I’ve gotten pretty good at tackling house projects during nap time. The key is to pick the projects that need just an hour or so to complete, otherwise I feel frazzled when time is up because I know my evening to-do list just got longer. And this past weekend, this pelmet box project was exactly that. A big thanks goes to my friends at Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus for helping me get things done as fast as possible, because while I do have time to staple my heart out, there is no way ironing the finished product was going to happen for these photos.
I happened to stop in at Goodwill a few months ago and stumbled across this near-perfect window pelmet box. I was shocked. I haven’t found anything at Goodwill in ages. As far as the box goes, I had no idea if it was the right size for any of our windows, but it was $6 and 50% off and that alone was worth the risk.
Now obviously the fabric had to go, but I had a solution for that. I had picked up two of these shibori-style CB2 curtain panels from the Crate & Barrel outlet in Illinois and they had been sitting patiently in a drawer, waiting for their time to shine. I bought them super long–120″—which means I had a bit of extra fabric to play with. Essentially my plan was to use the curtain panels to both reupholster the pelmet box AND act as the actual curtains underneath.
To get started, I removed the old fabric finishing piece from the back of the pelmet box, but left the red fabric.
The CB2 curtains are super sheer, so it wasn’t as easy as laying the new fabric over the red and stapling away. I needed an interim step to mask the red. Enter the canvas drop cloth. Drop cloths are a supply I always have on hand for projects. I use them for everything! They’re often just $11-$14 for several yards and very heavy duty. Count me in.
I just used a standard staple gun (we have this one) and wrapped the box with drop cloth like a gift, adding several staples as I went. It took just a few minutes to do and it provides an instant solid color background so the new fabric can shine.
Next came the exciting part. It was time to start stapling on the new fabric.
It became a little tricky—I had to be very careful about measuring to ensure I had enough for both the pelmet box AND for the curtains, which needed to reach the floor. In the end, I needed 20″ to cover the pelmet box and the remaining 100″ to act as curtains, which still left me a little wriggle room (about 4″) for hemming. It worked, but it was cutting it CLOSE! Here’s the back after adding the first curtain panel. Sooo close!
So let’s talk the two-curtain panel thing. Why two? Well, the width of the curtain is actually a lot shorter than the width of the box, but two panels made it possible to cover the full width. You can notice a little bit of a seam off to the right, but is relatively undetectable unless looking closely.
To finish off the back, I added some leftover fabric to each arm, just because the inside arms are a little more visible versus everything else. I didn’t want my guests to look up and see a whole jumble of staples and fabric. Here’s how the inside arm looked before:
Yeeesh, right? Here’s the after of the back. Again, I just used leftover pieces to make it look a little more finished.
Here’s the newly re-upholstered box looking super fresh in its new home. I hung it by added D-rings to each arm and hung it like I would a picture frame using this method.
Now for the finishing. At this point, I had just 15 minutes left of nap time to prep the space and take photos for this post. Both the curtains and bedding were crazy wrinkled, so I grabbed my trusty Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. Time was of the essence!
The brand sent me these bottles, but honestly, I keep this stuff stocked anyways. I mean, I’ll do anything to get out of ironing. Ha! I use it all the time prepping a space for blog photos, but also for work in the morning. In this case, I needed these curtains to look nice and smooth for the photos.
Ahhhhh. And full disclosure, I also used Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus as a fabric refresher, considering these curtains sat on a stinky porch for a good hour as I was working. Oops. That also applies to stinky work clothes. Double oops.
Here’s how the room looks from the hallway and I’m absolutely loving all the blue and pattern on the wall now. Love simple projects like these that make such a big impact with low time and money investment. This project cost me about $35 total, which was mostly the purchase of the panels and pelmet box.
This sweet little boy joined me at the end, just as I was finishing up. He was inspecting my handiwork. (Gosh, isn’t he the sweetest thing?)
I loved all the time I saved on this project, finishing up right as naptime ended. Thank you Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus for making it easy on me!
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