Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Curtains and DIY Curtain Rods

Living in the city,
 it's a necessity to have some type of window coverings. 

There are many times I wished I could go without,
at least for the Summer, 
but I know it would not feel right somehow...
especially at night with my massive windows bare for all to see inside.

I grew tired of my cream lace dining/sitting room curtains,
and I needed a solution that would
let the light in, 
give us privacy,
but not cost a fortune.

I decided on cafe style curtains.
It seemed the best of all worlds.

I found the curtains online at JC Penney.  
Here is a close up:  

The fabric reminds me of what burlap would look like
  (if  burlap was more of a fabric),
 with ivory embroidered flowers and vines all over.

There is another obstacle with curtains for this room.
The windows are so large it makes it difficult to find curtain rods.  
When I do find them,
  aside from the fact that they cost more than the curtains,
 the rods are so big and heavy,
they require middle brackets to keep them from buckling.
With cafe style curtains,
I couldn't put a bracket in the middle of the window,
so I needed another plan!

I researched a bit and decided to make my own curtain rods!
 My husband thought I'd lost my marbles when I suggested it,
but he dove in and got to work on it anyway.

It's nothing more than electrical conduit, spray painted,
along with L brackets and hole straps.
Then I capped off the ends with furniture knobs from Hobby Lobby.  
Piece of cake and so inexpensive!
The best part for us is the conduit isn't super heavy,
 so they don't require a middle bracket to hold them in place.  

See?  Kind of cute, huh?

Here's how it all looks now:

I have no problem sliding the curtains aside if I want,
like in the photo below.

I love this new look for my dining/sitting room.
It was just what I was looking for.

Thanks for stopping by!


Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Your curtains are so pretty, Gina! What a clever idea for your curtain rods! This works perfectly. You and the hubby did a great job!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

GENIUS, Gina! WOW!!!! They are absolutely gorgeous curtains (may have to copy, love them that much) and your "cure solve" with rods is brilliant, seriously brilliant.

Well done, my friend. Bravo!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Gina, I love this look! You did a great job on this project! Wow! I love your new curtains and the rods are perfect!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love them, what a fabulous solution and the DIY rods are perfect.

Kerin said...

Yay! Love the new look, and I love your creativity!

Café curtains are at the top of my favorite house looks right now... as they are versatile, and in-expensive and really give a room a punch of charm :)

Have a great day.


Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I really love this look Gina! I would definitely do this if we needed more privacy. Thankfully we don't live very close to eyeballs :-)
And look at you! Making your own curtain rods! I may have to do this. I need 2 french door rods... the ones I need are 75 bucks each...your version would definitely save money! Great DIY!

Danielle Giannandrea said...

Wow! They look fabulous! What a genius idea to use for the curtain rod! I wish I could come up with something like that and shock my hubby! : ) I love the style of the café curtain. It suits your room perfectly. Great Job!

sweet violets said...

Oh, yes, that is very cute!! What a great find, and so clever on the curtain rod!!

Blondie's Journal said...

You totally lost me on how you made the rod, but I am so in love with the curtains I may just go have a peek at JC Penny!! :) Great job and your rooms look so pretty!

Jane xx

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I LOVE the new curtains! If I had your windows, I too, would not want to cover them! You are one creative lady!

Wishing Olivia and Johnny a great school year!


Judy K said...

Your curtains are really pretty. Great solution.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your new curtains are so pretty Gina...I love how you have they hanging only half way up the window!

Debbie said...

Just love this and have already pinned two separate things from this one post.

Karen said...

Gina I think you're a genius. That looks fantastic. Curtain rods are so expensive. Your solution couldn't be more perfect.

Art and Sand said...

I love the sun shining through those half curtains.

Jellygraph said...

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