How To: Create Unique, Rustic Window Trim

created at: 02/22/2011

This, my friends, is a blank slate. It’s also a slightly fuzzy picture (sorry about that) of a very large unfinished window in a room I would one day like to sleep in instead of living in a garage. Ah, wishful thinking. But daydreaming aside, something had to be done with this thing and after a week of painting I was so ready to break out the power tools.

Unless you’re in the middle of new construction, I’d venture to say that “window trim” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of design elements of a room. Continue Reading

DiY: BeDazzle Your Drapes with Studs

created at: 2009-09-21

Image: WestElm

Advertised as Nailhead Trimmed drapes, upon consideration, these really can’t possibly be decorative nailheads attached to fabric drapes.  More likely, they are all dressed up for a sophisticated, yet edgey way with shiny metal studs like bikers use to trim their leather garb. Here’s a source for all sorts of studs that could be-dazzle your decor.

created at: 2009-09-21

Studs and much more available at Studs and Spikes.

A bag of 50 runs approximately $5.00. All you need to Be Dazzle Your Drapes is to measure and mark the edges of your plain old drapes and attach the studs. Continue Reading

Pillow Talk: Pleated Grosgrain Trim

created at: 2009-07-20

This week is Pillow Talk over on my newly remodeled blog  Each day I’ll post a tutorial showing different edge finishes and details that will give your pillows professional polish.  There are so many home furnishings to write about and re-do, I’ll still be posting like a mad woman here on Curbly,  Apartment Therapy-Chicago and on my own little blog. At last, there are enough outlets to share all of the project ideas rattling around in my noggin’. Continue Reading

Get the Look of Wainscoting for Less

created at: 2009-05-18

Photo Images: THR & Sons

When we built a home years ago my brother suggested some cost cutting carpentry illusions that gave us the look of custom raised wainscoting panels in the dining room and up the stairway. It’s fairly commonplace now but at the time, it was a clever construction cost cutting idea.

created at: 2009-05-18

Wainscoting was originally used to camouflage what was known as rising damp, a wicking effect on interior walls. Even though the causes of rising damp have long been solved, the use of wainscoting continues for its style and visual interest. Continue Reading

How to Turn a Gift Bow into a Gift Flower

created on: 12/22/08

If you save gift bows like I do, you probably have a sack of them, all of which are looking a little crunched up by now. Here’s a great–and EASY–way to remake them into bow mums.

What you need:

  • A scissors
  • Bows! Large or small, it doesn’t matter, but they must be made of paper ribbon like the cheap sack o’ bows you can buy just about everywhere these days.

What you do:

First, cut the loops down the center, longways. Continue Reading

How-to: Wrap Gifts with Fabric

created on: 07/25/08

Years ago I used some cute upholstery fabric to wrap a baby shower gift, it only seemed natural.  I tied it and made a bow out of real ball fringe or something darling.  As I remember, it was very difficult to figure out a way to make the wrapping say put.  Happily, the wrapping got more applause than the gift (justifiably, if I do say so myself).

The Ministry of Environment-Government of Japan has a downloadable PDF file to show you exactly how to do up all your gifts in hemmed and stitched cloth giftwrap or FuroshikiContinue Reading

Finished with finishing!

Ever wonder what happened to those Fix-It videos? I do. It has been ages since we got up the energy to put one together! But that doesn't mean we haven't been fixing things.

For the last two weeks we've been refinishing our woodwork, and let me tell you, it would've made a great Fix-Its video. Alas, the work was gruelling and left little energy for videography. I'll try to post some before/after and process pics laster on. Continue Reading

What To Do About Ugly Trim

Recently, a fellow Curblier posted a question about painting natural wood interior trim. With several total house remodels under our belts we’ve been faced with a lot of ugly molding. Some of it we’ve replaced, some we’ve refinished and some we’ve painted. Along the way, we’ve come up with a few rules that work for us. I thought I’d pass them along.

Rule #1: If the molding is in bad condition, you paint it. But be aware that painting a thousand plus feet of baseboard and door molding in a total house remodel is A LOT of work. Continue Reading