We live in a bi-level. Have I ever told you that? Well, we do and I really hate the ledge that goes around the entire outside of our living room. It’s impossible to put up nice fancy drapes without them sticking out from the wall. I could do blinds, but that is booooringggg.
So, I was cruising around my favorite place to burn up valuable time, Pinterest, and I found a tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic on how they made simple roman shades out of drop cloth. The instructions seemed easy enough and they didn’t do it the “no sew” way either. As a DIYer I am learning that when you try and cut corners, you will pay for it 6 months down the line.
I bought some beautiful linen from JoAnn’s at 50% off and a white flat bed sheet for my lining. Since we are in the basement, I don’t mind some light shining through in the morning. It is incredibly dark down here, and it’s our family room so I want it to be bright. If I was going to do this for my bedroom I would buy blackout fabric. This is my favorite trick and a great way to save money on fabric. You can’t beat that much white fabric at $4. I used this same method in the pop up.
After I had the first roman shade up, I realized that they were kind of plain and needed some adornments! I found this trim at Hobby Lobby and I used my 40% off mobile coupon. I only needed two yards for no more than I was going to do.
I haven’t shown you the finished shelves! I organized the books by color rather than size or type. I love it!
I can now cross off a few items off my list. I finished painting the shelves and we hung a new light fixture to shine some light on those beautiful books!
I also finished my great big rug and I have a cost effective solution for that too. Who wants to spend thousands on a big rug, when they can just spend a few hundred? Stay tuned.
- Caulk all the seams of the trim
Paint the shelves Install Airstone(It is amazing!)
- Install crown molding
- Touch-up wall paint
- Finish painting desk
Hang new light fixture Make roman shades