Jul 11, 2011
Jamie

Pretty Panels & Paint

Hey y’all. Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine was busy, busy, busy but very productive. Last weekend I was complaining that I had too many projects in prep phase, but this weekend I was able to finish two! The Adirondack chairs and shutter are still in progress and thanks to my multiple Black Widow encounters this weekend, they might just stay that way. I thought these spiders were timid and shy, not the type that crawl around in your garage. WTF? Just reason #963 why I am ready to get out of the Bumpass. While we’re on the topic (sorry that’s almost every post) JD and I bought a book of house plans from Lowes this weekend. We’re years away from building our dream house but just the thought of living closer to Richmond in a house that we get to completely design makes me giddy! :)

So this weekend I attended my very first estate auction. I’ve only seen auctions on TV, where nice furniture and china is displayed on stage and a very fast talking old dude sells the items in 2 seconds. Boy, was this different and totally full of junk. We walked around this farm for about 2 hours and I only found 2 things: Large cabinets (lost the bid) and a Henredon coffee table (which I scored for $10!). As soon as I got home, I pulled out the iPad and started researching Henredon antique furniture. Although I couldn’t find the exact table for sale online, I did find comparables and hesitated for a minute on whether I should refinish and sell it or paint it and love it. Obviously, I chose the latter. I love how it adds a formal touch to my casual living room and how dainty it is. The scalloped apron is my favorite part.

As I do with all of my wood furniture revamps, I sanded and primed before painting. Priming makes such a difference that I barely ever skip it now. Although it’s super easy, I’m actually getting a little tired of a spray painting and Saturday I just wasn’t feeling the fumes and frequent can changing. So I decided to roll this piece with the same ivory paint that I recently bought from True Value for the Adirondacks. It’s an exterior paint but applied very easily and looks amazing (if I may say so myself!)

I rolled almost the entire piece and really like how smooth and even the top is. Not one brush stroke!

My second project was making new panels for the breakfast nook. I saw this fabric in Hancock a few weeks ago and literally had a dream about it. I couldn’t decide exactly where I wanted it but I knew I just had to make drapes out of it. The fabric was originally $15 a yard but I scored it on sale for $8!

The brown/light blue/white color scheme matches our Den fabulously, so I’m planning to make 4 more sets to replace the current ones. However, since 2 ladies stopped me in Hancock and asked if they could also get some of the fabric, I doubt there is much left. Luckily, I found 4 online retailers selling it for $7 a yard. Since each window requires about 5 yards, I’ll need a total of 20 yards. Burn…

Since these were the first panels I’ve ever made, I was a little nervous getting started. However, I honestly can’t believe how flippin’ easy this was. Granted, it’s a little time consuming (~45 minutes per panel) but so worth it to get custom drapery!

Here’s how I did it:

Step 1: Wash, dry and iron your fabric. If it’s cotton, it will definitely shrink, so it’s better to do this before cutting and sewing the fabric. Also makes it smell lovely!

Step 2: Measure, measure and measure again. After measuring my window, I decided that I wanted my panels to be 85” tall. I didn’t worry about the width as the panels are much more for decoration than full coverage but if you’re buying drapery fabric on the long bolts, you’re fine. I also didn’t line the panels as I still want as much light as possible in this room.

Step 3: Use an iron to make the seams. I started with the side seams by folding the printer marks and then folding another 1″ to completely cover them. Although I also used pins (to ensure my seam held) the iron was the easiest way to make the seam hold until you’re ready to sew. After the side seams, I then did the top and finished with the bottom.

Step 4: Using a sewing machine, sew as close to the inside edge as possible. I’m sure you could iron all of the seams and then sew, but I ironed and sewed one side at a time.


Close up of the fabric and my baby! He likes to be a part of everything (especially after it’s perfectly ironed). How can you get mad at something that sweet?

Step 5: After the first panel was completely finished and the second panel’s side seams and top seam were sewed, I laid the two pieces on top of each other. As you can see the second panel was much longer, so I simply folded the fabric to the correct length and finished the bottom seam. Probably could of cut it to make it perfectly match the other bottom seam, but I’m not about making everything “perfect” in this nest.

Step 6: Hang the panels. I chose clip rings and am really happy with how they look! I couldn’t find a rod long enough (can I use my “she said” joke again? Or is it getting old?) so I used an old one that I found living behind my coach. It needs some silver spray paint but I honestly need a week away from the stuff.

While running into Walmart to grab clip rings this weekend, I noticed this lamp base on one of the end caps in the college dorm section. The thought process: “Ohhh that’s cute!” …“I usually don’t like Walmart’s décor”… “$4 bucks… I LOVE IT!” I’ll buy furniture from the back of someone’s truck, so I’m in no place to turn my nose up at Walmart. Keep it coming!

I also recently got these brown and teal dish towels from Target for $8 and I love how they coordinate with the lamp shade from Lowes. Just realized that I’m totally loving me some big box stores. Have you had any great finds from yard sales, auctions or big box stores? Please share!

6 Comments

  • You and your sister are so different in many ways but so very alike in others. You give all your “projects” a bath to get them clean while K is scrubbing away germs. All in all it’s the same becauses”Mama says! You are the coolest of the cool DIYers with the sweetest little dog. Keep up the good work. I LOVE your blog and you are soooo funny. I was going to tell you too many Bo pictures on the wall. Baby boomers all prefer the Singer! LOVE YOU

  • You and your sister are so different in many ways but so very alike in others. You give all your “projects” a bath to get them clean while K is scrubbing away germs. All in all it’s the same becauses”Mama says! You are the coolest of the cool DIYers with the sweetest little dog. Keep up the good work. I LOVE your blog and you are soooo funny. I was going to tell you too many Bo pictures on the wall. Baby boomers all prefer the Singer! LOVE YOU

  • My best deal occured while shopping with my mom and sister. We were in a store and leaving the cash register, the clerk handed us two bags. One bag with the stuff we bought and another with totally random clothes that just happened to be our size. At the time we had no idea but quickly discovered the two bags for one deal. My sister and I split the finds and considered it a really good shopping day. And yes, at the time, I did question if this could be considered a bad decision, not returning them to the store. Once we tried on the clothes and discovered that they fit we considered it fate.

    P.S> Is you iron from the 1920′s- just saying :) Oh and never tell your niece the story above

  • My best deal occured while shopping with my mom and sister. We were in a store and leaving the cash register, the clerk handed us two bags. One bag with the stuff we bought and another with totally random clothes that just happened to be our size. At the time we had no idea but quickly discovered the two bags for one deal. My sister and I split the finds and considered it a really good shopping day. And yes, at the time, I did question if this could be considered a bad decision, not returning them to the store. Once we tried on the clothes and discovered that they fit we considered it fate.

    P.S> Is you iron from the 1920′s- just saying :) Oh and never tell your niece the story above

  • I almost forgot about that Kristen… good times!! And the Iron was Grandma Caudle’s and it’s still chuggin’ along :)

  • I almost forgot about that Kristen… good times!! And the Iron was Grandma Caudle’s and it’s still chuggin’ along :)

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