How-to’s: Turning a graphic-patterned bed sheet into curtains

Whenever I go thrifting, I always venture into the section that houses bed sheets, remnant fabrics, pillowcases, or coverlets that I can wash and reuse for my upholstery projects.  A few weeks ago, I found this bedsheet that has a cool southwestern, maybe Turkish pattern in the perfect color combos.  You know, I used to be a solid color, no patterns kind of girl.  But my play it safe personality had since gone out the window.  I’ve been looking for more patterns and textures to test out in our house before presenting to clients.

Now the thought of reusing bedsheets for its actual purpose is just pure distusting (no offense to anyone that does that) but my wandering mind would wonder.   I just loved the pattern and colors so much that I knew I’d figure something to do with it.  And I think it costs around three bucks.  The size of the sheet, which I think fits a king bed, is perfect length and width for two curtain panels.

If you know the basics of using a needle and thread, you can hand sew curtains.  Or you can use fabric glue/strips.  But the steps are quite simple.  You lay the sheets flat, fold it in half and cut it into two even panels.  What I also did to thicken the curtains and provide some privacy and shade, I also took a white king flat sheet, cut that in half and use as curtain liners.  ( Actual curtain liners aren’t too expensive either).

Lay the white bed sheet behind the patterned panel and fold over the patterned panel so that the white sheet falls underneath it, creating a seamless curtain look.  I used a needle and thread to sew the panels together and then ran that the panels through a sewing machine (a new skill that I’ve recently picked up).

The curtains are done and ready to be hung.  You can see that I left a little puddle on the floor but if you want the curtains to just touch the floor, you can seam it by hand while it’s hung.  Here it is in my boy’s room.


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Sources for bedding

Whew.  It’s been a hectic last few weeks with work and mothering.  Daylight savings is no bueno with a baby when trying to schedule work around it.   I did a few projects around the house but haven’t even gotten a chance photograph them.   With spring in the air, I’ve been thinking about getting a lighter color bed set for our room.  It’s always nice to have an extra set in the linen closet for times when you get too busy to do laundry.

1. This linen duvet cover and shams from Land’s End.  Linen is great if you’re going for the casual look since it can get wrinkly but that’s how I like my bedding.  Who has the time to iron bedsheets?

2. Okay, who haven’t heard of bedding from Dwell Studio?  They are everywhere and look amazing.  I have been eyeing this Draper set for a long time.

3. Using a white paisley pattern gives the room a country cottage vibe and puts me  into a farmhouse somewhere quiet, outside the city.

4. My last option would be to buy this coral fabric and making my own coverlets and shams.



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Tips on restoring vintage artwork

If you find a good artwork, don’t overlook the ugliness of  the frame.  You can easily re-stain the wood frame or paint over it.  In this piece, I chose to paint over it since the frame was in really bad shape.  It seems easy enough but don’t forget to follow these simple steps below.

1. Prep work – you don’t want to ruin the art especially if it’s an original.  Therefore, be sure to cover up the art with newspaper and use painter’s tape to tape off the edges between the art and the frame. If the frame has holes in it, make sure to use wood filler and sand it off before painting.

2. Choosing the right stain or paint color – don’t pick a color for the frame that will clash with the artwork or one that stands out too much.  You want the art to be the center of attention.  In this piece, I chose a dark navy color to tie in with the navy color on the canister in the picture (I wanted the red apples to stand out.)

3. Painting – apply at least two coats of paint to the frame to get a uniform look.  Usually, I let it dry out for a couple of hours to see the unevenness of the paint job before applying a second coat.  While the paint is still wet, take off all the painters tape.  This is very important  to not let the paint dry otherwise once you take the tape off, it will take some of the dry paint away with it.

4. Choosing a place to hang your artwork – I learned that in order to keep a room cohesive, don’t use more than 3 colors in that room.   The same goes for hanging artwork.  Choose art that shares the same color hues as the room you’re going to put it in.

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Before & after: upholstered slipper chairs

This is my first upholstery project, and I think I bit off more than I could chew.  Thanks to Lynne at L + J Furniture, I was able to completely turn these slipper chairs around in two days.  After stripping the first chair off, we measured the fabric and realized that there wouldn’t me enough to cover both chairs.  Since this fabric was ordered online by my friend who owns these chairs, I couldn’t reorder in time got completion.  I rushed off to High Fashion Home and chose a complementary fabric, which turned out better than I had anticipated.    The chairs are much more interesting than if we had covered them all in the citrine geometric pattern.



You can see how we were able to have the birds face each other, a detail I really love.

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Before and after: an $8 mirror gets a new life

I found this mirror a while ago and bragged about how I would give it a new life.  Well, it’s been months since and we finally got around to sanding, priming and giving it a new coat of paint.  As you can see from this post, I was going to add some vibrant colors to it and use it for our mudroom or family room.  Well, I’ve changed my mind since (I do this often).  I’m working on a monochromatic, dark, masculine den so that the two boys of the house can hang out in.  I decided to use Martha Stewart’s Vintage Gold and Behr’s Deep Space to paint out the mirror.  (I am using Behr’s Deep Space as an accent wall so this will all tie together after I reveal the den).

Here’s the before and after.


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