Posts tagged diy

Roman Shades on a Dime. Or $24.

When I realized that I had enough leftover fabric from Jude’s duvet cover to actually make something with, my thoughts flew to the tiny window in his playroom. Sometimes, especially in the mornings when the time is just right, the light just pours into that window. I’m thinking we might could eke out a few more minutes’ sleep if that window had the proper treatment.

Lauren Corbyn suggested heading over to Little Green Notebook and checking out the amazing DIY idea of recycling those awful metal blinds we all have into fab roman shades. Since I didn’t have any kind of blinds on that window at all, I thought, hmmm, this could get expensive. I hopped into Goodwill and found a set of shades, but they were $12, and there was no hardware, and it was just too wide. So it was on to Home Depot, where I did not have high expectations. Well, apparently I am mini blind-clueless because when I went to price things out at Home Depot, I was shocked to find out that I would only have to spend $9 for my little tiny window, AND they cut it to size for me. Folks, it doesn’t get much better than that. So during my Mother’s Day Out, I spent the early afternoon carefully following the instructions from LGN et voila! I am amazed. The hardest part about this project was the installation of the darn thing, but it really was the easiest thing ever. We have really nasty miniblinds in all 3 bedrooms upstairs, and they are going to see new life now, thanks to this tutorial. Ugly blinds, be gone! I think that roman shades look oh-so chic layered under curtains, and I cannot wait to get my hands on them!
my DIY roman shade
By this point, I figured I was on a roll, and I might as well do the other (ugly) blinds that were already hanging up in his room. For $15, I got a pretty yellow stripe fabric – ignore the terrible picture below. It was really hard to get a good photo of these. To be fair, this one was a lot harder because the window is so much bigger. It probably could’ve been easier w/ two people to do it instead of just one, but oh well. It could probably also use a little ribbon or something to spice it up, but I’m super pleased with the results. It looks SO much better than the mini blinds.
DIY Roman Shades!

So for a grand total of $24, Jude now has a new window treatment in his room & playroom, and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you to Little Green Notebook for sharing your expertise with us here in blogland!


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Chic TV Stand

Ooh, wowza! I am loving how chic this dresser looks as a TV stand! The new-to-me blog Get It Girl Style is too cute, and has a ton of great ideas.

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Play Kitchens

I am totally in love with play kitchens. I had a plastic FisherPrice(?) plastic kitchen as a kid, and I remember loving it. I loved feeling so grown up, pretend baking things and doing dishes. Ohhhh, if things were only still so fun now that it is for real!

Every time I take Jude to the mall, we go to Pottery Barn Kids and I let him play with their toys. He loves their little play kitchens, including the frontload washer and dryer. I don’t really feel like play kitchens are a girl-only toy. There’s no reason why boys can’t play with kitchen stuff — they eat too, right?

While I love the cuteness at Pottery Barn Kids, I don’t like how expensive they are. And they tend to go pretty quickly on Craigslist. Today, I took J to the Just Between Friends sale here in OKC (a FANTASTIC kids’ consignment sale — definitely go if it’s in your area!). It was nuts — it took 30 minutes just to get in the door and then once Jude laid eyes on the bicycles, it was all over. He is obsessed with bikes these days, because his daddy is big into cycling. In fact, last week I let J take Simon’s bicycle helmet with us to run errands. At the first stop, I didn’t let him wear the helmet in — big mistake. So at our second stop, I went ahead and let him wear it inside — you wouldn’t believe the pitying looks I got from the sales ladies. Like, oh, poor little child, he has to wear a helmet! I even heard myself say, “Now, you have to keep your helmet on, Jude – don’t take it off.” I was worried he was going to take it off and leave it somewhere, but when I heard myself say that out loud…. ::shaking my head::

Ok, well, I got off track. Back to play kitchens. He was obsessing over the bicycle section at JBF, but I had my eye on the play kitchens area, and I found this little gem for $35. Please ignore the poor quality photo – I shot it with my iPhone, and for some reason it looks like it’s leaning, which it totally is NOT in real life.  It’s perfectly straight.

I just love it! I love that it’s not all-plastic and that it also has some kind of funky European flair to it. It’s too cute! Here’s a top view:Maybe Jude will get some cute felt food for his birthday! He would love it!

I plan on sticking it upstairs in his room, in the playroom area. I’d like to hang up some floating shelves above it to mimic kitchen shelving. Maybe also I might paint the faucet silver too…. hmmm, think of the endless possibilities! Do you have any other ideas for what I could do to make my kitchen cute?

Over at Ohdeedoh, they feature play kitchens a lot that people have DIY’d or hacked. I really like this one, below — obviously a little too girly for our needs, but cute nonetheless:

It’s all about the cute felt food. Totally. I’m lovin’ it. Check out these darling offerings from Haba, at, a great resource for European kids’ toys that are too cute.

Look how cute this little microwave is! I love that it’s all wood, too.  And this toaster?! With wood “toast”!?! AHHH!!

So. Send your DIY ideas my way,  if you’ve got ’em! I want to make our little setup as cute as can be.

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