Friday, January 25, 2013

Window Treatments on a Dime {Tutorial}

Trying to makeover Eva's bedroom on a budget of absolute pennies, 
was one of the hardest things I have ever attempted.
I couldn't seem to get started.

The walls were painted.
The trim was painted.
And the floors were painted.

And then I stalled.

I kept looking at the windows.
I had a feeling if I could start there, the rest would come.

But what was I going to do for curtains???



I wanted something light and airy..

Linen...

But those kinds of curtains aren't cheap.


I started looking at the top of the windows and 
started turning ideas over in my mind 
as to what would work for curtain rods...

That I didn't have to buy.

You know I'm all about frugal decorating.

:)

Plain curtain rods weren't going to cut.

Besides, I didn't have any.

What did I have on hand that I could use?

Did I have any wood?

So, since it was 3 degrees outside, I
 bundled up and went out to my workshop, 
measuring tape and measurements in hand.

Every piece of wood I had 
was either too long, too short, or too wide.

Cutting them to size wasn't an option, 
since Scott's back was hurting 
and I haven't attempted to use the circular saw myself.


I knew there had to be something that would work.

As I headed back up to the house, 
I remembered the scrap wood we had stacked behind the barn, 
when we turned it into my workshop last summer.

I rummaged through the pile and saw one piece of the old siding 
with chippy blue paint on it.

SCORE!

But when I pulled on it, it broke in half.

SHOOT!

I dragged the rest of it out and measured it.

Both pieces were the exact length I needed for each window.

That was sheer dumb luck!

And I liked the jagged edges where the piece broke.

Works for me!

I toted them in and then had to figure out 
how I was going to attach the curtains...

And what was I going to use for curtains anyway???

What did I already have that would work?

I finally settled on some mismatched white flat sheets 
that had lost their fitted partner years ago 
and were stashed in the back of the linen closet.

I guess some good comes from being a hoarder.

LOL!


That solved one problem.

But I still had no clue how to hang them.

At first I thought about really large nails...

Kind of a more industrial look.

But how would I take the curtains down to wash them?

Nix that.

And then I considered using Jessica @ Mom 4 Real's 
idea of Mason jar lids...

{Super Cute Idea!}

That still wouldn't keep the curtains up without nails.

Rope?

From the experience in the living room, rope sags.

{I've yet to remedy that.}

And then all the vintage hooks in Eva's closet caught my eye.

I have plenty in all the closets around our house.

That'll work!


First, I measured equal distances between the hooks.

Then I pre-drilled holes with the drill bit, 
to make it easier to screw the hooks in.

The hooks were a cinch to screw in.

To keep the pieces of barn wood upright, 
I screwed scrap pieces of 4x4's to the back of each end.

That kept the barn wood away from the wall.

Next, I laid the sheets out, 
measured, and marked where the hook slots should go.

Then, I screwed the pieces of barn wood to the walls 
using super long screws.


It really didn't look all that bad.

I was kind of surprised.

Next, I cut the slits into sheets and fitted the slots over the hooks.

I stared at them a while and realized something was missing.

They needed to be dressed up a bit.

I had some other sheets that I had discarded because they had either rust spots on them or paint stains on them from using them to protect the floor while I was painting furniture.

I took those sheets and ripped them into wide strips, 
avoiding areas that were stained. 

Then, I tied them to the hooks in a bow.


And used another strip of the sheet to use as a tie back.

So super cheap and all said and done, it only took a couple of hours.

That's my kind of DIY project!


And I really love the prairie style vibe it gives the room.

A little sweet.

A little flirty.

Way cute.

Perfect for a girl's room.

And super frugal too!

Just the way I like it.



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11 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting!!! Since it was the topic of hot discussion with my mom on how you did these - I LOVE BEING RIGHT!!! So pretty and THRIFTY! Bonus!

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  2. Cute, cute, cute! What a "dreamy" little girl's room!!

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  3. So adorable! You are a so talented with the ideas!

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  4. Such a sweet girl's room. Love the colors and the accent pieces. Gret job on the curtains and the headers.

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  5. So glad you elaborated on the window coverings. So dreamy looking and one of my fav parts of the room makeover :)

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  6. I love the bows- they add such femininity to these basic drapes!

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  7. Laura that is gorgeous!!! LOVE how beautiful and thifty that was!
    xx
    Anne

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  8. Wow-these turned out gorgeous!! Doesn't it feel great to be creative and frugal? :)
    Susan

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  9. It looks beautiful!! And seriously - it broke into the exact sizes you needed?! How awesome is that!!

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  10. Wonderful, and rather dreamy. Just right for a girls room. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. This is simply gorgeous! I pinned!
    Big time pinning going on here!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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