Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Curtain Update...

Do you remember this post I did with the pink curtains for Courtney's dorm room. It was a quick treatment for cement dorm walls. I cut up the dust ruffle to her comforter set and made a curtain. I stapled it to a yard stick and was going to hang it on the cement wall over her window with velcro. The disappointment in that post was never showing you the final picture of it, because you are not allowed to hang anything on the dorm windows due to the fire hazard.
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Well, take a look at the below pictures (after Courtney's pink curtains) for an update I did on our little guest bathroom.
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I had a regular old curtain in here. Thought I would change it up with just a valence. Love, love, love toile, but the valence wasn't enough. So I added the side panels. I had this yardage of the large black check that I was using as a table cloth, but wasn't using it, so I chopped it up!!
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All you need to do is make or buy the side curtain panels, staple gun them to a ruler...I used a 12 inch ruler for each side and add dots or strips of velcro, depending on how heavy your fabric is.
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Space the fabric evenly when you staple. Just use the inch marks on the ruler as a guide.
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Here's the gathered front.
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Add the velcro to the woodwork or window frame. If you have special woodwork, I'd test the velcro sticky stuff first. I don't care about the woodwork on my windows, because you can't see it and can be easily painted if the velcro pulls the paint off.
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Just stick the ruler up there and you are ready to go.



The great thing about this is, you can easily change the panels out for the seasons or take them down if you just want the valence.



All it takes is some velcro, rulers or yardstick...who knew. You can also use the famous FREE paint stirring sticks from the hardware store too.
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Have a great day,
~Karen~

22 comments:

  1. Love the toile! And I really love free wooden stirring sticks from the hardware store! So much potential is a little piece of wood!

    MGM

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  2. Very cute~ love the toile! :-) Have a happy day!

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  3. Seriously, you need to write a book. Your ideas are so awesome... and easy! Thanks again ;-)

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  4. Another fab idea! Love the fabrics.

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  5. You are a mind reader. Yesterday, I was trying to think of a way to keep the morning sun from coming in the sides of my blinds in the bedroom. The sun comes straight at my brain & yells "WAKE UP!" before my body is ready to comply. It's only a problem when we're on Daylight Savings Time, though. I think tacking up some side panels like this for the summer would do the trick!

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  6. Very quick and easy solution for a "plain" valance. Good thinking, once again!

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  7. Love the black check and the overall look. It came out great!

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  8. Absolutely beautiful! I love the material!

    Debbie
    ouroldhomestead.blogspot.com

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  9. Totally love it!!! Really....!!! can I come and be a guest? did I say I was staying indefinitely?

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  10. Very cute Karen.. I need to make a few window treatments. I have an easy plan also, just need more time.

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  11. What a great idea. Who wouldathunk? I love it.

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  12. Great idea. I may use it in my powder room!

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  13. Karen I know I sound like a stuck record (LOL) but here goes again... "you never cease to amaze me!!!" You're brilliant! Amazing! Inspiring beyond words!
    LOVE those fabrics, very stylish!

    Hugs! Vikki :-) xx

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  14. Very clever...I love the ruler idea, it takes the measuring and remeasuring out of it. btw, I mailed my blocks today. You should receive them by Saturday. :)

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  15. Karen, you're just too darn creative. My mind doesn't work as quick......when it works...LOL

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  16. Fantastic idea...I'm impressed.

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  17. Love, love, love it ! My problem with side panels (On those cheap little rods) is my grand daughters keep moving them either too open or too closed. With staples and free paint stirrers, problem solved ! Thanks again Karen, now I"m off to paint my bedroom furniture.... BLACK ! again, "Thanks Again Karen".
    :) Barbara

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