Sunday, June 1, 2008

Window Mistreatment

I have been reading and admiring the creative work of "The Nester" at "The Nesting Place"for several weeks now and I have finally found the courage, time, and energy to do my first "mistreatment". A mistreatment is a quick fix window treatment. The nester says it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. I love the way she gives us permission to do things a little different. I'm not very creative, but I'm a pretty good copier. So I loaded up the girls and all six of us headed to Wal-mart with high hopes of finding some fabric and upholstery tacks! Just follow me here...

The supplies...fabric, fringe for trim and upholstery tacks for hanging, notice no curtain rods....
Here's the really bad before picture. It's a wooden, wallpaper covered valance with some sort of gold painted thing on top. Nice, huh? Yep this is what we look at when we're goin' potty!
Here's the pretty fabric that I chose with lots of helpers...I bought about a yard and a half and folded it in half like this.
Next I pinned on this pretty fringe and sewed it on the bottom of the folded fabric.
I climbed up on a step stool and folded the top of the fabric over about two inches and started tacking onto the top of that wood valance. Every little bit I folded a generous pleat and tacked that. This was so easy and quick! And so pretty. I can't wait to sit and look at my pretty mistreatment.
Look, isn't it pretty.
So we don't disappoint the Nanas and so you all can see my adorable assistant here's a shot of little Rose. We were getting before shots of our next project, the upstairs bath.
Curtains, Shmurtains, just look at my tongue, it's my new trick!
Stay tuned, I'll be mistreating the upstairs bath next!

24 comments:

MARIE said...

MONICA,

IT LOOKS AWESOME!! I LOVE THE FABRIC! GREAT JOB! I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT UP CLOSE! MARIE

Sarah @ Fiddledeedee said...

That looks so great! And I loooove the toile. You've inspired me to try out a mistreatment in our bathroom. GREAT JOB!!!

Tisha said...

Wow... It looks great! How much did it cost you, if you don't mind me asking?? I do not sew, so I have no clue when it comes to fabric costs.

Debbi said...

Looks great, good job!

danandkeren said...

Monica,

This looks great--can't wait to see the rest. I've been wanting to do a "mistreatment" for a while, and you made it look SO much easier. I have some African cloths I hope to do it with, so we'll see! :)

Good job helping, Rose. ;)

Keren

KittyScraps said...

Came over via The Nester to see your mistreatment... GREAT JOB! I love it and you'd never be able to tell it was your first time mistreatin', lol

Monica said...

This looks beautiful!! Job well done. Isn't it amazing what little changed can do to make a room look better (or at least inspire me to clean it more often:)

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Excellent job. So glad I found you. Fellow home school mom and will love checking out your archives.

Annie said...

It looks great! I love toile, and the trim adds a cute touch!

It All Started With a Kiss said...

That looks beautiful! Love the fringe. My sewing machine is in storage so I would've had to resort to the glue gun! :)

melissa*smith said...

I love the green! Excellent choice and adorable baby! Seven kids? Hats off to you, girl!!

Chris said...

This is beautiful!! I love it!! I love the fabric, the trim, and how you chose to "mistreat" it! So tailored, yet feminine!

The Nester said...

it looks great! That fringe really finishes it off and what a sweet baby! makes me want one.

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Much better--and beautiful fabric.

Of course my favorite part is seeing your sweet little sweet pea.

~ Sarah

Bella's momma said...

It is SO pretty! And the baby~ precious!

Charity Grace said...

Love it! I'm inspired!

Shannon said...

Looks great!!! I love that fabric!

Meghan said...

1st, she's freakin adorable!

2nd, totally love the mistreatment!
Love it!

Bonita said...

Green toile!! I think I just might have to move in with you! You did a marvelous job and it looks terrific!

Karen said...

I love how you did the step-by-step description, ala The Nester! And your baby is adorable!!!!

This may give me the confidence to give valances a whirl. Now if I can get some free time in a fabric store....

Dianne and Sean said...

Beautiful mistreatment! I love the green toile, too. Great job and thanks for sharing.

His Doorkeeper said...

Great Job!! I love toile and the green toile is darling! Come see my black/white toile bedroom mistreatment!

Jessica said...

This looks great!

Katie @ 3 Blondes and a Redhead said...

Those turned out beautifully!