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Make Your Own – Canvas Curtains

January 12, 2018

When we first moved into this house, the previous owners had left us the curtains. Which were great! They were a sheer white with green and really pretty! But I wanted a little different, more rustic look when we renovated the living room. On Pinterest, I saw how GORGEOUS (and cheap) drop cloth curtains could be. So I decided to give it a shot! And so should you.

These curtains are easy peasy – believe me!

When I was reading about how to do this (check out this amazing post), they all said to bleach the drop cloth first. Since I didn’t want my house smelling like bleach, I skipped that part. And aside from maybe not being “white white” and more of an “off white”, I think they turned out fine!

How to get started:

First, head to Amazon and find yourself a painter’s drop cloth and rings. I used this brand for the cloth, but you do you! The size of the one I used here was a 9′ x 12′. Which seems a little excessive, but the cloth will shrink a little by the time you’re done with it. Also, if you have any extra length you can create a pretty fold on the top to add a little more charm (more on that in a minute).

What style of rings you get totally depends on your preference as well, but these popped up as a “frequently bought with” item when I was ordering my cloth and I loved them. I would highly suggest the little clips though, that way there is no sewing involved!

 

The drop cloth will come and you will be a little worried right away – I was! It’s very stiff and doesn’t really look too promising at first! Keep pushing on.

Before I did anything, I cut the drop cloth in half. To do this, I found the half way point and made a small cut through the seam. From there, I just ripped it the rest of the way. Drop cloth rips down a straight line, which is super convenient. And I knew I wanted the jagged, frayed edge also, so this was perfect. (Note: The edges will fray in the washer/dryer so if you want a straighter edge, I would recommend making that after washing!)

As you probably guessed, throw it in the washer next. I washed mine twice, then dried. (If I were to throw bleach in, I probably would have done this as the washer was filling.)

A lot of fuzz (right word?) comes off of the cloth in the dryer – be prepared. But this is how you’ll end up with that nice, softened cloth at the end!

 

How gorgeous is that?! It’s the perfect mix of new, yet worn. (Swoooooooon.)

Once I washed and dried both pieces, I laid them out flat on the floor. I measured how long I wanted them to be, then folded the excess over at the top. I also made sure to put my ripped edge toward the middle of the window – up to you how you want to do that! 

I just love that look. 

From there, I just estimated where the middle was. Since I had seven ring clips to use on either side of the curtain, I clipped one in the middle and equally spaced my way out from there. To be honest, you really can’t tell if this measurement is perfect or not when the curtain is up! 

Slide the rings on the curtain rod and you are done my friend! 

 

 

 

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Faux Brick Backsplash

January 7, 2018

Well, hopefully you guys have had time to check out the mosaic tile backsplash we did for my mom’s kitchen.  Now it’s my kitchen’s turn for a little love!

As much as I adore the tile look, I wanted to try something different.  The one texture I really wanted to incorporate in my house was brick.  So a little white brick backsplash in my white kitchen sounded like the perfect solution, right?  And it was dirt cheap.  Win!

Now, the mosaic tile was easy, but this, my friends, is SUPER easy.  Almost too much so actually!

If you have a wall you want to cover up, an accent wall you want to create, or are looking for a cheaper solution to a backsplash, I would definitely give this project a try!

What you need:

Nail gun

Brick hardboard wall panels

Joint Compound

Joint Knife

White paint/water

 

To start things off, we should go wayyy back to the good old days of pink and orange open cupboards, and a countertop that was about 6 inches short of normal.

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Seeing change is so fun!

But, since this is not a post about the whole kitchen renovation, I’ll actually get to the backsplash now.

So we kind of did this project a little backwards.  When we got around to nailing the brick panels on, the trim was already done.  Which totally worked fine!  But maybe you want to save the trim for last like normal people, because we did have to be pretty exact with the measurements to fit.  We ended up trimming down I don’t know how many pieces!

The brick panels come in 4 ft wide sections.  Make sure when you are putting the panels up, you are paying attention to the bricks in the top corners (we cut from the top down first, so the top had the full pattern).  This is the most important thing for matching up panels without noticeable seams.  If your top right corner has a full brick, make sure the next panel has a full brick in the top left.  If the top right has a half brick, make sure the next panel, has a half brick in the top left.  Make sense?

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We learned the hard way that one end of a full 8 ft panel starts with a half brick and the other end starts with a full brick, so just be paying attention when you match up the seams!  We would cut 9.5 inches down from a full brick for a piece.  Then for the next piece, we would have to trim the panel down to the next full brick, and measure 9.5 inches down from there.  We actually didn’t have too much wasted panelling either!

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As you go, secure your panel sections with a nail gun – and a lot of nails!

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If you like that dark brick look, then you’re done!

But there is just a couple extra steps if you want the white washed look.

 

First, using joint compound or spackle, wipe the joint knife down across the seams.

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Apply enough joint compound to fill the seams, then scrape left to right, removing most of the joint compound from the bricks themselves.  Finally, run your fingers through the seams to remove a little excess.  I did this when the joint compound was starting to dry and I liked the look better!  Plus then it wasn’t so messy!

I believe the whole process is called German Smear, so if my videos are confusing, you can go check out the technique on your own – YouTube has a lot of great videos!

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With a damp rag, I then wiped some joint compound off a few bricks here and there.  Just to add a bit of randomness!

If you want to seal the joint compound, you could mix a white wash (half white paint/half water) to lightly brush over the bricks! I haven’t done this yet, but if you want to be able to wash down the backsplash, this might be a good idea!

And here is the finished product! I’m so in love with it.

 

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The Kitchen – Before!

January 6, 2018

Here is the kitchen before – in all it’s orange, pink, and turquoise glory!

This was BY FAR the most difficult room of the house reno, but the result is my favorite (which we will share soon!). When we share the after pics, we’ll also share some of our tips and tricks – stay tuned!

 

 

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