DIY: French Door Curtain

Where to begin – while I absolutely love this door in my dining room and the light that it lets in, I have to admit when I’m trying to watch TV it shines through the glass with the force of a thousand angry suns and illuminates the whole room. Not wanting to have to don my finest sunglasses while lounging on the sofa to keep from being blinded I set out with the idea that I could make a curtain for free with items I already had around my house. After 4 hours of hard work and a few music breaks here and there, my curtain was finally complete and the sun was no longer my mortal enemy.

I first began by taking measurements of the window opening. Then I set on a quest to find the perfect neutral fabric from my scrap pile.

Once I found the fabric I wanted to use (Canvas drop cloth to the rescue!) I spread it out on my dining room floor and began marking where I needed to cut it. I ended up going with 76 inches long by 24 inches wide to account for my seam allowance.

Ok ya’ll when I say I used my favorite scissors in the entire world to cut the fabric I am not exaggerating. I found these at Aldi and they were under $10.00. I’m confident that if anyone were to ever break into my house I’d grab them to use for self defense they are that sharp and a huge plus is they glide through fabric like butter. I then grabbed my iron and went to town annihilating each and every visible wrinkle. This step probably took a solid 10 minutes to complete (or at least it felt like it). Being too lazy to measure an inch all the way around the sides of my fabric I came to the realization that I had a paint stirrer stick in my garage that fit those exact dimensions so I used it as a guide to mark where I’d need to fold my seams.

I’m currently in a feud with my sewing machine’s bobbin so I decided to go with something that wouldn’t make me want to rip my hair out and scream profanities every 5 minutes while trying to troubleshooting the issue. That’s where my beloved iron on hem adhesive comes in to play. This stuff is magic and I’m glad that I remembered there was some leftover in my crafting closet. I pinned the adhesive between the fabric creating a sharp seam and then began to iron for what felt like longer than 10 minutes this time.

Now was time for the fun part – looking for scrap wood that I could use to hang the curtain and make some sort of dowel with to give it some weight at the bottom. I settled on a piece of scrap lattice wood strip and cut it to size. I then placed one piece at the bottom of my curtain and once again pinned down my trusty iron on hem adhesive.

I folded the bottom of my fabric over the cut lattice wood strip like a burrito and ironed the hem adhesive secure. I then grabbed the other piece of wood I cut and stained the outer sides of it (in the haste of fighting my cat that was chewing on the iron cord I did not get a picture of this step)

Next I placed the stained lattice board towards the backside of the top of the curtain, applied a generous amount of E6000 on it and rolled the fabric over like a burrito again (can you tell I’m hungry as I type this?). Something about this curtain was looking too plain to me so I searched through my craft closet for anything I could use that would give it a little pizzazz. That’s when I spotted it – a bronzed square brad that would be the perfect addition to the ends of the wood that were sticking out from the curtain. I adhered one on each side with E6000 and then began the next step of my curtain project.

Now I was nearing the finish line and all I had left to do was create some straps to hold my curtain in place during the times I actually wanted the light to shine through the window. I cut two 30 inch long strips that were each 2 inches wide, sandwiched some hem adhesive between them, pinned them down and then once again ironed them closed.

After all of the ironing was finished I added some Velcro to each end of the straps. It was at this point of the DIY where I started getting squirrely and thought it would be a good idea to also use Velcro to adhere the curtain to my door – it was not. It looked good for about 15 minutes then came crashing down onto the floor with one of the loudest bangs I’ve heard in my entire life.

To make sure that my curtain wasn’t going anywhere I screwed it into the door. That in itself was a difficult task that took some Macgyvering. Have you tried drilling through a metal door while balancing on a kitchen chair for dear life? Some heart palpitations were had and many Hail Mary’s were thrown in the process.

If anyone needs me I’ll be binge watching Prodigal Son (Are you as heartbroken as I am that it was cancelled?) in the dark while occasionally glancing back at my finished curtain with the biggest smile on my face

Thrift Flip: Basic Metal Wreath to Boho Mirror Transformation

Ladies and Gentlemen, if I do say so myself – this right here had to of been one of the easiest DIY projects I’ve done in a long, long time. So easy in fact that I did the majority of it while laying in bed. (Yes, you read that right! My DIY obsessed self was fighting a stomach bug and yet that couldn’t even stop me from working on a project. That just goes to show how obsessed I am with keeping busy and letting my creative side run wild)

If you’d like to make something similar, here is a list of the supplies you will need:

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First I began by cutting the raffia paper ribbon into different lengths. I’m not all about perfection and didn’t want it to look too uniform once it was added. I then grabbed groups of three strands at a time and began looping them through the wreath base.

Many hours and re-runs of Psych later it was time to add the mirror. To begin I took out my trusty E6000 and applied a generous amount to the back of the wreath then lowered the mirror onto it as gently as I could.

It was at this time when I realized that I’d need something heavy to weigh it down with so I grabbed the closest thing to me which just so happened to be a box filled with my spoiled cats many toys. The whole time it was drying she’d walk by while giving me the side-eye and silently looking like she wanted to kill me for disturbing her prized possessions.

Once the E6000 was fully dried I used a heavy duty picture hanger to hang the mirror on the wall and “fluffed” the raffia over it to disguise the unsightly gold color that was poking out.

Logging off until next time,

Bookshelf to Shoe Storage Transformation

At this point in time I’m pretty confident that each and every one of us has owned this bookshelf from Walmart at some point in our lives. Mine has moved with me from house to house and even somehow managed to make the cut when I moved cross country from good ol’ sunny Florida to Texas. For years its been sitting in my garage collecting dust and becoming a homey high rise to all the spiders that have decided to make it their own. When I was working on my last project I noticed it out of the corner of my eye and after many years of neglect I had the perfect idea to transform it into the shoe cabinet of my dreams.

To help you get started, here is a list of the supplies you will need:

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Before even beginning the project I sat down and put together a realistic budget with the notion that in no way did I want to spend an arm and a leg to make over a $20 run down bookshelf. In the end it needed a lot of work and prices started adding up but I’m pleased so say this project came in at well under $100.

If I’ve learned even one thing from my last furniture transformation it’s that herringbone anything will kick your ass and make you the most frustrated you’ve been in your entire life. Did this stop me from attempting to do it again? Nope! Apparently I’m a glutton for punishment so I decided to do it again on this one. In my head I thought if I were to tackle what I thought would be the most unpleasant part of the transformation then this project would be easy sailing from here on out… boy was I wrong. I began to quickly saw my paint stir sticks and glue on my 6 inch pieces on top of the bookshelf for what felt like an eternity until I was completely finished. As you can tell from the above photo the paint stir sticks I used had a lot of gaps between them so I had to once again use lots of wood filler to remedy this situation. You know what that means? More sanding is in my future. Yay!

I used so much wood filler at this point I’m kicking myself in the ass for not buying stock in it.

Now was the time for my favorite part – Sanding! I started out with my trusty sanding block then moved my project outside to bask in the gorgeous weather we were having that day while switching to a more powerful sander.

I then grabbed my edge banding and trusty iron then spent the next 10-15 minutes applying it to the top of the bookshelf. This is where the project really started to take place and began to look somewhat presentable.

Once that was completed I used my wood finishing cloths to add some color to the top and disguise some of the wood filler that was still visible no mater how much sanding I did.

I’m going to be real with you here. This is what I should have done when I first started this project. In order to add the legs to this piece I had to flip it upside down on it’s freshly finished top and I was stressing the whole time thinking it was somehow going to get ruined – it didn’t, thankfully.

When it came time to cut the doors I went in thinking I had it all figured out and it would go smoothly. The wood I chose was on the cheaper side and splintered a lot after each cut. It also had holes that needed to be filled with wood filler to disguise them. (No hardwood floors were harmed in the making of this project. I chose to take the pictures using them as a backdrop since my garage is a total disaster and would scare people off at the mere sight of it) I also added the L shaped brackets to the corner of each door to secure it. In the haste to get the project done I did not photograph it.

After I completed my doors I took them outside and gave them a generous spray of black plaint. Once completed and dried, I brought them back inside and covered them with the black wood grain contact paper. Why did I do this if I just spray painted them? The truth is, the doors were hideous and the wood grain popping through made them look like they were fished out of the bottom bin of the clearance section at Dollar General. This actually worked in my favor because it was similar to the wood grain texture on the rest of the bookshelf. All I had to do was apply a piece over each door, use a carpenter knife to cut it down the middle and then gently wrap it like a present around to the other side.

I then added the door magnets to the top underside of the bookshelf and began stapling my embroidery fabric to the inside of each door. As you’re doing this remember to pull the fabric taut so there is no visible rippling from the other side of it. You may also want to iron out any visible wrinkles because once you’ve stapled it to the door it’s going to be the first thing you notice when the doors are closed.

After I added my doors I noticed something was off and my bookshelf was looking wobbly and like it’s seen better days. I spent a good 30 minutes inspecting every square inch of it until I discovered that somehow the particle board next to the camlock underneath it had chipped it off. I ended up covering it with a generous amount of wood glue and putting a small piece of wood over it to give it some strength.

On to the final part of the project – adding the drawer pulls. I began by measuring the door, dividing the number in half then subtracting the size of the pulls to get the exact distance I needed to drill. I felt like I was back in high school trying to figure out a math equation with as many times as I went back and forth double-checking my calculations to make sure everything lined up evenly. When everything was finished I pushed it back into my entryway, put my shoes in it and began staging the top of the piece.

Signing off until the next time,

Plain to Fluted Dresser Transformation

Let me start off by saying this transformation was a labor of love and was a total emotional roller coaster from start-to-finish. There were moments when halfway through I looked at myself all covered in wood filler and silently cursed myself out for some of the decisions I made. After all is said and done, I ended up feeling extremely accomplished and proud of all the hard work, labor and tears that went into transforming this bland dresser into its new gorgeous form.

To help you get started, here is a list of the supplies you will need:

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Dresser Measurements

If you have to know one thing about me it’s that I am a planner. I’ll sit and write out a detailed list of every step I need to complete and all of the materials needed before I start any project. Somewhere along the way all of that went out the window and I was flying by the seat of my comfy sweatpants and making things up as I went. My rational and well thought out self must have taken a long awaited vacation because I don’t know who this girl was that did this project or how it turned out looking as nice as it did.

First I started out by measuring the length and width of each drawer and marked my cut lines accordingly.

When it was time to cut everything I rolled the pole wrap as tight as it would go and went to town with my mitre saw and repeated until everything was finished. This step is no joke and you will get an arm workout. Days later you will experience a pain like no other. This pain will last for a few days and you will silently curse yourself out every time you have to put a shirt on or pull your hair up in your signature messy bun.

After all of your cuts are completed now is the time to grab your trusty tube of liquid nails and start adhering the cut pole wrap to your drawer fronts and the sides of the dresser. If a piece is too long you can use a carpenter knife to cut along the edges and no one will be able to tell.

Finished Gluing

Now is the time to sit back and admire all of your hard work but not too long because you’re not nearly as close to the finish line as you’d like to be. Grab your trusty tape measure and drill then start carefully measuring and adding the drawer pulls. Double and even triple check that these are even and line up on each drawer.

This is the part of the makeover where I admit I got a little too cocky. I had plans of using scrap wood for the top of this makeover but one night in a sleep deprived state of mind I got the idea to try and attempt to make a herringbone top using paint stir sticks. Yes, you read that right – Paint Stir Sticks. I do not know what I was thinking but over to Amazon I went to place my order and wait 2 days in anticipation for their arrival. When they arrived they were horrid looking, bowed and were not straight in the slightest. Did this stop me? Heck no! Instead I mustered on and began sawing them into 6 inch pieces and started wood gluing them to the top of the dresser while weighing them down with anything around the house I could find in hopes they wouldn’t pop up. After everything dried and settled I covered the gaps with a generous amount of Wood Filler. Some might even say I used too much but I like to live life on the edge so I kept applying it while living in denial at the fact that I’d have to sand everything when I was done.

Now comes the part I dreaded with every fiber of my being – Sanding. Dust flung everywhere as did a few profanities but I chugged along because at this point I was far too determined to get this project done so I could dream up more makeovers and furniture flips to drive myself crazy. Once I was able to gently slide my hand across the top without feeling any grittiness or ending up with a palm of splinters I began to add the edge-banding to the side. This part was the least stressful of the whole makeover and took a total of 10 minutes.

The absolute final step is to stain the top. At first I admit I did not like that the color of the wood filler was still visible but in the end it ended up matching the frame of the artwork I hung above it so I’ll just go along with the notion that it was intentional. I will say that once this project was officially finished I probably annoyed all of my friends with the amount of photos I sent them while patting myself on the back.

Onward and wayward to the next transformation,