Saturday, May 26, 2012

How to cover your {ugly} walls

Missed everyone while I was gone.  It has been a crazy few months.  Getting Little S ready for school and Mr S has been so busy with work.  I, too, have been busy doing freelance work for a few clients, so forgive me my absence, please. :)

Hope you are all doing well and as promised (if not much later than I intended) here is how I covered the ugly walls of my sunroom for Mr S's big 30th birthday bash! {Seen here}

Fabric of your choice ( I chose white satin)
Dowel rods (I used 3/8") or curtain rods that you will use
Command hooks (check the weight) 2 for each panel
Measurement of walls you need to cover {height x width(2)}

1.  Cut your fabric to twice the measurement of the wall you wish to cover. Adding 4" to the length.  If you want/need to sew the sides, give yourself an extra inch in width as well. 

Note:  In my case, I needed several different sizes and chose to cut and sew them all at one time, so I labeled them "a", "b", "c" etc to keep from getting confused and stuck sticky notes to the wall with the corresponding letter.

2.  Turn the top edge under 1/2" and press, then turn another 2" and press.  Stitch a 1/4" along the edge to create a pole pocket for the dowel.  **You can do the pole pocket whatever size you like.  I created a generous pocket as to allow me to use these on different dowels in the future**

3.  Turn the bottom edge 1-1/2" and stitch a bottom hem.
**If you were going to turn the sides in and sew them, do that before the pole pocket/hem**

4.  Place command hooks at the edges of the walls you wish to cover.  Make sure you leave room to put the dowel over the hook.

5.  Cut the dowels to fit the hooks (they can extend to just the edges, but they fall kind of easily, so let them extend slightly passed the hooks.  Once they are cut, thread them through the pole pocket.

6.  Hang them on the hooks and....

Voila!! Your ugly wall is temporarily covered.  This whole method could work for making curtains too, just make sure you make it all look pretty and neat if you're trying to do curtains.  Here are a few shots of my unfinished sun room with it's white satin wall covers.
Not a permanent solution, but a perfect, cheap,
short term solution!

With the black table cloths, red tissure paper flowers, and white curtains,
it isn't noticable that the room isn't finished!

Links to sites I used: White Satin
More white satin:  (the fabric from here was much thinner than what i orderd from amazon, but it worked well)
Black table cloth:  We bought these for our wedding and have kept them for occasions such as this!
Dowels:  Michael's
Command Hooks:  Walmart

All in all, the panels cost me about $40.  The reason I didn't bother with side seams on any of them is because I wanted to be able to use the fabric later, since it was the most expensive part.  Hopefully, this inspires you dress up your home without breaking the bank for your next party!

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