My Window To The Backyard

This weekend I tackled an easy transformation in my bedroom.  I finally decided to do something about that depressing window treatment I have been living with for far too long. 

The walls are painted a blue I simply adore. I love a paint with a slight sheen which also makes it a snap to clean. Trust me when I say this blue isn't going anywhere!  Most designers would choose a wall color from the fabrics used in the room.  I, however, had to do this backwards so several years ago I purchased a beautiful full bed set including matching drapes.  At the time I loved the opuIence of the gold background with the small embroidered red and blue flowers but it soon grew to be too heavy of a feel in the room.  Almost a dreary, depressing look. I got rid of the bed set a year ago but couldn't figure out what to do with the window so I left it alone. 

I had been searching online for new curtains of and on for some time but I couldn't find a delicate pattern or I couldn't find the right blue or I couldn't afford the price when I found something I liked.  One day I came across a blog demonstrating how to add shirring to drop cloths for an inexpensive yet elegant pleated look.  I decided that was what I would do except when I went to purchase the drop cloths they were all a dingy off-white or brown color.  I checked Lowe's, Wal-Mart, and even Home Depot when we traveled to Atlanta a few weeks ago. So much for that idea!

Then I stumbled across a husband/wife blog called Young House Love and found my inspiration. If you haven't discovered this blog, you really need to check it out.  They recommended Ikea curtains for their beauty, durability, and ease of care meaning machine washable. Another huge plus is that these curtains run 98 1/2 inches long so they can be hung from the ceiling to floor. I purchased the Vivan Curtains for only $9.99 per pair. I purchased two because I wanted the softness of a panel in the center of the window. They can be hung on a curtain rod through the hidden tabs or with rings and hooks or use the heading tape to create pleats. What's not to love?

These curtains allow light in which is really too sheer for me in the bedroom so I needed a layer behind them. This couple likes using bamboo blinds in their window treatments but I just didn't think they would make me all that happy so I decided to keep my roman shades for now.  Imagine my excitement when I came across 2" faux wooden blinds at Wal-Mart of all places.  I could visualize my beautiful window and best of all my check book immediately said "oh yes you can"! 

I went home and measured my windows which are actually one large window with an attached wooden divider in the center.  Friday I stopped by Wal-Mart after work and bought two.  That night I was so excited I immediately took down the ugly window treatment, opened the first box and prepared to install it.  Grrrrr.  My pathetic woman's drill couldn't force the first screw into the window frame.  Is this why we need husbands?   Furious I hung the wrinkled curtains and called it a day.

The bare window

The bare window

The next day Doug came to my rescue.  He brought his drill and voila! He did have to use a handsaw to trim a slither from one end of the blinds but they were both up in record time.  Absolutely gorgeous!

The new faux wood blinds

The new faux wood blinds

Next I washed the curtains to allow any shrinkage before hemming.  Once they were dry I hung them back up and marked where they needed to be hemmed. This part was quick and easy since i used Heat N Bond no sew tape rather than the sewing machine. Easy peasy!   

A quick press of the iron and my curtains were ready to be hung.  I just love the new look - feminine, fresh and breezy. Now about those gold colored lamps...

A beautiful framed view of our backyard

A beautiful framed view of our backyard

Plenty of privacy when closed

Plenty of privacy when closed

Do you have a less than attractive window just begging for a re-do?