When we first moved into the house the number one priority was curtains. But I could never find prints I really wanted myself so I knew from day 1 I would have to make them myself.
I follow the tutorial by Design Sponge. The one thing I would say is that the pleating tape was pretty difficult to work with. If I made pleated drapes again, I think I would just try to them from scratch – the old fashioned way. My mom tried to convince me to do the that way to begin with, but I didn’t listen 😉
Just as a reminder – I have one very very large window in the living room (17 feet long!). and then I have one window that is connected in the dinning room. So I needed an economical solution for the 17ft window on the curtain rod. If I bought a curtain rod in the store it would be so expensive. So instead I bought a 20 foot copper pipe. Yep a 20ft pipe! Then I jazzed it up with fun Restoration Hardware ends. I like that it mixed copper and brass and it was economical!
The curtains make the whole space so full and homey.
A difficult thing to do in the living room, is balancing the practically of cozy TV time and the aesthetic need to make your living room look pretty. This being our first house, it’s small and we don’t have a tv and a formal living room. So we have to combine our area. A great way to do that is to hide it with a great gallery wall.
The other thing I love doing is tucking ottomans under a console table. It’s a perfectly practical way to add two more spots to sit. These two ottomans I bought from target and easily re-upholstered the cushions to make them fit in our colors. We are often having a lot of guests over for the extra ottomans are also an added bonus for that!
My apologies for the late post. I took the pics right before we switched over to our holiday decor! But overall another way I conceal the TV is by hiding fun accessories around the console. This console was a great find too! Craigslist $80, and it didn’t even need any updating!!!
I liked the way we did the mantel at first. But there is just something about really big art that brings a level of sophistication to a room. So I got an itch to try and do a DIY piece of art. I first found the below inspiration and knew I wanted to try and re-create. It was from the HGTV Smart Home in North Carolina Last year. I love how sophisticated the large piece of art made the whole room feel.
So, with the help of my husband we gave it a whirl.
Making the art was super fun. I pulled my husband in, he was a double major in multi-media and fine art in college. So he was a huge help in the process.
I love the crisp blue tones with the white and the pop of green. Can’t wait to decorate the mantel for Christmas!!!
Wanted to share updates on bedroom. When I first moved in I found a fun vintage dresser that I re-did right away. However it always takes time to find fun accessories to make the room feel more homey. Here is what the dresser looks like today!
Just as a reminder, above is what the dresser looked like before the DIY. See the full post on how to here.
come back tomorrow to see the full bedroom reveal!
So when I found this fun coffee table, for $40 on craigslist I thought it might look really cool with the same treatment. And it was only $40 so if it got messed up no biggie.
First caveat is that on Little Green Notebook, she explains that it HAS to be oak. Now I had no clue if this table was oak or not, but I knew that just from the look of it, the piece had VERY pronounced wood grain. So I figured it should work, directionally correct.
So the hardest part was the stripping of the wood. It took FOREVER! And it was a TOTAL MESS! I have done a lot of furniture in the past, however I usually paint (not stain), so I usually don’t have to do a perfect job stripping down to the bare bones. But in this case you have to put in the dirty work and get it all the way down to the wood.
Also – when I asked for the metal wire brush to stripe the wood, the hardware store looked at me like I didn’t know what I was doing. But the thing is you want to use this (not sand down) because you really are trying to get the deep divots of the wood grain to become more pronounced. So it will feel like you are being rough with the furniture, that is ok!
The navy looked so cool I almost wanted to leave it like it was. I layered up 3 layers of the Shellac and then I waxed my heart away…you can also kinda see above that the wood grain was already pronounced…..
Boom! I love the way it turned out. What a great inspiration Little Green Notebook was! I love it! Not bad for $40, $20ish in supplies, and some good hard elbow grease! Love!