Transform Your Old Curtains Into Stylish Home Goods

Transform Your Old Curtains Into Stylish Home Goods

Curtains have become something of a necessity. Not only do they keep eyes out of your private home, but they’re fashionable alternatives to blinds. There are an endless supply of fabrics to choose from so curtains become a reflection of the people living in the home or can be custom made to match the home aesthetic. But what if you’re feeling like it’s time for a change of pace and want to put up some brand new curtains? Do you have to simply throw out the old ones? Absolutely not! Below you’ll find some of our favorite creative ideas for how to transform your old curtains into trendy and stylish home goods in no time. Let your imagination run wild!

1. Tablecloth
This is the easiest of all the projects on the list. If your window curtains are large enough, you may not even need to hem or sew anything. Just give them a good wash to make sure they’re clean and a curtain out on your table. That’ll be the quickest DIY project you’ve ever attempted. But it can wind up being a great fit and your guests are sure to love the extra touch. Easy doesn’t have to mean low quality or waste of time. They can be the greatest hidden gems of the DIY world.

2. Throw Pillow Cases
You’ll need a little sewing for this project, but a sewing machine will make the experience quick and effortless. Wash your old curtains and then cut them into squares that are big enough to cover your throw pillows. Then, sew them together so that the colorful side of the fabrics are facing each other inward. Once it’s sewn on three sides, flip it inside out for a clean, smooth edge. You can either sew a zipper into one side or place the throw pillow inside and sew it sealed shut. The choice is yours but it’ll give your pillows new pizazz and personality either way.

3. Apron
Whether you’re a cook, gardener, arts and crafts extraordinaire, or any other form of activity in need of a apron, you’ll love this DIY idea. You can even probably have it done in less than an hour if you have a sewing machine. Cut out a rectangle of your old curtains and straps as well. Sew it all together and you have an easy apron that can get dirty on the job without making you feel bad. If you want to get extra daring, you can even sew a pocket or two onto it for some additional functionality to your new ensemble.

4. Bed Canopy
If your old curtains were made from a lightweight or even see-through fabric, then this could be a fun idea for you. All you’ll need is a hook to put into your ceiling and drape the fabric from. You can create fabric bands to tie them securely to bed posts, or let them fall gently on their own. It may take a few tries to get them to lay how you want or get a feel for them, but they can add an ethereal beauty to any bed, both for adults and kids.

5. Cloth Napkins
These are a popular trend at the moment and they’ve been around for decades. Cloth napkins aren’t just a great way to add elegance and beauty to your dinner table. They also save you money because you can just throw them in the wash instead of going through who knows how many paper towels or napkins. All you’ll need to do is wash your curtains, cut sizeable squares out of them, and then hem the edges to make them clean and snag proof. Now you’re ready to hold a classy dinner party.

6. Memory Board
If you want a more unique idea for what to do with those old window curtains, then here you go! Take a large cork board and hot glue the fabric from the curtains to cover the cork board. Pins can still go through most fabrics, so you can put up pictures, mementos, plane tickets, concert tickets, and other memory pieces. You could also do this as a memo board if you want. You’ll be able to pin up reminders, notes, and schedule notices for family members. The sky is the limit.

When you have the DIY creative on your side, no old piece of cloth or furniture has to be a lost cause. You can repurpose it and transform into beautiful new creations. And curtains are no different. If you found this article fun, share it with your friends, family, and fellow creatives on Facebook or Twitter. And comment below which idea is your favorite or if you have more suggestions for what to do with old window curtains. We love seeing your ideas so don’t stop sharing!

Unique Ideas For Your Own DIY Garden Fountain

Unique Ideas For Your Own DIY Garden Fountain

Fountains are a great addition to any backyard. You can listen to the trickling of water as you read, hold a garden party, or even tend to your flowers. They’ve also been shown to lower the temperature of gardens, so you can use them to try to stay cool during a blistering hot summer. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Unfortunately, fountains can cost quite a pretty penny. The price can get steep quickly when you start shopping around for a fountain. So wouldn’t it be nice if you could make your own? But what could you possibly turn into a fountain? There are a number of items that could be around your home or easily found at garage sales that you can turn into a fountain at little cost to you. You just have to get creative.

1. Old Plant Pots
This is one of the more obvious choices. If you’re like me and you have trouble keeping plants alive, then you probably have have a neglected pot that you’ve attempted to house taller plants in before. Take that pot and and repurpose it into a beautiful fountain that will babble away like a brook and add a certain level of serenity to your backyard. Looks like not having a green thumb pays off for one, hm?

2. Car Tires
If you haven’t keep your old tires handy, then you can find them at junk yards, garage sales, or any number of other places. You could even put out a call for help online asking people to set aside their old ones for you. Then stack them in unique patterns to create a cascading masterpiece that will easily start a conversation with any guest you have over.

3. A Piano
You probably wouldn’t have expected this as an option on this list. You probably won’t have a spare piano lying around, but this is more to show you that almost anything can be turned into a fountain if you try! If you by any chance do have access to an old piano, then bring it out to the backyard. The main bed area can be filled with soil and plants that will grow beautifully. And then have your piano flow from where the keys used to be. It’s a unique centerpiece that you’ll be able to admire for a long time.

4. Little Extras Go a Long way
Whatever you use to turn into a fountain for your backyard, it’s the extras that will take it the extra mile and turn it into a masterpiece. My favorites are stones. Layering stones in or around the fountain will add an extra touch of serenity or color depending on the types of stones you use. Another popular choice is lily pads that can float on the surface and add some green to any fountain. Get creative and your final piece will be one to be proud of.

Now don’t wait another moment and start hunting around your home and at garage sales in the area. Let your imagination run wild as the sky is the limit here! We hope you enjoy your fountain and the effect it adds to your garden comfort zone. If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social sites. They’ll be inspired to create their own DIY fountains too! And comment below about your creative fountain ideas to help others come up with creative ideas as well.

5 Easy Bathroom Upgrades

5 Easy Bathroom Upgrades

Bathrooms have become more than just a place to do your business. Now, you may find yourself spending quite a bit of time in this room as you get ready in the morning, pamper yourself in the evening, and everything inbetween. That’s why we’ve found five easy upgrades you can make to your own bathroom. Whether it’s to increase market value or add some flair to your haven, you’ll find these enhancements beautiful and practical.

1. Glass Shower
This is probably one of the hottest trends out there currently. More specifically, frameless glass showers. It has such a high end, modern feel to it and is, honestly, easy to clean. Privacy may be a bit lacking, but that’s one of the only downsides. And don’t let the glass aspect scare you away. Manufacturers of these showers use high quality materials, so it won’t shatter easily. They’re durable, sophisticated, and can increase home value drastically.

2. Storage, Storage, Storage
Bathrooms can’t only just look beautiful. They have to be functional as well. If you can’t make use of the room, then what’s the point? That’s why it’s crucial to have storage options throughout your bathroom. Refurbish a vintage dresser into a vanity or add an ottoman to double as storage and a place to sit as you towel off. With enough storage, you’ll never have to worry about where to store your towels, makeup, hair care products, moisturizers, and more.

3. Shower Bench
This follows in the same category of functionality as the storage upgrade. Installing a bench in your shower is a great move to add value and give you a place to sit. You might be wondering why you’d need to sit in a shower. Ladies: think about when you’re shaving your legs in the shower. Or think about if you’re having a family member come over who is elderly or has a disability. Giving them a place to sit while they wash up could decrease any risk of injury.

4. Chandelier
If you’re looking for something a bit flashy and extravagant, may we recommend a chandelier? This may seem a bit much for a restroom, but it’s actually a stunning addition. Even more surprising is how well it works with different styles of bathrooms. It doesn’t matter if your theme is modern elegance or rustic luxe. It adds lighting in a fashionable way and makes a statement at the same time. Better yet: a chandelier doesn’t have to break the bank. Go to your local building supplies store and you can find a chandelier for every budget.

5. Rugs
This is an affordable and easy bathroom upgrade that is too often overlooked. Maybe you don’t need to change the furniture in your bathroom to add that extra something. Use a rug to add some texture and color to any environment and save your bare feet from the cool of a tile bathroom floor. You can find rugs in a wide variety of patterns and sizes, so just keep looking and we’re sure you’ll get the rug you need to match your aesthetic and needs. And it won’t cost you an arm and a leg!

See how simple, and functional, these upgrades are? There are many more that we’ll probably discuss in depth later. But for now these are a great place to start. So whether you’re trying to make your bathroom your comfort zone, or you’re looking to upgrade before putting your property on the market, you can’t go wrong here. If you enjoyed this article, share it with your friends and family on Facebook or Twitter to help them upgrade their bathrooms too. And comment below with your own favorite bathroom upgrades you’ve seen or done yourself!