How to Create a Valance from a Pillow Case!



Today, I am going to show you how I created a valance from a pillow case.


There are a ton of titles I could have used for this post, like…


How to  Make a Valance in 5 Minutes!


NO Sew Valance!



A 5 Minute, No Sew Valance!



How to Fake a Valance!


All of those titles would have totally worked, so it was hard for me to pick just one! Smile


I had some readers ask me how I made the valances in my master closet, and I had to laugh a little.  I thought, “If you only knew!”

Well, after you watch this video, you will!


I used three things to make my valance:

1.  A King sized pillow case.

2.  Two ball head straight pins.


3.  And thumbtacks.



I made this video at night so the sun wouldn’t be glaring in the window as I talked, but instead, my chandelier light is glaring in the window.  Sheesh!

Oh well! Smile




That’s it!


If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments!


Have you ever used a pillow case or something

totally unorthodox to create a

window {mis}treatment?


Linking to…


Home Stories A2Z


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DIY Light and Mirror Makeovers {& Haven Ticket Winner!}



Wow!  Guess what I forgot to announce last week?


The Haven ticket winner!

I’m so sorry.  Sad smile  Without further ado, congratulations to….


Bre Himlie!!


I will be sending you an email about your winning ticket!  Woohoo!!!  See you at Haven!


Today, I wanted to quickly show you a couple of small DIY makeovers I did to the light and mirror in my Master Closet makeover.

First up is the light.

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The room original had an ugly old ceiling fan.

I love ceiling fans, but I don’t like ugly ceiling fans, so it had to go! 


A couple of years ago, I bought this antique chandelier at a yard sale for $5 bucks.  {Well, I don’t know if it was really an antique, but it looked old, so we will call it that.  It makes it sound like I got a really good deal!} Smile  I kept it because I knew I would use it for something someday.


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I could have left it alone and would have probably loved it, but I decided to have a little fun and spray paint it with some blue spray paint.  I didn’t even prime it because I knew it wouldn’t be getting any wear and tear from hanging up there from our ceiling. Smile


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After Cy hung the light, I added some new white sleeve thingies that I bought at Lowe’s for a couple of bucks to the candle lights.


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I love the punch of color it adds to the closet!

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Next, I bought this old mirror at our local antique mall for $22.   I liked the shape and size of it, but not the color of the wood.

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So I fixed that quickly by adding a couple coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen, my favorite color.

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So easy.  Smile


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I really do love this mirror.  I also found that little wooden seat one the same day at the antique mall for $15.  Perfect!

If you missed my master closet reveal, you can view that post HERE.

And if you missed how we made my dressing table, you can read about that HERE.


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In one week, I’ll be on a plane to Nicaragua!  I cannot wait to love of those precious children!  I covet your prayers.




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DIY Dressing Table



Hey Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Mine was super busy and super wonderful.  We had very special guests at our house this weekend, and I will share some pictures with you later this week.  Smile


I want to remind you about the Summer Tour of Homes that started today!

Just click on the picture below to start the tour!  Have fun!



Today, I wanted to show you how Cy made my dressing table in our new master closet.

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I knew that I wanted a dressing table in our master closet.  Because of where the windows and lighting were in the closet, the best spot for the dressing table was in this corner.


To make the table, Cy started by drawing a level line the height that we wanted on each dressing table

Then he screwed two 2×4’s in the studs of the wall.

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To give the table top support, he created a crossbar.

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Then he cut the shape of the table top out of a 4×4 sheet of oak.

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He trimmed the table top out with 1×2 pieces of poplar wood.

We thought the table may need a little extra support, so we nailed two 2×4’s underneath like legs.

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For my skirt, I measured the distance from the bottom of the table top to the floor.


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Then I folded my drop cloth in half and laid it out on the floor.  The cool thing about drop clothes is that they are “hemmed” all the way around.  So I didn’t have to sew a hem on my skirt.  I just cut my drop cloth in a way that would make the hems be on the sides and bottom of my dressing table.


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I ironed the drop cloth before I cut it the length I needed.

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I hot glued the “unfinished” side of the drop cloth to the backside of the 1×2 trim underneath the table.

There was really no rhyme or reason for how I glued it on.  I just folded a piece of the drop cloth over and then glued it.  (and burned my hands several times!)

Since I had two pieces of drop cloth, I hot glued one piece to half of the table, and the other piece to the other side of the table.

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Lastly, I filled in the nail holes with wood filler, sanded them after they were dry, then painted the table top white.  I also applied a coat of poly to the top.

I LOVE my new dressing table.  It’s going to be so nice to sit down while I put on my makeup and fix my hair.

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And I love that it is hidden in my master closet so that I don’t have to worry about leaving a mess on my bathroom sink countertop.  I can just hide it in here!  Smile


I will share some info about the accessories in this room soon!

DIY dressing table

Where do you do your hair and makeup?



Do you like using a dressing table?



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My New Master Closet Design



Hey Friends!

I hope you are having a great week so far!

Last week, I shared with you how I am getting a new master closet makeover with EasyClosets.

Well, I wanted to show you what my new closet will look like.

I emailed the dimensions of my closet to the designer, Scott, at EasyClosets using some grid paper that I printed off my computer.

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Then he sent me a proposal for what my closet could look like.


On the left, you can see the overhead view, and on the right are the front views of the different pieces.

I had originally thought about doing window seats under the windows, but decided not to.  The corner between the two windows will have a dressing table there for me to use to fix my hair and makeup. I’m not sure if I am going to buy a dressing table or build one, so I’m going to leave that space empty for now.

The cool thing is that they have a tool that allows you to see your closet in 3D.



You can move your cursor around to view your design from all different angles!  It really helped me to visualize the whole space.



You can also view each wall unit individually, and modify the design with any changes you would like to make.



It was super easy for me to take out the window seats from my plan and update my design.

I also asked to have the slanted shoe racks instead of the straight ones.  I think it is easier to see your shoes with the slanted racks.  I am SUPER excited about my shoe racks.  I have never had them before. Smile

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I contacted Scott to let him know that I loved my closet design, and he put the order in.  I received my boxes two days later!  Not kidding!


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Now it is time to unpack all of these boxes and get to building my new master closet!


Can’t wait!!

This post is sponsored by Easy Closets.  All opinions are 100% mine.

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Our Master Closet Makeover Begins! {with EasyClosets}



I am so thrilled that we are beginning to start our master closet renovation!


We have lived in this house for 22 months, and the first 6 of those months, our master bedroom was a small 11×11 room.

I tried to find pictures of our queen bed in this small room, but I couldn’t.  I know they are somewhere, but it would take me forever to find them!

But after we finally moved our bed out of this “closet” and into our new master bedroom,  our closet looked like this…

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It was a make-shift computer/piano/closet room.

Then we moved the computer to my new office room, and gave this space a fresh coat of paint.  It has been our closet/piano room since then.  {Remember the piano is “stuck” in this room.}

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Those drawers and baskets along the wall hold Cy’s clothes.  And yes, that is a mic stand and amp in our closet for when Jonathan practices singing.  Smile


BUT FINALLY!!!!  We are ready to turn this space into our master closet!


And I am thrilled to be working with Easy Closets to get this accomplished!



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When I saw some of these pictures of beautifully organized closets on their site, I began salivating.


I really, really, really wanted a large, organized closet!

Doesn’t it just make you go, “Aaaaahhhh….”

Being organized makes me happy.  Which explains why I have been unhappy since we moved into this house. {I kid. I kid.} Smile


I haven’t been unhappy, but being unorganized definitely has added to my stress level.

That’s why I am so excited to create our master closet with Easy Closets.

They have designs to organize a reach-in closet…




And they also have designs to create amazing walk-in closets!…



I love how much storage space is created with their designs.  I definitely need more storage space!  Who doesn’t, right?




And they are now featuring closet designs in different colors.  Instead of just the traditional white, cherry, or light maple cabinets, their closets now come in more current colors like Driftwood, Chateau, Cocoa, and French Roast.



I am loving these new colors.




However, I chose to go with a traditional white closet for our master bedroom closet.

My closet supplies arrived today!



When I pulled in my driveway and saw all these boxes, I screamed, “Oh my word!”


We have carried all the boxes into our master bedroom, and we will be sharing with you soon the progress we are making in installing them.



Do you have an organized closet,

or are you dreaming of one like me?


*Disclosure:  Products for this post were provided by Easy Closets for me to review and share on my blog.  They did not tell me how or what to write about their products.  All of the opinions shared are 100% mine, and I promise they will be honest and unbiased.

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