Friday, November 12, 2010

Dining Room Window Treatments: DONE!

It took ALL DAY, but we are done! They turned out pretty much how I envisioned (see my post about my window treatment inspirations here)  It took forever to get these ideas into action, but I am so glad I did it!

Here's the before:

Here's the AFTER:

Ready for a close up:

My sources for materials were: Ikea, curtain rods, Overstock for the Bali Rattan Blinds, and WalMart for the Better Homes & Gardens drapery panels.
I spent 66.00 (about) each for the rattan blinds (they were sooo large mind you--for a small window much cheaper) and 9.00 per panel (on clearance ) for the panels. I bought 4, so I could lengthen them to 94" (from 84") The curtain rods were 9.99 each (steal! they came with fleur di lis filials, but I left those off)

from Cote de Texas

Things I learned:

1. Curtain panels typically some in 55" and 84" length--check your packages carefully before you trot out of the store (I thought I had all 84" L panels, but one was 55"L!! Major bummer)

2. Stitch Witchery beats hemming a curtain panel every time...and.....

3. Satin/Taffeta is a major pain in the arse to sew straight, ok?

4. Gets hubs to help you put up the blinds...they are heavy and it'll take the two of you to hold them up while you attach them

5. Ikea has good , cheap curtain rods in lengths up to 134" in width!

6. Yes you CAN make a curtain rod our of PVC pipe, but it will sag if its longer than, like 3-4 ft you will need a center bracket, ok?

Make it a Great Day!


  1. Gorgeous! I love that you can see the sunlight through them!

  2. Okay, I have to admit. I'm a drapery snob. Generally when I hear the words "store-bought" and draperies in the same sentence, I immediately turn my nose up.

    But these look AMAZING!!! The wide horizontal stripe is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the panels paired with the woven shades. Can't believe you did this on such a small budget. I DO love a bargain, so major kudos to you on a gorgeous outcome with a small budget.

  3. Thanks Kristi--now can you help me with the decorating? I love your style!

  4. Your window treatments look really great! I love the panels and the blinds!

  5. WOW... what a difference between the before and after pics. You did a great job. I love the fabric and the woven shades were a great choice. Thanks for visitng my blog and leaving such a nice comment on my dining room post. I need to get on it about getting some window treatments myself! :)

  6. I absolutely love your new window treatments. The Walmart panels are gorg, especially paired with the bamboo blinds. A+!

  7. I love the blinds and curtains. I have thought about using similar rattan blinds. Beautiful room.


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