I finally got outside and took pictures of the fall colors and scenes!
I bought and used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint today. If you haven’t heard of chalk paint, it’s paint that goes on easily and leaves a matte finish. It’s mostly used for furniture, but it can be used for just about anything, including walls and floors. Annie Sloan also makes clear and dark wax, which gives the piece additional character and a protective finish.
Today I painted a desk the chalk paint color florence. First, let me share the history of this desk. My parents bought it for my sister when we were teenagers. I think they got it at Walmart or Target. When we moved out of our parents’ house, she gave it to me because she no longer used it. Up until last year, I had it down in my basement and I was using it as a TV stand. Here’s a picture:
I thought it looked better than it did before, but it still didn’t have a lot of character and I wanted a bolder color. So, I decided to try again. Here’s what it looks like now after the chalk paint.
I created my blog exactly one year ago today! My, how time flies. I wanted to take the time to highlight my favorite posts from the past year.
Click on the pictures below to go to each post.
1. Architectural Photography (my first post) – October 2, 2012
2. A Stroll Around Town – October 13, 2012
3. Bathroom Before and After – October 14, 2012
4. Pumpkin Cheesecake – November 22, 2012
5. DIY Curtains – December 12, 2012
6. Bedroom Makeover – January 2, 2013
7. Orange Muffins – February 12, 2013
8. The Greenhouse – April 5, 2013
9. Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies – April 21, 2013
10. Happy Independence Day! – July 4, 2013
11. At the Zoo – August 10, 2013
12. My Sister’s Dog – September 28, 2013
Thank you to those who have followed and read my blog throughout the past year!
I made valances for my living room. Here’s how I did it!
Step 1. Figure out how wide you want the valance to be. I decided to make mine 50 inches wide, which is the same width as my window plus window frame. Once you figure out how wide you want your valance to be, add 4 inches (2 inches on each side) for seams. So my starting fabric was 54 inches wide.
Step 2. Figure out how long you want the valance to be. I think 16 inches is pretty standard. Because the fabric wraps all the way around the back of the valance, you’ll want to cut your fabric twice the length of the final product. So, I cut my fabric 32 inches (actually, I cut it 33 inches to give myself a cushion for error) by 54 inches wide.
Step 3. Fold and iron to create clean hems. fold down 3 inches on top, 2 inches on each side, and 1 inch on the bottom.
Step 4. Bring up the bottom of the fabric so that the top and bottom hem folds overlap by 1/4 of an inch or so.
Step 6 (optional). When finished sewing, I went back and ironed the bottom of my valance where fabric folds and wraps to the back. I didn’t want to do this prior to sewing because I feared it would cause my pins to get moved around too much.
Step 7. Hang and enjoy!
We finally installed blinds in the living room! Weeeeee!
To add texture, I decided to hang some valances. After a lot of thinking, I decided to make smooth valances instead of ruffled ones. I got my inspiration from this Etsy Shop. Here are before and after shots.
Feel free to ignore the sooty fireplace and the basket of cat toys.
Anyhow, I used Dwell Studio’s Bella Porte in Charcoal. It’s my favorite fabric. If you like it, too, you can order it at fabric.com. In a little bit, I’m going to post directions for making a valance like the ones pictured above.