Restoration Hardware Dupe Drapes

Thursday, August 6, 2020

We have a Restoration Hardware Outlet about an hour away.  But even at outlet prices, it's still a bit pricey for me.  But there is something about their monotone, neutral, luxurious style that I love. Looking thru their catalog, I've always loved their yummy oatmeal-colored linen drapes.  So I decided to make my own!

I sewed some for my family room a couple of years ago using linen I found at  No affiliate links to them, but I still linked to the fabric, because it was so reasonably priced compared to every other linen I found.  Below is the actual fabric that I chose.  It says heavy, but I would still consider it a lightweight linen.  If you're looking for fabric, you could always request a sample for $1.50.  The ones they send are suuuper tiny, but it will give you an idea of the feel and color.  Maybe I will do a 'linen tasting' in the future and collect several samples and compare for weight, color, texture, and of course price!

I especially wanted to share these drapes that I made, because I am starting on a new set of drapes with this beautiful blue+white striped fabric I already have on hand.   (Psst!  I just found an old post and turns our I purchased it in 2013!  So seven years ago, but I still love it!)  It has no manufacturer markings, so I don't know who it's by or even it's fiber makeup.  But it feels like a cotton/linen.
The method I used is the simplest I've ever done for lined drapes, so I thought that was worth sharing in case you were interested in completing your own!  Follow along on Instagram for now, but once they're complete, I will write up a post for how I created them!
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Give Yourself a Gift in the Morning, Clean at Night

Growing up, my mom gave each of us kids a night to wash dishes.  I don't remember what my night was, but in a family of seven and no dishwasher, it felt like quite a bit of work.  Now, as an adult, I don't go to bed without cleaning the kitchen.  I might be 10 or 11 p.m. getting it done, but it will happen.  And I guess I have my mom to thank for that!

Now that it's just the three of us in my family and we have a dishwasher, it's a lot less work.  So what exactly do I do?  Now that we are home all day, and eating at home all day, I try to load dishes into the dishwasher thru-out the day.  After dinner, I load in anything left and wipe down the counters and cooktop.  I also give the floor a quick sweep.  There are some people I know who don't use their dishwasher at all--those are not my people, lol!  

I only hand wash things that are too large for the dishwasher or not meant for it like wooden utensils and my dutch oven.  For those things, I like using a these basic scrub sponges and little wooden scrubbers like the ones below for cleaning pans and dishes.  The right tools make the job a little more enjoyable!

Creating this habit at night serves as a gift to yourself in the morning more than anything else. You get to wake up and start your day in peace and with a clear workspace.

What about you?  Are you one of the wild ones who skip using the dishwasher?  

  Share the good habits you have at night that set you up for a calm morning!
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Series: An 80's Kitchen DIY Reno-{Part 15-Building the Vent Hood}

Monday, August 3, 2020

We've reached the last project I completed for the Kitchen Reno Series.   This one I did a couple of months ago since we've been in quarantine.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I had lots of inspiration for the build.  But at some point you just have to get to work. 

Going back to the beginning, we had a microwave over the cooktop initially.  

I moved it to a new cabinet and added a vent hood last year, but plans to build a wood vent hood got put on hold. 

To begin, I removed the cabinet doors and built a frame. 

It was trial and error figuring out the angles for the cuts that would lean up against the frame, but they didn't have to be exact.  Just close enough to be flush. It was a 15-17 degree angle on the top and about 22.5 degrees on the bottom.

I knew I wanted a stained wood shiplap look for the hood, so originally I purchased 3/4" poplar as the facing.  But after getting it up, I realized it would be too thick to add any additional trim along the bottom.  

So I took it down and found this 3/8" thick by 4" wide hobby wood in pine at Lowes.  It comes in 2, 3, and 4 foot lengths, and the thickness was perfect.  It also comes in a few other thicknesses.  I found that not every store had the same variations of lengths and thickness of this wood.  It also comes in Poplar and Oak and  Home Depot carries a similar wood.

Cutting the face panels was easy, but the sides were angled.  So I held up a piece to the side of the frame and marked the angle that way before cutting.  I also decided in advance that the raw edge would be on the face of the hood, and I would cover that with trim later.

I added 1/4" maple plywood for the bottom section of the hood, and 3/8"x 2" pieces of  the same wood as above to trim it out.  I used corner molding for the two corners.  The mitered trim angles on the bottom were right at head level and were super sharp.  So I later rounded them out with my sander.

Along the top of the hood, I added a thin 3/8" x 3" to box out the top section so that I could later add crown molding.

I wanted the hood to stand proud of the cabinets and look as if it was completely separate from the cabinets. So I had to take down the crown over all the cabinets from the fridge to the oven tower. I later reattached after finishing the vent hood.

Once the trim was complete, I felt like it needed a little something extra since the trim was so simple.

It finally hit me...corbels! I found these wood corbels at Wayfair.  As you can see below, there's hardware on the back of it to slide onto a screw head.  Well it slides down, which would have left a 1/2" gap between the hood and corbel.  I petitioned Instagram, and a friend made a suggestion that helped me come up with a solution.  I turned them around to slide 'backwards' onto the vent hood instead of 'down' on the cabinet face frame once installed.  But it was perfect, because they're just decorative and aren't structurally holding anything up.

They are a little longer on the down section than they are on the top section, so I had to trim them a bit. But they sanded down nicely along with those pointy corners.

I stained the hood with a mix of Minwax Provincial + Weathered Wood and finished it with a Matte Polyurethane, taping off to protect the paint. 

 And here she is!

THIS is why I moved the microwave below the counter!  Adding a simple recirculating vent and creating this custom wood hood really elevated the look of the kitchen.   If you're thinking about doing something similar and have any questions, let me know!

Wood Vent Hood Materials (linked below):

KITCHEN SOURCES (linked below):
Cooktop-Frigidaire Gallery
Vent Hood-Broan (love it because the controls are on the bottom!)
Double Oven-General Electric
Marble Subway Tile- Lowes
Marble Pencil Tile- Lowes
Mapei UltraColor Plus Grout in White- Lowes
Gold Cabinet Knobs-Pottery Barn
Gold Cabinet Pulls-Pottery Barn
Oil Dispenser-World Market
White Dutch Oven-Target/Threshold
Marble/Wood Cake Plate-(similar)
Marble/Wood Salt Cellar-(similar)
White Keurig Coffee Maker

{An 80's Kitchen DIY Reno Series}

-Part 15-Building the Vent Hood
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Inspiration for Building the Vent Hood

Friday, July 31, 2020

The most recent project I completed for the kitchen was the vent hood, so I thought I would share some of the builds I found online that helped inspire my own.  I put it off for months because I wasn't sure how to go about it.  When I finally decided to jump in and get started, I referred back to some of the the inspiration I had pinned and bookmarked for building the hood. 
One of the biggest catalyst for even putting it on my radar, was a post I pinned years ago by Jill over at The Rozy Home.  Seeing the framing she created to build hers was just the inspiration I needed to start ideas turning in my head.  She tweaked the design of her original build over the years to create a metal-look hood.  You would hardly believe that she started with builder-grade oak cabinets and a microwave over the range!

She has since moved and created a NEW wood vent hood in the photo below that's just as amazing.  But it was so funny the day I went to pick up materials for my vent hood, I was in line flipping thru a magazine and saw her original metal hood featured in a magazine!

A second inspiration was the wood detail of a vent hood by Jamie over at Whitetail Farmhouse.  Even though it was a stand-alone hood, I loved the worn wood look she created, and the shiplap and trim detailing it had. 

(Whitetail Farmhouse: Blog | Instagram)

One other inspiration I will share is an article by Ashlea written on Remodelaholic about building her vent hood.  She also blogs over at This Mamas Dance.  I think seeing the angles she cut for her framing helped me tremendously.  

Because every kitchen in different, my vent hood didn't end up looking exactly like my inspo.  But they helped me figure out how to create my vent hood.  

But that's the thing I love about blogs and Pinterest.  They can give so many ideas that help us to figure out how to DIY a project!  To see more vent hood inspiration, visit my DIY Vent Hood Pinterest Board.  Next week, I'll share the post on how I actually built my vent hood.
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Beautiful Artwork on a Budget

Thursday, July 30, 2020

If you're like me you probably want nice artwork for your home, but may not want to spend a ton on it.  I want to share a project I did almost five years ago during a One Room Challenge.  I had seen framed botanical prints that I loved, but they were more than I wanted to spend.  So I purchased a Cavallini wall calendar specifically to use it for art.  

These prints were originally around a TV in our previous home, but I knew I would use them again.  

I'm partial to bird prints, botanicals, and maps.  But you can also find calendars of vintage posters, maps, and various other natural curiosities.  The best part is that for about $20 you get 12 prints that can easily be framed. I've paired the prints with inexpensive $10 Ribba frames from Ikea. 

 I'll link below some Cavallini calendars from years past.  

For next year's Cavallini calendars, I found them for pre-sale over at Two Hands Paperie.  Let me know if you give this a try for artwork!

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Series: An 80's Kitchen DIY Reno-{Part 14-Painting the Windows}

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Once the kitchen was 95% complete last year, I stalled on painting the windows.  I waffled between did I want them to be white or black, and I also dreaded painting all those mullions.  The tedious taping and scraping wasn't something I was looking forward too.  But I happened to catch a post by Lauren over at Blesser House where she used Masking Liquid H2O to paint some french doors, and I was like, "I'm going to try that!"  

The liquid was a little pricey by the gallon, but I caught it on sale.  I've since found it on Amazon by the quart, which is more than enough for a small project like this.  But the time saved makes it worth it, plus I have several other windows that I needed to paint.  Actually, I originally purchased this to paint my bedroom windows and it worked like a charm.  

So to use the Masking Liquid, prep your workspace by covering any exposed surfaces.  Next, make sure the glass and wood is clean and dry.  Paint on a coat of Masking Liquid and allow to dry.  Since I had raw wood, I let it dry overnight to be safe.  Next paint your windows with wild abandon, because you can get paint on the window panes with no worries.  Do two to three coats as needed to have a solid coat of paint.  Then score and peel off the masking liquid. 

This kitchen's come a long way from when we first moved in.

I recorded a few IG videos when I actually painted the windows, so I created a mashup of the process that you can see on my YouTube channel or IGTV.

I don't have any sponsors yet, but this is a product I would recommend and will be using to paint other windows in my home.  Let me know if you give the product a try!

KITCHEN SOURCES (linked below): 

{An 80's Kitchen DIY Reno Series}

-Part 2- Modifying a Cabinet to Replace an Old Double Oven 

-Part 3- Demo, Carpentry, and Design Plans 

-Part 4- Demo Day

-Part 5- DIY Peninsula and Fridge Surround

-Part 6- Ordering Materials and Fixtures

-Part 7-Running Wiring for Sconces thru a Header Beam

-Part 8- Matching an Older Door Profile

-Part 9- Cabinet Painting and Compact Hinges

-Part 10- Installing Marble Counters

-Part 11-Converting from Electric to Gas Cooktop

-Part 12-Marble Tile Backsplash and Sconces

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Monday Musings-Planning for the First Day of School

Monday, July 27, 2020

The beloved first day of school pics. I have one for my son from every year except Kindergarten.  I think I just wasn't into documenting life at the time.  (I know, it's a shame.)  But every year since then, I've taken pictures to remember what the first day of school looked like.  This year the first day of school will look very different because of the pandemic.  But the first day of school pic is no less important this year.  Perhaps it's one of the most important years to document because of what's happening.  So don't let this year pass you by or feel that it's any less important to remember.  It's often the ordinary, mundane things of life that are the most extraordinary in memory.  

How can we still make the first day special?  Maybe make their favorite breakfast.  Have fresh school supplies ready for them to start the year off right.  Get them excited about picking out their first day of school outfit.  They may not be boarding a bus, but they'll probably be logging on and seeing their fellow classmates for the first time.  And just like we tend to be more productive for a day's work when we get dressed for work, our kids will most likely be more productive if they are dressed for school.  They'll probably feel better and approach their school work with more mental focus if they are dressed for the task.  And bonus, they'll look cute (or handsome) for that first day of school pic that you're going to take!

I'll confess, I usually buy summer clothes in April/May as the school year is ending, and he wears those to start the new year.  But this spring we were mostly trying to just stay home. So my son has been wearing clothes he had from last year, and some are just a little too small because, well, kids grow.  So I thought I would share a few items that I plan on picking up.

We tend to stay pretty basic with graphic tees mixed with athletic and khaki shorts to stay comfortable.  I personally have purchased Cat and Jack tees for my son for the last 3 years.  They're reasonably priced (six bucks!), they wear well, and all of the line comes with a one year warranty.  I've never used it on a tee, but I have on a pair of jeans, so I know they honor the warranty.  It stays pretty hot here until October/November, so I won't pick up too many fall pieces just yet, but I am including a few pairs of jeans.  I'm a little torn about whether he will need a backpack, and if you have a good one from last year, I say just use it.  I've only purchased two backpacks in seven years.  I bought an Adidas backpack in Kindergarten, and it lasted until the end of 5th grade.  So I've included a few because the quality was great.

Outside of prepping for the first day of school with clothes and supplies, it will also be important to set up their workspace for success.  I've been brainstorming what will he actually need to get work done.  Even though I did build a desk this past spring, I think we need to add more functionality for this longer term use.  So I will be putting together a list of desks and desk supplies to help set them up since I know not everyone will have time to build a desk.

What ideas do you have for making the first day special this year?  Have you ever forgotten to take the First Day picture?

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