Budget Window Treatments & Kitchen Update

Y’all have been so patiently waiting for my kitchen update and today’s the day! We started a month and a half ago and have been working harder than ever before to get this project done, but as with everything DIY, there are hang-ups that happen. I’m so excited to share my husband’s hard work on our gorgeous floor and a secret to getting budget window treatments for your home. Yay!

To catch some of you up to speed, you can read all about the start of our kitchen remodel HERE, and this is our starting point when we bought our home in 2003.

Outdated Kitchen Remodel with New Flooring by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This is where we left off before starting our latest remodel…

Kitchen Remodel Before by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

…with our old vinyl floors…

Worn Out Vinyl Flooring by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

When we bought the home, the dining area had been converted from a screened in porch and we took out a wall to the two rooms could flow. With that there was a transition in the floors that was not very good, and there were 4 different layers of old flooring to deal with.

Repairing Transition from Two Kitchen Floors | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*this post was sponsored by Floor & Decor and eFaucets and does contain affiliate links. 

We had to build up the one floor to match the plane of the other and that was no easy task because it also had another three transitions into our laundry area. What a chore!

My husband works his daily job and, of course, was on mandatory overtime, but would come home and work some more.

Working at Night on Kitchen Floor | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For us it wasn’t just “lay down some tile” because we are here 24/7. We had to lay down a path let it cure and then grout leaving a space to walk, then switch spots. It was a long process for sure that required patience from everyone.

Kids Watching While Dad Mixes Mortar for Tile Floor | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I wasn’t much help during this stage because my littlest wouldn’t have anything to do with it, so it was all my husband. You can best bet I’m itching to jump in!!

We are in love with our new tile that we sourced from Floor & Decor, and can’t believe how much lighter and clean it all feels.

View of Kitchen from Steps | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

One other headache were these steps. The room adjacent to our kitchen is our family room that used to be a garage. The steps basically needed rebuilt and done from the front face of the bottom step. My husband spent days laying on his belly down in the yick trying to fix it all. What a guy, right?

Porcelain Stone-Look Kitchen Tile by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Our temporary plastic table is going to eventually be our open frame bar (or peninsula) and those bar stools are going to get a new look too.

Farmhouse Industrial Style Kitchen Remodel Update by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

And this bench I found to redo is also temporary until we complete our built-ins.

Farmhouse Style Bench in Kitchen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

While our laundry area will have the shelves retrofitted to hold a utility tub. I can’t wait!

Laundry Room Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

As for me, I have been busy homeschooling, running my business and taking custom orders ever since I redid and sold our buffet that was in the start of our kitchen. Seems this buffet makeover has caused quite a stir and they’re in demand.

Vintage Duncan Phyfe Sideboard Gets Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I also have been causing a stir myself. First, I went to take down the faux barn beams that the previous owners installed, with the intention of just lightening their color.

Faux Barn Beams in Kitchen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Removing Faux Barn Beams in Kitchen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

But…(hee hee hee) once down, my kids and I loved how much open it felt and brighter too, so they came down and are staying down. This is before I tore down the awful sheetrock.

Ceiling Before Tearing Down Sheetrock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This is what the ceiling looks like bare bones. What fun!

Kitchen Ceiling Restoration | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I’ve found all sorts of fun stuff, including a socket I didn’t know was there and now I can finally center our fixture. Makes sense, right? Thankfully, my husband was game and new we needed to make it right.

I am putting up beadboard and creating a coffered ceiling and can’t wait to show you the next steps.

My other change-ups are this…I talked my husband into letting me get a gas cooktop instead of our electric range. I called my plumbing friend to come see about giving us an estimate to install a gas line, and he found we already have a line. Yippee!! Gotta love a woman’s intuition. hee hee.

So this old range will no longer be there, but instead my new cooktop sitting in storage and mounted in butcher block countertops. And we will also be building a custom range hood. You can see what I did with those upper cabinets as I repurposed them into storage bins, table centerpiece, and chalkboard.

Electric Range Being Replaced by Gas Cooktop | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

So you may be wondering about my oven. Well, I’ve decided to ditch our dishwasher for a double wall oven instead. I even bought a new dishwasher to replace this one. Ah well. Here is where our ovens will go.

Old Portable Dishwasher in Kitchen Remodel | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My dishes will now be washed by hand in my new (old) farmhouse sink found on Craigslist.

White Cast Iron Porcelain Kohler Farmhouse Sink | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

And topped off with this gorgeous antique brass faucet from eFaucets. eep!

Antique Brass Kitchen Faucet by eFaucets | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I will be building our lighting with these old barn enamel shades…

Old Barn Enamel Shades in Kitchen Remodel | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

…paired with these antique clamps. Love me some rustic goodness. UPDATE: Lighting is done and I share the how-to with you in this post.

Antique Wooden Clamps Repurposed as Light Fixtures | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Another change-up is our window treatments – the one thing I could work on while the floor is being laid. For the entire time we’ve lived here, I’ve only had some basic mini-blinds up in our dining area and never gave a hoot. I liked being able to see my kids out in the back yard and let in all the natural light.

Dining Area Windows Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

These are mini-blinds from Wal-Mart and only cost about $7 each. They do want we want and have served us well. I decided to change it up and get bamboo roman shades to add a little more texture to the room and a natural element. Those things cost $24 each and I had a hard time spending that.

Funny thing is, the moment I put them up, I said, “no.” They were bulky AND you could see right through them!! What was the point of spending that kind of money for no privacy? So, I found they made liners to add which cost another $12 a piece. (here is where I get that sinking feeling – know what I mean?)

I was determined to do something different, but there was no way I was spending $300 to replace perfectly good window treatments I already had. What’s a girl to do? Create a home hack, or course.

Here’s what I did…I kept one of the shades and returned the rest to the store.

Bamboo Roman Shade in Box for Home Hack | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Because these shades already had a built-in valance, I removed it and decided to use that as my guide. I rolled out the shade and removed the valance by flipping it up and taking out the staples that held it in place.

Rolled Out Bamboo Shade | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Removing Shade Staples for Window Treatment | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Now the original valance is separate from the shade.

Bamboo Valance Removed for Window Treatment | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Next, I flipped the shade over and removed all the rings and strings that pull the blind up.

Removing Bamboo Shade Rings | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Starting from the bottom, I removed the piece of wood that weighs the shade down using scissors.

Cutting Bottom of Bamboo Shade | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

When cutting, a few of those bamboo pieces will fall out and that is okay. They can be used for a later project (same for those rings you just took off too!)

Loose Bamboo from Cutting Shade | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Since the original valance was about 6″ high, I added 2″ to account from a top and bottom finished edge. After cutting a section, I use a large stir stick for a 5 gallon bucket to mount my valance. If you window is larger, you can use a thing strip of wood, like a furring strip found at home improvement stores.

Pre-drill the ends of the stir stick with a drill about 1-2″ in from the outer edge so they will be ready to mount when done.

Predrill Budget Window Treatments | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Using the top edge as a guide, apply a bead of glue with your hot glue gun to the stir stick and center it on your valance.

Applying Stir Stick with Hot Glue | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To create a finished edge, fold up the bottom to match the same height of the original valance you took off. Glue down with your hot glue gun.

Assembling Bamboo Valance | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Again, using your drill, start a your screws in the holes making it easier to mount. Nothing like dropping screws all over while trying to hang window treatments, eh?

Predrilling Screws into Window Treatments | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Since each window is different, just line up your valance on center and mount the valance in front of your mini blind with the bamboo panel draping over the front of the stir stick.

Attaching Faux Bamboo Window Treatment | Prodigal Pieces |www.prodigalpieces.com

Faux Bamboo Budget Window Treatment by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Not only did I get to keep the blinds I already had that gave me the privacy I wanted, but I also saved close to $300. SCORE!! The self-made valances from one bamboo shade hide those boring mini-blinds and give the appearance that I have the window treatment of bamboo shades.

 DIY Budget Window Treatment with Faux Bamboo Shades | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

If you love that cotton stem wreath, I did that plus another arrangement for less than $4. Come see the video tutorial!

I think sometimes we can get caught up in getting the look and we spend more than we need to. I typically am a DIY girl, but know that not everyone is that way. I hope this inspires you to try to create the look you want for less.

DIY Budget Window Treatments - A Home Hack by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Our kitchen remodel is continuing and shall be done soon as we are past the hard part. I have so much more to share, so stay tuned!

Do you want to see this one-legged wonder makeover (aka a foot stool I found curbside). Isn’t it cute? not. Come on over HERE.

Curbside Vintage Footstool Gets Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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More of my projects for you to enjoy:

Repurposed Kitchen Cabinets become Home Decor by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comBudget-Friendly French Farmhouse Master Bedroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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  • Janet (Shabbyfufu)

    What a project…and I am amazed at all that you do, accomplish and continue to do. It’s going to be so worth it!

    March 26, 2016 at 8:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Janet! We are excited to move on to the next phase.

      March 26, 2016 at 9:28 am Reply
  • debbiedoos

    Larissa, you are amazeballs!I love teh window treatments. In fact, I want to do something similar because I am tired of dusting slats!

    March 26, 2016 at 8:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome! Thanks so much, Debbie! (and I hear ya on the slats)

      March 26, 2016 at 9:27 am Reply
    • Robin

      I am really new at this DIY but love the ideas. I have what is probably a silly question. On the windo treatments, you glued a stick on back of the valance and then inserted screws into the wood. Since the screws are on the back of the valance, how do you mount it and what are you attaching it to? Keep in mind I’m new and have never even hung a blind!! I know, pitiful, right? ? Thanks!

      May 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm Reply
      • Larissa

        No worries. 🙂 The stir stick is attached flush to the trim (or casing) in front of the mini blind with the valance cascading over the stick. Use my finished photos for reference. If you have more questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected]

        May 11, 2016 at 5:32 pm Reply
  • Bliss

    That is quite an undertaking in a large space, and it cracks me up you got out that crowbar and tackled those beams yourself.

    March 26, 2016 at 8:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You know it. tsk. I do most of that kind of work, but when mortar is involved with kids around, that’s up to hubby. ha!

      March 26, 2016 at 9:27 am Reply
  • Angela Kraeske

    It’s looking great, Larissa! I love your cabinet color, faucet, and floors. And that’s such a genius way to update the look of your mini blinds!

    March 26, 2016 at 8:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Angela! I can’t wait to put up our ceiling and faux brick walls…not to mention the subway tile too. eep!

      March 26, 2016 at 9:26 am Reply
  • DebraShoppeno5

    I can’t wait to see the end result. The floor looks wonderful. I am sure you are so happy for it to be uniform throughout the area. And the job you did on all of the other projects, wow I don’t know how you do it.

    March 26, 2016 at 8:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, love that there are no more bumps and unevenness in there…no more tripping! Thanks, Debra.

      March 26, 2016 at 9:26 am Reply
  • Corinna - A Designer At Home

    Oh Larissa, everything is so perfectly you. The floors, that beautiful faucet. The sink and the wreath! It’s all so beautiful and so you.

    March 26, 2016 at 8:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What a wonderful compliment, Corinna. Thank you! 🙂

      March 26, 2016 at 9:25 am Reply
  • Kimm at Reinvented and RoadKill Rescue

    Larissa, you are amazing, and so is your kitchen. I love learning from you and your awe inspiring imagination. The tile looks fantastic!!

    March 26, 2016 at 9:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      awww…thanks, Kimm! The tile is perfect and I can’t wait to get more of my end done.

      March 26, 2016 at 9:25 am Reply
  • Kim

    Wow, lots of work in the kitchen, that’s quite a transformation! I love what you did with the windows. Form and function…creative and inexpensive. Love it! 🙂

    March 26, 2016 at 9:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We are so happy we are able to DIY it. Thanks, Kim!

      March 26, 2016 at 9:24 am Reply
  • Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage

    I continue to be amazed at all you and your family are able to accomplish. Looking forward to seeing more of your progress! 🙂

    March 26, 2016 at 9:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Stacy!

      March 26, 2016 at 9:23 am Reply
  • Jessica | Petal + Ply

    Wow! You guys are making awesome progress. Totally understand renovating while living in your space. That’s why we’ve held off on refinishing some of our floors. Thankfully we were able to get our kitchen in complete working order before we moved in. Still need to do backsplash tile and open shelving though. Excited to see your finished space. Love your plans and the finishes you’ve picked out. Faucet….swoon!

    March 26, 2016 at 9:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Jessica! Yes, a new build would be nice to have it done before you’re in it for sure. We’re moving on to our backsplash soon too!

      March 26, 2016 at 9:23 am Reply
  • SheilaG- PlumDoodles

    Wow, the new tile looks so pretty. Can’t wait to see what you do with the light fixture. I’m sure you can’t wait to see it all finished.

    March 26, 2016 at 9:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Sheila! Yes, living out of boxes and trying to keep the kids tidy is a chore, but will be well-worth it.

      March 26, 2016 at 9:22 am Reply
  • pam

    Cute trick on the window blinds! Can’t wait to see your faucet and sink installed, that is one fancy faucet 🙂 Love the finish on it!

    March 26, 2016 at 9:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Me either, Pam! 😉 To have this clutter gone will make my day. Thanks!

      March 26, 2016 at 9:22 am Reply
  • Pili

    You are not from this planet, Larissa! I don’t know how you can do so many things, and doing them right! Love your new shades, and can’t wait to see more of your kitchen!

    March 26, 2016 at 9:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…love it!! Thanks so much, Pili!

      March 26, 2016 at 10:01 am Reply
  • Evey

    WOW! It certainly is cunning along beautifully! Love those new floors! Awesome job!

    March 26, 2016 at 10:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Evey! Yes, we love the floors and how much brighter everything is.

      March 26, 2016 at 5:38 pm Reply
  • Meghan @ The Twin Cedars

    Your kitchen “before” has almost the exact same layout as mine. Starting that project next fall but can’t wait. Love what you’ve done so far! I was so bummed at first when you removed the beams but you’re sooo right…opens everything up and looks fresh! Great window treatment hack! Shades are so expensive. Love it!

    March 26, 2016 at 10:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…excited for you! Yes, I forgot to mention that the beams also had a weird transition point to the laundry where they didn’t put up sheetrock and we were either going to have to put up more or take the old down. I wanted it open and light, so down it came. We’re so excited!

      March 26, 2016 at 5:39 pm Reply
  • Lani

    It’s looking amazing Larissa! I can’t wait to see how the kitchen ceiling turns out! And the curtain hack is fabulous!

    March 26, 2016 at 10:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay!! Thank you, Lani. As you can imagine, we are excited to and think the rest will come along quickly.

      March 26, 2016 at 5:40 pm Reply
  • Amy | Canary Street Crafts

    The new tile flooring is gorgeous, Larissa! Your window treatment hack is genius too. Can’t wait to see the next steps in your kitchen makeover!

    March 26, 2016 at 10:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I love the stone-look tile and boy is it durable! My kids will definitely give it a run for its money. 😉 Thanks!

      March 26, 2016 at 5:40 pm Reply
  • Amy

    You guys are doing an amazing job updating your kitchen! The new tile reminds me of a Tuscan fresco. I can’t wait to see what you do next. Very inspiring!!

    March 26, 2016 at 10:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Amy! I wanted an old world look, so I’m happy to hear you think of that style upon seeing it.

      March 26, 2016 at 5:41 pm Reply
  • Patty

    Your new floor is beautiful, your poor hubby working overtime, then coming home and working on the floor, what a man!
    and your window treatments are amazing. It just always amazes me how creative people figure things out and make it work.
    I don’t know where you are planing to put your bar, but is there anyway you could mount your dishwasher under the bar?
    I just cant wait to see your kitchen ceiling and lighting, well actually I can’t wait to see it all completed, it is going to be gorgeous.

    March 26, 2016 at 10:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh yes, he’s been tired and we haven’t worked this hard since our patio makeover in the fall. The bar is going where that temporary table is (where the bar used to be) and honestly, we don’t need a dishwasher as we wash by hand anyway. We can always add one later if we want to. Thanks for the love!

      March 26, 2016 at 5:42 pm Reply
  • Tania // Run to Radiance

    You guys did a great job! What a transformation! I love that tile. 🙂

    March 26, 2016 at 11:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m happy to hear it, Tania!

      March 26, 2016 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    Your floor turned out amazing, Larissa!! That looked like a ton of work. I know you’re so glad it’s done. You were so clever to hack that one shade to create valances for all the windows…that’s my kind of project…and I have that drill too…best ever!! Can’t wait to see all the changes you still have in store! It’s going to be amazing!! XO

    March 26, 2016 at 11:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are awesome to compliment, Christy. This week I will be getting my DIY on in there and am so happy to have my other projects behind me. Thank you!

      March 26, 2016 at 5:44 pm Reply
  • Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    You’re makeover is as amazing as you are! Such creativity on a budget…LOVE! I too tiled my whole house from Floor & Decor! Love them and the products. Great job and hooray for you getting a gas stove…it’s so much better to cook with!

    March 26, 2016 at 11:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…yay for you, Wendi! They are a great company and I was so very impressed with their stock availability on site. I’m seriously headed back for more in for our family room. 😉

      March 26, 2016 at 5:45 pm Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Larissa, the floors look fabulous! What a huge difference thanks to that talented hubby of yours. And the ideas that you have will truly transform the place. I can’t wait to see how it’s going to turn out! I know you have a great vision in your head and you will achieve it!

    March 26, 2016 at 11:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Mary! Yes, he is working hard as we all are behind the scenes so he has a spare minute to keep it going. I’ll be working like crazy this week on the ceilings, then onto the walls. I can’t wait!

      March 26, 2016 at 5:46 pm Reply
  • RandiG at FrugElegance

    Fabulous makeover just the way we like it – FrugElegant style! Beautiful!

    March 26, 2016 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    Oh my goodness!!! It’s all looking so wonderful! I love your brilliant shade hack too! Can not wait to see the rest!

    March 26, 2016 at 2:26 pm Reply
  • Vicki and Jennifer Fenton

    WOW! We don’t even know where to begin! What a fab makeover…all of your creative decorative touches are evident and make this space so much more special!Love the flooring and your window shade hack! great job!

    March 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You made me giggle…thank you, girls!! 😀

      March 26, 2016 at 5:49 pm Reply
  • simple nature decor

    amazing transformation,I can see you put your heart and soul into this

    March 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Maria, for the compliment and for “getting it”. 🙂

      March 26, 2016 at 5:48 pm Reply
  • meegan

    What a lot of hard ork and a beautiful transformation. The window treatments are just the touch you needed. Thanks for the ideas and for sharing. You never cease to amaze me.

    March 26, 2016 at 6:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for stopping by, Meegan. We are pleased with it so far and can’t wait to show everyone our finished product…and enjoy it ourselves. 😉

      March 26, 2016 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza

    I can’t believe how much bigger and brighter the kitchen looks without the faux beams! I’d leave them off, too. It’s really starting to take shape!

    March 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It seriously was amazing how much brighter it is in there now. I’ve always wanted a light tube to make up for it, but not I have beamless ceilings that do the trick! 😉 Thank you, Karen.

      March 26, 2016 at 9:45 pm Reply
  • JenWoodhouse.com

    Wow!!! What a transformation! Awesome job!

    March 26, 2016 at 7:21 pm Reply
  • heather

    Looks beautiful Larissa!!! So many wonderful details. Congrats on another job well done.

    March 26, 2016 at 7:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for the support, Heather! We are happy to move onto the next stage.

      March 26, 2016 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • Erin Spain

    Great job! Can’t wait to see it all finished! You’ve made great progress so far.

    March 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Erin! The next part will move quicker (thank the good Lord!) and I can do more on my end…I can’t wait. 😉

      March 26, 2016 at 9:47 pm Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    You blow me away girl! The floors look fabulous and the ceiling definitely better without the beams (can’t believe you took those down yourself). Your plans sound amazing and I can’t wait to see how this room progresses. Where you lost me though is that YOU GOT RID OF THE DISHWASHER. You amaze me with what you can accomplish while homeschooling, raising six kids, and running a business but adding washing dishes too – where do you find the time! Wait a minute, you have six kids…that’s 12 sets of hands (okay minus the babies) 10 sets of hands that can wash dishes.

    March 26, 2016 at 9:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      bwahahahahaha….you nailed it, Marie!! We end up washing the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, so we just don’t use it much anymore and now there’s no complaints about enough glasses or silverware. Problem solved. 😉 Thank you so much for the support!

      March 26, 2016 at 9:48 pm Reply
  • Lynn Spencer

    Larissa. the question that immediately popped in my head was “When does she sleep?” The transformation from the first kitchen to where you are now is remarkable…and I love that each step along the way further emphasizes the personality of you and your family. And that picture of the entire family standing around watching your husband work on the floor…priceless.
    I know you are loving your new floor…really freshens up the space…and your new valances. Very clever.
    Well done on all fronts!
    Hugs and wishes for a lovely Easter.


    March 27, 2016 at 7:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…I get asked the all the time and the answer: Never. Seriously, I’m a confessed workaholic, but love staying busy! Nothing like having 6 kids to make that happen. Thanks so much for stopping by, Lynn! 😀

      March 29, 2016 at 5:43 am Reply
  • [email protected]

    Your kitchen is looking amazing, Larissa. Your new tile floors look so nice and taking down the beams does make the room look larger. I love your sink and can’t wait to see it in place with that gorgeous faucet. Your new window treatments look great and you were so smart to get the look that you wanted for a great price.

    March 27, 2016 at 7:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Paula! Now it’s time to get the ceiling and lighting done, then onto the walls for me. Yay!

      March 29, 2016 at 5:42 am Reply
  • Betsy

    Oh my goodness! What a beautiful space you’ve been creating. Love every part of it! Your hard work and dedication is a real inspiration.

    March 27, 2016 at 10:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are too sweet, Betsy. Thank you!

      March 29, 2016 at 5:41 am Reply
  • Kathy Owen

    You guys are doing an awesome job on the makeover. I love that you took the faux beams down!! Yea!! The tile is beautiful. I want some just like it!

    March 27, 2016 at 10:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s funny how something can make such an impact, but I never really like those beams, just didn’t want to mess with what was behind them. 😉 Thanks so much, Kathy!

      March 29, 2016 at 5:41 am Reply
  • Susie form The Chelsea Project

    So happy to see all of this wonderful progress! The tile looks great. And the rooms look bigger and more airy! Your window treatment trick is awesome, too. I’m filing that away for later. So proud of you and so happy for your family! Looking forward to the next progress post.

    March 27, 2016 at 9:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m happy to hear it, Susie! Thank you so much for stopping by.

      March 29, 2016 at 5:39 am Reply
  • Katrin

    Hi Larissa, your kitchen looks so so nice! I love those cabinets!!! And what a transformation, great job!!!

    March 28, 2016 at 3:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Katrin!

      March 29, 2016 at 5:38 am Reply
  • Arielle

    What an amazing transformation! It looks fantastic, and you’re definitely inspiring me to tackle our own kitchen. And love that cotton wreath!

    March 28, 2016 at 7:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh, thank you! Kitchen’s are the heart of the home and when they are redone it can be a pain to do , but so worth it in the end. Thanks for the love, Arielle!

      March 29, 2016 at 5:38 am Reply
  • Karen Marie Kedzuch

    Who doesn’t love saving money? I love using another item to make a template for my DIY projects. One of my favorites is upholstery and window treatments. You have quite the challenge going in your home. I am sure it feels wonderful to have your window treatments done and looking sleek and beautiful.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

    March 31, 2016 at 12:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I honestly don’t know. tee hee. Thanks for stopping by, Karen Marie!

      April 2, 2016 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Arlene

    It’s looking great – lots of work, but worth it in the end! So I am assuming you left the mini-blinds and the valances just cover them? Or do you not need the privacy of blinds here?

    April 11, 2016 at 9:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, indeed. 🙂 Yes, kept the mini blinds for privacy and light filtering in the summer evenings, but they worked better than the natural shades for those reasons. What a saver!

      April 12, 2016 at 4:04 am Reply
  • Carol

    I am amazed that with all you do, you have time to answer every single e-mail. No one will ever call you lazy!

    May 11, 2016 at 1:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Unfortunately, that word is not in my vocabulary. 😀

      May 11, 2016 at 5:33 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Love your idea! I also have boring miniblinds. I am going to try your idea, it looks great! Thank you so much.

    May 11, 2016 at 6:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I love to hear it, Mary. Have fun!

      May 12, 2016 at 5:47 am Reply
  • Paula Brady

    Very inspiring. I’m the Dumpster Diva of my HOA I’ve got a few ” finds “waiting for a makeover, you gave me some great ideas, the product of practiced patience reaps results.

    May 11, 2016 at 11:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You go girl! 😀

      May 12, 2016 at 5:40 am Reply
    • Ivory

      I love your saying. This is exactly how I feel.

      June 3, 2016 at 11:12 pm Reply
  • Deborah

    Quite simply…you are a genius!

    May 13, 2016 at 11:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      blushing….Thank you!

      May 14, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply
  • Ivory

    All I can say is, you are so blessed to be so wonderfully talent and creative, because those talents and creative are beatifully shown here.

    June 3, 2016 at 11:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Ivory, for making my day sweeter. 🙂

      June 4, 2016 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Jane Doe

    Oh, Larissa, I love this post; I too must have the natural light that comes through my windows and I don’t really like curtains. This is the perfect solution and the bamboo valance dresses them up without being cutesy, (is that a word? haha). This is my first comment on your amazing blog and may I say that yours is the only one so far that I check every day? I am crazy about your designs and your ideas give me so much inspiration. Thanks for sharing your talent with those of us who have none in the Decor world… (that would be me!). A big hug to you from Georgia!

    June 22, 2017 at 8:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet to leave a comment. My day has been made that you have said such kind words. Thank you!

      June 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm Reply

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