Friday, August 30, 2013

Dining Room Makeover Finished!

About 3 and 1/2 weeks later my dining room makeover is complete.
Remember the Before:
A little different?  I'm really happy with how it all turned out, the new tile floor is great, and after 4 coats of red the walls have a whole new life.

I surprised myself with how well the pinch pleat curtains came out, considering that until about a week ago I had no idea what pleaters tape was.



Burlap Pinch Pleat Curtains Completed!

I'm happy to have finish the burlap curtain panels.  They came out awesome, I was really happy.  Click Here to see the first part of the process, so once the two panels were completed, the last step was to seam the edges.  I folded the raw edge twice to get a clean edge. 
Then I sewed the pleat from the front to create the pinch.
And Finished!
I hung the hooks from the "pinch pleater forks" onto rings on the curtail rods.

 The finished panels!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pinch Pleat Burlap Curtains

So I changed my mind one last time about the fabric for the drapes in the dining room.  I decided to go with a gold threaded burlap. 

Ballard Design has a number of burlap curtains, however the pair of pinch pleated curtains in burlap is a whopping total of $589.00...burlap curtains is the last thing I would spend $600.00.

So I made them my self, and not going to lie it was pretty easy....

I bought 6 yards of burlap, after my coupon it came out to about $45.00...The gold threaded burlap has a tighter weave and better quality then the $3.99 burlap, but it does come with a slightly higher price.

I also bought about 3 yards of "Pleater's Tape" along with a pack of pleating hooks, I got what I needed for both panels for about $6.00

For the liner, the best value and perfect size is a twin flat sheet from Walmart- and with back to school time they were on sale for $4.00 a pack!

So total per pair they came out to just under $60.00, That's all better than $600.00

I started with an ironed seam to hide the raw edges, then I folder over that edge about 2 and 1/2 inches.  I wanted a thicker panel at the top to better hold the pleats.

Then I tucked the top of the flat sheet in between the fold, this also added extra weight to the top of the panels.

So once sewn into pocket, I then sewed on the pleaters tape below the seam.  Remember to keep the openings for the pleats on the bottom. 

Here is a pleater hook, they kinda look like little forks, and yes, you leave in the drape as can hook them to the curtain hooks or after the pleat is made they can be removed.  (After you sew the pleat from the front)
It can be a little tricky to get the hooks into the little pockets.

 See.. pleat created!

I'm still finishing my post hopefully by the end of the weekend.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Dining Room Progress


 I'm so excited to have my red dining room back.  Mr. Rooster looks sooo much better behind a red wall (Mr. Rooster is the oil painting I brought back from our honeymoon to Rome, located on the right side of the dining room)  The room looks much crisper along with larger now that all of the flooring matches and the old drapes and blinds are down to open up the space. 

We are not done yet, but very close considering where we started 3 weeks ago.  I am waiting for my fabric to be deliver to sew up some quick panel drapes for either side of the window, but the rod is already hung so I've got the easy part left.
Its hard to tell as the photos were taken at night, but I need to get a piece of glass for the two pedestals to make a console table under Mr. Rooster, I'm planning on making it a bar/serving area for dinner parties.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

House Tour Updates

I realized I still had our old house under the "house tour" page link,  So I updated a tab for the old house tour and soon to come will be the link for the new house tour, so stay tuned!

Our First House

We closed on our first house just about two months after we got married in 2010, we bought at the low end of the market and with some budget conscious updates and a little curb appeal we were able to sell just at the perfect time as the market picked up. 



Entering from the front door was the open living and dining room

The living room lead right into the dining room and kitchen

The kitchen was a complete remodel, we added extra glass cabinets and stainless steel applianaces
There was a family room addition off the kitchen
The laundry/mud room
Master Bedroom
The full master bath
Hallway Bathroom

Spare Bedroom

3ed Bedroom/Office

Sunroom off the Dining Room