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Monday, July 22, 2013

Master Bedroom Part 5 - Don't Close the Curtains

The walls and perimeter of my room are done!!
Now I can move all my furniture back!!!
Here are the posts that will get you caught up if you missed any of them.  

If the Crown (Molding) Fits, Wear It!

I'm so excited to be moving onto the decor!
First up I tackled my window coverings.  We already had white faux wood blinds.  They would not be my first choice, but they will do for now. They offer privacy, but I also wanted floor to ceiling curtains to soften the hard lines of the wall treatment and to add some color and pattern!  I need to add some curtain rods first.  That was easy, as I had bought rods for my bedroom 5 years ago on clearance at Lowe's.  They were brown.  I wanted to lighten them up a little, so I spray painted them gold.
 (I'm really into gold lately)

Let me just say all gold spray paint is not the same.  I tried three different kinds.  Two were more brassy, not the gold I was looking for.  In the end I went with Krylon Dual Paint and Primer in gold.  It's more of a white gold. 

Now I was ready for the curtains.
Have you seen the prices of curtains these days?
 I have three windows in my room, it would easily cost over $200 to buy curtains.
So, I of coarse decided to make them.
But I could not find any fabric that I liked that I could afford.
 Do you remember my inspiration picture?
That floral fabric is a place mat I bought at the $ Store. I used it to pull my colors from.  I would have loved to used that fabric, but I only had 4 small place mats.

Target to the rescue!! 
 I found this shower curtain!!
  I loved it, perfect colors and design.  It's by Threshold and called Green Medallion.  Shower curtains are usually 72 inches by 72 inches.  I am not planning on closing my curtains so I cut each shower curtain in half, making each panel 36 inches wide.  I like my curtains to be mounted as high as I can ,72 inches was going to be way too short.  
Easy fix. 
I bought an extra shower curtain and divided it into thirds to add to the bottom of the other three.  I was very careful to line up the pattern. Once they were done you can't even tell I added a piece.
(I dare you to find the seam in my picture.)
Each shower curtain was $19.99 for a total of $80.  Not bad for 6 panels. 
 I'll take me savings of $120 or more!!!

Next I turned my attention to the lamps on my night stands.  If you remember I read a lot in bed and need tall lamps so the light actually illuminates the page.  So these tall lamps I snagged on clearance at Walmart, five years ago, are staying.  But the empire shade needed some updating.  I was so excited when I came across 2 matching  drum shades at DI a year or so ago.  Those new shades helped but I wanted more, so I got out my trusty spray paint.  I used the same gold that I used on my curtain rods.  then I hand painted some of the raised detail white.  And to top it all off I painted stripes on the shades.

I was inspired by this lamp shade at Target.  
But at $19.99 each you know I wasn't going there. 

I just measured out my stripes and taped them off.  

I used a stencil brush to get the paint on.
  I did two coats to try and get an even coat of paint.  

I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.
 Did I mention I'm really liking gold lately?
Yeah, I like my new gold lamps!!

Soon I'll be showing ya how I did my bedding for cheap and my new covered chairs!!
 Thanks for stopping by.


PneumaticAddict said...

I've never thought about just sewing on a piece of another panel before. Great idea! I'm with you, there's no way I'd pay full price for curtain 84" curtain panels! They look fantastic!

Cristina Garay said...

Oh my! I'm loving all the pretty details you're giving to your bedroom! Those Target curtains are beautiful, I used the same medallion curtain but in different color to cover the cushions on my dining chairs :) I'm going to check other posts I've missed.

Unknown said...

how creative!!! nice jobs!

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Rachel said...

I have the EXACT same shower curtains that I used as curtains in my living room. I just recently changed the look, found another set of shower curtains that I loved, so now they are hanging!

ktulacz said...

When you added the shower curtain to the bottom how did you do that? Did you sew it on? Thanks!

Unknown said...

I was wondering the same thing! It looks to "clean" to have just been sewn!