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!