UncategorizedCurtains and a Basket May 23, 2012Hey everybody! Happy hump day – another week half over! Today, I am finally finishing up sharing some details of the sunroom. It feels like this has taken quite a while with me pausing to recap the bathroom redo for our new readers around here 🙂 Thanks for hanging in there with me! I’ve gotten some questions about the sunroom curtains. My sweet mama made these for us for Christmas this year. I love burlap and linen and knew with these white walls that I wanted some sort of tan textured curtain. We have linen ones in several other rooms in the house and I recently saw curtains made out of burlap and loved it! So, I thought, why not? Painting the curtain rods white is still on my list. I really like how these turned out. At first, we were going to line them so that you wouldn’t see any light coming through, but then it hit me that this is a sunroom! I don’t mind having a little sun shine through. Plus, I think it creates an airy, ethereal feel rather than black out curtains that keep out all light. See? Lots of light coming through. These were so easy to make (according to my mom 🙂 ). She got the burlap fabric at Hobby Lobby. They carry several colors of burlap, not just this traditional tan, which could be fun. With the dimensions I needed, the width was the same width as the yards of fabirc, which meant that the sides were already hemmed. All she had to do was fold down the top to create a pocket and stitch across. The bottom isn’t even hemmed, but it’s holding up great! The next thing I wanted to talk about was our little magazine basket. Yes, it’s a small thing, but I like it. Pottery Barn doesn’t carry the inspiration for my basket any longer so I can’t get a picture of it, but they used to have these great gray/tan baskets that almost looked painted. I love traditional baskets, but these were beautiful and felt like our house. I found this basket at Goodwill for $1.00: It was a great size, but I didn’t love the color. So, I tried to create the Pottery Barn basket look! I primed them with spray paint, then sprayed them down with some leftover paint. Pottery Barn’s looked sort of antiqued. You could see variations in the color, which is what I loved most. So to create this, I sprayed a mix of Valspar Taupe (same as our chandelier) and a dark gray that I had (I’m sorry I don’t know the color…I threw out the can and can’t remember!) I think any dark gray would work though. My goal was to see a mix of tan and gray so that the variations in color just blended. The biggest thing I learned was to make sure and use very light coats while you try to get the blend right. If the paint is too heavy, it will look sort of spotted, which you don’t want! I love how it turned out, though: (have to have home magazines in every room…is that weird?) Such a quick and easy project, but I like it a lot better than the traditional basket finish that was on this one. Later today, I’m going to post briefly on the art in the room. I’ve talked about some of it before, but want to recap it quickly and tell you how to create it for yourself!