April 13, 2012

Herringbone Pelmet Tutorial


Isn't pelmet a funny word?
Well I think it is, and I decided it was the perfect solution to my kitchen window dilemma. I'm not a kitchen curtain person- and if you are, I'm not judging. I'm just saying, they're not for me. I saw a pelmet tute ages ago from Cassie, and filed the idea away for later.  Today, my friends, is later!
Wanna know how to make one? {This is where you start skimming if you don't care how to make one of these bad boys!}
Here's how I did mine. You Need: Fabric, Foam Core, Exacto knife {or something like it} Ruler or Carpenter's Triangle and Batting, L bracket or Curtain Rod Hardware

1] First, measure your window and determine the measurements of your pelmet. I used two pieces of foam core- then taped them the length of the window with packing tape.
2] Measure your curtain rod hardware, then cut the top of your board the same amount as your hardware is long. Like my hardware was 2.5 inches, so I cut down the board 2.5 inches.  Make sure you don't cut all the way through the board. I cut through the outer layer and the foam so I could bend it.
  3] Then cut out the corners. You can cut them all the way through, then remove the piece.  
 4] Then bend the sides and the top down and secure the corner. Again, I just used packing tape. I also taped the tops and sides to reinforce them. You can see from the pic on the right what mine looked like.
5] Once you have the pelmet shape, you can cover it with batting. I used a spray adhesive to secure the batting to the board. Then again, I just used tape to adhere the batting to the back of the board.

6] Lay out you fabric, and repeat the process of the securing it to the board just like you did the batting. This time I used a combo of staples and tape because I wanted the fabric to be stretched tight.
About this time- I looked over my finished pelmet and thought my linen looked a bit plain. So although I had already secured the fabric- I decided to spice it up a bit.
I wanted a herringbone print- but I couldn't find a place that sold a stencil resembling anything like I wanted. So- I made one with Word. I just manipulated rectangles and their angle, until I made something I liked. I wanted an abstract herringbone with a Native American flair. I love how this resembles the feathers on an arrow.
If you want to make your own print, here's what you need: Freezer Paper, Paint, Fabric Additive, Exacto Knife, Cutting Board, Brush, Container, Spray Adhesive and a pattern
I] Make a pattern or download a template.
II] Once I had a pattern I cut it out using my Exacto knife, then used that as a template to cut a stencil from freezer paper. It didn't take long at all, and if I did anything differently, I would have spent the time to cut out a bigger stencil. That would have saved time in the end. 
III] Mix your fabric additive and paint
IV] Use the spray adhesive to coat the PAPER side of your new stencil.
V] Your ready to use your stencil, make sure you're stencil is straight and using a foam brush apply the paint. Make sure the stencil is pressed down firmly and that there isn't a lot of paint on your brush.
And that, folks, is how you do it! I wanted a slightly handmade look. Like I the end product to look like it was hand done or done with block printing. You know- how the color will have variations and each line will look different? So I was careful to load the brush differently here or there, or apply different amounts of pressure.
I used the same gray paint that I used to stencil the damask curtains in the rest of the room. I wanted something that tied in- but that stood out. Damask is such a timeless print, but I wanted something more fun and current for the small kitchen area. 
And remember, you cannot judge these glorious {yeah right} honey oak cabinets. You guys know we rent this place- so what you see is what you get! Though I did try to convince Z that the landlord would never notice if they were suddenly turned white! Sadly, he was not on board! ;-)
Now for the money details! I purchased my supplies mostly at Joann's. With several coupons for "March Madness" the supplies totaled around 15 bucks. I bought a linen fabric (2 feet, half off, coming in at $8.) At the time I thought linen was important {to tie on with the linen-like Ikea curtains}, but now that I see the final product- I think a drop cloth would have looked almost the same. If I had used the leftover dropcloth this would have cost $6. 
Now who wants to make one of these bad boys!?




27 comments:

  1. That is so true..."Pelmet" is a funny word! LOL! But yours definitely doesn't look funny Becca. It looks just beautiful! I love the fabric choice and your tutorial is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  2. Hi Becca! I'm a kitchen curtain person by now, but I don't like the heavy ones. Your idea is excellent and I will use it when we get our own home.

    Thanks! :)

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  3. I think we should make pelmut into a verb. Even funnier. I love how you "pelmutted" your window treatment! LOL!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  4. It's official, I love everything that you do!! Gorgeous :)

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  5. I love it! I've always wanted to try this. We do have a need for something in our kitchen too...just so many project, so little time! You did a fantastic job (as usual)!

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  6. I think this turned out PERFECT! I like your Pelmet a LOT!!! XO, Aimee

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  7. Great looking Pelmet there Becca!! Another fab tutorial too!


    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured your Union Jack Burlap pillow on my round tuit post this week!

    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  8. Another totally awesome project! Also I saw your ottoman on Censational Girl's BOTB today! Nice work!

    --Katie

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  9. Thanks for linking this one to a Round Tuit too Becca!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  10. Very nice! Here is my Sundae Scoop post: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/bell-bottom-baby.html

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  11. I think the best think about this is that you don't have to have any battery-powered tool to do it! This is something I can see in my kitchen- I'll have to get to thinking about a pattern I want.

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  12. Awesome project. It looks fantastic! Megan

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  13. This is so beautiful! I love the pattern! I would love for you to share this with my Unveil Your Genius link party! http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/04/unveil-your-genius-link-party-6.html
    (New linky every Thursday...each linky runs for a week)

    Happy Sunday!

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  14. It's like you're magical... I liked the pattern when I saw it for a minute last week and had no idea you made the pattern yourself! Crafty lady... good job!

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  15. It's fantastic~ You did a great job on it and thanks for the tutorial too! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  16. This is awesome. Where do you find the time fo all of these great projecst?!

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  17. I love that! I am not really a curtain person either. We only have one set in our whole house and that is too block the light out of my boys' bedroom so they will sleep past 6 am! I think this would be perfect in my kitchen...and I love the pattern you added! Stopping by from TT&J. Have a great weekend!

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  18. This is a fantastic project! I would love it if you would consider sharing it at my Pinworthy Projects Link Party over at Just Us Four!

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  19. This is so very cute. Nice job. Bythewayjenngray.blogspot.com

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  20. Beautiful job, I love a good DIY project! It really suits your kitchen

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  21. Wonderful project, it really goes well with your curtains and paint, love it! I am a new reader, creating over at http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com - Tanya :)

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  22. Love your pelmet!! Looks beautiful!! We're so glad you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Thanks for coming and we hope you'll be back. -The Sisters

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  23. Bec,
    Is there anything you can't do? Don't think so! These are awesome...love the pattern! Can't wait to see them in person. Very, very NICE!! -sue

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  24. I love this! Thanks for the tutorial and for linking up.
    XO
    Kristin

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  25. So cute! I love your herringbone look =)

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  26. Looks fantastic. Love the fabric you chose and the way it cozies up that part of your kitchen.

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  27. It looks great! I admit, I had to check out your post because...what in the world is a pelmet?! ;-)

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