Budget Idea #3~ Covering a large wall space

Hello dear readers~
When we moved into our home, we really didn’t have a lot of money left to decorate it.   I sewed some curtains and other items.  Believe me, my sewing expertise is limited to straight seams.  I’ll bet I would be a fantastic pillowcase maker!   Anything I did was easy, but somehow it turned out fine.

I had one trouble spot, however.  Above our bed we have a large wall with a tall ceiling.  We could not afford to purchase a painting or framed print, so I had to get creative.  I happen to love the home decorator fabrics at the fabric stores.   They are used for draperies, upholstery, and bedspreads, and have a nice weight to them.
I found a printed material that matched the color in our duvet.  I also found a solid color for a “band or frame” around the outside of the printed material.  *See photo.
Once I made a hem all the way around it, I hung it with cafe rings from a curtain rod.  (the “frame” was attached like a silky binding on a blanket)
Simple~ and it solved the problem!

I’ve also used small, throw-sized quilts in the same way….hanging them with café rings from a curtain rod.   That’s the no-sew version!!

Thanks for visiting!


Budget Ideas #2 ~ Kitchen Range Hood

Budget Ideas are my favorite things to do/make for a low cost.  Here’s version #2.

If you are building a home, remodeling, or keeping ideas for your next home, this is a great alternative to an expensive decorative range hood.  This one has an “old ” look, but variations can be made to blend with any kitchen cabinetry period or style.   

A regular white range hood fan sits under the flared base and is the type that can be purchased at any lumber yard, appliance store or discount store.   The builder used wood to frame the flare shape around the fan and continued up to the ceiling.   Drywall was installed over all.   Next, the builder applied drywall mud in a random, “messy” way, so that it resembled plaster in very old buildings.  Maple trim was used around the base to match the cabinets.  Later, craft paint was mixed and painted with sponges and brushes to create the look of a surface that is centuries old.

With the money you save, you can make and serve expensive meals under your classy range hood for many years! 🙂