When we moved into our house, the windows in the kitchen came with a set of old mini blinds. And although I hated the way they looked, I liked their functionality – we do lower them every once in a while. And then it dawned on me… hide them with valances! So another DIY was born.
I used wallpaper to transform my plain white vinyl roller shades and what a difference it made. A nice opportunity came my way to partner with Walls Republic, who are featured on Houzz, Hometalk, StyleatHome and House&Home.My project began when JC Penny had their cute fringe edge cut to width vinyl roller shades on sale recently. I ordered them for my bow-window and really liked how they looked. That would have been the end of the story except I decided to give the roller shades a custom look with wallpaper.It was nice working with Walls Republic. They send customers five large samples of their choice. This made it easy for me to find just the right pattern for my roller shades window project.
I had just moved into The New House and I was trying to turn that ugly old kitchen into something new and pretty.I had a fancy new backsplash, freshly painted cabinets, and a plain old boring window right in the middle of them. So I bought a pack of curtains that were on clearance for $5 (YAY!) and came home with high hopes to make them beautiful.If you’ve ever tried to run thin fabric through a sewing machine, you know it’s not easy.The curtains kept bunching up and it looked terrible. I quickly got irritated and gave up until I started this project about a week later.
Recently, I lent a hand to friends who moved into their brand new home. They had taken along and installed wooden blinds that fit the lounge window in width, but not length. I suggested a woven 'frill' at the bottom to add an eye catching finish and distract from the open space between the end of the blinds and the windowsill.
I decided it was time to fill the giant ugly windowsill in my bedroom. I want to keep things simple until I move into a more permanent home. I looked on Pinterest and Hometalk for some inspiration and this is what I came up with!
When I was re-doing our living room, and really thinking about every aspect of the space, I realized that I didn't like curtain rods to go completely across the top of the window if there was no reason for it. I mean, how many of us actually close their curtains? Because we have blinds, we just use our curtains for decoration and sound absorption. So I thought outside the box. I went with honey oak wooden hand towel holders at less than $5 a pop. I painted them up to my liking and they serve the purpose . . . at a much less expensive cost than typical curtain rods.
Today I am going to show you the step by step process to make your own DIY Designer Curtains! Several years ago I contacted someone to have a set of custom curtains made and when I received the quote I was shocked at how much they were. Guy’s I’m talking $500.00 to $800.00 for a set! There is absolutely no way the hubs would ever go for me spending that much on curtains.So I thought if I had a sewing machine surely I could make them myself. Even though my 7th grade home economics class was the last time I had been behind a sewing machine. Christmas was quickly approaching so I asked for a machine as one of my gifts and started practicing sewing a straight line as soon as I opened it.Once I thought I had it down I spent one Sunday sewing my first set and they turned out okay, but they could have been better. Fast forward to last week I knew I needed to finish the curtain project I had been putting off for over a year for the room to finally look somewhat complete. So I started tackling the project and they turned out great! Much better than the first time around and I wanted to share my process with you in hopes that you can learn to make your own and also save some major money.Plus I’ve included a Free Printable Guide at the end of this post! Materials NeededSewing MachineSeam RipperIroning BoardIronFabric Shears or Sharp ScissorsFabric (I used 6 yards you will need to calculate it depending on how long you want the curtains to be)Thread (same color as fabric)
Using branches for home decor is beautiful and cost effective. And after I did some research on how to prepare wood branches for home decor, I realized it wasn’t that difficult. I was a little bit overwhelmed however, at how many different approaches there were. So the steps I’ve outlined below is only one approach – if you do additional research you’ll find lots of other ideas and options. But this approach worked best for me and the results look great.
Make your own inexpensive industrial curtain rods using PVC plastic pipe, and basic plumbing supplies. This curtain rod is sturdy and solid, and looks great. You will never be able to tell it's made from plastic pipe!
**Update** I had some questions regarding using this on double pane windows so after a lot of research. I went to www.buydecorativefilm.com and found a quote that said it was safe for dual paned glass. There were a lot of reviews on Amazon and I couldn't find one that said it was a problem for their double pane windows but if in doubt, contact a professional window tint installer. ** When we bought this house a year ago, it was the house of many firsts. One first, was the fact that this house had windows on the garage. We had never had a garage with windows before. And you know what they say about first impressions. Every time someone walked to our front door, they would pass these windows first. When I set up the garage, I put a shelf in front of the window, because almost most of the other wall space had pegboards already on them. I put it in front of the window and I proceeded to load it with just about every paint can that I had. Every time I walked by the garage, I groaned but was too lazy to move the shelf and ALL THOSE cans of paint. So, I sent my husband to buy blinds. Either he bought the wrong size or I measured wrong and it was probably the latter. But, I hated seeing the inside of the garage so much, I attempted to put them up anyway. I don't know why we didn't take them back and get the right size. I think I just wasn't happy with how the blinds looked so it didn't matter. I am not sure how I came across this mirror window film but it looked like it might be the perfect solution for me.
Love the look of copper and want to make easy, inexpensive curtain rods? You can do it with COPPER PIPES. No, really! Copper pipes are plentiful and pretty, and make great curtains rods for any size window.View the full tutorial with more photos at https://jennifermaker.com/diy-copper-pipe-curtain-rods/
I love pretty curtain rods, but they are so expensive these days! So I came up with a way to add some pretty to my existing curtain rods without spending a lot of cash!
My french doors in our family room let in a lot of light. But when it is hot outside the glare is blinding. I had this idea for quite a while and it is temporary as I will be ordering faux wood blinds for the doors that will match the window in the room.
I'm always looking for ways to get rid of vertical blinds or camouflage them. But when you live in a rental apartment or in a condo where you're not allowed to remove them, it can get a bit tricky, especially if you can't drill holes in the walls to hang a curtain rod. Turns out that there's a super easy way to hang a curtain rod on the existing vertical blind track!
Hello my fellow Hometalkers! Today we had just a hint of cooler weather, and when I say hint I mean there was a little bit of a breeze and the air was perfect. This got me thinking of fall… I LOVE FALL! It is my favorite season. I love the weather, the smells, the fairs and apple picking. Fall will be here before we know it, so I thought I would make a rustic piece for my front porch today. This project is so easy and the best part is I used an old pallet to make this barn style shutter. I have been looking high and low for an old style shutter to use as decor on my front porch, and I thought I would end my search and just make one myself.
Before I had my son, I knew sleep was going to be a key factor when it came to parenthood. I decided to do what I could to make our new baby's room as comfortable as possible for a good nap or a good night's sleep! And part of that was blocking out the sun that radiated into the room each day. I shopped around for black out curtains, but none of them were aesthetically pleasing. So, I decided to make my own! Here is my step-by-step tutorial for DIY blackout curtains for a nursery, bedroom or any other room in your house!
My washer and dryer are in my kitchen. It drives me crazy. And until we get to remodeling that part of the house, I needed a temporary fix! So with a few failed attempts at covering them up, I was finally successful with this idea. I wanted to make this as inexpensive as I possibly could. I went to the Dollar Store for the curtain rods and the shower curtain rings. And for the curtains themselves, I scoured the thrift stores for fabric. And without any luck I went through old curtains I had from our previous home that didn't fit the windows of our new (work in progress) home. I found the length I needed (84") and went to work. I knew I wouldn't be using these curtains again so I wasn't hesitant to cut little slits in them to put the curtain rings thru. I first hung the curtain rods from the ceiling. Using a measiring tape to get the exact width and a simple piece of string to help keep everything in line. One those were in place I layed the curtains on the floor stacked one on top of another. I cut slats for 3 curtain rings per panel. And that was it. Hung them up and walked away! I completely love the temp fix to hide the washer and dryer before we can relocate them to the basement. Side Note: I strongly recommend the curtain rings. They make opening and closing the curtains extremely easy. I originally had the curtains hung without the rings and could barely pull them open. Not to mention they came up short in length. The rings make all the difference!!Thanks for checking out my post!!!!
Six months out of the year, we have the windows open in our home. We have blinds on most of the windows which are fine but I wanted to make them look prettier so here's what I did...