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Drapery Transformation

Last week I mentioned (here) that we had been working on a couple of minor projects for the living room. One is our fireplace upgrade to electric logs, and the other is adjusting our existing draperies for ring clips.

It’s not anything major, but it is really beneficial for us. We bought the drapery panels a few years ago in an effort to help insulate the huge glass sliding door and for privacy. The houses behind our house sit on a hill slightly above us, so they can see over our fence and into our back yard and house.

The draperies were made to just slide onto the rod… so that’s what we did. The problem with this method was that it made it hard to pull them back. Which is a must in our house because we love the natural daylight and the view of the back yard.

FYI: This picture was taken in the summer and does not depict the lack-of-color state it is in now.

So in the end, we found we really didn’t close them that much. Especially since the draperies really didn’t help with keeping the downstairs any warmer. Thankfully, we have electric logs for that problem now. I’m not really sure why we didn’t want to go with the ring clips when we purchased the draperies a few years ago. Oh, well!

I’m pretty sure ML came up with the idea (we will give him the credit) to use our existing draperies and fold the top down to compensate for the added length of the ring clips. Making it easier to open and close plus helping the draperies not look as heavy. I really liked the idea, so off he went to BB&B (Bed, Bath, and Beyond) and picked out ring clips on his own! He came back with two different sizes for me to choose from.

So we took two drapery panels down and began our transformation. Before we attached the clips though, we washed the drapes. The tag said dry clean only, but we went out on a limb and washed them and then hung them back up to dry. We laid garbage bags on the floor to catch any water that dripped off. We are happy to report that they turned out just fine after washing them!

ML being the more mathematically inclined person calculated how much the draperies needed to be folded. Then he divided the length of the curtain, so he would have equal spacing between the ring clips.

We hung both sizes up, so we would be certain which one worked best. It took us all of about two seconds to decide we liked the larger rings best. But we left them up for a few days weeks just to be sure or because I forgot to take pictures of them hanging up.

You can see the difference in the two different size rings on the right. (Sorry for such a dark picture… and ignore Buddy the cat.) So Saturday while we were out and about running errands, we returned the smaller ring clips to BB&B and bought three more packs of the larger ring clips. Then, while I was cooking supper that night (which involved a horrible accident of me rubbing my eye with jalapeno juice, crying my mascara off, and going blind for a few seconds), ML folded the rest of the panels down. Then, he pinned the ends to keep them from looking funny and hung them up with the ring clips.

And since we didn’t harm the draperies by pinning them, if we want to ever go back to the old way of hanging them we can. I’m not really sure why we would though. Now that they are up, we aren’t sure what took us so long to hang them this way. They are so easy to open and close and take up way less space when they are pulled back.

Originally, I felt like we needed a longer curtain rod, but now I really don’t because they take up so much less room. It’s hard to believe they are the same draperies. We also love the look of the ring clips attached to them.

And here’s a little secret… the clips aren’t the same color as the rod. No big deal though because you can’t really tell the difference from a distance.

So anyway, now if we want a little privacy, we can easily close our draperies.

What do you think? Do you have any projects that have been half completed for a while? Or have you made any drapery transformations recently?

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Del Sol and Goldilocks

Wow!  I finally feel like the room is starting to come together.  Well at least one wall of if anyway.

So did anybody guess that the dresser/changing table would be yellow?  (Glidden Professional Del Sol actually)  I know I didn’t.  Originally, I thought it would be turquoise like one of my inspiration pictures (here).  Until my mom gave us these pretty sparkly letters (her initials- NSS) to hang above the changing table.

I really liked and wanted to use them, but unfortunately, they clashed with my turquoise idea.  Turquoise really didn’t work with the blue in the chifforobe either.  Thankfully, I had this clipping from the curtains which indicates all the colors used in it.

Kinda like an automatic color palate for the room.  Green wasn’t an option because of the green storage boxes (here) and green chair (more on it later).  Pink I just can’t do.  Purple wasn’t very unisex-looking, and I only planned on painting the dresser one time.  So it needed to work for boy or girl (future children).  Which brings us to yellow.

A unisex color, and it pops against the black wall!  I was a little scared to use it because the room used to be yellow (here) and has negatively impacted the way I feel about the color.  But I have to say I really like it on the dresser/changing table.  Maybe because this yellow is a little more warm feeling and has some orange undertones in it.  I know, we still need to purchase a changing pad, so it can actually function as a changing table.  One step (or a few) at a time though.

How about those curtains?  Don’t they look great (see how we found them here)!  I would also like to add another piece of artwork to go below the letters once we hang them.

 I am so thankful that my mom was able to make the curtains for us.  She was a little nervous about them, but it looks like she had nothing to worry about.  All the color in them helps to tie everything in the room together.  I also love the fact that they don’t scream “Baby Room!”.  I really feel like that these curtains will grow with her.  Notice how the purple in the curtains pulls out the purple in our Bohemian Black wall.  Another cool feature about them is that the back lining is a type of felt-lined vinyl, so it will wipe down easily and won’t collect Buddy’s fur (our orange tabby).

 I hope you noticed the glider and rug.  Like our search for the curtains, the Dutailier glider wasn’t easy either.  This was actually one of the first chairs we found.  I was like Goldilocks… it fit me “just right”.  Not to big, too tall, or uncomfortable.  So we were surprised when we went back to Buy Buy Baby to purchase it and found it had been discontinued, and the floor model sold the previous week!  How could it be?… I had such a connection with that chair.  Thankfully, I have a persistent husband who called a lot of the Buy Buy Baby’s in the southeastern region of the U.S. until he found one in stock.  Yay!  They shipped it to our Birmingham store and let us use our 10% off coupon.  I have a feeling the chair was discontinued because it would be too small for even the average height woman, but with my 4’11” frame, it’s a perfect fit in depth and back support.  The glider was just what I had in mind.  I knew I didn’t want a conventional rocking chair but instead an upholstered one.  The sage green color also works well with the rest of our colors.  The purple shag rug we picked up in the college dorm room essentials “nursery” section of Wal-Mart while looking for our colored boxes.

I like hope you like the progress we are making on the nursery.  Soon, I’ll go over the steps I used to paint the dresser and what else I would like to do to it.

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Curtain Epiphany

A few weeks ago Michael Luke and I went out in search of fabric to use for the curtains.  My mother offered to make them for us (which makes for a pretty hard offer to pass up).  Our windows are on the black wall in our nursery/office, so I knew I wanted something that would pop on the wall.

We loved this curtain from Urban Outfitters but didn’t really think we would be able to find anything like it since the pattern ran from ceiling to floor.

We were hoping to find a white fabric that had a few pops of color.

This one doesn’t really pop with color, but I did like the embroidered leaves.  I didn’t really think the cappuccino color would work well with the black and gray though.  So we moved on.

I liked the pattern on this one, but we weren’t so crazy about the baby blue.  We are trying to use saturated colors instead of the typical pastels.

I know, I know… white on white!  I really loved this one though.  The polka dots looked sophisticated enough for the office side and playful enough for the nursery.  I almost broke down and got this one because it was 50% off the following day, but I just kept telling myself I would regret going white on white.  I don’t even want to imagine that as the material for a toddler room someday.  Can’t you just see it decorated with crayon, paint, and markers!  Probably not a good idea.
So we kept looking… and I fell in love with this one.

This material had the pop of color I was looking for.  I also loved the birds and branches as the pattern.  Birds are being used in the artwork my sister is painting for above the crib (still a surprise by the way).  But at $34 a yard we could have just bought the curtains from Urban Outfitters and called it a day.  So our search continued.

Up until this point we had been searching in the drapery section of Hancock Fabrics.  Made perfect sense to us since the fabric would be used for draperies.  Then we had an epiphany!  The curtains from Urban Outfitters were cotton, why couldn’t we use cotton?  Plus, if the curtains were cotton, they would be easier to clean.  So off we trekked to the cotton department.  It only took a few minutes and Michael Luke found this one!

Talk about a pop of color.  Plus, it resembled our Urban Outfitter inspiration curtain.  I knew then that it was the one.  It also had a lot of the colors we were already using in the nursery (boxes, artwork, and rug), and at $8.99 a yard, who could resist?

We took the bolt and headed to the register.  I let the lady know we needed nine yards cut.  Then came the bad news… they only had a little over two yards!  No worries, we could just check the other stores and pick it up there.  Except for the fact that none of the other stores had it in stock!   Later that night, I googled the pattern and found I could order it online through Hancock Fabrics.  We had already decided to order extra fabric, so she could make the dust ruffle for the crib as well.  So I placed an order for 11 yards, used a 20% off coupon my mom found, finalized the order, and felt secure.  Until a lady form Hancock Fabrics called to let me know they only had 8 yards left.  Total.  Well at that point I was willing to take whatever I could get, so I told her to send it on.  Thankfully, God can make small things stretch, and my mom was able to get four curtain panels and a dust ruffle out of all the fabric.  I received the finished curtains in the mail the other day and hope to have them up soon, so I can share with you.  We are trying to decide on curtain rods and clips now.

I am also still working on painting the changing table.  I hope to be able to show pictures of both together.   I can’t wait to see everything finished!

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