November 29, 2016

DIY Knock-Off Anthropologie Curtain

I wrote a few weeks ago about how we saved on our One Room Challenge formal living room makeover. One area we saved on was our curtains for our 10 foot ceiling...no easy feat.  So, I'm here today to give you the skinny on how you can create the same look as the Anthropologie Santina Lace curtains for a $200 savings!

Make these beautiful curtains with dyed ombre lace dye that are budget friendly using RIt Dye in navy and black and IKEA ritva curtains.

I admittedly LOVE Anthropologie....as in I could spend hours and hours in that store petting all the things.  Heck, I even purchased their curtains (on clearance) for my bedroom. And they are gorgeous and worth every penny. 

Make these beautiful118"  curtains with dyed ombre lace dye that are budget friendly using RIt Dye in navy and black and IKEA ritva curtains.

However, for our formal living room, the budget was super tight and I needed to get creative.  In my search of 118' curtains, the Santina Lace curtains from Anthropologie popped up and I was smitten. 


But at $150/panel my heart was broken.  Not today, anthro...not today.  
Immediately I knew the most affordable way to start the DIY was to get my hands on some IKEA curtains. No joke they are the most affordable (and great quality) curtains you will find anywhere.  


That's right folks...$35 for a PAIR of 118" curtains.  They are sturdy and have a linen feel to them - I knew they would be perfect for this DIY.  Unfortunately I don't have an Ikea near me anymore (womp womp) so I called up my bestie from back home and she headed straight to IKEA and shipped them to me. I'm a lucky girl! 

Once I had the curtains picked it was time to find some lace! I started my search on Etsy hoping for a big selection of bulk lace.  I narrowed my search to the United States because time was an issue and I couldn't afford a delayed or prolonged shipping time.  I also knew I needed quite a large quantity so price was an important factor...after all this is a budget DIY! My other criteria was a wide lace (at least 4 inches) to mimic the Antrho curtains.  

My original selection didn't have enough in stock so I chose this poly-blend lace from Zengs Lace and More:

                            Make these beautiful curtains with dyed ombre lace dye that are budget friendly using RIt Dye in navy and black and IKEA ritva curtains.
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The sweet owner Anna was one of our One Room Challenge sponsors and donated the lace for this DIY project.  I used 14 yards @ $3.98/yd so it would have cost $55.72 not including shipping and tax. She had so many great options to choose from but this lace was beautiful and I love the final product. So far with curtains and lace we are at around $90!

Now here's where things get interesting....
The inspiration curtain has an ombre dyed cotton lace.  


So I needed re-create that ombre look with this lace.  I searched endlessly for 'how to ombre dye lace' and came up pretty empty handed.  Plus, I knew I needed the edge of the lace to remain white to attach it to the curtain so this was proving to be a bit challenging.  

I ultimately decided to use some Rit Dye that I picked up at my local craft store.  I won't bore you with the experimentation of colors (who knew blue would dye straight up purple?!) so here's the final formula and technique.  

You'll need:
14 Yards of 4 in wide Lace
1 bottle of Rit Dye in Navy
1 bottle of Rit Dye in Black
Hot Water 
Old Towels/Rags
Disposable Gloves
Container for Dye Solution

I used an aluminum tray to hold our dye solution and protected the counter with an old tablecloth.
To prepare the dye, heat a pot of water to a boil. In a large glass measuring cup add 2 TSP of the Navy Rit dye and 2 TSP of the Black Rit dye. Then add 5 cups of boiling hot water to the measuring cup.  This is your recipe for the color concentration you need. Of course to make a bigger batch you would double the amount.  
I poured the dye solution into the aluminum tray to make sure I had enough surface area to dip the lace.  In order to ensure an ombre effect it was important to not just submerge the lace in the dye.  The lace needed to be dipped standing up.  
So my first attempt to keep each section of lace in the upright position was to wrap the lace around a board and attach with floral wire. After doing several I realized I didn't need the board. Simply holding the lace upright with my gloved hands worked just fine.

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Then I placed just the bottom of the lace into the dye solution while holding onto the board.
Here's a quick video to show you the *magic* of the dye wicking up the lace. It's pretty cool.


video

How cool is that?! Once the dye got to about 1/4 of the way up the lace I removed it from the dye solution and placed standing up onto an old towel. 

Make these beautiful curtains with dyed ombre lace dye that are budget friendly using RIt Dye in navy and black and IKEA ritva curtains.

Now here's the even crazier part. Even though the lace was no longer in the dye, the color continued to creep up the lace. Here's the same lace about 15 minutes later:

Make these beautiful curtains with dyed ombre lace dye that are budget friendly using RIt Dye in navy and black and IKEA ritva curtains.

Now this is where I wanted to dye to stop. But.....it had other plans.  It continued to wick up the lace until I had this when it was all dry:


I was feeling all sad about myself and then realized that it was bohemian and added to the uniqueness of the overall DIY.  If this ISN'T a look you love, my only suggestion is to perhaps hold the lace in the dye longer initially until the color is about 1/2 way up and then after it dries the dye should have wicked all the way up the lace.  Or, you could re-dye the lace starting on the opposite side but you would lose the ombre effect.  
We also tested this process on a piece of cotton lace and the ombre look was definitely more pronounced. The cotton also didn't allow the dye to continue to wick once removed from the dye. To be more true to the original Anthro curtain, a 4 inch wide cotton lace would work great as well. Here's how that looked-



So once I had all the lace dyed and dried I handed it and the curtains over to my sweet friend Jackie who then sewed the lace trim onto the edges of the curtain. I am not a seamstress despite my aspirations.  My friend Jackie, however, wrote a little blurb to guide you on how she attached the lace!

"I lined up the lace along the edge of the curtain making sure all the lace was in the same direction.  Starting at the top of the curtain, I pinned the lace so there was a slight overhang and the top and the lace could be folded over making a nice edge. I also made sure the pattern began at the same point on  each side of both curtains.  I then trimmed the lace, following the detailing to clean up the top edge.  Then I sewed the lace on along the straight detailing which was the easiest to hide the stitching.  At the bottom I again folded the lace over the end of the curtain to give a nice finish and trimmed the lace.  I did a second stitch down the second straight detailing so the lace would not ruffle and lay flat against the curtain material.  And voila...Colette's beautiful vision came to life!"

Make these beautiful curtains with dyed ombre lace dye that are budget friendly using RIt Dye in navy and black and IKEA ritva curtains.

Thanks Jackie!!!

And with that a beautiful little package was handed over to me containing the most glorious curtains for the fanciest room in our house.  

 Make these beautiful curtains with dyed ombre lace dye that are budget friendly using RIt Dye in navy and black and IKEA ritva curtains.

Make these beautiful curtains with dyed ombre lace dye that are budget friendly using RIt Dye in navy and black and IKEA ritva curtains.

They add just the right touch of uniqueness to this room. They aren't overpowering- they are soft and romantic and allow all that beautiful light to shine in.  So here's to DIY-ing our way through this room and saving $200. You can see more of our final living room reveal here

And here's to good friends who know how to sew! 

Have a great week friends!



Make these beautiful curtains with dyed ombre lace dye that are budget friendly using RIt Dye in navy and black and IKEA ritva curtains.































November 21, 2016

Parisian Chic Dining Room| Mood Board Monday

I feel like it's been so long since I've done a 'Mood Board Monday'. My brain was so consumed by our formal dining I didn't feel like there was any creative space left to tackle another mood board. But, now that our room is complete, I'm left looking at an unfinished space when I sit on our new couch. So here's to another Mood Board Monday! (You can check out all our other mood boards here).


So here's the room connected to our fabulous formal living room



Boy, do I wish it was this clean and empty! Right now its full of misplaced furniture and boxes and definitely NOT a dining room table.  This is the first time we've actually had a dining room and a formal living room- these spaces have stretched me in new ways! 

Because the rooms are adjoined it's important that they flow together with their style and color palette. The wall color will be the same Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice.


But I have a few fun tricks up my sleeve!

Here's my vision for the space in two options because I can't decide which light I like better!

dining room mood board with atg stores wallpaper, world market chairs and dining table, minted art, and gold dot and boe mirror, and lamps plus chandelier
Wallpaper | Mirror | Art | Sign | Chandelier | Art | Table | Chairs | faux florals | Rug

OR

dining room mood board with atg stores wallpaper, world market chairs and dining table, minted art, and gold dot and boe mirror, and lamps plus chandelier

Isn't that wallpaper GORGEOUS! My plan is to use the wallpaper to cover the window wall and leave the remaining walls crushed ice.  The husband is going to DIY a table similar to the World Market one from the mood board. We also want to install a 'fauxdenza' along the wall to add storage. 
Similar to this:


We also plan to add the same crown molding to the space that we used in the living room.  The rug is definitely a tricky part of the room. I used the same blue rug for the mood board, but I'm not sure what other rug I could use as the spaces are essentially one big room. So, if you have any ideas I'd love to hear! 

So, time to dust off the drill and nail gun because this room is about to get hit! I didn't give the husband a deadline this time...but I'm secretly hoping we can have it done in time for my birthday in January. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Which light is your favorite? Anyone build a fauzdenza before? I'm excited for these updates!









November 18, 2016

The Look for Less| How we saved in our formal living room makeover

It's no surprise I love to save money wherever possible. Sure, I like the occasional splurge (like my favorite Anthropologie curtains) but I can't afford to buy from there allll the time.  So, when it came to decorating our living room for the One Room Challenge I knew the budget was pretty tight.  With some serious deal digging and a little shoppers luck I was able to save so much money!

Here are some tips on how you can save when decorating too!

tips for staying on budget when decorating a room using coupon codes DIY, clearance items, and thrift stores.


Tip #1: Craigslist/Local Yard Sales/Thrift Stores Are Your Friend

I know this isn't rocket science advice, but honestly when I first start thinking about furniture or decor for a room this is the first place I look.  There are tons of diamonds in the rough just looking to be brought back to life and for a fraction of the cost of new.  Looking through thrift stores is one of my favorite things to do! I look for books, frames, furniture, decor, lamps...you name it! For the books-look beyond the dust jacket.  You can always remove it as a fun way to bring color and height to end tables, bookcases, and console tables.  Here are a few I picked up along the way throughout this project and most for $1 to $2. I try to find titles that are interesting but sometimes if the spine speaks to me I don't care what the book is about!


I think bought about 15 books to fill my shelf for about $30 - $40 total.  

tons of tips on decorating a room on a budget using coupon codes, clearance sections, and price comparing

Furniture for a new space can really add up. So I knew my ol pal Craiglist would come to the rescue. And boy did he! Only of my favorites find were my accent chairs.  I actually spotted them weeks apart but knew they would look fantastic together! I payed $20/chair which isn't too shabby.  I knew they needed some love but nothing a can of glossy black spray paint couldn't fix! 

tons of tips on decorating a room on a budget using coupon codes, clearance sections, and price comparing

tons of tips on decorating a room on a budget using coupon codes, clearance sections, and price comparing

Now, here's where things can get a bit pricey in the 'ol upholstery department.  I bought the chairs with the intent to have my sweet mom upholster them, however, this task proved to be a bit more challenging than she had expected. So, I did have to hire this part out and it cost me about $40/cushion from a local upholster.  He did an amazing job and I'm thrilled with the results but I wasn't planning on the $120 price tag when I bought the chairs.  However, $160 for 2 accent chairs isn't bad at all! They are the perfect size and shape for our space so I have no regrets. But, just be cautious when you buy anything needing to be reupholstered...it can really add on to the price! 

Some other items I scored from the thrift store were these gold candlesticks for $1!

tons of tips on decorating a room on a budget using coupon codes, clearance sections, and price comparing

I also found some deals in the most unexpected places. Ever peruse instagram and see "items for sale" from another instagram friend? Oh, and that item happens to be the perfect compliment to your upcoming room makeover? No? Well, that happened to me! I scored my blue bird designer pillows for $35/pair all with a click of paypal from the comfort of my phone.  Turns out after a reader reached out to me to ask where they were from, I realized they were $120 EACH originally! Whoa Baby! 

tons of tips on decorating a room on a budget using coupon codes, clearance sections, and price comparing

They sure are pretty though...

So, my tip here is start looking in unexpected places. Sometimes with a little TLC you can turn that run-down piece into something fantastic.  Who knows, you may even find an item that is perfect just the way it is...like those candlesticks! Of course when buying from unfamiliar people, safety first.  Always go with a friend and trust your gut instinct. No piece is worth compromising that.  

Tip #2: Shop Around and Use Coupon Codes!

I don't know about you but I'm a huge online shopper. I love being able to click purchase all from my PJ's and I believe I save more money this way.  I know I know, crazy talk.  It's very rare that I pay shipping (especially if you're an Amazon prime member like myself) and I can almost always find a coupon code.  Plus, by virtually shopping I'm able to compare items from different stores to get the best deal.  Here's an example of this for our new space.

My husband is crazy particular about curtain rods.  Whats that you say? A preference on rod type? Yes my friends, that's right.  He only wants rods where the bracket goes all the way around the rod not the half moon type. This is easier to explain in picture form:


There are very few places that sells rods with bracket like this. So far my only option has been West Elm or JC Penny. When it came to purchasing the rod for our living room I went to West Elm, took a deep breathe, and almost hit 'check out' and just dealt with the $95 price tag for the sake of husband-happiness.  But, I took one more virtual look around and discovered an almost identical rod at Bed Bath and Beyond! For ...get this....$40! (Originally $50 but I had a 20% off coupon AND free shipping).  The best part was the brackets were exactly like the west elm version. Here's a side by side:

west elm curtain rod gold and bed bath and beyond umbra curtain rod gold

Sure the Bed Bath and Beyond one is a little more brushed gold but overall they are strikingly similar. My husband installed it and felt it was very sturdy so it passed his test! And I'm very thrilled with my $55 savings on something that just hangs on a wall.  Take away tip here is to 'shop around' and always look for email coupon codes and discount codes. One of my favorite places to look for discount codes is Current Codes but I heard from John (from the Young House Love Podcast) that there is a search engine that automatically searches for coupon codes for you! I haven't tried it myself but if you use the Chrome browser it's a free extension called honey.  Apparently when you hit the 'honey' button at check out it automatically applies any available discounts. I've got it installed and ready to do some test runs on it just in time for Christmas online shopping! I'll keep you posted!

Another item made possible with the use of coupon codes were my lamps from ATG Stores. Now Im not going to lie, most all of my lamps have come from Target but when I was pricing them out this time I realized that after paying arround $40/base and then another $20/shade I was looking at $120 for two lamps and that just seemed crazy to me.  Plus, my selection was much more limited at Target. So when ATG Stores sent out a code for $100 off $200 I swooped in and got the lamps of my dreams for $100 and free shipping.  


Since the code I used expired, ATG Stores has created a new code for you guys to get in on some sweet deals! So, use code GIFT100 for $100 off an order of $249 or more! (Expires 1/31/16). Surely there's something you've been eyeing...


Tip #3 : When Possible DIY!

I know not everyone is crafty or wants to get their hands dirty so to speak.  But with a little elbow grease and some creativity the cost savings can't be beat! 
The shining star of the room no doubt is the Built In Bookcases.  

tons of tips on decorating a room on a budget using coupon codes, clearance sections, and price comparing

This was the mecca of all DIY's.  With some Ikea Billy bookcases and a whole lot of lumber we turned a boring wall into a showstopper.  We paid about $300 in lumber, $50 in paint, and $300 for the Ikea bookcases so roughly $650 for the built in wall.  I can't even imagine how much it would have cost to hire this out but my guess is in the thousands.  Now, if it weren't for my handy husband I don't know what I would have done because I know I couldn't have built it! But, if you or someone in your family or circle of friends is handy and willing to tackle something like this the cost savings are huge! You may have to sway them with good food...

Another DIY we did for the room was our Anthropologic Knock Off Curtains. I'm working on the full tutorial for that to have ready for you next week, but the original curtain was $150 panel (on sale) for the size I needed. $300 for the pair was a bit steep for me on this project...

tons of tips on decorating a room on a budget using coupon codes, clearance sections, and price comparing

So with a little help from my friend over at Zengs Lace and More I was given 14 yards of lace to complete the Anthro look. So with that, some $35 ikea curtain panels, and a little Rit Dye my knock off version turned out gorgeous and ended up costing around $100 for the pair! That's a $200 savings I was happy to take home to the bank.  

tons of tips on decorating a room on a budget using coupon codes, clearance sections, and price comparing

I can't wait to share with you how easy it was! 

Tip #4: Shop The Clearance Rack

I can't tell you how many items on my bookshelf came from the end caps of Target.  I would pick up frames, decorative items, and fabrics with each trip with a savings of 30%-40% on each item.  Purchasing these items slowly over time fit my overall budget but it does require a certain patience! Target's bullseye can definitely tempt you with alllllll the things but sneak to the back on the aisle you'll find some great deals!

tons of tips on decorating a room on a budget using coupon codes, clearance sections, and price comparing

So there you have some tips on how you can create a styled space while maintaining a budget.  I'll be back next week with you Anthropologie DIY Curtains! 

I'd love to hear what some of your favorite tips are for staying on budget! 

























November 16, 2016

15 Inspiring Room Makeover from the One Room Challenge


I'm so excited to team up with 15 other bloggers to bring you a round up of some awesomely spectacular spaces completed for the One Room Challenge.  So if you're ready from some serious room inspiration- grab a cup of coffee and settle in. Prepare to be inspired!

Oh, and if you're just joining me for the first time, Hi! I'm Colette and I blog about DIY/Home Decor/ and all the ways you can transform your life with a can of gold spray paint! So thanks for stopping by!

Now for the fun...


I love looking at room makeovers - it always gives me ideas that I can use in my own home. These 15 rooms are pretty amazing!

The Mother/Daughter due at 2 Bees in a Pod created the most cozy and fantastic space all within a shed! Do you believe it?! It's seriously like a mini home complete with bar!

She Shed Makeover - 2 Bees in a Podorc-2-bees-in-a-pod

Amanda from 'A Crafted Passion' turned her daughter's room into the sweetest little lavender and teal paradise with tons of style...and storage! 
 
Toddler Chic Bedroom - A Crafted Passionorc-a-crafted-passion

Robin from 'A Home to Grow Old In' turned her basic bathroom into a chic farmhouse space complete with shiplap! Joanna Gaines would be proud.

Farmhouse Powder Room - A Home to Grow Old Inorc-a-home-to-grow-old-in

Are you up for a little drama and glam? Then head to Brittany's blog 'Moder Multi-Use Space! She has tons of DIY's and that fantastic dramatic wall. It's definitely one to see!

Modern Multi-Use Space - By Brittany Goldwynorc-by-brittany-goldwyn

Kim from 'Knock it off Kim' created a play room haven! A space for kids and adults to enjoy! There is so much style and pattern packed into this space, its a classic!

Eclectic Game Room Makeover - Knock if Off Kim orc-knock-it-off-kim

My sweet sweet fried Sara from 'Making Joy and Pretty Things' outdid herself on her shared boys bedroom! It's packed with storage, creativity, and tons of style. There's a cement tile upgrade on her fireplace that you don't want to miss!

Modern and Colorful Shared Boys Bedroom - Making Joy and Pretty Thingsorc-making-joy-and-pretty-things

What girl wouldn't want to hang out in a room with a fun ceiling, gold chandelier, and graphic wallpapered closet turned workspace? It's beyond chic. Check out Amy from 'My Life From Home's Teen Hangout!

Modern Teen Hangout - My Life From Homeorc-my-life-from-home

Jenny from 'Refresh Living' created the sweetest little girls space complete with a homemade macrame curtain feature! You have to check it out!

Eclectic Vintage Girls' Shared Bedroom - Refresh LivingIt is possible to create shared kids' bedrooms even in small homes and small rooms! Lofting the bed is such a great way to save space, and it looks amazing too!

Hey this is me! But look at those built-ins #pinchme

Glam Formal Living Room - Restyle it Wrightorc-restyle-it-wright

Maria from 'Simple Nature Decor Blog' created a natural inspired multi-purpose space you just have to check out. There are some amazing farmhouse style shelves hanging out in there...

Botanical Inspired Laundry/Office Space - Simple Nature Decororc-simple-nature-decor

Nicki from 'Sweet Parrish Place' added tons of personality to her kids guest bathroom!

Polished Casual Kids Guest Bathroom - Sweet Parrish Placeorc-sweet-parrish-place

Joy from 'The Aspiring Home' created not only one but two spaces! The wood accent wall with gold details is no doubt one of my favorites!

Eclectic Powder Room - The Aspiring Homeorc-the-aspiring-home

Oh my gosh wait until you see this bedroom from Linda at 'The Home I create'. That gorgeous rug, gold and lucite details, and all the sweet personal touches- this bedroom is one to see!

Glam & Colorful Master Bedroom - The Home I Createorc-the-home-i-create

April from 'Uncookie Cutter' created a super mod space thats spa like in every way.

Modern Spa Bathroom - Uncookie Cutterorc-uncookie-cutter

BonBon from 'Farmhouse 40' updated her master bedroom to reflect true farmhouse style down to the sliding barn door!

Farmhouse Master Bedroom - Farmhouse 40orc-farmhouse-40

You guy's won't believe what Jenny from 'Paint Yourself a Smile' did to her sons bedroom! It's full of whimsy and art and it's truly something unique.

Pop Art Teen Bedroom - Paint Yourself a Smilepop-art-teen-bedroom-1

You can see hundreds of other amazing room makeovers, completed in only 6 weeks, completed as part of the One Room Challenge at Calling it Home.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you found something inspirational...I know I did!
I'll be back later this week with my tips on how to decorate a room on a budget! Have a great day!



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