D: Do you want me to show you how to use an iron? ~slaps knee and laughs uncontrollably~
Hardy har har. He likes to tease me about my lack of domestication skills. (Little does he know it’s not a lack of know how – it’s just a lack of interest.)
And I needed some skills for my first Blogging Without Borders gig.. Or so I thought. My focus this time was on my slightly-too-short curtains in the master bedroom.
I decided to go with these first because I’ve never done anything with curtains past the initial purchasing of them. I’ve never sewed a stitch in my life, and have no experience working with fabric.
And I was intimidated.
Buuuut, as it turns out, my “border” in this case is slightly embarrassing. Apparently there is a thing called stitch witch.
I chose a jute that closely matched the color of the curtains themselves, then a gingham finishing ribbon.
After reacquainting myself with the iron, it was just a matter of laying everything out evenly and making sure it held right.
Attaching the ribbon was even more mortifyingly easy.
I just used double sided hem tape. ~embarrassed face~
The ribbon had a bit of elasticity to it, so I had to be careful not to stretch it across the jute, otherwise it pulled and hung funny.
Had I known about these wonders before this weekend… I would have an entire closet full of stitch-witched-together apparel. I still might.
Here is the finished product.
But that’s not all! I still didn’t have a good mechanism to hold the curtains back, which is especially important since these actually cover doors that I go in and out of. And they’re forever in my way.
So. I went and rounded up a couple of old porcelain doorknobs.
And these wood panels things. The store I bought them from was going to use them as jewelry display, but I begged them off for 50 cents.
And painted/distressed them in a midnight blue.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet that all of this happened…. last night.
What has two thumbs and procrastinates? This girl.
D has been helping a buddy do some renovations at his new crib, so when he walked in the door at dusk after a long day of hard work, he was really excited to hear that I needed some help with my project.
I wasn’t sure how to attach the doorknob to the wood!
So my sweet D showed me how, railroader style. And it was actually quite genius.
Cut strips of wood, in this case a paint stirrer.
D says you should always, always wear gloves when you do this. Safety first.
Stuff the wood into the shaft of the doorknob.
And add some glue to make it nice and solid in there.
Then drill a screw into the shaft you just filled.
A word of advice, if I may?
Rather than whipping up a mental image of the final product and calling it good? Maybe you should, I don’t know, hold up the colors against your paint and curtains… think about where you’d like your tie back to sit… recognize the fact that there is a light switch directly to the right of the door… Maybe think about those things.
Otherwise you may end up with a finished product you aren’t happy with and decide not to use.
Don’t be like me.
Be like these other gals who actually have some DIY skill.
Dana @ Crafted Niche, Jaime @ Crafty Scrappy Happy, Heidi @ Décor & More, Tisha @ Delectable Home, Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage, Kirby @ Kirb Appeal, Holly @ Life as a Thrifter, Cassie @ Primitive & Proper, Debbie @ ReFresh ReStyle, Jessica @ Stay At Home-ista, Karah @ the space between, Kelly @ View Along the Way and Laura @ Top This Top That.