March 25, 2009

Give a little pop of color...

This fun project is at my friends house. She has a bay window with four blinds... and we spiced it up a little. First, we painted the wall yellow. We taped around the windows since we were not painting the whole room, and this allowed some original wall color to remain, and continue to coordinate with the other walls not getting painted. (not so obvious in this photo)

Then we took the window cornice pieces down.

This is an image of the front and back of the cornice pieces. If you are able to see.... there are two hooks stapled to the back of the cornice that hook over the top of the blinds, hiding the main body of the blinds.

This is fabric you may have seen before if you are an Outta This Funk follower. I was so excited when I found it, I used it in a post. It has colored stitching and sequins, on a shimmering brown silk. I love it, but I've had it for about a year now, and have yet to find anything to make with it.

Well I do now! Here starts the project.
I bought two sheets of foam board and cut them into strips 4.5" wide.

Then I cut my fabric into 12" wide strips, folded it in half (right sides together) and stitched along one edge.
I then held it next to the cornice, determined the length needed (I had 5 windows, one above the sink, and these 4 I showed you which are two different widths) I then stitched the second end the same way.

Turning it right side out, I then slid the foam board into the pocket of fabric.

Here is a close-up of the side -once it's slid in.

Back to the sewing machine, I stitched the pocket closed along the large side opening.
At the back of the cornice, knowing this may not be a permanent thing, I used hot glue to attach the fabric to the cornice, butting the foam board up to the bottom edge of the cornice.
Then stapled the fabric into the cornice a couple of times where the cornice was its widest.
Both the staples and hot glue can be removed later if needed.
Then I hung them back up!
One of the things that made this fabric so great for my friends room... her colors are brown, yellow, and burnt orange.
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RJ said...

LOVE this, I have the same bare bay window area and blinds. Your directions are so easy to follow I think I'll give this a try!

Natty said...

Hey Neen... please share if you do :)

jennifer said...

why did you leave the original wall colour around the edges?

Natty said...

We did this in a few places throughout the room. The ceilings are vaulted, and we weren't going to paint the tall ones, so to keep the new painted walls still fitting in, we did this w/ tape and we still need to outline them with a pencil to give it a hard edge and make them pop. I'll have to do another post on this... I do it often :)

Unknown said...

clever girl!! My house is NEXT!!! lol

Amy said...

I so need to hire you to come do my bedroom!