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Monday, January 28, 2013

Chicken Coop Curtains - Tootsie Style

After the move, I had to re-think pretty much everything in my house.  The windows are NO exception to this problem. 

Those of you who have been reading me for a while know that I could not sew if my life was on the I have to be creative with my window treatments...or let them look like they came from a big box store.   I refuse to be I choose to be creative.

My youngest daughter has a fairly large window in her bedroom.  I did not want to get rid of her pretty sheer curtains that she had, so I had to modify my design to make them work with her new window dimensions.

Simply hanging the curtains without a valance worked at our other house, but definitely NOT in this house.


The curtains look “okay”…but they are just not quite what I wanted to see…so I got to scheming…and trying to come up with a new look for them.

One night I was browsing around the internet and I came across some adorable curtains made out of chicken wire.  I loved the look of them…but didn’t want to have the same thing…no copy cat here!   I kept on looking…but could not get those curtains out of my head…nor could I find them again to look at!  So…I have to thank my inspiration person from here…”thank you who ever you are for the inspiration!”

With the inspiration of that elusive post  still fresh in my mind, I decided to make my own Tootsie version of those curtains.

I pulled out my roll of chicken wire…and grabbed a couple of gauzy window panels and started to work.  I cut myself some of the chicken wire to fit the window and folded it in half to make it the right size for my plan.


I then started ripping strips of fabric and weaving them in and out of the chicken wire.


I wanted the valance that I was making to be “imperfect” and look a little frayed…so I added a little more detail with some purple pieces ripped and frayed to add a little “shabby” to the whole thing. 
After several hours of weaving and ripping and tying little pieces onto the chicken wire…My masterpiece was complete!


I hung the valance onto the existing curtains with a couple of curtain clips (it is really light weight) and ripped a couple more strips to use as ties on the sheers.

“Busy” absolutely LOVES them now!


I am far from finished in this room…but the window is off to a very good start.  The purple in the valance pulls the purple in her bed spread quilt out nicely!  I have ideas for that bed…and a few other little projects  that I would like to find time to work on in the near future.  In other words…you haven’t seen the last of this bedroom!

 Stay tuned…one of these day’s I will find time…and this room will get Tootsiefied completely.

So?   What do you think?   Do you like the Tootsie Coop look?  ha ha ha!

Until Next Time…Happy Decorating!

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Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Love it are just too cool for school..I bet Busy does love it..Love ya my Northern daughter..May you have a very blessed year..Hugs and love Gloria

Art and Sand said...

Okay, I have got to learn more about you. I loved it when you said, "I pulled out my roll of chicken wire" like everyone has a roll of chicken wire in their stash.

I love your valence and the creativity behind it.

I guess I have to head to the store (not sure which one) to pick up my role of chicken wire.

Art and Sand said...

Okay, I have got to learn more about you. I loved it when you said, "I pulled out my roll of chicken wire" like everyone has a roll of chicken wire in their stash.

I love your valence and the creativity behind it.

I guess I have to head to the store (not sure which one) to pick up my role of chicken wire.

Tootsie said...

hahahaha! Yep...I have a lot of stuff around that makes my mom...who is very much a lady...cringe. Even my dad gets a little grin when I say I am doing something and have to run to the shed or to storage and grab something...I'm not your average girlie girl! lol

Tootsie said...

Thanks "MOM" xoxo

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

That is fantastic and really looks lovely. Way to go.


Simply Debbie said...

Hi Glenda,
love your daughter's room and how you created your topper.
your yard is stunning.
I am following you and would love to see your smiling face over at my blog.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

So that's why they invented chicken wire!!! I love it.


Lona said...

I cannot believe you created that with chicken wire. LOL! It is so pretty Glenda!

hula-la said...

What great fun! And a great lookin' blog! I am now following, hope you will visit me back! HAVE A GREAT, CREATIVE DAY!

Aloha from Vicki

mybearsnme said...

That is a fantastic idea!

La Petite Gallery said...

That is just the stuff I have been looking for-Chicken wire.
We need it for the bottom of the fence, Renee's dog slips under the fence and we both go crazy screaming for the little mut.
The house is looking good.
You are a busy and Creative lady.


Kadee Willow said...

Genius! I love how you choose to pick up the purple in the bedspread to tie it all together! And the first thing that struck my about this post? The angle of the bed! I am so into doing that. Creates interest in a room. By the way, I found you from the blogging party and plan to come back! So nice making new friends! And if you get a chance, I would love to have you visit mine! Thanks for sharing a great idea!!!

Andrea said...

OMG Tootsie, you are the lady who doesn't stop moving your hands or body! I wonder if you still rest, i read that even if you're sick you still work, if not the body then the brain! haha! But that curtain is really adorable, very beautiful. However, it will not work well in our country with lots of dust!

Unknown said...

I was out listing a house the other day and I seriously thought of you...I saw a project that the homeowner had made and took a picture... I will have to find it because it looked like something you would do with one of your "junkin" doors...
As for the chicken coop valance and how it makes the sheers pop..well its just amazing as you always are! Im sure the "original" person would feel honored that you were inspired by their post..tweaking to add our own personally or flair is just what we do! Can't wait to see how your greenhouse and garden progress this year.
Hope that you have an abundance of happiness in your life. You certainly deserve it.

Tootsie said...

that is so sweet! I love that you took a photo...send it to me...I'd so love to see it. I still have a door or two waiting for me to be

Thanks for thinking of me...and I appreciate your sweet and kind comment! big hugs from a girl who is currently covered head to toe in black high gloss paint...
I can't wait to post what I have been doing for the last few weeks!

Warm Heart Bears said...

Hello Glenda,

What a wonderful idea!
The valance turned out
beautiful! A great
addition to a sweet room.

Thanks for sharing.

Bear Hugs,