Saturday, July 7, 2012

How To: No-Sew Burlap Window Treatment

For 3 years, this poor window was treatment-less except for the sterile wooden blinds.  I don't know why it took me so long to figure out what it needed except for the fact the room has been in constant flux the whole time.  First, it was my oldest son's room.  Then, he moved out and it became the catch-all room. I needed an office/craft/work room, so I began to clean it up and move all of my necessities into it.  Not long after, however, we had company coming and realized that it needed to be a guest room, as well. (This unfortunate room doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up!)

Friday, July 6, 2012

No-Sew Curtains - Easier Than You Think!

The beloved glue gun

I have a confession to make.  Many of the window treatments in my home are held together with glue from a hot glue gun.  Yes, I know the basics of sewing, so don't feel sorry for me and offer to teach me.  I even own a sewing machine, but I hardly ever pull it out of the closet. I have found it much easier and faster to pull out the handy-dandy hot glue gun instead.  

For example, here are my kitchen curtains:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Stars and Stripes: Old Barn Style from a Pallet

This morning I was looking at this pile of wood:

 And by this evening, I was admiring this (in honor of July 4th):

Last week I wandered back to the trash pile at church again, eyeing the remaining pile of pallets left from our recent construction project.  I knew that I could do something with that wood, rather than let it rot and wait for the fall bonfire. I hauled one of them home, not really sure what I was going to do with it.  After browsing around the web and eyeing numerous wood flags, I knew I had to try one, in my own fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants style.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Make Your Own Chalk Finish Paint

A few days ago I shared with you the beautiful dresser that was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and I gushed over how wonderful this stuff was. No sanding or priming needed beforehand, no matter the finish on the piece you are starting with. That is huge for me, as I am naturally very lazy and impatient, which means I hate to go through all of that rigamarole before I get any peek of what my finished piece is going to look like.  I am all about the instant gratification. 

The one downside to the ASCP is its price - about $40 for a quart.  Yep, that was quart, not gallon (I know - eek).  In its defense, it does save you money since you don't have to buy primer and it goes a long way.  A penny pincher like me, however, gets the shakes when forking over that kind of cash for paint.

I was excited when I came across several online sites that said one could make their own concoction for much less $$$, so I had to try it.