Simple Fabric Shades

Simple Fabric Shades

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Today I wanted to share with you an easy & CHEAP way to spice up any window for  about $8-$10. My husband and I just moved into an itty bitty home which didn’t have any window coverings. Of course we are on a budget so for the first few months we used bed sheets on all our windows to provide for privacy… can I get and AMEN, if you’ve been there! So, we needed a quick and inexpensive fix for our sheet issue. I found that you could buy VINYL ROLLER SHADES  at Home depot for about $9, that meant I was able to put window coverings throughout my house for under $100 and that suited me just fine. You can select either LIGHT FILTERING or BLACKOUT shades. Home Depot will cut them to any size window for you.

To add a bit of style so that the shades weren’t such an eyesore, we glued fabric to one side.


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spray adhesive strength 77

starch/ iron



painter’s plastic

fabric shades steps


Choose a light weight fabric and cut it to size so that it overlaps the edges of the roller shade about 1 inch and that when the shade is drawn the fabric is long enough to reach the top of your window. Starch and iron the fabric so that it is wrinkle-free. Lay the fabric face up over the roller shade and align the fabric and shade. Start at the bottom of the shade and ROLL UP the fabric about 5 inches, spray the adhesive evenly, lay back down the fabric and press down on the fabric, smoothing out the surfaces. Now that the bottom of the shade is secure with a portion of the fabric, you can ROLL DOWN the top portion of the fabric and start gluing the rest of the piece to the shade. Spray the adhesive on in sections, smoothing out the fabric as you go.

Flip the entire shade over, glue and fold the edge to the back of the shade.

WARNING: Do not use anything stronger than the strength 77 adhesive, stronger glue will melt the vinyl.

Simple Fabric Shades tutorial


Some of my larger windows had a hard time retracting because the fabric weighed the roller shade down too much. An alternative to gluing the fabric onto the entire length of the roller shade is to just cut the bottom of the roller shade so that THE WEIGHT/ “bottom rod” / long plastic insert is detached. Then glue or stitch the top of your fabric piece to the very bottom of the vinyl. Create a pocket for the “bottom rod” to slip into at the bottom of the your fabric piece. With this method there will only be a piece of fabric blocking out the sun and those peeping eyes, so choose a dark fabric.

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Thanks for letting me share my project with you today, hope this project helps with your home budget. How have you saved a penny or two on your home projects? I love to hear about our reader’s DIYs, leave a comment or email me at


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How-to Pallet Shleves

How-to Pallet Shleves

pallet shelves

 I’m so excited to share some pallet love with you today! Pallets have become a huge fad, one which is easy to jump on board with. They are inexpensive, easy to come by and serve multiple purposes in the home decor / DIY department. Look for pallets on craigslist / KSL, local businesses or even on the side of the road on dumpster day. Trust me, you can always find an industrious way to use pallet wood. Especially pallets that are older and worn from sitting outside season after season. I always keep my eye out for wood boards or scraps with CHARACTER when I’m driving around town or going for a jog in older neighborhoods.


  The hardest part of working with pallet wood is pulling the pieces apart, because pallets serve the purpose of transporting cargo from city to city, they are made really sturdy. Removing the nails without busting up the wood takes patience and muscle.

For the most part, the shelf is already assemble. Once the pallet is cut height-wise, a base can be added to the shelf and voila! I also cut my shelves width-wise to make them fit to my wall. To do this, remove one of the braces running from top to bottom.

Use a circular saw to cut the boards to the desired height as shown in the picture above. Remove any front boards that will obscure your ability to do this.  Use one of these extra boards, cut to size, to nail into the bottom of your shelf. Sand any rough edges to keep away the slivers. Stain / paint the entire shelf if so desired.
To add some flair stencil in some lettering, numbers or maybe even an address using acrylic paint or spray paint.
 I purchased my stencils at Walmart for $3. They come in a variety of sizes and are good to have on hand for projects here and there. Place your stencil over the shelf and use a paintbrush, or q-tip to lightly etch in the stencil. Press the stencil down firmly and make sure you don’t have too much paint on your brush, otherwise it will seep through the cardboard stencil and the edges will not be crisp.
* Tip: Paint every other letter/number. Then go back in-between each digit, to do the rest. That way you don’t have to wait for each one to dry before painting another.
Rough up the letters a bit using sand paper if you want to create a more worn look.
Optional: spray the entire shelf with a clear coat, any generic brand will do.
What are your thoughts on pallet shelves… love them or hate them?
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I am so excited to share this paint project with you today. If you haven’t heard of chalk paint or have yet to try it… it is a must for any DIY-er. It is a water based paint that is known for its easy application. No sanding/ priming/ prep work needed, just open your can and paint away. For a good breakdown on the pros and cons of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint (ASCP) visit THIS link or if you like to save a buck here and there like I do than try the HOMEMADE VERSION of CHALK PAINT (HMCP) found HERE.

Buying vs Making Chalk Paint:

1. PRICE, 1 pint of ASCP can run you $40+ vs 1 pint of homemade chalk paint is just the cost of your pint purchased at Home Depot/Walmart/Lowes ($10-15) + a bit of Plaster of Paris ($5-7)

2. The CONSISTENCY of ASCP is much richer and smoother in my opinion. The additives in the product really help the paint bind to the surface. Make no mistake though… both HMCP and ASCP will get the job done. ASCP is definitely a higher quality paint but I usually go for the “chipper chicken” as George Banks would say.

3. The FINISH of ASCP and HMCP are much the same, both provide you with a wonderful chalky, antique and interesting surface to work with. When other products are added on top of the chalk paint like stain or wax, the character of the paint is highlighted. I promise you can’t go wrong either way by trying out a bit of chalk paint on your next project.


Supplies used for my project:

Grey homemade chalk paint (RECIPE CAN BE FOUND HERE)

Ebony stain

Clear finishing wax

Paint brush to apply chalk paint

Paint/foam brush to apply stain

3 soft cotton cloths


1. Paint clean/ dry surface with HMCP

*NOTE: when mixing the chalk paint, make sure that the plaster is sifted or is free from clumps. It should be like a super fine powder so that when mixed with the water based paint of your selection, the finished product is smooth.

2. Apply two coats of HMCP waiting between each coat until surface is dry. This paint tacks up quickly and so I usually don’t wait longer than 15-20 minutes to apply my second coat.

3. Let surface dry over night. It is important that the surface is completely dry before applying the stain so that the stain will distribute evenly.

4. Apply stain as generously as you like, the more stain you use and the longer the stain sits on the surface, the darker the finished look will be.

5. Use a cloth to move the stain across the surface, rubbing in circular motions. I mostly used my cloth to take off the excess stain as well as to move the stain around until I achieved the desired look. I wanted a sort of cloudy day appeal and so I left more stain in certain areas than others. You might need two cloths for this job, my white cloth turned black quickly.

6. Let the stain dry, about 10-20 minutes.

7. Apply a coat of finishing wax. THIS IS IMPORTANT! The finishing wax protects the surface from future damage, especially with chalk paint, which is not meant as a final coat. Chalk paint will come right off if it is exposed to water or gets scratched. The finishing wax dries HARD, creating a durable surface, the wax also adds depth and character to the finished look.

*NOTE: I use my fingers to apply my finishing wax, I feel as though the brush wastes a lot of my wax and my fingers are able to push the wax into the crevices easily. Plus wax can be like gold for those who work a lot with patins. I suggest a generic wax like Minwax for large furniture pieces or if you really want to get crazy or are working on something special, the best product is Renaissance, it is the caviar of waxes.

The bronze sculptures displayed in the photos were created by Susan Church.



Thank you for letting me share this project with you, I hope you are all inspired to create something today!


10 Amazing Easter Treats

10 Amazing Easter Treats

I love spring! Mostly because I love the spring Home Depot commercials that make you want to get outside and plant something but also because good weather always inspires creativity. I have a a few Easter treats to share with you today for your Easter PAR-TAAAAAAY this year. So roll up your sleeves and get your spring on!

1. Unforgettable Carrot Cake from Little Yellow Barn.


It is by far the best carrot cake recipe EVER… PERIOD.

I double dog dare you to find a better recipe for carrot cake and I will give you my left foot if you do.

Don’t pass up this carrot cake/cupcake recipe, it is truly the best!


easter62. Love these bunny pancakes from Taste of Home.  To make these use a PANCAKE PEN, you can find these at Bed Bath and Beyond, World Market, William Sonoma, Amazon etc. So when your kid asks you to make them a Mickey Mouse pancake, you’ll smile instead of chucking the spatula, stomping out of the kitchen and yelling, “Why does Mickey get all the attention around here!” Which apparently, moms should never do.


3. Try this insanely easy Easter Bark from Butter with a Side of Bread. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate and marshmallows. These would be fun and insanely easy to make with kids.


4. I love Sugarbelle, which is where you will find this next treat and so many more sugar cookie decorating ideas. Sue from Munchkin Munchies shares her creations made using FOOD MARKERS. Ummmmm Sue, I’m pretty sure I couldn’t draw a cute bunny worth a damn but for sure I’m gunna give it a whirl. These cookies are adorable and what a fun activity for a few kiddos.

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5. Wow what fabulous MACAROONS from The fauxMARTHA. These are sure to be delish.


6. How fun are these Deviled Colored Eggs from Sarah! After the boiled eggs have cooled, just dip the whites in food coloring.


7. Stuffed Carrot Garden Cupcake from 1 Fine Cookie


8. Carrot patch treats from Tanya


9. Decorate your Eater table with these adorable JORDAN ALMONDS from Surgarbelle! Love you Sugarbelle!

Bluebirds2-600x40010. These brightly colored peep cupcake from The Nerds Wife are easy and will add some wild flair to your Easter gathering.



Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables

Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hope you are filling your day with fun activities that require LITTLE TO NO STRESS. Who needs another holiday that demands any sort of planning anyway? So throw together some green eggs and ham for breakfast, find your favorite green shirt and do something to celebrate the Irish in you. Maybe that’ll be a picnic in the park looking for four leaf clovers, an ice cream sundae outing, a haircut/ pedicure or even just a drive in the car with the windows down, music up and hair blowing in the wind. Whatever it is, don’t let the opportunity to celebrate, JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN, pass you by.

Here are a few fabulous printables for your collection.

Eighteen25 has a “KISS ME” printable just for you. Find this printable here!

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