Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bed Skirt On a Budget

Hope the week started off well for everybody! The boys were home sick today (Monday)!:( We were up all night with coughing and congestion. No fun but thankfully we were able to get in and see the doc. Nothing major just our twice yearly crude we deal with. To say least I was plum wore out by this afternoon when we got home. I was ready for a nap but knew that was a bad idea so I made myself finish up yet another project for the guest room. 

Since I was redoing the bedding in the guest room I was needing an 18 inch long bed skirt. All the ones I was finding were way out of my budget so I decided to make one instead! I found this fabulous faux linen like fabric at HobLob which was just $3.99 a yard and I had a 40% off coupon so this project was definitely in my price range.

The bed skirt was actually a bit of a challenge for me one because I had never sewn anything this large before and two because I do not own a ruffler. I had made one side which took forever!! Then I attempted the second side and the thread kept breaking half way thru. I was ready to give up but thankfully the ladies on my  FB page chimed in with some helpful hints on how I could make my ruffles without pulling the rest of my hair out! I ended up using dental floss to create the ruffles and it worked fabulously! ( Thanx Mandy!) I was also told fishing lure would work well too! I basically just used the previous bed skirt as my pattern for how long my ruffle should be width wise. 

I had two sides completed so today instead of napping I finished up the last side and then pinned the sides on to the box spring. Yes, you read that correctly!:) I just pinned the panels on the box spring so I did cheat a tad but you would never know unless I told you.

I just love Osnaburg fabric because it has a faux linen quality to it and the frayed edges to me just add to its allure. Ms. Pat at the cutting table thought I was crazy when I mentioned what I was doing with it. She had never heard of such a thing!:) To be honest I really have no idea what this fab is used for.

I just love how this layer of the guest room turned out though! If I had purchased a bed skirt similar to this in queen size it would have been well over $100 and I made it for less than $40!

Next up the rest of the bedding and then...

to finish this mess up!! What on earth was I thinking!!??

I spent the entire day Sunday trying to strip the headboard. I was going mad to say the least! My original idea was to strip it and then use steel wool on it soaked in Apple Vinegar to give it a natural aged look. I had high hopes! Now though since I have put the new bedding on the bed and have seen the entire look pulled together I should have just taken the easy way out and primed over the red and repainted it!! So  now I am left to clean up the mess I made for myself and if anybody has any tips on how to make my life easier on this project they would be much appreciated!!

Thanx for stopping by and stay tuned for even more guest room progress!

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  1. LOVE the bed skirt...can't wait to see the entire room....

  2. Pamela the bed skirt looks fabulous and I LOVE that headboard. Chalk paint should go right over that without priming, you might just need to do an extra coat! Can't wait to see the room all put together! Martina

  3. I LOVE your bedskirt! It looks fabulous! Please tell me about the dental floss ruffling.....I have a ruffler and hate it and I have a ruffle curtain to make for a client this week....argh!
    Have you tried Soy Gel stripper on your headboard? You can get it at Woodcraft and it is wonderful stuff. I strip alot (LOL) and have recently found that product. If not, you can use Citristrip (available at Wal-Mart) and that would be my second choice. Works good also.
    Try to go with your first choice. I am planning a table top with the steel wool/ apple vinegar thing. Do you have directions for that? I think you just soak the pads over night in the vinegar, right?
    Keep up the good work....you are so talented!

  4. Looks like you hired a professional to do this bed skirt Pamela. Loving it!
    I have never heard of the steel wool/vinegar thing. What is this all about??

  5. Great job on the bedskirt, Pamela! And I'm loving that brown plaid you're going to use on the bed! Can't wait to see it all put together.

  6. Magnificent! I love bedskirts and that turned out awesome.

  7. I adore that bedskirt! It looks better than the $100 ones ever could!
    I also vote for CitriStrip. It's my favorite and I use it all the time. Can't wait to see the finished room!

  8. That bed skirt is beautiful! I love how the room is coming together- esp. those shutters!

  9. Your bedskirt is beautiful, Pamela. I love the texture of the Osnaburg fabric and you would have paid way more for a finished one. In my experience, Osnaburg is used for stitching fabric (cross-stitch).

  10. The bed skirt looks great Pamela and I love the headboard! This guest room is going to look fabulous! Can't wait to see it when you're done.

    Have a wonderful day,

  11. oh my gosh girl.. you are creative and busy! I love the skirt and I can't wait to see the finished room.

    Hope the boys feel better.

  12. Pamela, I love that fabric and can't wait to see the finished room.

  13. The bed-skirt turned out great and I love the raw edge on the fabric:)

  14. Your bedskirt turned out so wonderful and looks fabulous! Coming over from Wow Us Wednesday.

  15. I love that bedskirt! Great fabric!!! And that headboard!

  16. What a great idea to use this fabric to create a bedskirt! Years ago, I used this fabric to do cross-stitch. (I won't tell you how many years!) Can't wait to see how your room turns out.

  17. Looks fabulous Pamela! Your headboard is so pretty, I can't wait to see it when you are finished. :)
    (Steel wool and vinegar??? would love to know more:)

  18. Wow it turned out GREAT! How much yardage did you end up using? I am also curious about the steel wool in vinegar...need to google that ! Can't wait to see the finished room!

  19. Is it crazy that I kind of like the partially stripped headboard?!

  20. PIN it!!! I live with three boys that don't care if my home looks like I want it to....SO I STAPLED THEIR TO THEIR BED!! WILL NOT COME OFF WITHOUT A FIGHT, AND THEN THEY'LL REALLY HAVE A FIGHT WITH ME!!


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