patio curtains + DIY rope tieback

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Curtains are made and are up on the back patio!!!!

Me likey,  Me likey a alot.  Especially with my DIY rope tiebacks I'll tell you about in a bit.

I decided to make my own due to the extra long length I needed.  Oh, and because pre-made outdoor curtains are EXPENSIVE!!!  I purchased this outdoor fabric and used these plastic grommets.  

TIP // Slide chain inside the bottom hem of the curtains to help weigh them down so they don't flap all over the place and drive you crazy every time the wind blows.

For the outdoor curtain rods I used 1/2" electrical conduit and spray painted it.  I used regular interior curtain rod hooks, but used exterior wood screws to attach them to the header.

While I really, REALLY love the look of using pipe and flanges for outdoor curtain rods, I wanted to be able to take the curtains down easily for cleaning/storms/winter and didn't want to have to unscrew the flanges from the header every time.

Ok, on to those fabulous rope tiebacks!

Here's what you'll need:

1/2" metal coupling // electrical tape // twine // 3/4" manila rope (appox. 2' per tieback)

STEP ONE: Cut three strands of twine about 6 inches long and tape to one end of the rope using electrical tape.

STEP TWO: Braid the strands of twine.  Then loop over and tape the ends down with electrical tape.

STEP THREE: Push the metal coupling over the end of the rope.  A couple of mine slide on easily and a couple threw up a major fight going on. 

Do the same thing for the other end and you're done!

For attaching mine to the brick, I drilled into the mortar with a brick drill bit and screwed in a simple hook.

Almost at the finish line!  I've still got to add in pillows and accessories and then we are done-zo.

Here's a little progress recap:

DIY rope mirror | tutorial

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thank you guys for your comments on the patio progress last week!  I wanted to share with you all how I made the rope mirror over the fireplace.  I absolute love how much money I saved on this thing.  I think I spent only about $40.  Not shabby considering RH sells them for $649!!!

What you'll need:

Ikea Grundtal mirror // spray paint // rope // dummy door knob

The first thing I did was cover the glass with paper and tape and spray paint the mirror's frame.

Once it was dry, I knotted either end of my rope (mine was 7' long) and laid it along the sides of the mirror (back side up).

I then tied the rope to the cross piece with string to hold in place.  I'm sure any type of heavy duty string or small wire would work for this.  This will not hold the weight of the mirror, it's just to keep the rope attached to the mirror.  I had some jute string on hand so I used that.

The piece that looks like it's holding the mirror up is actually a dummy door knob I had on hand.  I have no clue why we had one of these, but I was so excited to find it in the garage.  It's perfect for this project!

When you hang your mirror, you want to make sure that the weight of the mirror is being supported by the hook on the back of the mirror and not the rope.  Here's the set up I used for hanging mine.  Since I was hanging it from a brick wall I used a mortar drill bit and screws.

I was originally planning on gluing the door knob to the screw, but by some force of magic it ended up sliding onto the screw and staying in place.  I don't know how it worked but I rolled with it!

Yesterday the black and white striped fabric came in for the outdoor drapes!  Eeeeeee!!!!  I'M SO EXCITED TO GET THESE MADE.  I've wanted striped drapes outside for as long as I can remember.  Even when we didn't have outdoor spaces.

I just hope it's not one of those things like when you buy your kids a toy that was something you always wanted as a kid but never got.  The kid is all, "Um ok.  I don't see what the big deal is." and your all, "Why don't you love this???  How can you not love this?!?!  This was like the most amazing thing ever way back when!!!"  And then you realize you're way out of touch on what's cool and hip these days.

I'm sticking with black and white is always classic and a classic never dies.  Yep.  Stickin with that.

20 facts

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I've been tagged on Instagram by Samantha of Playdates and Pearls to share 20 facts about myself and I thought, "hey, might as well share it here as well"!

1//  I run on Dunkin Donuts coffee.

2//  My husband and I met in the dressing room at the Gap.

3//  Those old school plastic light up Christmas decorations (the ones that look like Santa, reindeer, etc.) are one of my biggest pet peeves.

4//  I entered college as a performing arts major playing the flute.

5//  I used to eat chocolate in front of Izzy when she was younger and tell her it was my medicine.

6//  I have a degree in Finance.

7//  Nothing grosses me out more than loose hair sticking to wet hands or feet.  Ughhhhh.... I could barely even type that without shuddering!!!

8//  I've never been able to wait for paint to dry before hanging things back up on the walls.  Pictures, curtains, switch plates, you name it!

9//  I am deathly afraid of tornadoes to the point that I have reoccurring nightmares about them.

10//  My husband and I got married after knowing each other 8 months (4-5 of those months he was deployed or in training).

11//  I hate to cook and almost every single day forget to sit meat out to thaw.

12//  I think I'm WAY funnier than I am.

13//  I could eat Mexican food every. single. day.

14//  Even though my house is neutral I wear a lot of color in the summer.

15//  I never thought I'd want a boob job, but after having kids I say bring it on.

16//  I also used to say I'd never be caught dead wearing flats, but after having kids it's all I wear.

17//  My parents thought I was going to be a boy and planned on naming me Michael and later went with Michelle (Shelley for short).  My husband's parents thought he was going to be a girl and planned on naming him Michelle, later going with Michael.

18//  After all these years I can still so the splits.

19//  One of my biggest regrets was not sticking with ballet when I was young.

and your reward for making it to the end???

20//  I once told a cop I had diarrhea in order to get out of a speeding ticket.  He bought it.


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