By Pamela Masin
Photo: Claire Richardson – Creating the Vintage Look
If You Have 2 Hours…
Update your window treatment-without any sewing. Ellie Laycock, the author of Creating the Vintage Look, created curtains from fun, appealing dish towels. To do it yourself, establish that the length of your dish towels covers the height of the window. Then, add the width of all your towels together and make sure that number equals the width of your window times 2.5. You can sew a hem on top, like Ellie does, but an easier option is to clip on curtain rings and slide the dishtowels across a wire. Another simple window treatment: Take a twin-size flat sheet in a fun pattern or color and, again, clip on rings to hold it to the rod.
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Photo: Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle
If You Have 3 Hours…
Please give a warm welcome to Washi tape. The decorative Japanese masking tape is known for its affordable price and durability for all sorts of projects. But our favorite use of the tape is as an alternative to wall stencils. Create a rainbow-striped room like Kelle Boyd, the designer behind the brand Ann Kelle, put up a honeycomb pattern using Jane and Fern’s how-to guide or add different-colored polka dots. Don’t worry if you mess up-Washi tape can easily be removed without leaving any marks and you can reposition the same piece of tape without it losing its stickiness. A dream come true for renters and (anxious, all-thumb) crafters.
Photo: Modern Masters, Inc.
If You Have 5 Hours…
Make over your front door in metallic copper. The metal is a pretty-established home interior trend-usually found on kitchen countertops and fireplace fronts-but we love the idea of taking the trend outdoors. Try painting a metallic copper finish over a charcoal or dark-colored door to create a weathered look. Or, go for a more modern approach by painting the trim of a metallic copper door in an inky black color. For more ideas on how to update your front door, here are five more dazzling projects