2.18.2009

I May Never Cook Again

Because I am too busy staring at my latest mistreatment adventure. Want to join me?

This time I skipped the curtain rods and used upholstery tacks, which are easy and cheap. I folded my material in half lengthwise, tucked in the raw edges, pinned them with safety pins then kicked off my flip flops.

So I could climb on top of my kitchen counters.

What? You don't walk on your counters with sweaty feet? Supper's at 6:00.

Then with some tacking, shwooping, fluffing and hot gluing of fringe and I was done. Lickety split.

Ta DA!

While I was up there, I yanked down some unfortunate greenery that I had put on top of the cabinets years ago in a misguided attempt to make the kitchen seem more homey. Does ivy really grow on kitchen cabinets? No. Should it? No.

I also followed the Nester's advice about the height of mistreatments. By tacking mine as close to the ceiling as possible, I hopefully created the illusion that the windows are taller, therefore making our kitchen seem larger. Did it work? Also, don't look too close, but I ran a tad short on the black fringe, on the middle window. It was close so I just tucked the edge back and called it done. Who would ever climb on top of my kitchen counters to check anyway?
Say it with me... it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. There is freedom and beauty in that short, but powerful sentence isn't there?

28 comments:

  1. Holy inspiration, Batman!

    I am TOTALLY going to do this. You are an inspiration to non-sewers everywhere.

    Where exactly would one buy upholstery tacks?

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  2. Thanks Stie!

    I bought mine at Hobby Lobby, a package of a bunch for .99. I think Target, WalMart, Home Depot etc. carries them as well.

    I have to give kudos and credit to The Nester for sharing her mistreatments & tutorials for giving me the courage to try making my own (her button is on my sidebar).

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  3. I LOVE the Nester! SHe had wonderful decorating ideas! That is where I got the ideas for the mistreatment in my house too!

    They are Lovely!

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  4. I agree Nester totally rocks and YOU, you rocked that mistreatment! It looks great! "Supper's at 6:00"... snort, heha heehaaaa, giggle!!

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  5. OH MY GOSH this is FAntaStic!!!

    I love this... I may even start mistreating myself! I have loved her sight but never really ya know-done anything so cool like you have!!

    I'm thinking about this & where to start- so great inspiration here. PS. with cute toes like that I would eat dinner at your house anyday ;)

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  6. Hey, I don't know what "shwooping" is...but it looks great! How did you make it gently curve out like that? I really love them!

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  7. this is awesome. you're opening up a whole new world for me, holly! (including climbing on my countertops barefoot!!!). i gotta try this out- they look great!

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  8. Love them!! However, I'm totally in love with toile! ;o)

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  9. just when I thought it couldn't get any better than your lovely living room curtains, you go and create these! totally awesome. I have some windows that are calling your name.

    "Holly, Holly,......"

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  10. OH My goodness! I think I am totally going to have to do this~my kitchen needs some mistreatments! I don't blame you I wouldn't cook either but I totally walk on my counters! I'm only 2hrs away you need to come up for a visit!:)

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  11. OMGoodness!! I love it Holly! When I drink my coffee it will be so cozy! HA!!

    PLEASE COME OVER AND DO MINE! :)

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  12. Oh my WORD Holly those mistreatments are gorgeous! I want to do my kitchen now!!

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  13. YOU ARE AMAZING!!! I have a serious lack of urgency when it comes to decorating.

    "What? You don't walk on your counters with sweaty feet? Supper's at 6:00." BEST LINE I'VE READ ALL WEEK! Love it! You made me honk-laugh.

    And, if it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful...does that apply to people, too? I sure hope so!!!

    xoxo
    (Haven't been visiting blogs much lately...so glad I stopped by)

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  14. I am seriously impressed! These look so great and I love your documentation of the process. "Dinner's at 6:00" totally cracked me up.

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  15. Cute! Love the fabric, love the red on your walls. Most of all, I love knowing that it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. Wonderful.

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  16. SOOOOOOO pretty!!!!! And I love the pics of A's room and teh craft zone. Thanks for sharing that I am not the only one with a hole in the house! :)

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  17. I got my mom to make my kitchen valances. Seriously. You're my homemaking hero.

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  18. Your house is SO darling! Seriously.

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  19. You have got some serious decorating, craft making, glue gun wielding talent!

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  20. Very cool. You rock. I think you need a home decor show.

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  21. Oh that is SO SO SO pretty!! Love it! Will you come do my kitchen now? :-)

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  22. hey holly- where did you get that fabric? i love it- i'm thinking of doing something like that in the baby room and haven't seen it...then again, i am not in fabric stores all that often... :)

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  23. Jen: I got this fabric at Hobby Lobby, it's a type of home decorator fabric, so it's a bit wider. Craft & fabric stores should carry home dec. fabric, even some Wal Marts (grimace, I know). Any fabric really would work, I think the home dec. fabrics tend to be a bit thicker and heavier, so they hang a little better.

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  24. I finally had a little time to catch up on some blog reading! I love your cute house and all you've done!

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  25. man! hobby lobby! i remember seeing those in texas... i'll check out some local haunts and see what i can figure out. :)

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  26. LOL about the cabinet ivy. . .why do people do that?!

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  27. I am definitely heading to Hobby Lobby today although I don't have any definite projects in mind...

    Putting the fabric up close to the ceiling totally worked--it looks fabulous!

    I love to read your posts, Holly...they always make me smile :)

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