Home decor and renovation craftalong

Velvet drapes are so luxurious! Plus, they will add another layer of “insulation” from the cold on the windows.

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That sounds like it will all go together nicely!

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The materials for our deck arrived Friday, so the landlord’s crew have been working non-stop to get it done by today! They added benches all around and are working to add lattice and stair rails.

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That sounds great! It is ideal that other people are organizing and doing the work for you. I’ve only ever had shady landlords, but I imagine renting from a decent person or company is a very good alternative to home ownership, especially when you’re aging and don’t have family close by.

This is 23 yards of fabric:



I suppose I better get my serger threaded…

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They will be wonderful! Do they have to be lined? The fabric looks pretty thick and sturdy as is.

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I don’t think it would need to be lined, the fabric is quite sturdy, and it doesn’t let through any light. The back does look a bit boring, but I don’t think that’s going to bother me enough to go through the effort of lining lol.

We picked up the wallpaper we ordered. I need one more pot of paint and maybe some extra tape etc, and then we have everything we need for some hard work next weekend. We hope to prime, paint and wallpaper the whole living room, and maybe also the utility room and/or downstairs bathroom if we’re lucky. And when that’s done, we can finally get all of our furniture back. We’ve slowly but steadily picked up many things from storage, but what remains there is all of our solid wood furniture, such as the dining table. Itt’s all so heavy we didn’t think it was practical to get it before we were done. I really can’t wait to have a real house again.

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Gorgeous colour! What is the fiber content? I lined our curtains to prevent sun damage, learned that the hard way. Some beautiful fabric faded & became fragile just from hanging in a moderately sunny window.
This week the back steps & siding are finally, FINALLY, getting done. Covid many years later…

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A couple weeks ago I drove to California to visit a friend and help her with a DIY project that had been first postponed due to Covid restrictions, then due to her friend she’d hired to do it injuring his back. We made a built-in WFH desk for her! I am waiting for one last picture - the all-set-up-as-her-home-office shot, then I am going to post it. I’m really proud of us for doing such a nice job as both rather beginner woodworkers.

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That is a lovely shade of green! The drapes are going to be an awesome addition to your space.

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I rather envy this fabric for draperies! I have bee searching for affordable “velvet” or “linen” in the right shade of grey for my living/dining room for a couple years. I’d 18-19 yards and that adds up quickly with fabric of good quality.

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:heart_eyes: Oh, my! I love that wall paper. The colors and the pattern. Your fabric for the curtains is beautiful as well.

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We went to a travelling fabric fair with a couple of dozen of fabric vendors. This was only €10 per meter/yard and one of the cheapest upholstery fabrics this vendor sold. I think a lot of what is sold there is remnants, old collections, etc, but who cares about that as long as it’s the right material and colour. I can imagine this is not a colour that sells in huge quantities. I hope you’ll be able to find the fabric in the right colour soon! Nice fabric does make all the difference, but it can add up so quickly when you need so much of it.

@Magpie I think it’s cotton, but I haven’t done a burn test. I’m not too worried about sun damage, because there are walls on both side of the windows so we push them completely out of the way during the day. Plus our new windows claim to have some sort of coating that is supposed to keep the damaging UV-rays out. I know what you mean though - my grandma had beautiful heavy red velvet curtains with big pleats, like stage curtains, and every spring I’d help her wash them and from the back they looked striped! All the bits of fabric that were directly exposed to the sunlight had turned yellow-ish. It was completely invisible on the good side though, and I think they were there for decades.

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I’m not surprised at all to hear you’ve considered all options. Luckily for me I use old saris for drapery & have an affordable source. I replaced the ruined ones with something gorgeous & this time I lined them. Good thing too because that black fabric is now a weird purple.

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Saris are usually really gorgeous but I imagine the material is a lot more flimsy than sturdy velvet, so may get damaged more easily. I forgot but when we first moved here we temporarily put up old lilac sheets and they also faded very quickly.

The special window coating is actually a happy accident lol. I didn’t find that out until I was wondering why paper didn’t yellow in the sun anymore. I’m not sure if would protect material for years and years, but it definitely does more than nothing.

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That is going to look so great!!!

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Same room as the first pic, taken from the exact same spot. This is the living room, the kitchen is to the left.

Dragged all the stuff out, now we need to cover the floor so we can get started with primer/paint/wallpaper. It’s maybe a bit optimistic but I’d love to be done by Sunday night.

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Wow! What a difference!!

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Already beautiful! But fresh paint and wallpaper are going to take it to chef’s kiss level!

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The plaster on the walls was very old and was crumbling away. I think it would have been at least 40 years old, maybe older.We had it replastered in April and even the untreated plaster looked so much better than what we used to have. It took about 6 weeks to dry completely and by then we were busy doing other things. We’ve been putting it off since it’s such a big messy job.

We’ve primed all surfaces and painted the ceiling, I’m just now waiting for the (hopefully) last coat of paint to dry, so we can proceed with the wallpaper. Not sure we’re going to finish this weekend, but I would be really happy if the biggest wall gets done. Smaller bits and pieces, like under windows, I can do those on my own whenever I have some time on my hands, but full lenghts of wallpaper, that’s a two-people job.

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I think it’s so nifty that plaster is just the norm in certain areas. Here it’s drywall. Our old house is mostly lathe & plaster so repairs are a bummer. To have it all stripped back to the brick (which is triple layer!), insulated & drywalled would make the house so much more energy efficient but it would Cost. A. Fortune so… not in this lifetime, lol.

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