is really?

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Gold Leaf Cloud Art DIY

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

When I finished my mirror gallery wall, I had one extra little space that felt like it needed something.  So I started trying to think of something I could make quickly with a tiny canvas I had that was the perfect size for the spot.  Immediately I thought of some seriously beautiful cloud art by an amazing artist named Tara Andris that I have been coveting for some time.  Since I just spent a bunch of money on other things for the wall, I didn’t really feel like I could buy anything else and furthermore she didn’t make a piece small enough for the spot.  I decided I would copy her idea and see what would happen if I tried to make my own.  Now I am not trying to imply that my little DIY in any way compares to the beauty of her art and probably significantly more complicated and sophisticated technique.  If you guys are considering buying any art, you should definitely consider her dreamy clouds.  That being said, here is what I did.

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What you’ll need:

  • a little canvas
  • paint colors of your choice (I chose white and pink and blue for clouds)
  • a packet of full gold or silver leaf sheets (all of the leaf items can be found at craft stores)
  • gold leaf adhesive spray
  • gold leaf sealer spray
  • paint brush

What you’ll do:

(Some of these photos are from another similar DIY I did for Tiny Prints which is why the canvas size changes)

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1.  Move your clean white canvas to a well ventilated area and spray your canvas on the front and sides with your adhesive.

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2.  Since the spray adhesive is already sticky, you can go ahead and apply your gold leaf sheet.  I found the easiest way to do this is to peel off a sheet of the gold leaf while still attached to the thin divider papers on each side.  Handle the divider paper only as much as possible.  The gold leaf is so thin that it will stick to your fingers.  Remove the top divider paper and flip everything over so the gold leaf is facing down while laying it directly over your sticky canvas.  I know this sounds complicated but you will understand what I mean as soon as you try to do it.  Use the divider paper still on top of your leaf sheet to smooth it down on the front and sides of the canvas.

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3.  Use a dry paintbrush to smooth down the rest of the gold leaf and make it look lovely.  You want to make sure to mush down any little air bubbles.  Remove excess golf leaf from side and add to places that didn’t get covered.

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4.  Once your adhesive dries for a bit, spray your canvas with the sealer.  Let dry.

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5.  Put your paints on a plate a palate and use your paint brush to start painting puffy little clouds.  I used white primarily but would also mix in a little pink and dark blue.  Just keep painting until it seems like enough, however, remember that the more you paint, the less gold will show.  I tried to keep mine as simple as possible.

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Super simple and really doesn’t require much artistic talent but I though it turned out pretty cute.  Let me know if anyone gives it a shot or buys the real thing from Tara Andris so I can be jealous.

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