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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,
Sheilla

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

15 comments:

  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!

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  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.

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

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  5. thanks for the tutorial-looks great-

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

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

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  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

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

    Thanks for sharing.

    Kathleen

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  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

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

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

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

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  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!

    blessings
    deborah

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