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$50 Office Window Treatment Makeover

My $50 office window treatment makeover started out as an organization challenge:
A few weeks ago I was approached by a fellow home-decor blogger about joining a $50 organization challenge with a group of bloggers. I decided I would take the $50 organization challenge. What was I thinking? It seemed impossible to do anything with only $50, but if anyone could do it these ladies could. You can see their challenge results at the end of this post. After accepting the challenge I needed to figure out what I could organize with only $50. I have been looking at a disorganized mess in my office for years. Why not start there?

Before and After:

The before valance was beautifully constructed but a little dated so it was clear that my office needed a window treatment makeover, and I was ready for something with cleaner lines and that had that WOW factor. I adore the black and white buffalo check, so why not just go for it?

After seeing the before photo I had to be honest with myself and ask why had I not noticed what a mess my work space had become. Embarrassing as it is this was how it looked when I began this journey.

Organizing:

I have never done any decorating or organization with pretty containers in this room, since is not seen by anyone but our family. My attitude was so why worry with it? This challenge has definitely changed my attitude about that. It is so relaxing and enjoyable to work in an area that is organized and decorated with some pretty items.

  1. First step was to put away all items that have a home.
  2. Then to decide what to keep and what to toss from what was left out.
  3. Now to organize the items that I am keeping.
  4. Then the cleaning of the desk top, dusting, vacuuming the floor and baseboards.
Desk Top Cleaning , Window Treatment Makeover Reveal

Desk Top Cleaning

I decided after getting everything cleaned up and organized that I wanted use a new valance to complete the look.

The best part was I had left over fabric from another project I could use for a new window treatment. I had everything leftover from other projects, except the black fabric for the cording. My daughter picked up some black fabric for me ($8.00) and I was ready to start constructing my new window treatment. I feel like I cheated on this challenge since I only purchased the black fabric since everything else I already had on hand. I will be looking for a splurge for my office tomorrow while I am out with a blog friend checking out what A.C. Moore has on sale for spring.

Items for organizing:

  1. Tray with ribbon
  2. Vintage jars
  3. Clear plastic organizer
  4. Basket
  5. Calendar

Please note I did not purchase any of these items I had all of them on hand. Win win for my budget and for my organizing makeover.

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Window Treatment Makeover – Valance Cornice:

I had left over buffalo check fabric from another project and I love it so I decided to use it. The details that say custom are centering the fabric pattern, cording, clean finishing. First thing was to decide the size and shape of the window treatment. I used craft paper to make the pattern.

Tracing the craft paper pattern on the board, Window treatment - valance

Tracing the craft paper pattern on the board

Determining the placement of the valance/cornice on the fabric.

So happy with this valance so far. I cannot wait to install my new window treatment.

Window Treatment, Valance-Cornice Board Reveal, DIY Window Treatment, Organization

Window Treatment, Valance-Cornice Board Reveal

I LOVE the love sign see how I made it HERE.

Pretty Organization:

Pretty organization tray, vintage jars, flower pot, love sign, apple candle and spring time nest.

Pretty organization tray, vintage jars, flower pot, love sign, apple candle and spring time nest.

Rae Dunn Inspired Flower Pot DIY:

Rae Dunn Inspired DIY flower pot, Valance DIY

Rae Dunn Inspired DIY flower pot

Fun Decor to add a person touch, handmade sign, vintage jars, pencils, candle, tray

Fun Decor to add a person touch

My favorite candle smells so fresh and clean.

I painted bloom flower pot this past weekend and my sweet daughter used her Cricut Maker to add the Rae Dunn inspired word bloom. So easy to get this look I will add the file below.

Easy Desktop Organizer:

Desktop Organizer, pretty Rae Dunn inspired DIY flower pot, Valance DIY

Desktop Organizer

The clear plastic desktop organizer I purchased months ago see my source HERE.

I had the counter top made for my office in 2011, however, I still love it today.  It extends around 3 walls so it can accommodate a large amount of office equipment. I have multiple computers, files and my Cricut Maker on the counter. It has served me well for years, but it needed to be updated. $50 office window treatment makeover and organization has breathed new life into my tired office area.

That was fun and you will not believe the amazing transformations my fellow DIY bloggers have done with a $50 budget . Please hop on over and checkout there masterpieces. You definitely don’t miss any of their inspiration.

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Kippi

Please visit all the blogs on the $50 challenge tour:

Tour Projects $50 Challenge Organization, visit all stops and be inspired

Tour Projects $50 Challenge Organization

Rufus & Henrietta DIY Wrapping Paper Storage

Southern Yankee DIY $50 Coat Closet Makeover

Rocky Canyon Rustic DIY Bathroom Organization

Joyful Derivatives DIY Blanket Ladder

Never Skip Brunch Sunglass Holder

The DIY Nuts DIY Midcentury Modern Dresser Makeover

Sand Dollar Lane DIY Boot Tray

Emory Farm Easy DIY Corner Cabinet Organizer

1905 Farm House DIY Jewerly Wall Organizer

Handmade By Ashley DIY Dust Collection Cart

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Amy

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

The valance is perfect! I love it! I would absolutely love this kind of challenge. I love organizing and am constantly (re)organizing all sort of stuff all over my house. It must feel great to have your work space neat and organized now. :) Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

Debra Roberts

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

Your office is lovely! I just sent your blog to my husband, who is a woodworker, to show how easy these look to construct! Great post!

Debra Roberts

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

Your office is lovely! I just sent your blog to my husband, who is a woodworker, to show how easy these look to construct! Great post!

D

Tuesday 9th of April 2019

Your office is lovely! I just sent your blog to my husband, who is a woodworker, to show how easy these look to construct! Great post!

Erica (The Prepping Wife)

Monday 8th of April 2019

Being able to use what you already had on hand makes the project even better! Total win/win in my book! This looks like such a fun project. You’ve inspired me to go through all of my craft and fabric supplies and see what I can make with them to decorate my house in a new and different way!

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