Ceiling-to-Floor Shower Curtain

By | Haus Hacks | 11 Comments

A ceiling-to-floor shower curtain? What’s this you say? It’s my new “thing” and the blog world seems to agree, with posts popping up over the last few months on the very subject. It’s a great way to add drama and height to your bathroom – not to mention makes your piddly little shower (if you have a stall style like me) feel much larger and grandiose. Since the shower curtain people have yet to jump on this trend bandwagon, it requires some DIY to get one of your very own. The great thing about making one of these yourself is the fabric options are endless. It is super easy (even for me… my crafty level is at a 2/10 I would say… with 10 being Martha Stewart). Read below for all the meaty details.

First, the fabric – I chose Marimekko Lumimarja from Crate and Barrel’s shop. Get this – it’s actually a tablecloth. Nothing too revolutionary but can you imagine my surprise to find that tablecloths (at least at Crate and Barrel) just happen to be sewn to the exact width (60″) as a standard shower curtain? AND they come in several lengths. I chose 108″ to get the floor-to-ceiling effect, knowing I would need to cut off 15″ – 16″. It’s expensive for a tablecloth/shower curtain (pssst…they are on sale on Crate and Barrel until April 27) at $69.95 but with all the money savin’ I’ve been doing lately on house stuff I figured I could splurge on designer fabric, especially if that designer fabric is Marimekko.

Here’s the Marimekko fabric. It’ll look familiar because of this bathroom idea board from a previous post.

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Before we go on, let me wax poetic a little bit on Marimekko. I love it. I wish I could afford more of it. There’s not a pattern or designer I don’t like. I wish I could say I was inspired by  Jackie O., who wore Marimekko dresses throughout JFK’s 1960 presidential campaign. Or that it’s a pleasure to own a part of Finnish/design history but for those of you who know me, I’m not that cool. To be honest – the only reason I love Marimekko is because Carrie Bradshaw rocked it all throughout Sex and the City. Oh, those curtains. And do you remember that bikini from Season 2? So awesome.

Are you still with me? Let’s get back to things. I needed to take the tablecloth from 60″ x 108″ to 60″ x 92″ so I had some cutting and hemming to do. Because my width was perfect I only needed to hem the bottom. Woo hoo! I used my no-sew tape and got to work, measuring three times to make sure I was straight.

Shower Curtain DIY

With the fabric and hem work cooling, I installed the shower curtain rod. This step is easy. I used a normal tension rod in oil-rubbed bronze I tracked down at Bed Bath & Beyond. I was going to spray my existing rod, but I figured the constant friction on the rod would give me problems (that’s what she said) so I forked over $15 for a new one. Here is how that looked:

Shower Curtain DIY

The next part is ALSO easy and the best part – hanging up the new shower curtain! Here she is! I am trying to keep my shots tight because 1.) it’s a small bathroom and 2.) I don’t want to reveal the rest of the bathroom re-do.

Shower Curtain DIY

Oooo aaahhh. And some more pictures for me you to look at:

Shower Curtain DIY

Shower Curtain DIY

Very easy. Total time was probably two hours. Total dollars spent was $105 with the tablecloth ($70), the curtain rings ($20 – I needed two packs) and the tension rod ($15). I already had the no-sew tape on hand. For those of you freaking out about shower liner details, Bed Bath & Beyond carries an extra long model (84″) which should do the trick. It worked perfectly for me.

Let me know if you’ve decided to up the height on your shower curtain. I would love to see pictures!

Have a great day and pssst… my birthday is only 4 days away! Yay!

– emily

Dog Distracted

By | Random | 2 Comments

One of my favorite blogs, Desire to Inspire, is doing a “dogs on furniture” post and I want to give Suge or Biggie (whichever one behaves) some time to shine. More importantly, Aaron scored these yellow chairs at a TV shoot (creative people always get the perks in the advertising world) and I’m not sure if they’re just prop chairs or kinda-old, but who cares, they make me jump with excitement every time they sneak into a photo. Therefore, they deserve a little blog love as well.

Since there is high chihuahua presence happening on the Desire to Inspire blog already, I decided to give Suge a chance first (sorry Biggie). It took about 30 photos to get these few. I teased him with a toy to get him to behave, but the outcome and the string of pics are pretty entertaining.

Here is where we started, with Suge being a little more patient with me as I swung his favorite (read: mangled) zebra toy behind the lens:

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Pretty cute, huh? I tried this location for awhile, but it was getting hard to hide Aaron’s bike, a mountain of crap in the kitchen and the fact I still don’t have curtains on the other window (long story) in the black room. Next location please!

Now the Desire to Inspire post asks specifically for no close-ups, but were they considering Suge’s adorable mug when writing that? Are you groaning yet?

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He behaved for me in the the one above (sorta, he’s distracted because he hears Aaron’s car), but that didn’t last long…

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And then, Suge was over it. What a diva. So my “photo shoot” looked like this for the next 15 minutes:

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I almost called it a wrap until my next model showed up camera-ready (you might have to look closely to find him):

Emily Snuffer

Biggie had his moment to shine, but was also distracted by the annoying kids urban happenings outside.

Emily Snuffer

I have to pick one to send in, but at this point, I’m just happy to have some nice photos of my two little doggies. Hopefully I’ll show up on Desire to Inspire!

One thing I have to mention before I go – have you noticed that long pillow on top of the mantle in the white room? It’s not there because I think it looks cool. It’s there because that pillow is Suge’s girlfriend which he trys to hump into submission anytime it’s around. So the mantle is it’s non-permanent perch, until Suge gets the snip-snip next month, to keep it safe and pretty. Lovely, huh?

Update: I sent in two pictures (#1 and #3 per everyone’s feedback) and here’s the reply I got last night from Kim (one of the creators) at Design to Inspire: “OMG what awesome photos!!! Thank you Emily!!!!!!!!.” Her response made my day! Cool!

DIY White Deer Head (For 45 Bucks!)

By | Craft & Create | 33 Comments

While I’m waiting for the bathroom paint to dry (yippee!) I thought I would do a quick post on my weekend project.

Finished Deer Head - Front Shot

Animal-friendly taxidermy has been quite the rage for awhile, and I’ve seen deer heads and rams on walls pop up everywhere in the design world.

Ok anyways, these deer heads aren’t cheap. They are going for $100+ on Etsy and $250+ on sites like ZGallerie and Unica Home. So given that I couldn’t justify spending lots of money on something so “nice-to-have” I had given up on the thought of having one in my home for awhile. That was until I saw a listing on eBay last week with a current bid of $29.99.

Deer Head - Before

It was like a dream come true! It’s resin, large (about 24″ x 18″ when assembled) and already came ready to mount. I waited until the listing almost closed and bid last minute (sneaky) at $31.00. I won! Two days later, it arrived and I was so pumped to transform it into a nice fancy fake deer head (so strange to say that… who knew one day I would be wanting a deer head in my house?) Here it is partially unpacked:

Deer Head - It's Here!

The antlers came detached, which I was thankful for—will make painting that much easier!

Deer Head Antlers

I’m sure you figured this out already (or hopefully, have ignored this part of the post because you’re busy bidding on your own deer head) but all I planned on doing is coating this thing in high gloss spray paint. It only took about 5 coats. Here is the spray paint I used:

Deer Head Paint Source

Tip for spray painting your deer head: It is a very rough surface (for “fur” and texture on the antlers) which means there will be lots of dips and grooves. I painted the deer head at all angles several times over to make sure I was getting every nook and cranny.

And finally, here he is in all his glory:

Finished Deer Head - Front Shot

And a profile shot:

Finished Deer Head - Side Shot

Talk about a transformation! She’s not on the wall yet (the above photo is her on the floor of the black room) but I can’t get over how fancy she looks. Very quick (about two days mostly due to dry time) and inexpensive. My total expenses were deer head ($31) with shipping ($10) and spray paint ($3.24). Even the smaller ZGallerie one is more expensive than that. If you’re interested in a DIY deer head of your own, check out these great deer head deals on Amazon and eBay

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P/S: I just noticed the fun, pun-not-intended use of the word “bucks” in the headline. So clever I am sometimes.

Happy Sunday!

– emily

Psssssssssttt…. Reader Nick (check it out in the comments) just passed along this great Amazon deal. $45 deer head ready for spray painting. It looks like the savings on this project just got a whole lot better!




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