Monday, October 27, 2008

Third time is a charm?

I'm on drapery No. 3 in our dining room. And I think I'm finally happy...but not done yet! More about that later. First, another short TOOT on drapery-making on the cheap:

Let's review. Hemming tape: (Have you gotten some yet?? I mean, reallllllly...)


Put your good side of the fabric against the lining and hem. Do I have to remind you how easy this is??




If you are just doing simple drapes, just leave a little hole at the bottom, and turn the drape inside out. Then iron the hem like this, and use the tape to iron the hole shut:




If this is all your doing...you're DONE!!! Done, I tell you! EASY!!! But I like to add a little somethin' somethin' to mine so I kept going. First, I must show the transition of these drapes so you get the full effect. This is another Before and After that I kind of cringe at...I shouldn't, but I just don't like them now. These are the drapes I made when we moved in...



I shouldn't hate on myself like this, I mean, they were pretty. They were a gold and cream stripe. But I was trying to be thrifty so I cut the width of fabric in half, so they were too skimpy. And the color was completely lost against the wall.

So I moved onto to this -- got a deal on the fabric and LOVED. IT. Gorg!! But again, was being cheap thrifty, and did a half panel on each side. And they STILL melted right into the wall. Did I learn the first time? NO:



But you'll notice I did replace the itty bitty teeny tiny candle on that huge massive long table with more appropriately sized candles. I'm getting there, I swear.

So let's continue the Toot. I ended up using some of the flowery fabric in combination with the red fabric, but because I'm lazy, I just hemmed the old drapes onto the new and this left the lining hanging out (yes, I know you can barely see it. I was bothered by it, OK??):



So what's a lazy, thrifty girl to do? Trim!!



Isn't it perfect?? And it was less than $7!!

And this is what I ended up with:







I think I love them. I really think I do. Now, I'm going to work on a new method of hanging them and I have an idea I think will work great...I'll let you know if it works. I'm sure some cussing will be involved, but you'll be spared that. I also have some fun ideas in store for the cabinet...again, that looks fantastic in my mind...but we'll see how it turns out. :) The ceiling is going to get a new treatment too -- but I can just feel the crick in my neck just thinking about it, so that may be awhile. I am trying to get this little redo done before the holidays so it is spiffy for the lavish dinners we make for all our dinner parties. HA!!! Not.

Thanks SO MUCH for your sweet thoughts and prayers for our sweet Bub. He is doing SO much better!! The resilience of children simply amazes me. He had a great night's sleep and was playing like normal most of the day. Every once and a while he moves the wrong way and makes the cutest scrunched up owwie face. And sometimes he still gets upset, but he's doing fantastic. I can't thank you enough for your kind thoughts and words.

P.S. Annoying!! I loaded my pics first and they still won't enlarge! Argggh!
P.P.S. Don't look too close...the trim on the left panel is about half an inch lower than the one on the right. Seriously. Don't look. I only wish you could see the back of these!! Scary.

45 comments:

  1. Love your drapes. What a great redo!

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  2. Really pretty. I'd skip a "new way of hanging them"! I think they look fine like they are...but I must admit that I'm curious as to what you've come up with.

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  3. wow! what a contrast the burgandy is! it pops against the wall! love it!

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  4. The drapes are perfect! It's amazing how much richer it makes the room. They really give it a whole new vibe!

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  5. They look great. Creators always notice all the minor flaws, but really very few others do.

    I just can't bring myself to not sew everything when it comes to window treatments... Maybe someday!

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  6. These are fabulous! They look absolutely stunning! Gorgeous! I've been without wireless for 4 days! AHHH! I'm still trying to catch-up today!

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  7. Hey, GREAT job. And no sewing involved? That's amazing!!

    Blessings,

    Sher

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  8. Absolutely beautiful!!

    Will you move to NJ & be my new bff???!

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  9. I love the drapes so much better!!! On the pictures... Do you have a way, like photoshop or on your camera to change your image size to 300? I always go into photoshop and resize my pictures to 300 before I put them on my blog. When I was doing the football program for our school, the girl that was working with the images in the book told everyone to set their cameras at 300. I don't understand that, but I do understand the photoshop thing.
    Have an awesome day and hope your little man is doing better by the minute!
    xoxo
    Yvette

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  10. Wow! They look fantastic! You did a great job!!
    God Bless you!!

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  11. Great job!! I love the contrast!

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  12. I love when one reaches the "ahhhhhh" part of the project, when you can sigh and think it's so much better, and looks just right! Good job and gotta love the no sewing. The new color adds so much richness! I am eyeing mine thinking I need a re-do.....would love a rich color like that!
    Suzanne

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  13. Love the new ones...the colors are fab! And even better for no sewing!

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  14. I'm so glad your little guy is better! That is good news. Wow what a difference in those drapes, that last picture made a huge difference because of what you did, love the color, love the trim and love the final picture. It completely changes the look of the dining room, it's SNAZZY!
    blessings,
    Debbie

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  15. I *love* your new curtains!! Really awesome!

    I have used that stitch witchery for hemming pants, and it never holds. I'm sure it will work better for curtains since you won't be washing them as often.

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  16. Ooooh! Now, I LOVE the newest drapes...the trim is fabulous! I am so all about not having to sew (because I can't!)!

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  17. Like the drapes - love the ghost and bat flying around your place.

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  18. The look so pretty. And you should have never mentioned the uneven trim. I didn't notice until you mentioned it and I went back and looked.

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  19. Those drapes look great. I changed my dining room drapes four times, so your're not alone. It took forever for me to get it right.

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  20. I love what you did with those drapes! What a great idea. I am drapery challenged...sewing challenged...You name it..I can do it, but there is a lot of stress! You made it look so easy. I have to get some of that hemming tape! I am glad your little boy is feeling better!

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  21. GORG as in GORGEOUS! Want to come over and make drapes for my dining room?

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  22. Stunning drapes. The red is very dramatic, and I love seeing the transformation over the years.

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  23. They look amazing! I stumbled onto your blog last week and have since printed off several ideas and read the entire thing - every last post you've written. You are so talented and your home is beautiful! Thanks for sharing all of your ideas with us!

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  24. Those are so pretty!
    Great job!

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  25. Wow, the red makes such an impact! I love it.

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  26. The cranberry will be beautful for the holidays! Love that floral fabric, btw! You are a project completin' fool! You go girl!

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  27. Love the transformation from beginning to now! These are beautiful... only wish I could do that too.

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  28. They are beautiful! Great job!

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  29. p.s. Congrats on Blissfully Domestic! Yah girl! I can't wait to see your contributions!

    p.p.s How is your son doing?

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  30. They look marvelous! LOVE stitch witchery!

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  31. Your drapes are gorgeous! I'm going to have to try some of the stitch witchery!

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  32. Great changes. It looks very elegant now!

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  33. Where did you get that beautiful floral fabric? I have some red drapes I just got that aren't doing it for me. They are thermal so they are already lined, and very boring. I was just googling ideas on how to "embellish" them. This is perfect!

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  34. They are beautiful! You are going on my blogroll :D

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  35. I also love your Christmas widget.

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  36. Sorry this took so long -- I ordered the fabric from one of sources at work, but I've seen the exact same fabric at JoAnn's!!

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  37. Sarah, I love the drapes.
    Great job!!

    Barbara Jean

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  38. I love the pop of color and the little trim you added just makes them. Great work

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  39. Wow~amazing transformations! Thunderous applause coming from Phoenix. Well done.

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  40. Looks great! I invite you to drop by my place and see my before and after's.

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