Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Window Panels on the Cheap and Inspiration from the Shabby Chic Diva!

I have been trying to decide what to do with the bare windows in my livingroom and I think I may have found a solution.  When I asked Betsy Speert, the famous designer who now has a blog and gives advice on Tuesdays, she suggested that I add sheers or soft colored panels.  So there ya go.  There is no guarantee they will stay very long but for now....I'm liking them.

These windows are tall so I can only do single panels. Each panel takes 3 and a half yards of fabric.  Silks from Pottery Barn are $100 plus and a toile fabric I liked was $26. per yard.  So......while browsing through Walmart's crafts department I found a silk shantung for $6.00 per yd.  I was surprised to find such a nice fabric however, they only had one bolt with about 8 yards left.  Sold!!!
The color is a soft cream and they do add a softness to the room.

I'm leaving the shutters for some additional texture.  Who knows, they might be gone by tomorrow or the next day....

I'm thinking about ordering a few yards of  toile and adding it to the tops but that's another post.

I did not sew these panels.  There was just too much fabric to fool with so, I used iron on seam tape.  I just turned down and pressed all four edges and used clip rings to hang them.
Easy Peasy!

My next project inspiration was provided by you know who....
Just look at that soft pink table......sigh....

Here's my version. 
I found this (what used to be a dark and ugly) table at Habitat.
Painted it a color called Delicate Blush by Behr Ultra.  #150E
I waxed it with AS Clear Wax.
I'm still debating whether or not to distress it or to add a glaze......um....

Doesn't it look pretty with my toile panels.....

Sadly, I won't be able to keep it.  It's destined for my booth at Miss Minnie's.  I have come to terms with the fact that I can't keep everything! 

Okay, that's it for today.
Get out there and create, make, sew, paint, photograph, write, repurpose or find something wonderful and share it with us.



Terry said...

I love how the panels soften the windows but I think you should move the shutters somewhere where they can be better enjoyed. And I agree that we can't keep everything that we paint or make, but that is why we have mall booths! Stop over for my giveaway.

Marydon said...

That table is smashing Sissie! I adore it. What is this wax you all keep talking about. What is the purpose of it. Love the panels, they drape so beautifully. Your room is just so warm & elegant.

Have a beautiful eve ~

Robin and Pam said...

Everything looks great Sissie! But, it always does :)

Dixie said...

I guess we were both thinking new draperies this week! I love yours and I love the shutters too... I've got some shutters and I think I've been inspired...

and the pink toile draperies with the pretty pink table... luscious!!!

I know what you mean about "keeping everything"... Thats what caused me to get a booth in the first place... now that I've closed mine.. I have to be very-very careful about what I buy... or be willing to purge something else...

I love the pink table just like it is! I always love your posts and your beautiful photos...

hugs. Dixie

CHERI said...

What a great idea with the curtains...no sew! I can't sew a stitch but sure wish I could. I'm afraid if I were in your business, my house would be filled to the brim...I would definitely want to keep everything!

Nancy said...

Such pretty curtains, Sissie. We will be moving into our new home the end of the month and window treatments are on the to-do list. Thanks for the idea!


Honey at 2805 said...

The drapery panels are lovely and the pink table adorable!

Mary Ellen said...

The curtain panels are so pretty Sissie!! I need to make me some for my guest room- so many projects....so little time...or money :)

The pink table is just perfect!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I loved looking at the living room showing the curtain panels..it looks wonderful! I love that room with all the windows and the french door~I just would love to have a room like that. The pink table is really great too~I have a little pink coming up in my future too.

Shelia said...

Hi Sissieness! Oh, I love how those panels look! We don't have fabric any more at Walmart! Poop! Your home is so pretty and that little table is darling all pinked up! I have one just like that! :) But it's creamy with a woodtoned top.
Oh, I love your new snap of yourself. You're so cute.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Revi said...

Two lovely winners in one post! Aren't we the blessed ones today. :)
Your silk curtains look so pretty, and that pink table is so charming!
You go, girl!

Peggy said...

Oh Sissie I just love your home. The sheers are fabulous and I just love the little table. Thanks for sharing.

sonya said...

Hi Sissie,
I love your no-sew curtains! So pretty and adding toile? Wonderful! LOVE toile!
Your pink table is gorgeous with the toile curtains. It would be hard for me to part with the table. I would distress the table a little I think.
Thanks for sharing with us!
Have a great rest of the week!
Ps I having a giveaway on my blog! ;P

Blondie's Journal said...

The panels are beautiful, Sissie! Simple and elegant. I love that huge window, too!

The table is gorgeous. My husband has his mother's table that is very similar...it's up in the rafters and needs a leg repaired. Now, if I just had your talent for turning it into something wonderful!

Just noticed your new picture. You are so svelte and beautiful! Keep up whatever you are doing, sweet lady!


Riet said...

THose panels look perfect Sissie and the shutters behind them make it feel so good. Great choice.

kasia said...

panels are great !!! and love this pink table :)
hugs from Poznan, Poland


Dorthe said...

OH,OH Sissie dear, that table would never leave my house, if first here- that is so lovely in soft rosa, and beautiful in front of your toile curtains.
Also love the new ones in your sitting room- they looks gorgeous, and gives a warm feeling, which I could use hire in all my cold weather :)
Hugs,hugs, Dorthe.

Paint Me White said...

Hi Sissie, that pink table it just gorgeous. Sandy xx

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Love the panels on you or windows Sissie! They really soften them. And the blush table looks perfect with the toile. Too bad you're going to sell it. :-)

awal.ny said...

I love the drapes. That is the same fabric I am using for mine, don't you just love a great bargain.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

The table looks great with your toile panels, Sissie! I love those panels anyway! : ) The fabric you found looks great. I love the way they hang so nicely. It is a nice soft framework for your french doors.

Magie di elfo said...

hello dear, my name is Francesca and I'm Italian, I contact for a long time because I'm looking for my curtains rods for hanging silver like the ones you have posted in the second photo of this post, can you help me and tell me where I can find .. . even one-line purchasing them.
Thank you very much for your interest

my e-mail

ianny.f @ tiscali.it

Olivia said...

Hello party girl! Love your fabulous dress forms and these sheers look really perfect! I love them and I love how you used the shutters! Please pass the pink table on to me to live with for a couple of days...oh great where is my pink paint! lol! Have a gorgeous day sweet Sissie!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Great find Sissie! I told you that is what I visualized for that window, silk, and it looks like you found a great deal!~Hugs, Patti

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sissie I think the panels are perfect. They add a touch of softness and are such a pretty fabric. Now that PINK table...love love love it! Hugs to you, Linda

Mari said...

Sissie gal, your panels turned out beautifully, I just love the way they soften your window and adds an elegance to your beautiful living room.....
And ohhhhhh gosh I'm drooling over that pretty pink table you painted it's totally fab.....


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh just gorgeous! I think it's perfect just the way it is. What beautiful color. Especially with the curtains.

sjmcdowell said...


Such a lovely pink table...I would leave it just the way it is...so soft and feminine.

I love your drapes, the fabric is so beautiful.

Come over and sign up for my Giveaway!! :)

Hugs and Blessings,


WhiteWhispers2u said...

Oh I know I would so love some pink in my life but just have never went there.It's simply fabulous~Cheers Kim

Bente said...

Hi,Sissie. I love the work you did with the table. It is beautiful.

Love Bente

Gail said...

The panels look great Sissie and I love your sweet little table. Have a wonderful day, Gail

P.S. I also love those shutters!

Marina said...

Scopro per caso la tua bellissima casa!!! Sei proprio brava...e bello vedere tutto questo molto fine e femminile.
Ti seguo con molto piacere...ciao Marina

Passionate for White said...

Love the shutters....keep them! And that little pink table looks great just the way it is.

Cyndy's BEACH HOUSE said...

O, Sissy
Loving the cream sheers with the silver panel rods (not along the length of the french doors) and your pastel bedroom panels are glorius. Thx for sharing ur paint colors and wax.

Sorry, i havent been posting new creative lovelyness on ebay, etsy and FB but life has caught me in cross roads lately as I climb my way back up and with a smile, well eventually.

Took some photos with u in mind recently to our FAV Home Goods...will post soon.

Cindy F. Adkins said...

Wow - you have a beautiful home! I love the pink table (want one for my bedroom!!) The new curtains looks lovely, too. P.S. Rudy says to tell you that you made him hungry for a cheezeburger! :)
Hugs, Cindy

Shabbygal said...

OH Sissie, you sound just like m! I always want to change things up then change it again. I love the sheers though! They look amamzing! I also love the fact you do like I do hem tape! Love it! Thanks for stopping by! Taci

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Sissie, Love the panels you made and the pink table is adorable. The entire room is beautiful! Thank you for linking to the Open House Party. Hugs, Sherry

Cindy said...

What a beautiful room! I love everything. Great tip on the Walmart panels, I will have to check their fabric out.... I never look there for that kind of stuff!

chateau chic said...

I really like the panels you added in your living. It does soften the room and kind of the finishing touch. Very pretty!
I signed on as a Linky follower, Mary Alice

Ticking and Toile said...

The curtain panels are perfect....love it!! Just the perfect touch.


Sharing Shadymont said...

Love the curtains and the table. Both are so pretty!

Connie said...

You've created a beautiful room. The mantle is stunning with mirror and mercury glass and I like the way your new drapes frame your windows. I could live in a room like this and be perfectly happy.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Sissie, the panels are just beautiful and I do love the look with the shutters! Your living room is just lovely!

Ruffles n Raspberries said...

LOVE the room you showed us... the panels are gorgeous, great job! I'm still trying to get Mr. Ruffles on board with the same thing in our living room.. He doesn't want any curtains, I disagree.. it's only a matter of time before I win. .hehe.

Amanda said...

Hi Sissie! Okay, you have totally inspired me! I am in desperate need of drapery panels for my living room but have not been happy with the prices of what I like, or the selection at the more affordable stores. I think I'll head on over to Walmart and see what they have! I also love the idea of a no-sew drape! I made long panels for other rooms in our home and hours of sewing never ending straight seams just about drove me batty! I also adore your little pink table! It's beautiful as is but I think it would be a show-stopper distressed and glazed! I would have a hard time parting with it too...but you're right...when we have a business to run, we can't hold onto everything! So fun catching up with you today! I always enjoy my visits to your lovely Shabby Cottage!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Rebecca said...

Loving the panels SissieGirl. Yummmmeee! But then your entire home is gorgeous! Love that pink table! You KNOW I do!

Love you~


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Sissie I can't believe your not keeping that table! It goes beautifully with your toile panels!!

Cindy said...

I like the new curtains, they do add a softness to the room, but the room is gorgeous without them too. I guess my favorite are your pink toile curtains, and that little pink table looks so pretty with them.


Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Your panels are wonderful and I love the way you hung the rods. I have shorter rods in my living room. I wasn't sure at first but now I really like them. You were wise to just hem tape your panels. I tried to line mine and it was incredibly frustrating. They really didn't turn out too well but I figure no one knows that but me. Happy Weekend Sissie! I never tire of seeing your lovely home.

. said...

The new curtains are so soft and pretty! And that table is gorgeous. I love the lines of those tables. Your home is so gorgeous Sissie! :)

Candylei said...

Ohhhh, I am writing down the paint name. It is delightful. You did a fantastic job!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Pretty? Lets try GEORGEOUS!!! :):)

Judi said...

Sissie, I love the pink table. Pink is my favorite color. I was going to purchase the paint, but I wondered if you used flat, eggshell, or what in the Behr paint? I would love to know. Yours turned out so beautiful. I think I would just leave it as it is.

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