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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Family Room Curtains

Yes, it has taken me forever to make the curtains for the family room.  I painted last summer and bought the fabric last fall I think!  Any way on to the good stuff.  Here is the before.  This is actually before I painted, but it was the only before I could find.  Sorry it's so dark. 
So here is the after!  I love it!  It makes the space feel more finished.  What do you think?  Little by little this is becoming "my" space.  A place I love.  Check out the mirror above the mantel.  Go here to see it's former goopy marble life.  And you can  see my beadboard frames on the far left of the pictures.  Go here for how I did that.  Look how good my $20 chairs are looking.  So let me break down how I did it on the cheap!  The material was from Walmart.  It cost me $16 per window, that was four pannels for $32.  I made them floor to ceiling.  Most curtain pannels are $15 or more.  So I saved at least $30. 
Next I needed to hang them, but I really had very litttle mulah!  I had an old piece of closet rod from doing the boys room(free).  So then I went to Lowe's and found wooded craft finials  $1.88 a set.  And rod brackets  $3.44 a set.   
They were unfinished so I painted everything black.  My rod was only long enough for one window.  I orginally bought another rod at Lowe's for $8.  (Which was discounted 10% due to a knot in the wood.  You should always ask for discounts the worst they can say is no!)  Anyways I took that rod back after I found one the perfect size at a yard sale for $2.   
They were very simple to install.  Just screwed them straight to the wall. 
The finials came with a double threaded screw. I drilled a small hole in the center of the dowel and twisted the two together.  Worked like a charm.  After adding the curtain, I just set the rod on the brackets. 
Here is the cost of my extra tall curtains and chunky rods.  The hardware and rods came to about $13 for both windows.  You are lucky to buy one rod for that.  My total is about $45 for everything!  Now lets just look and enjoy.  Doesn't it always look better when you know you spent less?  Or am I just weird that way.  Whatever on to the pictures. 
Well tell me what you think?


10 comments:

Always Nesting said...

I LOVE your new drapes and I LOVE your family room!! You did a great job and the fabric is awesome. That mirror is incredible. I really love seeing the before and then the after photos.

Thanks so much for linking your family room to Woo Hoo! Wednesday!!

Kelly O. said...

very purty!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

you did great and on a budget too.. doesnt get better than that.. congrats~!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Your house is so beautiful! Everything you do is classy and yet comfortable/homey!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

I am very impressed! Love the curtains and what a great idea with the curtain rods. I've been pricing out new ones for my master bedroom and they are not cheap! The whole project looks fantastic. Great job! :)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love the curtains and on a budget too! Can't beat that!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Bonnie said...

Great thinking on the rods!! I only buy rods if I find them on clearance or sale but even then they are more expensive than what you paid!! I may have to start trying that! The panels look great. I am in the process of making mine for a 10 foot window wall.

Carrie said...

The curtains are great and kudos on the rods! But honestly, my head's still spinning from the 6 kids... wow. I think I'm inspired that a woman with 6 kids managed to get this accomplished more than anything! I've been curtain-planning for months... and I just have the 18-month-old! I'm, of course, now your newest follower! ;)

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

Beautiful fabric! I just made my own rods too, great minds think alike, haha!

Thanks for sharing, new follower!
-Ann Marie

Autumn said...

They are perfect for your room, great job on the rods too! ;0