Bedroom

How to hang curtains to conceal vertical blinds

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I dislike vertical blind and how I’m always looking for ways to get rid of them or camouflage them. However when you live in a rental apartment or in a condo where you’re not allowed to remove them, it can get a bit tricky, especially if you can’t drill holes in the walls to hang a curtain rod. So when I came across these nono brackets on Amazon, I had to give them a try.

outside mount nono bracket

The brackets slide onto the existing vertical blind track, so if you have a plastic valance that covers the track, you will need to take that off first.

Taking-off-the-valance

Then you slide the brackets onto the track, adjust the bottom piece so it fits tightly against the track and then you tighten the screw on top. Since this particular track is very close to the ceiling, I ended up using an offset screwdriver to do this. 

No-No-bracket-outside-mount-on-track

The curtain rod is then placed on the brackets. It’s that simple and there’s no need to make any holes in the walls! 

putting-on-curtain-rod

The curtain rod held up well without a third bracket in the middle but I used very light weight curtains so if you’re planning on hanging heavy drapes, I would definitely recommend using 3 nono brackets

Putting-on-curtain-wide-view

Hanging curtains completely transformed the look of this bedroom, and it literally took just a few minutes. Plus hanging the curtains had the added bonus of hiding the A/C unit when not being used and brining in lots of color in an otherwise very white and boring room. 

Krystina's bedroom before and after front view

Hope this was helpful and I’m looking forward to seeing your window transformations!

And FYI, the curtains were just one thing I did in this bedroom makeover – I also revamped a bookcase for more storage, installed a hanging jewelry box and I also made a DIY makeup organizer. You can see all the projects I did in this video:

 

 

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I dislike vertical blind and how I’m always looking for ways to get rid of them or camouflage them. However when you live in a rental apartment or in a condo where you’re not allowed to remove them, it can get a bit tricky, especially if you can’t drill holes in the walls to hang a curtain rod. So when I came across these nono brackets on Amazon, I had to give them a try.

outside mount nono bracket

The brackets slide onto the existing vertical blind track, so if you have a plastic valance that covers the track, you will need to take that off first.

Taking-off-the-valance

Then you slide the brackets onto the track, adjust the bottom piece so it fits tightly against the track and then you tighten the screw on top. Since this particular track is very close to the ceiling, I ended up using an offset screwdriver to do this. 

No-No-bracket-outside-mount-on-track

The curtain rod is then placed on the brackets. It’s that simple and there’s no need to make any holes in the walls! 

putting-on-curtain-rod

The curtain rod held up well without a third bracket in the middle but I used very light weight curtains so if you’re planning on hanging heavy drapes, I would definitely recommend using 3 nono brackets

Putting-on-curtain-wide-view

Hanging curtains completely transformed the look of this bedroom, and it literally took just a few minutes. Plus hanging the curtains had the added bonus of hiding the A/C unit when not being used and brining in lots of color in an otherwise very white and boring room. 

Krystina's bedroom before and after front view

Hope this was helpful and I’m looking forward to seeing your window transformations!

And FYI, the curtains were just one thing I did in this bedroom makeover – I also revamped a bookcase for more storage, installed a hanging jewelry box and I also made a DIY makeup organizer. You can see all the projects I did in this video:

 

 

How to make an upholstered headboard

There are many DIY headboard ideas out there and I had always wanted to make my own, especially an upholstered one. I already had an existing base for the bed so I needed to make a headboard that was separate from the base. After toying around with lots of ideas, I ended up with this headboard design that’s really easy to make and customize.

Finished bedroom full view better color 400px

Here’s what you’ll need to make the base structure of the headboard:

1/4″ plywood (width of your bed frame and height you want your headboard to be – I had mine cut at the hardware store to make things easier – 48″ x 62″)

1″x3″ boards (I used 4 x 8ft long)

1″x2″ furring strips (I used 3x 8ft long)

Step 1: Place 1″x3″ boards along the edge of the plywood and along the center (I had my plywood cut in half to make it easy to transport and I used a miter box and saw to cut the remaining boards to the desired length).

step-1-DIY-headboardThe boards on top of the plywood only to show the placement. For screwing the boards to the plywood, you’ll want to have the plywood on top of the boards.

Step-1-DIY-headboard-pic-2Step 2: Add 1″x2″ furring strips to the edge of the headboard. Drill pilot holes before screwing it in place to avoid splitting the wood.

Step-2-DIY-headboard

This makes the headboard appear thicker and the vertical pieces run past the headboard to to act as legs. How long the legs are depends on the height of the bed frame.

Step-3-headboard-diagram-with-furring-strips-and-legs-showing

 

 

 

Step-3-headboard-diagram-with-mattress-showing

This design allows the headboard to rest on the floor and to be wedged between the wall and the bed frame.  That’s if for the structure. The next steps are to upholster it.

Step-3-DIY-Headboard-legs-behind-bedframe

Upholstering the headboard

Step 3: Spray some adhesive on the face of the headboard and secure enough batting to cover the front and sides of the headboard.

Step-3-DIY-headboard

Step 4: To cover the headboard, I chose to use 3″ burlap ribbon and 14″ wide jute fabric but you could choose to use any fabric you have on hand. First, I stapled one length of the burlap ribbon at the top, covering the top and sides. Then I stapled the ivory jute panels, leaving approximately a 2 1/2″ gap in between panels.

 

Step-5-DIY-headboard

To fill in the gaps, I stapled one end of the 3″ ribbon to the back of the frame and used peel and stick fabric tape to seal the edges, making sure to pull tightly on the ribbon to keep is smooth and then stapled the other end in place. 

Step-6-DIY-headboard-peel-and-stick

Step 5: As a finishing touch, I added some decorative nail trim to the sides.

Step-6-DIY-headboard-thumnails-

Step 6: Installing the headboard is as easy as simply wedging it between the bed frame and the wall and I used some removable 3m velcro command strips to secure it to the wall at the top to keep the headboard from moving. No holes in the wall needed!

Step-7-DIY-Headboard-3m-adhesive-strip

This headboard was really easy to make and it’s also very simple to change up the look – for example, you could use pegboard instead of plywood and make and tufted upholstered headboard using the same technique that I used for my banquette panel. You can watch how I made the headboard and all the other projects I did in my bedroom in this video.

  Ep 8 Bedroom decorating ideas main image 400px

There are many DIY headboard ideas out there and I had always wanted to make my own, especially an upholstered one. I already had an existing base for the bed so I needed to make a headboard that was separate from the base. After toying around with lots of ideas, I ended up with this headboard design that’s really easy to make and customize.

Finished bedroom full view better color 400px

Here’s what you’ll need to make the base structure of the headboard:

1/4″ plywood (width of your bed frame and height you want your headboard to be – I had mine cut at the hardware store to make things easier – 48″ x 62″)

1″x3″ boards (I used 4 x 8ft long)

1″x2″ furring strips (I used 3x 8ft long)

Step 1: Place 1″x3″ boards along the edge of the plywood and along the center (I had my plywood cut in half to make it easy to transport and I used a miter box and saw to cut the remaining boards to the desired length).

step-1-DIY-headboardThe boards on top of the plywood only to show the placement. For screwing the boards to the plywood, you’ll want to have the plywood on top of the boards.

Step-1-DIY-headboard-pic-2Step 2: Add 1″x2″ furring strips to the edge of the headboard. Drill pilot holes before screwing it in place to avoid splitting the wood.

Step-2-DIY-headboard

This makes the headboard appear thicker and the vertical pieces run past the headboard to to act as legs. How long the legs are depends on the height of the bed frame.

Step-3-headboard-diagram-with-furring-strips-and-legs-showing

 

 

 

Step-3-headboard-diagram-with-mattress-showing

This design allows the headboard to rest on the floor and to be wedged between the wall and the bed frame.  That’s if for the structure. The next steps are to upholster it.

Step-3-DIY-Headboard-legs-behind-bedframe

Upholstering the headboard

Step 3: Spray some adhesive on the face of the headboard and secure enough batting to cover the front and sides of the headboard.

Step-3-DIY-headboard

Step 4: To cover the headboard, I chose to use 3″ burlap ribbon and 14″ wide jute fabric but you could choose to use any fabric you have on hand. First, I stapled one length of the burlap ribbon at the top, covering the top and sides. Then I stapled the ivory jute panels, leaving approximately a 2 1/2″ gap in between panels.

 

Step-5-DIY-headboard

To fill in the gaps, I stapled one end of the 3″ ribbon to the back of the frame and used peel and stick fabric tape to seal the edges, making sure to pull tightly on the ribbon to keep is smooth and then stapled the other end in place. 

Step-6-DIY-headboard-peel-and-stick

Step 5: As a finishing touch, I added some decorative nail trim to the sides.

Step-6-DIY-headboard-thumnails-

Step 6: Installing the headboard is as easy as simply wedging it between the bed frame and the wall and I used some removable 3m velcro command strips to secure it to the wall at the top to keep the headboard from moving. No holes in the wall needed!

Step-7-DIY-Headboard-3m-adhesive-strip

This headboard was really easy to make and it’s also very simple to change up the look – for example, you could use pegboard instead of plywood and make and tufted upholstered headboard using the same technique that I used for my banquette panel. You can watch how I made the headboard and all the other projects I did in my bedroom in this video.

  Ep 8 Bedroom decorating ideas main image 400px