# DIY Burlap Bedskirt Tutorial

For the longest time, I have been wanting to redo my bedroom. It all started with the headboard*. Once I decided what I wanted, everything else pretty much fell into place. I found everything I wanted, from nightstands, pillows, comforter, sheets, etc.

What I could not decide on though was a bedskirt. The sheets I ordered did not come with a bedskirt (which is ok, because the sheets are orange, and I knew I wouldn’t have liked an orange bedskirt).

*Side note: my wonderful hubby made this headboard for me, and did a FANTASTIC job. There is also a matching footboard, but I forgot to include that picture on here…oops!*

Anyway, I had already gotten these pretty cool burlap pillows and thought to myself, ‘I could make a burlap bedskirt’. So that is exactly what I did. It was extremely easy.

The only part about it is when we move again I’ll have to start all over. It would probably be easy to just take the skirt I’ve already done and add a white fabric to it and sew it together…maybe I’ll try that, eventually.

I started with measuring the size of the bed to determine how much burlap I would need. Here is how I figured it out:

Ex. (based on a king bed)
80 + 80 + 76 = 236

Divide this number by 12 to get feet.
236/12 = 19.67

Finally, divide this number by 3 to get yards.
19.67/3 = 6.56 or 7
Always round up!

For a king size bed, 7 yards may seem like a lot, but it really isn’t. Plus, this project is inexpensive, too. Burlap is usually \$3.99/yd. Make sure if it’s a place like Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s you bring in 40% coupon!

You will also need: scissors and upholstery pins

Now, to begin making your bedskirt! Be sure to take off your top mattress and have the box spring exposed. If you can, have plenty of room for you to be able to go to your bed. If you have a footboard go ahead and move it too.

{1} Burlap has a very strong smell to it. I began by laying my burlap over some chairs in my backyard and spraying it with Febreeze every few hours. I hated waiting, but it will be worth it when it doesn’t smell as strong. Shake it out even to get those loose particles out.

{2} Now start cutting your burlap down the middle. Be sure to cut length wise! If your cut lines are not all that straight (mine definitely were not), then use the cut side as the top to be pinned.

{3} Using one cut piece and starting at the back end of one side, make sure the burlap is touching the floor and start pinning to the box spring. Begin pleating it and continue to pin down. Your pleats can be however large you want, but you want to keep them smaller so your burlap will stretch out farther.

{4} One cut piece of burlap should go halfway around your bed. When you get the corners, just keep the pleats going. You may have to bunch up the burlap a little more for the corners though. When your first cut piece of burlap runs out, just continue where it left off.

{5} Just keep pinning, just keep pinning…

{6} If you have any leftover burlap left when you’re finished, just cut it off. If there are any loose areas, go back and pin them tighter. I ended up using extra pins just to make sure it wouldn’t move around too much.

Make sure you have help to get your mattress back on top. You don’t want to mess up any of the pins and have to redo an area. I don’t have a steamer, but if you do, I recommend going around the steaming the burlap to get any wrinkles out.

And you’re done! A new bedskirt that is super easy and inexpensive. Enjoy!

# Custom Hand Painted Pillows

I’m big on crafting, any craft really, but I’ve recently begun a new craft that is becoming a favorite hobby. Hand. Painted. Pillows. I mean, how awesome are these??

I may be biased, but I think that they really add something extra to any space… No two pillows are the same and they are customized to fit what you want.

As I make them they are listed on my Etsy page, and I have recently had several custom orders. Everyone LOVES these pillows. These also make the best gifts for any occasion, especially Christmas ðŸ˜‰

They are the pillow covers ONLY, form is not included…however, if you want the form with it, just ask! Prices vary on design and whether or not you want the pillow form included or not.

Here are the details for every pillow that is custom made:

Measure 20″x 20″
Cotton/linen blend
Acrylic paint
Made in a smoke free home and cat free home
When you order a pillow, you get to choose your pillow color, paint color, and design. You can choose ANY paint color, and the pillow color options are:
White
Black
Gray
Red
Orange
Royal Blue
Light Pink
Beige
Here are the designs I have done thus far…and I’m so excited to start more!

The Sports Team Pillow Cover

My husband and I are Razorback fans, so I automatically made an Arkansas one. With this pillow cover, choose your state, colors, and any phrase you want on the pillow. You also have the choice of a start or heart over the right area of the state ðŸ™‚ Or…choose a design similar to the Alabama pillow cover.

The Patterned Pillow Cover

Easy, simple, perfect. Adds the perfect touch to any home. Choose the pattern you’d like and colors. Chevron is so popular right now, and is highly requested.

The Sunshine Pillow Cover

The Monogrammed Pillow Cover

I saved my favorite for last. Monograms are also very popular right now, and I love this color/pattern combo! Choose your pattern and colors and letter.

These are just the few that I have done, but I am open to ALL requests.

# Updated Front Porch

I had several pallets in my garage (shout out to Married Filing Jointly for letting me have them), and I have gone over and over how I want to use them. Initially, I wanted to make a headboard, but the more I looked at them sitting there…I knew that was not the look I wanted for my bedroom. I’m saving up money for an upholstered headboard ðŸ™‚

Anyway, I’ve been quite disappointed with the look of my front porch. We’re renting, so I knew I couldn’t make any radical changes, but it just needed something…new. Out of nowhere, literally, an idea popped into my head and within a couple of days it was done. This was so easy and it made a HUGE difference.

Before:

Our front porch wasn’t bad I guess, but it was kind of blah. I loved the wreath that I had there, but it had been up there for awhile and was a little worn. I also loved having the fern there, and I’m proud of my self for having kept it alive since March. I ended up using it again with the new look, but the fern is definitely going to need to be replaced.

After:

I LOVE this look so much more, and the pallet was the perfect touch, and it’ll be easy to change out each season. I used the same mat and spray painted a chevron pattern on it. On the door is a plastic chalkboard and I intertwined burlap through it and tied a bow at the bottom. I found BEAUTIFUL flowers at Lowe’s and placed them throughout the pallet. *Tip: I turned the pallet around so I could use the back side for shelves.*

I had been saving some jars for awhile and this was a great opportunity to use them. I repotted a single flower in each jar, and on a few of them I tied a bow around the jar with a chartreuse colored burlap.

The whole finished pallet with flowers. When it’s time to decorate for Fall, I plan on using an arrangement of pumpkins. I can’t wait for that!

Now, for the pallet…

I used the pallet that was in the best shape, and simply spray painted it. Easy, right? I used Rust-oleum from Walmart (the can said PRIMER, and it could be used on either wood, metal, plastic, or anything). All it needed was 1 coat of spray paint and tah-dah!…it was done.

# Fireplace Remodel

It’s always nice to you have the opportunity to redo an area of your home. That is exactly what my Granny did…but to the majority of her home. Over the past several years, there have been updates to the kitchen, an expansion of the master bedroom, and updates to the living room/hallway and guest bath.

Everything looks beautiful! Just recently though (well, last year), she decided to redo her entire fireplace. I was so excited because I drew up the plans for her and presented them to my uncle (who was the main contractor on the project).

The old fireplace was in very good shape, and complimented the older style of the home. However, with the new updates that had taken place, the fireplace was next in line for a remodel!

The downside I saw to this was losing the extra seating space on the fireplace hearth. Our family is very close, and we love spending time over there, so the extra seating was a big help. We’ve made it work; however, and still enjoy being together often.

Here are a couple of the before pictures:

What she gained (and needed), was extra storage space and shelving. So, for the new design, I included a fireplace sitting on the floor with an amazing mantle that has a built in unit to hold the DVD player and the television box.

Above the fireplace was plenty of space to hang the TV. On either side of the fireplace, I included wall to wall shelving space, with storage on the bottom.

The original drawings included dimensions and further details, but I no longer have a copy of that. I did, however, take a picture of my original drawing. (This is an awful picture, but gives the general idea) ðŸ™‚

The drawing also included stone surrounding the fireplace and crown moulding at the top. The curvature at the top of the fireplace and shelves breaks up the design to add interest, plus it is more appealing.

Pictures during the project:

And finally, the after picture:

I absolutely LOVE how the finished product turned out. It totally changed the way her house looks, and is eye catching as soon as you walk through the door. My Granny mentions often how much people compliment it when they come over.

I love even more being able to do something for her. She does so much for our whole family and deserves a whole new fireplace, plus so much more!