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Faux Roman Shades

My list of home projects I want to tackle is loooooong, and I have a history of starting a project yet never finishing it.  Life has a habit of getting in the way.  It’s because of this that Friday’s finished project is extra exciting for me.  I actually completed something – faux roman shades for the laundry room.  My inspiration was the Evolution of Style Blog’s post about ’em.  She followed the tutorial from Imparting Grace.  Without further ado….

Whoever built this house made it way too narrow but that’s a story for another day.  This window had a valance that I ripped down upon immediately moving in; hence the brackets in the trim.  Note: I was doing laundry during the making of this project.





The window faces trees and bushes so there wasn’t need for privacy.  I selected a window panel at the Ballard Design Outlet for $45.  A little more than I wanted to spend for this project but it was lined.  Since this side faces west, it provides decent sun coverage.  The only other cost was 3 cheap tension rods and no-sew fusing web from Target.  It took maybe 45 minutes from start to finish.  However, I may have been watching TV and doing laundry while doing it.

If you’re looking for a quick, cheap and relatively easy project this weekend I highly recommend the Faux Roman Shade.


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Project #1 – Hardwood Floors (Part 2)

Gosh, life keeps getting in the way of moving out on this blog.  More on that later this week.  It’s time for Part 2 of our first major home renovation.  The messiest and noisiest part of the project was ripping up the porcelain tile.  Our contractors worked incredibly hard at keeping the house as clean as possible during the construction.  They did a phenomenal job cleaning up after themselves each day.

After weighing the options for the type of hardwood, we went with a mix of rift and quarter sawn white oak.  Rift & Quarter Sawn boards have a different look (i.e.  less knots) and more dimensional stability.  They’re created by initially cutting a log into quarters and cutting boards from alternate faces of the wedge.  Since making this type of wood is more time consuming, it certainly comes at a higher cost.

Below are images of the house mid-process.  The bottom right is the unstained wood being installed.

The contractor stained all the floors after it was installed.  Since we were trying to match existing wood banister on our stairs, it made more sense to select a color after installation.  The finished product wound up pretty close to the banisters but not quite exactly.  For now, we’ll live with it.  Here’s a peek at our family room and stairs.


We’re much happier with the warmth of wood on the main flooring.  The only downside is it’s still pretty slippery for the kids and our dog.  I foresee a stair runner in our future for safety reasons.