October 7, 2013

Etsy Love: Shades By Annie

oh monday you are evil sometimes :) BUT i worked hard this weekend to line up some good posts! the theme this week is how to save money (when spending money) on home projects.

i'm working on that project list - roman shade for the mudroom! i love our mudroom. we recently painted the walls a light gray and the trim really popped out (not sure if i shared the the paint before - it's benjamin moore balboa mist). before the walls were essentially the same color as the woodwork and it looked a little monotone and cold. so i tried to warm up the space with paint.

the other way to warm up and finish off the space was to add a little fabric on the window. i wanted to do this as inexpensively as possible but was set on a roman shade. so i thought about fabrics and almost went with this one from serena and lily (trying to tie in with the navy on the canvas bins).

but it's $50/yd and i would need two yards to make the shade (plus there's a 2 yard minimum anyway) which on top of the labor of making the roman shade, felt like more than i wanted to spend. so i wracked my brain and my stash of fabrics in the basement and still came up empty. in a final attempt for inspiration i combed through the many fabric samples i've accumulated and came across this one...

and it hit me! the table skirt from our bedroom in our old house!! it's been in our entry as a temporary thing while i try to figure out what to do there (if that ever gets prioritized).

it felt out of place in the entry but it's perfect for the mudroom! so i carefully cut the seams and salvaged the center piece which luckily was the perfect size. it feels so great to repurpose the fabric (and the lining which is good quality) into a new roman shade and save $$! 

i searched etsy for a seller that had reasonable pricing but also high quality workmanship. annie from shades by annie fit that bill and was super nice to work with. her workmanship is great and the shade fits perfectly.

i love how it looks and it's such an easy change! in case you're wondering, it's a regular cord/cleat system but we just mounted the cleat on the upper left behind the shade so you can't see it and the boys can't get to it. 

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