I’m not sure you’re ready for this so early in the morning! My friend robelyn is parked out in the back yard, and is knocking on my door… what she doesn’t realize, is I’M NOT HOME! hahahah Joke’s on her! Check out this great repurpose–
Hi. My name is robelyn – and I’m Gail’s blog stalker. *and the crowd goes wild* nah – I only stalk Gail with her consent… so imagine how giddy I was when I found out I got to come over here and terrorize (and duct tape) Gail AND all of you!!! I thank you Gail for the opportunity to sneak out of my single-wide and make my way in to your land of GENIUS!!! Besides being Gail’s blog stalker… I’m also the girl who runs around stealing aluminum flashing. I have an ongoing love affair with that stuff. Seriously – think… kitchen valance. 12′ shelf running across my living room… chair decoration… and so on. It’s fun! Today I’m going to show you how to make this . . .
. . . . my version of a valance. Now – let me say right up front – mine is different than what I’m going to show you how to create because my “ah ha” moment happened at 3am and by 3:30 am I was sitting in the middle of my living room – drill in hand – making my window treatments. Ingredients needed for your masterpiece:
Board measured and cut to the length you need,
- Duct tape. Oh – no – you don’t really need that…
- Work gloves (’cause flashing hurts worse than a paper cut. Trust me on this.)
- Screws (I’m using half inch ’cause that’s what I had in my magic box of tools.)
- Washers (’cause they’re pretty.)
- Drill OR metal punch Scissors or – if you’re smarter than I – metal shears.
- Measuring tape And some Flashing!!! The roll I have is 10″.
Lay out your flashing and drill a hole right close to the top end. Bend the flashing around the side corner of your board and screw it in – that gets you started! Then – do that again right in the top left corner on the front of your board.
Mark your flashing every 10″. Drill (or punch) a hole – repeat as many times as you feel the need to. It’s your valance – make it super ruffley – or kinda ruffley – or be very random like me! This is where it gets tricky.
Take the aluminum – bend it slightly back towards the previous screw – and create your ruffle. When you get it where you want it – secure with a screw!
Oh… guess that wasn’t that tricky! Keep going the length of your board – finish the way you started – and voila – you’re ruffled in a flash! Once complete just install some metal “L” brackets over your window(s) – set your board on top – secure from the top side and you. are. done!
I punched holes in the bottom (very randomly) and change the danglies out as the mood strikes – I’m spicing up my kitchen wardrobe this spring with some salt & pepper shakers – but the possibilities are ENDless!
Now – go forth and conquer the flashing! And always remember: if it’s flat – it needs to be ruffled.
Comin’ to you LIVE from a single-wide (that I parked in Gail’s back yard… thank you Gail for your hospitality! I dub you an honorary red.neck!!!)…hee-hee ;-D
Thank you robelyn for a very creative and clever use of flashing! Seriously folks, if you haven’t been to robelyn’s red.neck Chic, you’re really missing out! She takes fabulous pictures, and her writing style will keep you giggling!
Make sure you come back later today for another great repurpose project!