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Man, I’m exhausted and it’s only Wednesday! Am I alone here? I feel like I’ve somehow fit a million hours into 3 days. This week has seriously been so crazy because the hubs and I have been working hard to create our DIY Factory Cart Table. I will say, this has not been the easiest process I’ve ever gone through. In fact, it’s been more difficult than I anticipated. Let just say, I’ve been to Lowes SO many times this week, that they recognize me… And I’m not even joking. It’s bad.

So over the past week or so I’ve been posting a few projects from my recent laundry room makeover. I first started with some great inspirations I had found off of Pinterest. I then replaced our awful existing light with a refurbished industrial pendant. And my most recent DIY project was the no-sew window valance. There were of course many more { mini } DIY projects going on, but those were some of my favorites!

Today I’m posting about another project from our laundry room makeover. We have a small window and needed a window treatment. I really didn’t want to buy another valance, but I did remember I had some left over window panels from our previous house that we have not yet used in this home. I pulled them out to see if they were workable, and luckily they were! They were black floor length panels that I had bought from Target a while ago for about $10 per panel. For this particular project I only needed one panel. (I ended up using the other panel for a different project. There will be a post coming soon!)  I’m sometimes lazy when it comes to sewing, so I really didn’t want to drag out my sewing machine for this project. Thankfully I figured out a way to make a no sew window valance with just a few easy steps. Here is my tutorial as best as I can explain it. Sorry for the black fabric – kind of hard to give a clear step by step with a dark fabric!

So you might have taken a little tour of our home and seen a peak of our dining room. I’m always changing things up here and there, but I’ve finally settled on something I’m pretty happy with. The color scheme of yellow, green, grey and black came into play kind of by accident but I actually really love it. And hey, I’m kinda representing the good ole Baylor bears a bit too! Go green and gold! Ok getting a little distracted… Anyways! Here is a closer look at our dining room. Keep scrolling down for the before pics. 

So for a while now I’ve been intrigued with antler-like objects. I think the rustic elements really are the reason why I’m so attracted to them. About a year ago, my hubby came home from a hunting trip with a nice little surprise on the stove. He was boiling a set of antlers from a deer he had killed that day. I wasn’t sure how to feel about it because a.) he was boiling antlers in my kitchen! Gross!!!  b.) he killed bambi!!!  and c.) he was really proud of himself… so should I be proud of him??? ugh regardless – I couldn’t do anything about bambi at this point so I had to move on… *tear* I will say this is probably where my creativity had to kick in because guess what – he wanted to mount this thing. I was still seriously grossed out and sad at this point, but I started brainstorming ways to make these antlers “rustic chic.” I didn’t have pinterest at the time, but below are a few images I recently pulled that were similar to my inspirations at the time:

Is it just me that loves wicker? Or shall I say “wuvs” it;) I’m cheesy, it’s ok.  As much as I love wicker, most of the time my wicker finds are always in need of a huge makeover.  A few weeks ago the hubs and I went to good ole east Texas to get in some quality family time. Most of our east Texas trips end up with some great finds from our standard antique shopping trips.This fabulous find was just one of many. I spotted it pretty quickly and knew I had to have it. Despite the horrendous paint color, the shape of the piece was too pretty to pass up. And when I say the color was terrible, I mean it! Imagine the color of a band-aid mixed with the color of throw up or something. Sorry for the visual, but yeah – it was bad!! I thought for sure since the color was so awful that they would be willing to negotiate the price down a lot. Well I was kinda wrong, but a little right. It was listed at $80 which I thought was just completely ridiculous. I mean, who do these people think they are?? $80?? YEAH RIGHT.  I did really want it though so I believe I offered like $50 or something and eventually met in the middle at $65. I normally would never pay that much for something like this, but the chair was actually in really good condition and I already had a place picked out for it in our home. Darn. I bought it. BUT the good news is after my little makeover, I loved it even more than I thought I would!