Wednesday, March 12, 2008

WINDOW MISTREATMENT


I am a big fan of Nester and if you don't know her you should run over and check her out. She is so much fun and even though she is certainly young enough to be my daughter she is totally OK. She has posts on a couple of window "mistreatments" and I would like to add mine. I made this at least 10 years ago and yes the wallpaper is vintage 70s and I have yet to remove it, after all, it goes great with the harvest gold tile , toilet and floor. Back to the window.

I have always admired the cornice type/ pelmet treatments made on a shaped board , padded and upholstered often found in older or English homes. Being lazy, I set about to do this the easy way. 1) Measure the width of the window, plus the returns of the classic cheap, white rod. 2) Determine the length that would look best and add 2 inches for the casing. 3) I bought iron-on interfacing ( called Pellon back in my Home Ec days). 4) Cut the Pellon the same size as the fabric and follow directions to fuse together. 5) Fold in half to find center and mark with a pin or mark on the back with a pen, whatever is easiest or handiest. 6) Take a round plate or cake pan and starting in the middle, center the pan and draw the curve, move pan and draw the next curve. Continue on each side of center until you come to the end. See where I am going with this?? I fear I am not explaining well :( 7) Now for the casing. Fold 1/2 " and iron, fold 1 1/2 inches and iron. Hand stitch to make the casing. 8) Now just hot glue gimp or fringe around the curve. This really takes less time to do it than it does to explain it. My friend Martha will vouch for me because I made these for her cute French doors on either side of her adorable fireplace in her bungalow before we put it on the market. I think the "mistreatments" were the reason her house sold sooo very quickly, right Martha??

The only problem is that you can't really wash it. I have put it in the dryer to get the dust out, but then you have to reglue the fringe. I am sure there is another kind of glue to use and you crafty people could just use that. I just vacuum it when the mood strikes.

On another note, the owners of the ModVic ( see Monday's post) have offered to give me a private tour when the house is ready. You know how much I love old houses; remember the ones I sold that I showed you here?

Later,
Janet

PS. The "d" and "f" on my keyboard are malfunctioning, so if you see a spot where I missed one, just add it in, OK??

15 comments:

  1. I'm a fan of Nester, too...and I'm a firm believer in window mistreatments. Hot glue, staple gun, upholstery tacks...who needs those fancy, expensive rods? Glad you will get to tour the Vic.

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  2. Great window treatment! Now I am going over to see Nester....someone new to meet!
    Penny

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  3. Wow, I'm so impressed. I'm not that crafty, but I am willing to try! Love it!
    Hugs,
    Rose

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  4. ...the pic of the " window mistreatment" that's posted is the inspiration for my the one's Janet came over and created for me one VERY HOT HOT day a couple of summers ago. I have to say that was a cute bungalow. For you that dont know, Janet found that bungalow for me after a deal fell thru and then got it on the market for me 5 yrs later when i meet the man of my dreams and it sold right away , it was her expertise ...She is a GREAT real estare agent/broker and a true friend .. who else can you call to help with window mistreats or rides to the hospital after home improv goes bad....

    Signed, Martha ( before mentioned )

    p.s. love the nester also

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  5. Wonderful window treatment! My husband calls me the queen of the glue gun because I swear you can use it to fix just about anything! LOL...
    ~Des

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  6. I love her too. Very nice, window looks great.

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  7. Janet, your window treatment turned out beautifully !!! Thank you for the inspiration. Clarice

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  8. Janet, I think that it's very pretty. I love that fabric!

    Have you tried Fabritac? (I think that's how it's spelled). It's great, but I'm not sure if it holds up to heat or not...maybe someone else will know.

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  9. Great job! I am pretty sure I would have pulled my hair out : ) Can't wait to see the inside of that other house!

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  10. I love this! I just found Nester last week and have been loving it! I actually found her through you!
    I am veddy impressed with your talent for mistreatments dear heart...

    Looks elegant and very, very UNmistreated.

    Hugs,
    Sue

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  11. I read it, but I don't see it! What is wrong with me!!

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  12. I'm another fan of Nester :) You did a terrific job on the mistreatments :)
    I envy your upcoming tour missy!! ;)
    Rue

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  13. I really like it! You did a great job. Is it wrong to like mistreatments or is that a good thing? I'll have to figure this out...

    Thanks for stopping by today!

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  14. Ohhhhh, I see that it's a very good thing. LOL! Don't mind me...it' that whole coming or going thing again.

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  15. Your window treatment looks really great! You did such a wonderful job with it!

    Manuela

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Janet