I have hated them and put them up and down so many times I’ve lost count. I’ve wanted to trash them more than once. And I’m constantly browsing the curtain shops, but new curtains are ridiculously expensive.
Don’t blame it on the sunshine. Don’t blame it on the moon light.
Blame it on the curtains.
Or is it the wall colour?
Or is it the way they are hung?
Or is it the style of the curtain?
Blame it on them all!
Let me fill you in. When we moved into our current home 2 and a half years ago, the bedrooms were all graced with creamy yellow pinch pleat curtains.
What I didn’t realise was that the wall colour was actually in part the problem.
So when I recently decided to repaint the main bedroom a milky coffee colour, suddenly the curtains weren’t looking so bad. I now know that Antique White and creamy yellow do not go, in our house anyway. 🙂
But, they still didn’t feel right. So I Googled, and Pinterested, and searched all the decorating sites and guess what, I figured out what else was wrong. Those curtains were the wrong style. So I unpicked the pinch pleats and found I had lots, and lots, and lots of fabric. So much that I was able to make curtains for all 3 bedrooms from the one set in our main bedroom! I kid you not.
I decided to make each room’s curtains slightly different.
Here are the “new” curtains in our main bedroom…
I had some left over white sheet material in my fabric stash so I simply sewed a cute wide white ruffle to give the curtains some extra detail and softness.
Our room is still a work in progress, but I’m now loving the curtains when I never, ever thought I would.
In my daughters room, I used the frill off an old bedspread to add a floral ruffle to her curtains. The colours in the fabric matched perfectly. I’m using the rest of the bedspread to make some accents for her bedroom and I’m still in the process of painting her new board and batten walls.
And for my little man, I went with a high brown ruffle using upholstery fabric I picked up for $1 last weekend. I’m yet to start painting his room, but the “new” curtains are a welcome addition. 🙂 In fact, they might be my favourite set!
I’m so happy with our restyled curtains. I saved money on new ones and they match our bedrooms perfectly now.
So what have I learned when it comes to window furnishings:
1. When you have a small room to work with, less is more. Don’t use masses of fabric that will make the room feel smaller and just collect dust.
2. When you think the curtain colour is wrong, it might just be the walls instead.
3. There is nothing vintage, shabby chic or French inspired about pinch pleat curtains.
4. Make sure you hang your curtains below the rod line, not above. I’m not sure why technically, but they look 100% better hung below. 🙂 Maybe seeing the rod makes it not look like the curtains are stuck to the wall or magically holding themselves up. Hehe.
5. And finally, don’t throw away curtains, even when you really, really, really want to. Because you might just be able to restyle them into something perfect. 🙂
And we all lived happily ever after. 🙂
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