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Half Way Finished…

It’s funny how the weekends never pan out the way I plan them… and I never finish all of the tasks I hope to.  Amidst all of the last minute Halloween costumes and two (yes, two) Halloween parties this weekend, I’m happy to report that I’m half way done with my drapery panels.

What began as a simple and easy DIY project in my mind, has quickly evolved into something else entirely.

It’s been a learning experience.

Really.

Here area three things I’ve learned from tackling this project thus far:

1. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH SPACE TO WORK

By this I mean, have enough space to lay out an entire panel (preferably NOT in a major path of traffic.) with room for a second to dry.

My house is pretty small (as I’ve mentioned before), and so my workspace is my dining room- which happens to be a transitional space from the kitchen to the living room (meaning the front door!).  I can only work on one panel at a time.

This experience has added new meaning to the phrase “watching paint dry”.

2. KEEP YOUR WORKSPACE ANIMAL FREE

This may sound like a no brainer, but… my house is small and I have two adorable, albeit, curious pups.

And again, being that MY workspace is in the major pathway to the front door, I run the risk of paw prints being patterned throughout my living room each time someone knocks at the front door.

3. WHEN IN DOUBT, GO FOR 11

My Ikea panels are 98″ long. I knew that I wanted my stripes to be roughly 12″ wide, with a dark gray stripe at both the top and bottom of the panel.

I started taping, and quickly realized that I would not have room for a bottom stripe.  So, after some adjustment, I realized that 11″ stripes would space out perfectly and no one would really know the difference.

Ready to go

Taping off

First one finished – almost

A helper and a watchful eye

I’m sure there are more lessons to be learned….

I’ll keep you posted as the work progresses.

Cheers!

Tiina

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  1. Tiina, I’m sure it is going to look fab when you are done 😉 So funny, we must have been on the same wavelength this weekend–I striped a wall in my entryway. It was not fun! My walls are textured so I had to go back and even out every stripe with a fine paint brush, but I love it now! The trials and tribulations of DIY! xo Kristin

    October 30, 2012
    • Kristy- I’ve been wanting to stripe my walls, too, but have been so afraid of the heavy texture! Maybe someday I’ll find the courage. For now, I admire you for tackling that task! I bet they look amazing.

      October 30, 2012

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