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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Window "mistreatments"!! FINALLY!!!!!

Well everyone, I know it's been a long time coming but here are the pics from my window mistreatments I made for my dining room. 

This is what my dining room windows looked like before I "mistreated" them.  They are just plain sage colored sheers from Wally World that I've had in there since we moved into this house 6 1/2 years ago.  I
was soooo sick of them!!!

Sooooo I did this to them!!!

I went to Hobby Lobby with an idea in mind of what I wanted.  I had looked around online and at Wally World too of course, and couldn't find anything I close to what I wanted.  So I went to my favorite store and bought the material myself.  Now, mind you, I "own" a sewing machine and it is even OUT of the box it came in, yet in the year I have owned it, I have NEVER used it.  I have no idea how!  So armed with my hot glue gun I cut the striped fabric the correct length and then hot glued them to the flowered fabric.  Yes I said I HOT GLUED them together.  It's totally fine for the fabric and no one has a clue unless I open my big mouth and tell them.  I "hemmed" all the edges with Stitch Witchery and then used fabric glue to glue down the ribbon that covers the area where I hot glued the two fabrics together.  You don't HAVE to do that I just like how finished it looks.  Also, I didn't hem the top of the panels at all.  Too lazy.  I simply rolled them down until the curtains were the length I wanted them and then clipped them to the rings on my curtain rods.  To do the two windows in my dining room and buying the new curtain rods and clips I spent maybe $50 and I got EXACTLY what I wanted.  The rods and clips I got at Big Lots (local discount store). 

I wanted to keep my shears up but once the new panels were in place they were way too long.  Hot glue and shears don't mix well so this was my cheap thrifty solution:

I played around with them and finally decided to just use some safety pins and pin them up in a kinda ruffle.  Here's a close up of what I did:

After I pinned all four of the shears I was done except for a few other finishing touches:

This is corner cabinet that belonged to C's great grandmother.  I "shopped the house" for the lamp and have since added an "S" monogram in black to the shade.  LOVE IT!!!  The "Amazing Grace-My Chains are Gone" cross was on sale for 50% off at Hobby Lobby and the red plate was on 66% off clearance there too.  Told you I was cheap thrifty. That beautiful Fenton pitcher and bowl were my grandmothers.  They are my favorite thing in the cabinet.  The plaque on the left of the pitcher and bowl is actually our wedding invitation a cousin had printed on there for us as a gift. 

The plate on the same side as the window was another Hobby Lobby find in the 66% off clearance aisle.  It was a coppery color.  My new BFF is Heirloom White spray paint so it got a coat and then I distressed it with some antiquing medium.  The three platters grouped together are from.....wait for it.........THE DOLLAR TREE!!!!!!!! Yep! They were silver when I bought them but thanks to my BFF they are now a pretty shade of white.  They too, got a coat of antiquing medium.  Since I took this pic, I also added some rub on stickers from, yep, you guessed it....The Dollar Tree! :o)

Close up of the Hobby Lobby platter.

The Dollar Tree platters. All of these I just hung up with those peel and stick cloth hangers.  Also from, The Dollar Tree! :o) My hubby would be so proud! He's the king of CHEAP, uh, thriftiness....

Another 66% off clearance find at Hobby Lobby.  It too, was the same coppery color as the platter from there.  Heirloom White and antiquing medium make all the difference!

The cross plaque is another Hobby Lobby find that was 50% off.  C actually found it for me! The framed fork and spoon I made from Dollar Tree frames spray painted with Heirloom white.  I then covered the backing of the frame with scrapbook paper and hot glued the fork and spoon directly to the paper.  Then hot glued the ribbon to the utensils.  They are from a set that were my grandmothers. I wanted to find some way to display them.  I found a pic of something similar on a friends blog.  Check her blog out here: Kelly At Home  Kelly, I hope you don't mind me linking to you! Love you, girl!

Thanks for looking and I hope you'll come back soon! Leave some comments and let me know what you think! Or if you have any questions about anything feel free to ask!

Also, I'm linking up with Kara for Look What I Made!!!

Creations by Kara


  1. Beautiful projects! Love, love, love your new window treatment!

  2. Those window treatment are awesome! I sew some, but I am scared of window treatments! Maybe I should try hotglue the first time! I also love all the stuff you painted white.

  3. Your curtains are lovely and so is the room. I love the plate you found at Hobby Lobby. Did you get the peel and stick clothe hangers at the Dollar Tree? I have been looking for those and can't find them anywhere except online and they are at least $3 each!

  4. Thanks ladies! I appreciate the love so much! I now LOVE my dining room too!!!
    You should definitely give it a try Kelli! It was soooo easy and no one knows it's hot glue at all!!!
    bsl-They do have those peel and stick hangers at the Dollar Tree and they also have them at Wal-mart as well. I added a little super glue on the heavier plate from Hobby Lobby as well. The ones from the Dollar Tree are so light it's not a problem.

  5. Great job! I love the contrast on the curtains with the ribbon. Very nice!