Saturday, February 20, 2010

Gussied Up

It's still "G" week...I wanted to show you some easy ways to "gussy up" some everyday, boring objects.

My two girls have plain old pull down shades in their rooms. Yes, there are tons of cute options to replace the shades out there, but I was going for CHEAP because I have a million other things I would rather spend the money on.

For those of you who are keeping up (aka know your ABC's), next week is "H" week and I am going to do some of my house before and afters. So please come back and see what I've been up to for the past 4 months (we moved into this house on Halloween).

Anyway, back to the shades. I decided just to embellish them with simple things. Oldest daughter got simple ribbon hot glued to the bottoms of the shades.

This is definately a "do as I say and not as I do" moment. Not only am I a teacher, I also have a degree in Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and I had to take a whole course on electrical safety. I am sure this breaks all kinds of electrical safety rules. But it was much easier to do it this way then to set down the blasted glue gun every second.

Youngest daughter has a polka dot "themed" room so when I found these round mirrors at Walmart, I knew they would be perfect. For this embellishment, I did take the shades down so I could place the mirrors where I wanted them before I glued them down. I let her add the flower stickers later.

Finally, I had some posters/prints/whatevers hubby bought at an auction (I turned my head and he started bidding on random stuff...note to self, keep my eye on him more closely).
Anyway, I found some picture frames I wasn't really using, but they were, well BORING.

I had some bead/ribbon/trim stuff that I decided to try to hot glue onto the frames to give them more dimension. After that, I spray painted them oil rubbed bronze and I like the way they turned out.

Simple solutions, easy on the pocketbook.

I am all about the details, I have some ideas for this area:
Remember Truvy's Beauty Shop? You can read a little more about it here.

And I can't wait to share it with you.

Keep coming challenge me to be more creative.

I'm linking up, come see:
Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special


  1. I think the shades turned out really cute. I love them both- I recently told my oldest daughter to get one of these for the baby's room-- it is very small and any blind w/ a cord would just NOT DO in a Nursery. (neither would the mirrors/sequins) ...but the shade with the ribbon would work wonders in that room!
    With a degree in understand me.
    (everybody else thinks i worry too

    Thanks for the idea!

  2. I love the idea of putting the ric rac on the frame before painting it! That's a great way to give some detail and dimension to a plain frame!



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