Monday, April 4, 2011

Curtains for Windows

So, I am working on getting creative.

Here are the curtains I made.  I actually made the curtains a long time ago.  But my dear hubby has been ultra busy around here and he would throw a fit if I put them up myself.  So, I had to wait till he had some free time and was feeling up for "helping" me. :)  Can I just tell you about how much of a production this was.  He had to get the "studfinder" and level and it was a pretty long procedure for one simple curtain rod.  This is not because he isn't "handy" - he most certainly is.  This was a "production" because he is a perfectionist and I've just learned not to do certain things because well, in this manner I am FAR from a perfectionist!  :)

I'm sorry that the lighting is so bad.  It is one of those gray early-spring Indiana days. (Altho, overnight God made the grass bright green again!  Not brown with a touch of green!)  This is our entry way.

These curtains are from a drop cloth.  I  literally just snipped the edge and ripped it the rest of the way to make 2 panels.  I then used fusing tape to "create a seam" and used curtain clips to put them up.  I think that Kimba @ A Soft Place to Land was the first person I saw to do this. I knew I had to try it.

This is why:

Do you see just past the entry way into the kitchen?  There are those monster windows?  See em?

Here's a better view.  Oh, and across the room is the living room....
(Sorry again about the bad lighting)

Not sure if you can tell from the kitchen pic (and please ignore the messy counter) that the ceiling peaks at the center of those windows.  There are also (fake) wood beams that go thru the "great room".  (Rod really likes the beams - to me they are "ok").  When we moved in there were vertical blinds on these windows.  They were gone very quickly!  Because of the peak and the height, I have had a hard time finding pretty and economical curtains for these windows.  It is at least 12 feet high and to get curtains that are that tall, I would need to custom order them and that is $$$pricey$$$!  I like the roman shades that I got really cheap at!  However, I just feel like some fabric will soften the room up.

So I made the dropcloth curtain for the entry to see if I would like it for the other sets of windows.  I plan on adding some sort of trim to the curtains and also another piece of fabric just to add some more visual interest. Then I can tackle the big windows!

Thanks for peaking in my windows!

Live BIG!

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  1. I love drop cloth curtains..they look great. THanks for joining my party. You know you can expand your template..just go to your template designer and go to advance and you will see you can widen the middle portion.

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  3. Your curtains look great and I love how high and wide you set your curtain rods. I have observed at most americans put the rods smaller than the windows which just makes the windows seem smaller and the curtains just look weird. Yours looks perfect the way they are.
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  6. The curtains look nice. Kudos to you for making it... and when you think about it, doing so is a good activity. It can be fun to make a curtain that not only fits the window, but matches the room where the window is located, right?

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