Join me on my quest to RESTYLE, REPURPOSE and RECYCLE preloved furniture and home decor into treasures to be RELOVED. Along the way I'll show you how to REDECORATE your home using Vintage, French Provincial, Shabby Chic and Cottage styling. (Formerly Knot All That I Seam.com)
As you can see, we have large Plantation Shutter windows across our lounge room wall.
I love them, but they looked a bit bare.
A while ago I had large drapes hung across them (hand sewn of course), but they seemed to make the room look smaller and didn't feel right.
So they stayed bare for a while, until I saw a pic of some narrower curtains just on the sides of windows, more just for decoration. And I do love to decorate! ;)
So this gave me an idea. Uh-oh I could hear hubby saying. Not another "idea".
I had on hand some black curtain rod ends I had purchased for 20 cents a packet, unopened. And I had some spare white curtain rods and brackets, so I gave them a coat of black spray paint and taped them together with black electrical tape to the right length. (Let me tell you the tape worked a charm!) The curtain I purchased at Freedom a few weeks ago in a sale basket for $3.50. Yep, I could hardly believe my eyes either. There was only one, but for that price, I knew I could use the fabric for something.
I cut off the strip with the metal rings on it, then cut my single curtain in half. I then hemmed all the loose edges.
I had some spare white sheet fabric that I literally tore into strips leaving raw edges. Then I evenly spaced and sewed them to the top of each curtain. Then I double knotted them round the curtain rod ends.
The curtain was a long drop to begin with, but after cutting off the ring top edge I wanted to give back a bit of length. Enter my white sheet fabric again, in the form of a double layer ruffle. (I know, could do with an iron.) Otherwise, perfect!
I love how they add some texture and interest to an otherwise bare window.
So I now have some really cute quality curtains for the bargain price of approx $4.00. :)
On a side note, the foot rest/seat in the calico fabric under the window is my Ikea knock off.
Ikea Foot Stool
It's a chest underneath and the seat is made out of the padding of my son's old flip out lounge. Thankfully he hasn't missed it yet. ;) I had to keep it a bit flatter on top as it would have been too high as a foot stool otherwise. The fabric is calico which I sewed based on the Ikea style design with the fabric handles and pleated base. Not a bad effort for approx $8 spent on fabric.