the paint colors
walls – sherwin williams comfort gray (SW 6205)
trim – benjamin moore calm (OC-22)
i love my bedding. and it’s all from target. i actually initially wanted the pin-tuck duvet from west elm but then i found this smocked duvet from target and quickly changed my mind. i also found a perfect channel-stitch linen quilt and this pillow.
all from homegoods
the non-built in built-ins
my inspiration for the window wall came from john and sherry over at young house love. like us, they too live in an older home with little storage space. i bought two wardrobe units from ikea to fit beside our window. i ended up getting them while ikea was having a sale so they were only $35 a piece. they didn’t have any of the white left so i had to get birch and paint them white myself. i anchored them to the wall so we wouldn’t have to worry about them falling over. to give them a more finished look i installed a header just in front of the units. this also helps to hide the drapery hardware.
the no sew drop cloth window treatments
to save money i used drop cloths from lowe’s instead of a more expensive fabric. they work so well. 2 packs of the extra large drop cloths was all that i needed. i used stich-witchery to hem the edges. the most important step in any window treatment is one that most people skip…training the window treatments. in case you aren’t familiar with this term then let show you what it looks like when you are training them. please disregard the clutter in the closets. they’ve been stuffed full every since we got them.
basically to train window treatments you have to fold them while they are pushed back. then you tie them in about three places(top, middle and bottom). keep them tied for about 2-3 days. this helps them lay correctly and fold in the correct places once they are untied.
one thing that made a huge difference in our room was the mullion paint. the mullions on our window were originally aluminum. they really were an eye-sore.
i primed them with zinsser oil-based primer then painted over the primer with our latex trim paint. i didn’t tape off the windows i just used a razor to scrape the paint off of the windows once everything was painted. it really gave the room a quick and easy update. the window looks brand new now.
and last but not least…
the crown moulding
since this post is already quite long. i’ll bring the crown moulding to you tomorrow.