Use quilt decor and more to bring color, pattern and substance to a room.
So imagine a room with beautiful pale blue walls and short stubby windows adorned with melted mini blinds, homemade blackout shades and sheets on the windows. I don’t even remember what was on the bed. I think it was an old khaki colored comforter with stains.
And every night I would peruse the latest Pottery Barn catalog and fall in love with beautiful linens and window treatments that just did not fit into my budget and I would feel sad and frustrated…
because I knew this room could be so beautiful…
And as usual my mind got busy figuring out how I could make something beautiful and different and comfortable that didn’t cost as much as a new washer and dryer.
So I visited my favorite fabric stores and calculated yardage and everything just looked ordinary and still expensive…
One day while doing my rounds at the big three (Marshalls, TJMax and Homegoods) I stumbled upon a quilt. It was the Kismet quilt and I loved it. It was bright and colorful and the pattern looked old and new at the same time and it was the right weight. Not too heavy or bulky and less than $50.00.
THIS WAS IT! This was going to make this room shine and sing.
sadly they only had one…
But I snagged it anyway and went home to do an internet search and found another one on Overstock.com at TJMax prices. I am on my way to making this room pretty.
One king-size quilt went on the bed and the other was cut into curtain panels and lined just like you would line any other curtain panel.
The red quilted fabric was another TJMax quilt used on a bed and was recycled into trim and a bed skirt. $$$$$ saved!
Isn’t recycling and re-purposing just the best idea ever? Taking something old and making it new again and it doesn’t cost you anything?
I have to tell you that there is something a little deceiving about the windows…
If you took all this stuff off you would see some very small windows with a lot of Sheetrock between the top of the window and the ceiling and the tops of these curtain panels are kinda ugly.
If I were to hang them on a rod stuck to the wall, there just wouldn’t be a whole lot of improvement. So, we hang them high, really high, almost to the ceiling high and we hang them inside a cornice that adds character and drama and hides the ugly tops.
Where did the cornice come from? Well…
I measured and cut and cleaned and sanded and painted and glued the boards together. I made two little sides and bought dowel rods to hang the curtains on and used left over table legs cut into pieces for the finials. It was a lot of work but cost less than $10.00! Can you believe it!
Learning to re-purpose is like a gift!
With a little creativity and elbow grease
In fact, I think I will go out and water the plants and sit for spell
and then I will come back in and enjoy my master bedroom with
Quilt Decor and More!