Sunday, July 21, 2013

Recycled Valances

You might think that this ensemble looks like it belongs together.  Well, in a way, you would be right.  Take a look at the "before" photo below, and believe it or not, this valance is the same valance.

I was only going to be working on replacing old cushions with brand new ones when I got to this home.  But once the new cushion was underway, I couldn't help but to suggest a simple fix for the window treatment too.  You see, I can be very frugal, love to recycle and the rest of this room was already perfect, so it was pretty much a "no brainer" for me to suggest what I did next.

This is the "after" shot from the same angle as the before.  I looked at the back of the red floral fabric and saw a warm, woven, golden toned fabric that had no 'sheen' like the old red on the front did.  I actually decided that I liked it better than the red.  A LOT better as a matter of fact.

I suggested to my client that all she really needed to do was to order a new, thick wood rod in the same black finish as her chairs.  Next, let me take her valance, rip it out, flip it over so that the back side is the front side, press it, pleat it and hang it from rings.  She was skeptical... very skeptical.

Seeing is believing, so that is where these pictures came from.  I sent her the pictures from my workroom and let her make the choice between the red or the gold tone on the back.

What ended up making the decision easier in the end, was that the cushion fabric came in a lot more of a burnt orange color than it looked when we selected it from the book.  So it ended up being easier than ever as soon as the cushion was done.  Doesn't the NEW (ahem) valance fabric look great with the new cushion?

Lastly, the sill length blackout curtains that were necessary to block some of the light were seriously dating the room more than anything else.  The rest of the room is and was already fantastic, so I could not wait to show her how fabulous these natural woven roller shades would look in their place!

Here is a close-up of the NEW (ahem) valance with the new hardware.  It looks like something that one would see on the cover of Traditional Home Magazine, no kidding.  I wish I had taken these pictures with my good camera, these are all a little fuzzy, taken with my smart phone.  But the very idea that these curtains are recycled and will give my clients another 15-20 years of enjoyment is very gratifying.  We all need to think more like this!  What can you recycle in your home decor scheme today?  Perhaps all you need is to hire a professional to take a fresh look at what you have and suggest something new... out of something "old".  WARNING - not all designers will want to work with you on this level.  You'll want to try to find one that can be down-to-earth (like me?).

To see more valances with shades visit this post next: Layering Window Treatments

Until next time... happy decorating!


Linking to:
Funky Junk Interiors for Junky Hangups
A Stroll Through Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Coastal Charm (Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays)
Southern Savvy Style (Wow Us Wednesdays)


  1. I love the two fabrics together, great mix. I love to use what I already have in a new way if possible, so this definitely changed up and dressed up the window. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  2. Thanks so much Marty! Hugs back to you ;-) Michelle


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