Rainy Day Projects - Layered Frames Mirror and Craft Room Valance

 Hi Cottage Friends,

Sunday it rained all day, and for me that meant staying inside and finishing projects that have been simmering on the back burner.

At long last my layered frames mirror is complete and hangs on the wall in my living room. I love the way it turned out.  (Thanks, Kris, for the inspiration.)


You can read about my serendipity experience in finding two mirrors to layer, and see a before photo here.

I also sewed the valance for my craft room window.


If you've been following the progress of my craft room redo, you know that I had some fabric left over when I reupholstered my chair, and that I intended to use that leftover fabric to make a valance for the window.


I didn't have quite enough to make the valance the proper length, so I put the project on hold while I thought about how I could make it work. I figured I could incorporate a second fabric, but I just wasn't sure what that looked like. Then one day I was thinking about ticking material, which I kind of have a thing for, and I remembered the tan and white ticking I used to make a sink skirt for my Oregon cottage kitchen.


I really liked that fabric, and I knew Walmart still carried it. So, I took a smidgen of my floral fabric to the store and held it next to the ticking fabric and. . .yup. It worked. And honestly, I think the end result is much more attractive than if I had just used the Waverly floral. The ticking takes the valance up a notch and gives it that cottage vibe I like.

So that's two projects I've crossed off my to-do list. As of right now, I'm officially on vacation for five days. It's a staycation, and I intend to use part of this time to paint my kitchen cabinets. Can you believe it's been almost a year since I moved into my home and I'm just now getting around to painting the cabinets? I can't wait to get started. 

Stay tuned.

Hugs,



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  1. Your projects turned out so lovely.

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  2. Love love love the layered mirror. Yours came out so nice. Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend. xoxo

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  3. Beautiful project, both, Nancy! I love, love, love that valance. I have a weakness for pretty curtains and Waverly fabrics. This one has me swooning! Hugs!

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  4. Nancy, I like the valance. Good idea to add just a bit of the ticking to lengthen the floral.
    I do really like the blue in the floral, so it looks just right on the window. And painting!
    What a staycation you will have. I have seen a couple people on the blog world say they
    are painting this or that. I am so done with the paint brush, that I wish you well. I'm
    sure the cabinets will benefit from your labor and you will enjoy when it is all finished.
    A year already, that must have flown by for you. Lynn and Precious XX

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    1. Yes, the year has flown by. I would rather not have to paint the cabinets myself, but paying to have someone do it is out of the question, and I really want them painted. So, with brush in hand I will do the job. Have a great weekend, Lynn.

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  5. I love the ticking and Waverly fabric together. What a great idea! Can't wait to see your cabinets after painting.

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    1. Thanks, Joy. It makes me happy that I was able to use the leftover Waverly fabric, and that the ticking worked out. Enjoy the weekend!

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  6. You're making such a lovely home! Your valance turned out so well, as did your mirror. I'm not terribly creative, but so admire those who are...and you are!!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Pam. I think I inherited my mother's creative spirit. We had very little money growing up, so she had to be creatively frugal in order to create the homey home she wanted. She was pretty amazing. Happy weekend!

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  7. I love to see all your projects! You are very talented! The mirror is very pretty and that valance is gorgeous! The ticking with the floral is perfect!

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    1. Thanks, Deanna. You are talented, as well. I always enjoy seeing what you're up to, and am really enjoying your beautiful flowers. xx

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  8. Oh, my goodness! I LOVE the valance! SO, so pretty, and much more so since you added the second fabric. The two compliment one another so well. It looks like something in a magazine. I love the mirror, too, and the angle you took the picture from so it reflects the shabby chic scene behind you. Well done!

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  9. You have a great eye for decor Nancy, and a great nack for picking up bargains. Your valance is lovely, and your home is progressing beautifully x

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  10. It is all lovely and so very you!

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    1. You're right. This decor is definitely men. :) Thanks!

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  11. Good thinking on the valance, Nancy. I will be waiting for the painted cabinets as I have a friend who needs/wants to do the same and needs inspiration. A clever idea with the mirrors that look very expensive♥ Enjoy your staycation!

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    1. Thank you, Susan. I'm really happy to have this time to work on my cabinets without having to put everything away each day. Of course, walking a beach somewhere would be preferable, but I have neither the money or extended time right now to do that. :) I think you'll be surprised at what I have planned for the cabinets. Or maybe not. LOL

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  12. Love the curtains...enjoy your few days off...

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    1. Thank you, Brenda. It feels good to have the valance completed. Enjoy the weekend!

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  13. All turned out BEAUtifully. I can't wait to see those cabinets. What a great way to spend your staycation. (Staycation are The Best, in my opinion.) 😊

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  14. Wow Nancy. I love it all. The chair and mirror are outstanding. I love your kitchen chairs. The room looks so clean and uncluttered yet very much ‘a feathered nest’

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  15. I love how the valance turned out! I love the ticking added too as it really gives it a step up as far as "cottage" look. I'm anxious awaiting your process on the kitchen cabinets. We need to paint ours and it's been FIVE years since we've been in our house! I need a step by step process to follow, and one that is fairly easy (if there IS such a thing as "easy" when it comes to painting cabinets!). Hope you will show us each step. I need some inspiration! xoxo Marilyn

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  16. I absolutely love the waverly and ticking together. The chair pillow and valance are perfect. So much charm but not too much.

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  17. Lover the look of the valance! I just made a little curtain for the kitchen as well. I had a small pile of embroidered handkerchiefs from my grandmother and I sewed them together (I had to watch a LOT of tennis). Came out really nice.
    Amalia
    xo

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