Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Easy Canopy Crown

Today I thought I'd show you another project from my guest/craft room.
But first, I'll show you the inspiration behind it.
This photo is from an issue of Flea Market Style magazine - the one published by Better Homes and Gardens, not the one of the same name by Ki Nasseur (which I also love!)

This is from an old issue of Country Living, from a feature called, "Double Wide".

Here's how I merged the two ideas together to create a very inexpensive and easy canopy crown.

The actual base, or crown was a curved shelf that I purchased at Goodwill.

It originally came from Home Goods (still had the sticker attached), and looked a little bit too shiny and new for the look I had in mind. So I dry brushed it with a little white paint, still allowing much of the gold and dark highlights to show through.

To make the curtain rod, I took a simple wire hanger (one of the sturdy ones) and nipped the hook off.

Next I measured the length of the curved section and nipped the coat hanger wire about 1 1/2 inches longer. Then I took needle-nose pliers to make a curl at each end. Afterward, I shaped the metal into a gentle curve to roughly match up with the curve in the shelf.

There was a lip in my shelf which I used to secure the rod, so after shaping, I did a quick check to make sure it would fit.

I had some gorgeous old net lace curtains stashed and decided to use them for my canopy, so I just threaded them onto the wire "rod". If you don't have curtains that will work, you could just as easily use a length of fabric or lace hemmed to create a channel for the rod.

Then I slipped the shirred curtains and wire under the lip on my shelf.

After I hung it up, I decided it was just too dark for the room, so down it came.

I repainted it, this time using a somewhat heavier coat of paint. For the first coat I used the "Cafe au Lait" shade that I'd painted 3 of the walls of the room with, and afterward, dry brushed on a little more white.

Much better!

So I re-shirred the curtains onto the wire and hung the crown again.

As you can see, I hung a little gold tassel in the center for some added interest.

And there you have it.
Quick, easy and under $5.00!

Until next time,

I'm linking up with "White Wednesday" at Faded Charm. Come on over and check things out at Kathleen's fantastic blog!


  1. Oh,wow! I really love your canopy! It looks like it came from a high end shop! What a great use of the formerly gold shelf!

  2. Good job! Wish I was that creative!
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  3. Sheilla ~ What a beautiful canopy! Again, your creativity always amazes me. It's a gorgeous dressing for the head of the bed! Sweet dreams.

  4. What a great idea. Your canopy is wonderful.

  5. thanks for the tutorial-looks great-

  6. Hi Sheilla,
    Your crown canopy is just beautiful. You are the most creative lady I know.

  7. This is gorgeous! Now I am on the lookout for a similiar shelf. Happy WW!

  8. Your bedcrown is stunning....absolutely love it!Thank you for stopping by and becoming a follower...I am joining you, also. Have a great day, Sheilla

  9. I really like this idea and have a shelf very similar........maybe a new project for me to think about.

    Thanks for sharing.


  10. What fun! It's fabulous and thank you for sharing how you made it. Happy White Wednesday. Come for a visit if you can. ~ Lynn @theVintageNest

  11. What a fun project! I love the outcome. Everything looks so perfect!

  12. AWESOME! Love your creativity and repurposing! It is lovely. Thanks for sharing a great idea with us. Enjoyed my visit on White Wednesday!

  13. Wow! Awesome!!!!!!! Very creative & it's totally gorgeous! Nice to meet you ~ I'm another Shellagh (Sheila):)

  14. What a great idea! Thank you for the very easy to follow instructions... I've got a little project for those beautiful lace curtains that I've been hanging on to!


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  16. I am so glad this is still here. I have one of those little shelfs (though not quite as delicate-looking as yours) and really wanted to do this. Searched and searched for ideas on how to do this and-finally-there you were! I am so happy! Thank you! Donna


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