Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sewing Custom Valances a.k.a. In Which I Become Geriatric

I registered for the Craftsy class Sewing Custom Valances as part of the bedroom makeover hubby and I are working on. I gave it a 5 star review here.

And I hung a custom valance that I am pleased with here:

.......and I am officially old now.

I never thought I would be sewing window treatments.Think fast- which sounds more exciting, sewing window treatments or watching paint dry? Well, I liked it alright. The truth is, I'm kind of a show boat, and I like having my goods out there where they can be seen. Is that wrong?

It is rather subdued in shape and trim, but hubby said he preferred a "clean" look, and I think we achieved it here. I covered the buttons, made the piping and the band, and placed them all carefully while constantly measuring. Not too bad for a first go, if I do say so myself. I also think it matches up with the headboard well.  Of course, we still need actual draperies and a second valance for the other window, but this is a work in progress with no stressful timeline (i.e. I'll get to it when I get to it.)

If anyone is interested in reading details on this project, they are posted on the Craftsy site here. And if you have not yet tried a Craftsy class, I'd recommend checking the platform out with one of their free mini courses. I have enrolled in Perfect Pizza at Home and Modern Buttercream as well as a few others. I've gotta stay sharp, ya know?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

DIY Upholstered Mantel Headboard

I haven't posted much for a while. I am having a hard time getting away from all of the doing to do any posting about doing. Make sense? Well, it seems we always have project after project going on around here, and, really, that's just how I like it.

So today hubby and I finished a project that I am excited to share. I've had the desire for a nice upholstered headboard for a while, so a couple weeks ago when we picked up some new bedroom furniture at auction, I turned my focus to bedroom decor. I created a Pinterest pin board with our wall color, fabrics I liked, and headboard examples. I shared the concept with the hubby, and then we dove in.

This is what our bed looked like just a week ago,when we began our upholstered mantel headboard project. We estimate that we invested about 10 hours of labor between the two of us. We constructed the entire thing, beginning with wood and primed molding to create the mantel, and also did all of the tufting and upholstery including making the fabric covered buttons and the corded piping trim.

Bedroom before- a wee bit embarrassing to post. 
Boring, right?
Mantel constructed. Ignore the awful basement mess. 
Plywood stuffed and covered with fabric, tufting begun, cording draped. 
I was so excited when we finished the tufting! I was amazed at how easy it was. 
My paint sample board. I used the technique I pinned from the blog All Mimsy.

Here it is applied to the mantel. Excuse the terrible quality basement pics. 

And here it is finished in our room!

It looks so nice and relaxing to me, and yes, I Scotch Guarded the upholstery.
Molding, piping, covered buttons. These are a few  of my favorite things.

Yeah, so now I need to do something about the undersized bedding and put the skirt back on.  
I am honestly so happy about this. It is the most grown-up looking bed I have ever had. Also, how cool is it to envision your perfect headboard and then have your perfect spouse help you make it?

Well, this is just the beginning of the bedroom remodel. I still plan to paint the nightstands and dresser, and I have enrolled in the Craftsy course Sewing Custom Valances (great class!!!) with the intent of making window treatments that coordinate with our headboard. I will post these projects as we complete them!
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