Hello, readers! I’m Amber from the design blog, Simple Dwellings, here to show you a glimpse into what I’ve been up to this summer! With the warm, carefree days of the season almost behind us, I still have some time for DIY projects. I made a promise to myself that I would get a lot of painting, furniture refinishing and house work done this summer, but that wasn’t the case. I really tried, but the nice weather and relaxing seemed to take precedent. (There’s still some time left, right??) I did manage to get some things accomplished, though. For the longest time now, I have been meaning to raise our drapery rods higher, giving the illusion of more space. When I saw this image, I knew it was time:
It’s amazing that those windows are the same size! So, when we repainted our kitchen walls a lighter color, we also got to work hanging the drapery rods higher. Here is our kitchen now:
We went with the 95″ Farrah window panels from Target and chose the cream color fabric. It is actually more of an oat color, which I love. You really can’t beat the price of these panels at $13 each! I decided to hang them with drapery rings and pinch the back of the fabric when clipping them. It gives it a bit of a pinch pleat look and allows the panels to hang only a couple inches on the ground. I am so glad we decided to raise the rod. We also made the curtain rod a little wider when rehanging. Hanging them high and wide is advice I heard that I will always remember. It really works!
I also tried one more DIY project that made a big impact. I am in the process of painting our interior doors black, and I have one door down! Here is what it looked like before:
And here is the after:
We went with Benjamin Moore’s Dragon’s Breath, which is a muddy, gray/black color. With a few other changes in the foyer, it does look like a different space. So, I guess all is not lost, since we did get some things accomplished. I still have a furniture paint sprayer sitting in the box, waiting to be used. More on that soon, I hope! Thanks so much for having me here today, Elizabeth!