April 05, 2011

tutorial {tuesday}

 I have ALWAYS wanted a canopy bed. With huge curtains and a big fluffy bedspread. Every girl wants to be a princess right? Right? Ok, maybe I'm just lame. But then I married this:

And "this" would have none of that. Absolute refusal to have a canopy bed. So I figured there had to be a way to do a quick, easy canopy without it costing an arm and a leg and being princessy.
 So I started with some wooden dowels from Hobby Lobby ($.29 a piece) and some sheer fabric panels from IKEA (two for $5.00) .
 I inserted the dowel through the casing. Not. too. difficult.
Then I thumb tacked them to the ceiling. Yep, thumb tacked. Pretty easy, and I'm pretty sure I like it. And hubs hasn't seen it yet, because I figured it's always better to ask forgiveness than permission. Just sayin.

Have a great Tuesday and let me know what you think!
 
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***UPDATE***
I wasn't fully loving the canopy until I went to IKEA and added two side panals as well, so it's basically a big rectangle at the head of the bed with curtains coming down. LURVE.

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32 comments:

Stacy said...

I love it!!!! I had a canopy bed growing up. My bedrrom right now is so small I can;t have a real one. What a fun (cheap) and easy option! Beautiful!

P.S. 95% of what I do happen while the hubs is away....

Sarah Robbins said...

My husband included in our "prenuptial" a clause that we could never have pink in our bedroom. (I use quotations because it was merely an unofficial conversation post-premarital counseling.) So I know about picky husbands who want to have a say in decorating. :)

It looks great, though! Classy but not too girly for a man to live there.

I love your toile panels. I have that exact same fabric in the living room in our old house before I changed the color scheme.

Rachel said...

I love it! I saw this on Not Just a Housewife.

Becky said...

I'm here visiting from "Not Just A Housewife" I LOVE your "canopy" and I've always wanted one. I've found if I plant an idea in my future hubby's mind and make him think it was his idea that works to my advantage because not only do I get what i wanted done but he does it for me :)
Thanks for sharing and your blog is really cute

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

I LOVE it! And I totally agree...ask for forgiveness not permission :)

Amy said...

Fantastic!!! I could never get away with a big fluffy canopy, but this I could do in an afternoon and just say, "Oh by the way, we now have a beautiful bed!" HA! So sneaky I love it!

Jami said...

Haha Oh goodness you crack me up! You did a lovely job! :D

Mikalah said...

I had to laugh, because I have totally done the thumbtacks in the ceiling before! Hey, it works, right? I love how your canopy turned out. It's very princess-y and yet not over the top feminine. Great job!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

Very nice and pretty. Thumbtacks totally work!! Visiting from Show and Tell at Blue Cricket.
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DecorandtheDog said...

This is adorable!

Christine said...

I would so trade a princess canopy bed for that cute hubby of yours ;-) Your solution is absolutely adorable, what a pretty bed.

Alison said...

Very pretty! Love how easy it is!

Kelli said...

I've been wanting to make my daughter a reading nook with a bean bag and canopy area in a corner of her room. I was considering using sheets and then a friend suggested tulle, but I think you've got the perfect idea with window sheers. I had planned to use a hula hoop...hmmm, now I have to consider how to get the sheers on it or what I could use instead...
THANKS for the great inspiration and your bed looks fantastic!

Kristen and Garrett Halligan said...

I've been thinking of doing something similar, looks good!!

glitter_hamster said...

@Kelli - What about hot gluing velcro to the hula hoop and sewing or gluing onto the window sheers, then tying ribbon between each panel to hang?

The ShuFamily said...

thank you for this quick and easy {let's not forget inexpensive} idea! we are trying to do some sprucing in my daughter's room on a tight budget and this is just the thing to make her feel like a princess! thank you!

Meow said...

THANK YOU from the bottom of my Canadian heart. This project is exactly what I have been searching for the bedroom that the cat and dog allow me to sleep in!!
Can you please tell me how far from the wall you "bolted" the dowels on the ceiling with the thumb tacks? What is the measurement of the dowels?
Thanks so much again.
Naomi of the North

Jayme said...

Like like! Really like! I want to do this for my bed and my daughter's. Thanks for posting!

Liza Mae's ReCreations said...

I really like this. I think this is juuuust what our bedroom needs...thanx!

Stacie said...

Camilla...that looks awesome! Seriously looks like its out of a magazine! Great job!

fabulous50shousewife said...

That turned out really cool and doesn't scream princess room. I like it and might keep that in mind as a simple solution to glam up a bedroom!

Michelle said...

You should totally come and link this up on my DIY under $5 party tomorrow! I is still in the 5ish dollar range! This is fa-bu-lous! Hope hubs didn't make you take it down!

Jessica said...

This is gorgeous!!! So you tacked through the curtain panels into the ceiling?? it looks great!

Coffee and a Mop said...

What an awesome idea!

I will be working on our bedroom in a few months or so. I want to make it (hmmmm...what's the word?) sensual? I want it romantic/sexy but not feminine. I'm thinking of going with a cranberry and black color theme with a little gold highlights.

This canopy would be perfect...I would probably make a black one lol!

Regime - a Luta said...

Eu adorei sua idéia menina .
Ficou lindo demais seu quarto.

Uma pergunta?

Você tem o PAP da almofada ?


Queria fazer uma para mim...

Um abraço ...

( poderia me responder por email ? cidangelino@yahoo.com.br)

Mimi said...

That is very clever! What a smart lady you are. Would you mind if I shared your project (with a link back of course) on my blog?

Rebekah said...

This is such a great idea!

Chandra said...

I know I just emailed you asking where to find this-sorry-i didn't look far enough-I an so do this when I redecorate my room I can't wait- I had a canopy as a child and loved it. It will add to the room sooo much. I have a new picture of the Salt Lake Temple that I can see highlighted above my headboard-underneath this canopy. I will try to post a picture when it's done. I may do it in a light taupe color though to match the colors that I'm using in my room.

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I really love your blog , the bed is fantastic!

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Angela Stinnett said...

OMG, I am loving this! I've been looking for a DIY canopy look for our room on a very limited budget. I really love it. How is the thumb tacks holding up? Fantastic idea!

Julie said...

I love the idea and will probably use it in my room. I also want to know where you got that incredible chest at the end of your bed. It is beautiful!

Camilla Jones (CioCo Photography) said...

Thank you Julie!
The chest was actually built for me by my dad when I was 16. He's amazing! :)

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