Tutorial on faux bed canopy head board.

this is the end goal  a canopy headboard that costs only the price of a curtain

this is the end goal
a canopy headboard that costs only the price of a curtain

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What you will need curtain valance small curtain rod foam for board cardboard scraps ruler  staple gun duct tape strait pins (optional embelishmen

What you will need
curtain
valance
small curtain rod
foam for board
cardboard scraps
ruler
staple gun
duct tape
strait pins 

Determine the width, depth, and height you want your valance to be,
mine is 29″ long x 11″ tall x 6″ deep

in my bedroom there is a little bit of trim at the top of the room so in order to get the valance to go all of the way to the celling. I have to make the back shorter to allow the the trim to sit in there nicely

Cinderblock Apartment, Yellow Kings Room (master bedroom)

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Cinderblock bedroom reveal

another sound absorption trick that I used in his room was, instead of using a hard headboard, I creat a curtain headboard. I have directions on making one yourself here. it is supper easy, with big results.  this bed set was great while we were in this apartment. it added a rich feel, but after having red and yellow I am happy to be decorating my new room in more neutral colors. these curtains will be in the living room of my new yellow castle. Sears was closing out this bering collection and so I bought all of the extra curtains to recover my grandmother’s lounge. you can find the directions here.

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feather lounge chair used to belong to my great grandmother it is a nice place to unwind and read a book. I have a tutorial on recovering it Here

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the rug was in my parents attic, I made the tapestry from a T-shirt, and a scrap of old fabric. both of these help with the caustics of the room. and make it feel like a home.

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Tall beds are something i have always loved. they are incredibly comforting to jump into.                   …                                                                       another plus is now we have all of the space underneath to store stuff. I bought a bunch of these storage containers they were a lifesaver! kept my room feeling clutter free.

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every student needs a study desk and computer

Lazy Girls Guide to curtains

When we arrived at the Cinder block apartment, that would be my wonderful husband and my first home, the walls echoed so much that Kris (My husband) could not hear. The echo amplified in his hearing aids drowning out all other sound. curtains needed to go up and go up fast to help absorb the extra sound and bring down the echo.  Normally It would have taken me weeks to make  make the perfect curtains for our new home, but we did not have weeks. these were made and went up in a matter of 5ish minutes and unless you look really closely no one would know the difference. (the bottom edge is unfinished and can fray, but I turned it under so it never looked bad enough for me to fix.

Disclaimer:  this method will leave 1-2 unfinished edges that will ravel. I tucked mine under so they would not be seen (the need for speed way outweighed the cost of a few stringy edges). To quickly finish the edges (without a machine) you can fold the raw edge back 1/2″ and lay down a line of glue between the folds near the edge. or run fray-check along the edge (It is great stuff) if you have time and a machine, then a simple rolled hem would only take a few more minutes.

what you will need

- 2 Long pieces of fabric - Ribbon - Safety pins

– 2 Long pieces of fabric
– Ribbon
– Safety pins

I found this fabric on sale at Walmart and it has served me well for three and a half years in 3 different campus housing dorms. In those three years I never finished sewing them (and I am an apparel design major, Yikes!)

cut the ribbon into strips

cut the ribbon into strips

I made the strips as long as my hand so i would have plenty of ribbon to play with.

I made the strips as long as my hand so i would have plenty of ribbon to play with.

see the color change along the edge of the fabric on the right of this picture? (not the bit I have folded over, but right above my pointer finger running up and down)? that is called salvage. and for us it works as a finished edge. so that side we don't have to hem Horizontal curtains If you want the curtains to run horizontal, long across, but short. (like I have them in this room) that salvage will be  next to the curtain rod Long method If you want the curtains to run Long wise and reach from floor to cealing then fold one edge that does not have salvage down. like you see me doing here

see the color change along the edge of the fabric on the right of this picture? (not the bit I have folded over, but right above my pointer finger running up and down)? that is called salvage. and for us it works as a finished edge. so that side we don’t have to hem
Horizontal curtains
If you want the curtains to run horizontal, long across, but short. (like I have them in this room) that salvage will be next to the curtain rod
Long method
If you want the curtains to run Long wise and reach from floor to cealing then fold one edge that does not have salvage down. like you see me doing here

(for long curtains)   fold the edge with fraying threads towards the back then fold the ribbon in half and safety pin it to to the back of the curtain with the loops sticking up (try to keep the loops the same size above the top of the fabric (it does not have to be perfect) put the safety pins up close to the top where so you hook through the ribbon and both layers of the folded fabric

(for long curtains)
fold the edge with fraying threads towards the back then fold the ribbon in half and safety pin it to to the back of the curtain with the loops sticking up (try to keep the loops the same size above the top of the fabric (it does not have to be perfect) put the safety pins up close to the top where so you hook through the ribbon and both layers of the folded fabric

Horizontal method asdfkasdf

(For Horizontal curtains)
fold the ribbon in half and pin it to the back of the curtain directly above the salvaged edge. loops should be sticking up above the edge (no need to fold anything over). try to keep the loops the same size above the top of the fabric (it does not have to be perfect)

do this along the top spacing the ribbons out evenly and pining the end ribbons right on the corner. (it helps me to find the middle and work out from there)

do this along the top spacing the ribbons out evenly and pining the end ribbons right on the corner. (it helps me to find the middle and work out from there)

all that is left is to thread a curtain road through them and hang them

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The ties on the curtains are just pieces of ribbon wrapped around part of the curtain and saftypinned half way.

The ties on the curtains are just pieces of ribbon wrapped around part of the curtain and saftypinned half way.

I used really light weight cheepo curtain rods from walmart so that the rods would not be to much weight for my command strips.

I hung my curtain rods with command strips because I could not put a screw in the concrete cinderblock walls. (make sure you give the command strips a day to set up on the wall before hanging the curtains. otherwise the curtains will be too heavey and weaken the command strip causing it to fall off the wall.

While I loved using command strips for this house they are not a perfect product I used one on a normal dry wall and it ripped the paint and a little bit of plaster off. but they were my best option at the time.

cinder block apartment (living room)

Hello guys welcome back!

This is the campus housing (apartment) my husband and I moved into right after we got married. It is a tan cinder block building with horrible acoustics. Kris (my hubby) walked in and said “this is not going to work” reassuring him, I took that as a challenge to make these living quarters into a home.

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with tile floors and cinder block walls this apartment echoed! I knew my first pice of business had to be putting cloth anywhere and everywhere that I could to help absorb the sound. however as I started looking around I realized that I had a big problem. The only way I could hang a curtain the traditional way was to drill into concert cinderblocks. there had to be another way of hanging curtains without drilling into the wall.

The solution? heavy duty command strips. I fell in love with them during our stay here! they are not a perfect solution, but I learned some tricks to keep them on the walls after using them so often. The curtains below were hung with comand strips (and ultra light weight curtain rods). I did have to replace the strips a couple times during our two years here, but it definitely beats the alternative of no curtains. the window treatment adds a lot of drama to this room.

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command strip trick

  • # 1 let them sit a whole day after applying them before hanging ANYTHING on them…. (I learned this after many attempts to get something hastily hung, just to have it fall a few days later, they really do bond to the wall better if left to set for a day.)
  • # 2 actually follow the directions on the box such as whipping down the wall and applying pressure for 3 minutes
  • # 3 beware of hanging heavy things form command strips on drywall, (it might rip a layer of plaster and paint off of the wall
  • #4. when taking them off. push on the plastic and pull slowly down. the goal is to stretch the adhesive strip without breaking it off.
finishing touches

finishing touches                                               the rugs help pull all the colors together

finishing touches. (unique art)

finishing touches                                             (unique art made with plaster of paris and sealed with lacker)

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the flower arangement gives the room a rich feel. Find one expensive item and spurge it makes the whole rest of the room feel rich

Antique writing desk  (used to belong to my great uncle.)

Antique writing desk
(used to belong to my great uncle.)

Dorm Room Delma 2 (How to transform an ugly dresser into a breakfast nook)

welcome back! So excited to show you an easy trick for hiding that ugly dorm room dresser. (and still being able to use it for much needed storage.)

this is the beast

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standard at my collage, it comes with most dorm rooms, light (fake) wood finish. short dresser . .. Start By placing the dresser in a good place for a table. with a little room on at least one side. Mine is at the foot of my bed against the wall

To this.. A lovely breakfast knock to cover the old dresser.

this is the beast with a beauty treatment.                                           ….
A lovely breakfast knock to cover the old dresser.

add a black table cloth (I used a black bed sheet because i already had it.)

add a black table cloth (I used a black bed sheet because i already had it.)

set the table like so. (I found the dishes at salvation army for almost nothing .10 a pice) (the glasses came from the dollar tree so they were only $1 a piece. $2.40 for dishes See this post on how to make the fish centerpiece

set the table like so. (I found the dishes at salvation army for almost nothing .10 a pice) (the glasses came from the dollar tree so they were only $1 a piece. $2.40 for dishes See this post on how to make the fish centerpiece

just a reminder the sharp part of the knife goes toward the plate, the spoon goes on the outside of the knife, & the fork goes on the other side of the plate

just a reminder the sharp part of the knife goes toward the plate, the spoon goes on the outside of the knife, & the fork goes on the other side of the plate

and that is it! You are done!! what a lovely addition to any dorm room. (yes you can still use the dresser for cloths, just b careful not to pull the cloth off the table when

and that is it! You are done!! what a lovely addition to any dorm room. (yes you can still use the dresser for cloths, just b careful not to pull the cloth off the table when

Decorative Pet (tutorial on crating a live fish centerpiece)

You are now geting into the first semester of collage and for some reasson you are starting to get a tad bit lonely and home sic, why not bring bring in a little fish friend to keep you company and liven up your spac?

flow is now on a dresser that i transformed into my fabulous breakfast knook

what you will need    1. fish (batas work well) and are only about $5 2. some river rocks $1 at dollar tree 3. a glass cylinder vase  4. a stem of flowers  5. water

what you will need
1. fish (bettas are only about $5)
2. some river rocks $1 at dollar tree
3. a glass cylinder vase $1-2
4. a stem of silk flowers $3-5
5. water

take the river rocks in your hand...

take the river rocks in your hand…

and place them in the vase (DO NOT drop them in the vase, because this could break the glass.)

and place them in the vase (DO NOT drop them in the vase, because this could break the glass.)

pour water into the vase (do not use water strait out of the tap, the chemicals they put in tap water to purify it will kill your fish)

pour water into the vase (do not use water strait out of the tap, the chemicals they put in tap water to purify it will kill your fish. I bought bottled water at Walmart for flow)

Place the stem of flowers into the water, you may need to bend or cut the stem to make it the correct hight. I twisted the end of the stem and hid it under the rocks, this also gave the flowers better stability.

Place the stem of flowers into the water, you may need to bend or cut the stem to make it the correct hight. I twisted the end of the stem and hid it under the rocks, this also gave the flowers better stability.

pour the fish into it's new home.

pour the fish into it’s new home.

and the table center piece is complete! =) Be sure to change the water once a week!

and the table center piece is complete! =) Be sure to change the water once a week!

Dorm Room Delma (tutorial on making a cardboard headboard)

It’s your freshman year of college, you walk in your very first dorm room and to your dismay find it is a cramped boring white cube with outdated furniture…you have 2 options. 1 leave it as is, or 2 you can get creative, and we can help you do this!

Here is an examples of a booker dorm room suite and a few inventive inexpensive ways to decorate.

a good way to make any bed look put together is to add a headboard, I made this headboard out of an old refrigerator box that I cut to the correct size, padded and taped/stapled fabric to. This created a light, easy to transport, very inexpensive headboard that looks highly sophisticated.

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Cut one side off of a refrigerator box. (be sure to measure your bed before your start cutting)

Cut one side off of a refrigerator box. (be sure to measure your bed before your start cutting)

pad the front of the box with quilt bating, then stretch fabric across it and tape it to the back.

pad the front of the box with quilt bating, then stretch fabric across it and tape it to the back.

place it at the head of the bed  (add other decorations if you wish)

place it at the head of the bed
(add other decorations if you wish)

Add bedding and Ta Da!

Add bedding and Ta Da!

  • headboard (already had fabric) = free,
  • lights from klutz lantern kit = 14.99 (I used their pattern to cut out flowers in card stock the colors I wanted)
  • wall decal tree with birds = a gift
  • sheets microfiber mainstay 15.00
  • pillows $5 each x2 Walmart =10.00
  • woven ribbon pillow I made = (free)
  • comforter Walmart clearance = 9.00
  • total 48.99  (needed bedding anyway)

these are the prices I paid when I hunted down all of this stuff, some of them have since changed

Helpful hints

– Most places that sell refrigerators will give you a left over box

-use large print fabric for the head board. small print will look dispraportionate and cheep.

Hello world!

Hello world this is my very first time bloging so hang with me while I figure it out here.

my name is Hannah I live in a yellow victorian home with my fantastic husband. together we are trying our hand at many remodeling projects on our home. come along for a ride with us as i give you tutorials on all the projects we are doing. (I often wish there were more out there)

if you have a suggestion on how to do it better feel free to post as we learn together

goodbye for now world!