Howdy Ya'll! This is my first BADD post from the Lone Star State! I've recently left Hawaii, and are throwing down some roots in Texas while my husband attends PA school. I know...he's rad. :) So while he's away studying his pantelones off, I'm putting some personal touches on our new house! I'm all for some Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, and Restoration Hardware speaks to my very SOUL... but I also like to "produce" something once in a while. I wanted something clean and crisp for my kitchen windows, and not the run of the mill plaid or gingham valances with apples and sunflowers. No offense to those kitchens, since I do like those things, I was just feeling "Earthy"....or something to that effect. Sooo, off to the Forum I went. And not the one at Caesar's Palace either. I'm talking the MEGA shopping center awesomeness that is just 2 miles away. DANGER I tell you. There's Kirkland's home, Pier 1, World Market, Bed Bath and Beyond, Hobby Lobby, Target, Best Buy, Ross AND TJ Maxx, just to name a few. Yes I said few. Like I said, DANGER to your wallet awaits as you exit the freeway. I could dedicate a blog just to the shopping finds I stumble upon at that place. Anyway, back to the windows :)
At Ross I found some bamboo table runners for $5.99 each. So I snatched those babies up and ran to Lowe's to grab the rest of my supplies....wood, corner brackets, and drywall screws. We had the staple gun already, as well as a drill.
Naturally I measured my windows and figured out where I wanted my runners to hang, and screwed in the corner brackets like so..
Here's another view of how they look installed.
Next I took my staple gun and stapled the long edge of the runner to the thin, long side of the wood I had cut. I colored in the staples so you couldn't see the silver finish. Also, if you found runners with an unfinished edge you could staple and finish them afterward with some kind of ribbon, fabric, or trim. Whatever tickles your fancy.
Here's a view of the valance flipped upside down and stapled. Notice that this runner was lined, which I recommend. Especially if using bamboo.
The next part is SUPER easy. Just take your valance and set it atop the brackets and center. Voila! You can secure the wood to the brackets if you wish, but since these aren't heavy, I didn't worry about it.
Cute? I think so. It was just what my casual kitchen needed. It gave me the texture that I crave without going too fancy dancer, which I la la LOVE in other places in my home. If you need a quick facelift to your kitchen window or windows, this is a cheap, quick, and fun fix! Enjoy!
PS- We linked this post up to the Friday Flair Linky Party at Whipperberry!
Linked up at Tip Junkie as well!