I also gave the middle picture frame below a mini-makeover. It was a botanical print before and I was tired of looking at it. So, I simply glued a piece of leftover bamboo to the outside of the glass (to cover the print) and then added some vintage keys.
Now onto my window treatments! My dining room window is the only window in the house that lets in a bunch of light and I wasn’t about to cover it. However, I wanted to add the illusion of a bamboo blind to add some warmth and texture to the window. The cheapest way of doing this was to buy a $9 shade/bamboo-mat-thingy from Ikea and a spring-loaded shower curtain rod.
I placed my shower rod in the window to get the right length and then took it down and covered it with my shade. I glued it all together along the seams to disguess the fact that it was cut into pieces.
And here it is!
You can sneak a peak at the rod to get a better idea of how I glued it in place.
And here is a better shot of the window. (Sort of. My photography skills are obviously lacking here.) The curtains are from Pottery Barn bought at half price off of ebay! Wahoo! The paint color in the dining room is Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.
Just three small updates to my space, but ones that I think have made a huge difference in how I feel about it! I am starting to really LOVE this level of my home. Can’t wait until it is completely finished. Just a few more projects left…
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Hello! It’s nice to meet you! I am a new blogger and just discovered your blog 🙂 I really love your style! I plan on redoing my entryway lamp shade with rope like yours… thank you for the inspiration!
Thanks so much for stopping by Shana!
peg from northern va - dc says
Super idea with the bamboo beach mat “thingy” as you call it! I am so impressed with your style and what you’re doing!
I am trying to figure out how to do a great looking bamboo bed canopy with bamboo curtains (or those beach mat “thingy(s)” as you call them in a very frugal manner. I am a diy’er so not scared of trying anything.
I found you via search today. I’m musing here. I’m thinking of seeing if freecycle has someone with bamboo poles (or bamboo in the backyard but would need to check on curing them, etc. and the proper machete (laugh) or saw to cut them down…which sounds like way too much work) to possible either suspend the bamboo to hang curtains, or use bamboo curtains as the canopy. I see some great ideas with either suspended bamboo over the bed to hold curtains or bamboo as the canopy posts on the bed with sheer or other draped fabric. But….I’m still looking.
I saw one bamboo curtain canopy via google images but it just wasn’t the effect nor stylized or feel for me that I was envisioning.
I did see a nice looking bamboo headboard (professional designer)
I am dying for something to separate the bed from the room with a canopy or other something. If I don’t go with bamboo – which is my first choice… I’m even thinking of using perhaps some stair spokes attached to poles possibly to make the canopy posts and give it a little more style. There are even some long floor lamp poles that might be an option to configure.
As well, I found some 90 degree angle plastic (about 7 inches or so each side) (don’t know what they were…located at habitat for humanity recycle store) that are about 12 feet long each – that I was musing about what those might look like as cornices for the bed, or if that doesn’t seem to work, I’ll use them for the windows or to divide my living room from a library type alcove in my 1939 rather small townhome.
Your style is super, and why I’m writing you. I’ve been searching on and off for ideas for weeks (uh months) and I never leave comments – but I guess I do now.
I also love your lamp shade idea!
Question – if you don’t mind…
How did you affix things to your brick wall? Did you use a hammer drill (what brand do you use?) or a regular drill and what bits/screws/hardware/anchors worked best? Did you drill into the mortar or the actual brick? I’ve seen folks do it either way. I have an 18 volt regular drill which I hope will work and looking for advice on the drill bit to buy and the best hardware to hang items on brick and appropriate anchor, etc.
Even if you don’t have time to answer the question, thanks for the inspiration! I’m going to check out your other posts now. Bravo!
Kristine at The Painted Hive says
OMGosh! This is sooo funny. I did almost the exact same thing last year in my Master Bedroom with the bamboo shade. Great minds I guess! Check it out here: http://thepaintedhive.blogspot.com/2010/10/master-bedroom-progresswindow-treatment.html
Kathleen Frances says
You know, these might be good for the nursing room. They could sit above the window and be non functional but still give a homey feel. I could make curtains for the right side and nothing would show through the window.
I gave Jamey a list of all the fabrics and an estimate of what that will come up to today. It was a little over $100 (just for the textiles). I guess that's okay. It's a lot of stuff.
Erin @ The Little Apartment says
Thanks for the inspiration Beth! You got the creative wheels of my mind turning! I'll have to link up to your party to show you (:
I totally recovered a lampshade with some hemp rope just this Saturday after seeing this here! And i LOVE it! Had to buy some rope for my son's Joseph costume (think technicolor dreamcoat Joseph) for his school play, but then I had tons left…so i covered a lampshade. Gorgeous and fab-o idea! Thanks a million!!!
I have been trying to figure out how to make the bamboo blinds for my living room. Thank you so much for sharing! You just saved me a lot of $$$.
B's Mommy says
Beautiful work! I love the way the light dances on the wall. Looking forward to more posts. Adore your blog!
dreams on 34th street says
Hey Beth! I was checking on some friends in Japan and just trotted on over to you! I LOVE your dining room wall…I loved it in the Fall and at Christmas…and NOW as you transition into Spring! You are just so clever…Mr D and I are painting the den as I write…gotta go!
Beth you are some sort of brilliant! So are these like place mats? I want to make some! FABULOUS job! I would be delighted if you would link this to my party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-6.html
Sommer @ Designer Garden
Hi Beth I am so glad I found your blog, your home is beautiful!! I just love the makeover you did on those buffet shades, they look fantastic, and that exposed brick in your dining GORGEOUS!! Just became your newest follower, Martina
Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says
That is so cute! Love how they turned out!
A Vintage Vine says
I like the new look! Beth, too funny, I have those same lampshades! Looks like they need a makeover too!
I did the same window shade treatment on my windows except i bought the woven placements, folded them in half and hot glued them to the wood molding at the top of the window. great minds think alike!
Just came across your blog. LOVE your dining room. That is my idea of a brick wall!! So perfect looking. Great job!
Josefa Lunares says
k nice your lamps with rope and bamboo blinds paa your window has been perfect this corner of the house seems delightfully white container above the buffet is precious. kiss
Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal says
Ok, this is a little freaky. I just picked up some thrift store lamps and was thinking of adding rope to the shades. Then I sit to read blog and see you just did this too. And I love the look. So thanks for the preview!
Blondie's Journal says
You come up with the best projects and results…I don't know where you find the time! The lamps are awesome and the blinds were a fantastic idea. I have bamboo blinds and they have lasted for over 20 years…I'm sure these will too as they seem more sturdy than regular blinds. Great job, my friend!
Finding Home says
Love the lamps, I have been wanting to do a small lamp like that for my kitchen. Have I ever mentioned how much I have brick wall envy! Have a great weekend, Laura
Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says
Love the changes! I love the beachy and rustic feel of the rope. I will have to consider this treatment in my endless quest to find the right lamp makeover for my lamps. My living room is a very mixed up style right now as it moves from boring furniture-store look to class white, black, and brown. I love the beach and rustic themes too…do you think it would look good with more classic whites and blacks? Hmm…
Both great ideas…love the lamps.
What a difference those 3 little changes made..I am in love with your brick wall..Everything looks great..
The lampshades came out great! They look perfect against the brick wall. What a clever idea.
My best- Diane
Beth what an ingenious thought for the faux bamboo shades would have never thought of that…
Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says
I am totally stealing the rope lamp shade idea. I am tired of my lamp shade in my living room but I wasn't sure what to do. I love the little changes you've made. Wonderful!
Melissa Lewis says
Agh, I'm so excited. I have an old pier1 lamp beside my bed with olive-y silk fabric and beaded fringe. I haven't taken it off yet cause I can't decide what to do to it. I already have a couple with burlap. This is perfect!!!!! Thank you for your inspiration and Happy Friday:)
Girl, you are ahhhmaaazingggg. Love the shades, gonna have to try that. And the picture redo…well simply love it all.
Your not only helpful, friendly and nice but talented too!!! 🙂
Cindy at Some Really Neat Stuff says
Very nice. I like all the texture.
You are a girl after my own heart with the glue! So clever and great looking the faux shade on the shower rod…just genius!!! Your dining room looks smashing! I've been working the glue projects lately too. So fast and creates nearly instant gratification.
Vivienne @ the V Spot says
I absolutely LOVE this! It's fantastic!
I love the changes! The rope lamp shades are so cool and the faux bamboo shade is BRILLIANT 😀
Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says
Love the lampshades update, Beth! You are giving me hope that the warmer weather is not far off with the coastal/beachy feel I'm getting from your dining room. I was just thinking yesterday of getting my Target linen drapes from last year out and changing out my heavier winter look in my dining room.
Gloria Fox says
I can't believe I've never noticed your brick wall before in your dining room. I L.O.V.E. it, and your changes. Great idea for the lamp shades.
Wow! Great makeovers! Love the faux bamboo shade! What a terrific idea! Thanks for sharing.
Love the makeovers! Those little lampshades with the twine took me down memory lane. I all of a sudden remembered a lampshade my big sister made back in the day. The days when macrame was hot. She covered a lampshade with white twine and added glass beads to the shade. I being six years old, and really wanting to be like my big sister, thought that was uber cool. Funny how I totally forgot about that until I saw your shades.
Not that you shades are looking like they came from those days. No they are uber cool and hot and trendy and I love them. They just brought back a memory. Thanks! Have a wonderful weekend.
Heather@The Black's Best says
Beautiful! I love the lamp shades and that is a great faux window treatment too…I might have to copy it.
Michelle @ Dream Home DIY says
Oh Im sure you've heard this a million times my dear, but I would give my left arm for that brick wall (although Im not so sure what you'd want my arm for lol)
I absolutely love your style! So glad I've found your blog!