Note: I’ve updated this post with new photos since it was originally published. I got a new camera and lighting kit recently, and couldn’t resist redoing some less-than-stellar photos 😉
So if you saw my last post, you know I’m doing the One Room Challenge. I decided to makeover my master bedroom. As soon as I made the decision, the little hamster in my brain started running really fast on his wheel. What is it about deadlines that gets your adrenaline pumping and your creativity juices flowing? So I made my list of things to do for the room and head out to my favorite home good related stores in town. Armed with gift cards on online coupons on my cell phone, I made my rounds. PS – if you’re not pulling up online coupons at stores like Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Joann’s Fabrics, etc – you’re missing out. Bookmark them on your phone for easy access when you’re at the register.
I used to have a traditional canopy that went across the top of my bed. I made it 10 years ago. In some of my inspiration photos, I was seeing drapes that came down the sides of the bed. Since I can’t slip drapes on my bed posts (no way that bed is ever coming apart), I had to come up with a way to “attach” the drapes to my upper bed posts. I wanted something a little edgier, and then it hit me! I bought a two-pack of white sheer drapes at At Home for $29.95 (score!), and then went over to Michael’s and bought a 5 yard roll of gold chain for $5 (I had a 50% off coupon on my phone).
I came home and measured around all sides of the pole. I realized I needed 11.25″ of chain to get around the pole for each loop. I grabbed my two pairs of needle nose pliers, a pair of really sharp pointy scissors, a ruler and got to work.
Each curtain was 40 inches wide. I took my scissors and literally stabbed holes in the top of the curtain that were about a half inch from the top, and spaced 8 inches apart.
Then I took my roll of chain and measured 11.25 inches. Using both pairs of needle nose pliers, I opened a link in the chain. Fun fact, I used to work in a bead and hemp jewelry store when I was in high school. So you know I know the right way to open a link/jump ring. The wrong way – you pull the ends of the link apart from each other. The correct way – if the ends of the link/ring are coming from your left and right side, you move one end up, the other end goes down. Does that make sense? Then you don’t weaken the link. Once you’ve undone the link, slide off the extra (attached to the role). Push the piece of chain you have just cut through the hole in the curtain. Be sure not to lose the link you just opened. Now the tricky part. Stand on a stool and with the curtain hanging from your one chain you have to wrap it around the post and close the link/ring. Yes, there were a couple bad words spoken. Keep on going until you have all of your chains through the holes and around the pole.
I love how it looks. I may add more drape panels at the bottom corners of the bed. I’ll wait a couple weeks to decide on that. Here’s the final look, what do you think?
I knocked out a couple more projects this weekend, so stay tuned to see how those turned out. I’m really excited to see how my bedroom turns out!