Tuesday, July 14, 2009


(Pssst. It's DIY day at ASPTL! Click on the link to see some crafty goodness!)

Yup. Burlap. Yup, that stuff people wrap around their trees. Why do they do that?

Ok, so I know I got the green and black and white fabric for my curtains but then this happened in my kitchen:

...and all of the sudden, I'm thinkin'...I like the inclusion of of the outdoorsy, brownish, natural stuff. And then it hit me. Ton. Of. Bricks.

Burlap. What would burlap look like as curtains? Would I love it? Would I hate it? How much is burlap? Will hubs kill me if I buy it?

A quick joanns.com search told me that burlap was waaaaaay within our budget. Score. But how would I do it? And more importantly, would I like it?

No sewing. No curtain rod. Just some fabric glue and quilt binding.

Oh, and velcro.

You HEARD ME RIGHT! I used velcro to stick it to my wall. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! Hehe.

Did I like it?

Well.....at first, no. There was too much brown and frankly, it looked masculine. But I had plans...oh...the plans...

Fleur de lis. Do you love that saying? I say it: Flur deh leeeeeeee with a really thick french accent. Do you love that shape? It means 'flower of the lily." It's French. (Don't tell the hubs)

Well...let's just say that with all the damask fabric and black and white things I have been looking up online...a fleur de lis was bound to pop up.

And now, one has popped up on my burlap kitchen window mistreatment.

It's hard to see it in this picture, but it gives you the feel...see how clean my kitchen is? It never looks like that....'cept for when I was taking this picture...

I {heart} it. Hubs {hearts} that it was only $7 to do. SEVEN DOLLARS! You don't have to gasp...I'll gasp for you!

And then...I think I'm going with this fabric for the back of my cabinets...although, I have yet to try out a harlequin pattern....

And just for good measure:

Ooohhhh.....SQUEEZ-A YOU FACE! (That's what my aunt says!)

I {heart} him too!

You know what I've learned from all of this? I {heart} French Country. And I didn't even know it. And that I {heart} too much. I gotta learn how to really heart a {heart}, you know?


  1. I too am {heart}-ing all your {heart} goodness. It is coming together so nicely. Great work! T.D. Chick would be so proud. Is your a/c fixed yet? Hope so!

  2. Oh..And I {heart} the burlap too. It goes so well. What did the hubs say? Was this your limited spending trip that you took last week? So stinkin' cute! Just like your little man. ;)

  3. I still don't understand how you do those cute says on the walls... teach me! email step by step directions! ha! And I totally heart your curtains.. and I sorta want you to decorate my casa!

  4. I think it all looks FANTASTIC!

  5. Love the valance and love that it's no sew! I totally (heart) your scripture on the wall! What that a stencil or do you have a cricut? How did you do that? Tutorial time!

  6. Its all coming together very nicely.

  7. You are a French Country Rock Star...I love it all. I almost died as I was reading burlap...and velcro. But you amazed me.

  8. Shut your freakin' face! Love it! You didn't even tell me about it! What up eh? Dig it. :)

  9. love the black platter that reads "abide"! i can't believe the drapes!

  10. You are SO crafty! Great job. Very creative!

  11. Perfect! I love the look. I have used burlap for some things too and I love the way it give immediate texture to any room. When I was a little girl, my mom put burlap on our dining room walls as wall paper. I have remembered that ALL these years.

  12. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I've been thinking about sprucing up my high school classroom. In my mind, I saw burlap valences w/ a fleur de lis stencil, but didn't know how it would look. Should I add fringe, ribbon, fabric? Your kitchen is exactly what I needed to see. It's perfect. Now I know what to do. Thanks!

  13. PS I too want to know how you did your lettering on the walls. Cricut, pre-bought, paint??

  14. cute kitchen! Your mistreatments are just like mine! Guess great minds think alike...

  15. It's great! You did a wonderful job!


  16. Everything looks great...enjoyed looking at your pics! Love your burlap window treatment - you did a fabulous job!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to visit and your sweet comment...come on back anytime!

    Have a beautiful Thursday!
    (Treasure the Moment)

  17. I may need to get myself some burlap...great project.

  18. Love your curtains and really love the fleur de lis. I am really starting to wander is that burlap thing you american ladies keep talking about really the same stuff they make potatoe or coffeebean sacks out of over here on the old continent? Doesn't look it because your curtain looks way to nice.
    Love the lettering too. You might have explained it already but how do you get it from the computer onto the walls?

  19. Lovin' the burlap. Way to be brave!

  20. Beautiful!!! That natural colors and the gorgeous (!!) stencil/ribbons break up all the white. I love it!! Stopping by from Kimba's party. :)

  21. I LOVE IT! I am newly addicted to burlap, love the look of it and I have to try this and the fact that it is new sew rocks! Cause i can't sew....And he is too cute! My little guy has the exact same jumper and loves it! Definately adding you to my blogroll!

  22. That looks great! I've been considering burlap or dropcloths for curtains of some sort in our addition and the kitchen.

    ~ Sarah

  23. love, love, love your valance! your fleur di lis is perfect!

    and -------------------

    i love burlap & i love babies!

    great job!


  24. Great job! I may be brave enough, now (thanks to you) to use burlap in my den. ??


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