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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hand-painted metal switchplate and outlet covers for kitchen on: March 17, 2008 10:53:00 AM
I am a neat freak when it comes to having a clean kitchen counter.  I don't want any canisters or decor sitting around cluttering things.  A consequence of keeping the counter clear is that the ugly beige switch plates were always in clear display.

I picked-up these bronze toned metal covers from Lowes for $3-4 each and used some "for metal" craft paint from Wal-mart. 

I didn't have to sand or roughen the surface and the paint adhered perfectly. It only took me about an hour to paint all three of these and I have plenty of paint left over.  I think I might expand and replace more covers around the house.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cafe Curtains - 3 fabrics sewn into 4 panels on: March 15, 2008 11:27:54 AM
This is my first post, so I hope I do this right!

These are the curtains that I made for our kitchen.  I used three different fabrics, the top most is a navy with an oriental look (1.98/yd at local Hobby Lobby), the yellow is from Free Spirit and the orange is an Amy Butler print.

I used a "how to make window treatments" type book to help learn what kind of measurements I needed, and though they are long enough to hang from the top of a window, a friend who is in decorating said that hanging them 1/4 down the window would give the illusion that the room is taller.  What do you think?

The four finished panels are clipped to rings hanging from a black rod with glass doorknobs on the end.

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