Random Ramblings: { LIVING ROOM CURTAINS }

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

{ LIVING ROOM CURTAINS }

I have had the same IKEA curtains up in our family room since right after we moved into this house 2 years ago. I liked them, but they were not my favorite.  But I figured they would just have to do until I found the ones I wanted.
But that was the problem, I never have found "the ones".  I also switched the colors in the family room once or twice.  Actually when we moved in I went with the tans and blacks with touches of teal and green. But I soon got tired of the teal and green.  So I decided to just go with the tans and blacks in that room.  Even though the walls are painted green, it isn't a bold bright green and looks better than white.

So last week I went to Joanns to use my huge assortment of coupons in my new add.  I didn't find much, just some fabric for a dress for Chloe.  Then I started looking around a little more.  I came across this black and tan fabric that I instantly fell in love with.  I knew that this was "the one" for curtains.  So I bought the last 5 yards they had on the one bolt and used my 50% off coupon on it, making it around $25.00. I have looked at several curtains and rarely can I find 2 panels for that price.  

So I brought it home and washed it right away.  I then just cut it in half length wise and hemmed all 4 sides of the panels.  

When I was at Joanns I also bought some clip hooks for the curtains, becuase I have always liked the look of the hooks, and they were on sale for 40% off too.  

So after I hemmed all 4 sides, I clipped it up and hung them.  Walah, easy peasy curtains.  

On a side note, I measured the length of the curtains with the wall and curtain rod before I washed the fabric, and they were from ceiling to floor.  Now after I washed them and only hemmed them a quarter of an inch on each side, they shrunk so much.
At first I was upset that they were so short now, but in the end I do like them.  I like that they are up off the floor. Something differnt and doesn't look like it will just collect dirt and dust on the floor. 





The old curtains were just white messy IKEA curtains, so they didn't add much to the window.  After hanging up the curtains it reminded me how much curtains add to a room.
I love them so much and am very pleased with how they came out, even in all thier shorty glory.  

Now I have a long growing list of curtains to make for all the rooms in the entire house.  I have a grand idea for the tall tall windows in the dining and living room.  Hopefully I can get to those next, and real soon.  

~N I C O L E 

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