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Our Bedroom Window Treatments

Master-Bedroom-Curtains

When we moved in back in October the curtains in our master bedroom left much to be desired.

Master Bedroom Curtains Before

See…I wasn’t kidding.  The previous owners left these little gems for us – 2 flimsy curtains and a wooden rod. They were so hard to pull shut, and even when drawn they barely covered the entire window.

Terrible length curtains

These bad boys didn’t provide much privacy, let in way too much light, and were a terrible length…too long for the window sill and too short for the ground. Yuck. These babies had to go.

We quickly came up with a game plan for new window treatments that would be affordable, light blocking, and would match our current decor and style.

Blackout shades

The first order of business was to block out the light. Since we live in the city, the lights from the buildings around us are incredibly bright. Also, our bedroom windows face east so the sun comes right into bedroom. Blackout shades were high on our shopping list.

We found the above shades at Home Depot and got 2 cut right then to fit the width of our windows.  We installed the blackout roller shades immediately and quickly found out that they were effective…but terribly ugly.

So I ordered some gorgeous bamboo shades off of Overstock to install in front of the roller shades.

Bamboo shades
Most of the time we keep the bamboo shades about 1/3 of the way up and don’t even move them up and down.
Bamboo shades and blackout shades
Then we just roll the blackout shades down at night, and up during the day. It works out pretty wonderfully and we’ve gotten much more shut eye because of this setup.
Bamboo shades on windows
master bedroom window treatments
Personally, I think we’ve come a long way from those initial flimsy curtains, don’t you? I’m sleeping like a baby knowing that I now have good lookin’ windows.
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    1. DIY Playbook

      Hey Dana! Thanks so much. The dresser is actually back from my college days…so like 6 years ago. I think we actually got it from Value City Furniture for a great price. It has really held up over the years!

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    Hey Dana! Thanks so much. The dresser is actually back from my college days…so like 6 years ago. I think we actually got it from Value City Furniture for a great price. It has really held up over the years!

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    Hey Dana! Thanks so much. The dresser is actually back from my college days…so like 6 years ago. I think we actually got it from Value City Furniture for a great price. It has really held up over the years!

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How to Paint Herringbone Curtains

Blue-Painted-Curtains

Remember back in October when we took a plain doormat and gave it a serious upgrade?

Herringbone rug and doormat

Yeah, that project was pretty awesome and oh-so-easy. (If you need some holiday doormat inspiration, here’s a little more for ya…)

Well the herringbone doormat project gave me the courage and confidence to tackle a much larger painting project…

pattern here?

…my Ikea curtains!

I kept going back and forth about whether or not I should give them a teeny, tiny splash of color at the bottoms. Ultimately I decided, “why the heck not?!” If I screwed them up I could simply head back to Ikea and get some more inexpensive white ones. Life isn’t fun unless you’re trying something out of your comfort zone right? At least that’s what I kept telling myself during every step of this project.

Once my mind was made up, I got to work and gathered my supplies.

Painting supplies

I knew I wanted to try out the herringbone pattern again. It wasn’t too difficult the first time and would only require painter’s tape to create the pattern. I also got some light blue paint, a sponge, drop cloth, pen, measuring tape, and a bottle of fabric medium.

Martha Stewart Fabric Medium

I had absolutely no idea what fabric medium was until this project, but boy am I happy that I found out about this little bottle. Fabric medium reduces the stiffness that can often occur when you paint fabric. You mix a bit of fabric medium in with your paint, and the end result will be a flexible and washable fabric. Genius! I would have had some stiff looking curtains if it wasn’t for this stuff. This is a must buy for this tutorial!

Once I had all of my supplies raring to go, I set up shop in front of the TV and got to work while catching up on episodes of Scandal <—seriously amazing show!

Rookie Tip: Make sure you use a drop cloth underneath your fabric. The paint may seep through to the other side and no drop cloth would make for quite the mess….

How to do a herringbone pattern

Now the tricky part…figuring out how to measure the herringbone pattern. (Warning: things may get confusing up in here. Just grin and bear with me as we figure this one out together!)

I decided I wanted to paint 20 inches at the bottom of the curtains.  That would make 4 5-inch sections of pattern. So I taped off 2 of the 5 inch sections and secured the tape horizontally.

Painter's tape for herringbone pattern

Next, I created the diagonal sections with painter’s tape and taped it up from end to end.

3 inch gap

I decided to go with 3 inches for each strip of color and measured as I taped it all down.

Rookie Tip: Make sure that the painter’s tape is very secure on the fabric. You don’t want any paint seeping under. Keep those lines looking crisp!

Blue fabric paint

Once the number crunching was over, it was time for the fun part…painting. I simply went and painted the pattern in between the painter’s tape. I made sure that I covered each strip evenly and firmly pressed through so the paint soaked into the fabric.

Painting curtains
I let the paint dry (about 30 minutes) and then held my breath as I peeled off the tape…

and it was a success!

After seeing my first pair of stripes, I was motivated to tackle the rest of the project.

How to paint herringbone stripes

I simply taped off the rest of the fabric to make the stripes go in the opposite direction. Then I got to work painting…again.

Blue striped curtains

Boom…one curtain panel down, one more to go. #ugh

Trust me, I was very tempted to just paint one of the curtains because currently the other is hidden behind the back of our couch. My rookie counterpart (cough, cough Bridget) suggested I just do one of the curtains and someday paint the other panel. But I knew that I would never have the motivation to finish off the pair (and I might not remember all of the steps exactly), so I put in the hours and got.er.done! It took a long time (many episodes of Scandal), but I’m very pleased with the end result.

Herringbone striped curtains

(Excuse the poor photography. It is incredibly difficult to photograph windows, so these pics may not seem quite as light and bright as our usual pictures.)

Blue painted curtains
Painted Ikea curtains
Here are the curtains behind the couch. I had to throw in a picture so you all keep me accountable for finishing up our projects every time!
how to paint ikea curtains
I really don’t think the photos do them justice. They look awesome in person! They’re still very light and airy, but have a bit of sass at the bottom.
However, I may not be painting anything until after the new year. I’ve done my share for 2013…
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Installing and Hemming Ikea Curtains

Ikea-Curtains
Last week I welcomed you to our new home. I also left you with some very scary pictures of our place looking a bit crazy and cluttered with boxes.

Good news: We’ve been working on getting those boxes unpacked and outta here.

Better news: That means I can work on decorating our new home. #finally

White couch area

Here is our current family room situation. Not finished in any way, but looking pretty dang good for just moving in (if I do say so myself!)

But you see those big windows to the right? Well they were just begging for some curtains. Begging I tell ya.  So I ignored my mile long moving-in to-do list, and decided to drop everything and get those babies some curtains.

Then I looked at the windows a little more closely…

deep windows

…and thought, “where does the curtain rod go?” Good question.

Normal curtain rod

See, normal curtain brackets and rods look like this. You attach above the windows or to the sides of the windows and rest the rod in the lip on the bracket. But my windows are deep set, so I didn’t really have that option.

attach curtain rod to ceiling

That’s when I came up with the crazy idea to attach the curtain rod to the ceiling instead. As long as I could find the right brackets that would encircle the rod on each end…I could make this work.

Enter a trip to Ikea. Yes, I do love that store and their products. No, I do not like leaving 3 hours (3!) later with $500 out of my pocket. (Everything they sell is so tempting, and I couldn’t resist. Plus we did need a to buy a few big purchases…I swear!)

I purchased a pair of RITVA curtains 57×118 in all white. I threw those babies in the washing machine, then the dryer, and finally I ironed them. Note: They will lose about 4-6 inches of length when you do this. When those were done, Finn and I got to work on installing the brackets and rod.

Ikea supplies
Installing curtain brackets
Step 1: We used our electric drill and drill bit to create 2 holes in the ceiling. We then inserted 2 wall anchors, so the screws would have something to grab onto.
Step 2: We then screwed the bracket onto the ceiling.
Step 3: We followed Ikea’s instructions, and installed the circular piece that would hold the curtain rod.
We repeated this both in the center of the windows and on the other side, until all 3 brackets were hung and sturdy. Then we simply put the curtain rod through and hung our curtains.
Boom, done! Oh wait…
curtains way too long
The curtains were a bit way too long.  Back to the store in search of some no-sew hemming tape.
Hemming Tape
I found this little roll at Target near the sewing supplies.
Hemming no-sew curtains
I simple followed the directions on the back of the box and got to work.
Rookie Tip: Fold the bottom part of your curtains up and use pins to secure. That way your line at the bottom will stay straight and secure.
Iron
Rookie Tip: I used the sewing tape across (horizontally) and also on the sides (vertically) to keep the seam looking smooth. Seems like it is worth the extra work to me.
It took me about 30 minutes to get those babies hemmed, so they were up and hanging in no time at all.
Hemmed Curtains
White curtains
As a girl who has never hung curtains, I’m totally loving them (and feeling really domestic.) I like the flowy white fabric and I feel like it really finishes the room.
patterned curtains
But, I am thinking about jazzing them up just a tad. Maybe with a DIY paint project? I’m envisioning a light blue pattern painted on at the bottom.
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What do you think? Keep them plain & white…or add some detailing??
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  1. Valerie Leo

    Hi…I just stumbled upon your blog and your new place is great. Love Chicago…i live here as well. I love to DIY our condo and I’ve painted drapes. The curtains are very pretty…I painted a set of curtains with a horizontal stripe and while they were very cute…what a HUGE pain and also very stiff. If you don’t have a huge indoor place to work on them, it is nearly impossible. If you want to add some pattern or color you might try varying stripes of grosgrain ribbon that you can attach with stitch-witchery…it might save you a huge headache! Congrats on your new place!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Valerie…what great timing! I was planning to paint a pattern on them tomorrow, but now I may switch gears and come up with a new gameplan!

    Did you mix fabric medium in with your paint? I read that is supposed to help make the fabric less stiff. If I do go with the paint..I might do that.

    Ribbon sounds like a great idea too. Hmmm…

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  3. Valerie Leo

    I did use fabric paint after ruining a set trying to use left over paint from a room that I was trying to match. I just would hate for you to ruin those super cute drapes! Stitch witchery is fabulous and comes in so many widths…a new JoAnns opened up in the South Loop on Roosevelt just this past week and has all sorts of new stuff. They are doing a soft opening and a grand opening on 11/21 and running great sales. Good luck! Love your blog and the engagment pics look great!

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  4. Katie

    I love the look of white curtains. If you’re ever interested in hiding the hooks or getting rid of the inch of so of light that still shows at he top…you can hook the clips of the hooks a little further down on the curtain instead of at the top (the fabric doubles up a bit/gets pinched by the hook to allow this – hope that makes sense). My mom taught me that with my curtains when I bought my own place.

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  1. Valerie Leo

    Hi…I just stumbled upon your blog and your new place is great. Love Chicago…i live here as well. I love to DIY our condo and I’ve painted drapes. The curtains are very pretty…I painted a set of curtains with a horizontal stripe and while they were very cute…what a HUGE pain and also very stiff. If you don’t have a huge indoor place to work on them, it is nearly impossible. If you want to add some pattern or color you might try varying stripes of grosgrain ribbon that you can attach with stitch-witchery…it might save you a huge headache! Congrats on your new place!

    Reply
  2. DIY Playbook

    Valerie…what great timing! I was planning to paint a pattern on them tomorrow, but now I may switch gears and come up with a new gameplan!

    Did you mix fabric medium in with your paint? I read that is supposed to help make the fabric less stiff. If I do go with the paint..I might do that.

    Ribbon sounds like a great idea too. Hmmm…

    Reply
  3. Valerie Leo

    I did use fabric paint after ruining a set trying to use left over paint from a room that I was trying to match. I just would hate for you to ruin those super cute drapes! Stitch witchery is fabulous and comes in so many widths…a new JoAnns opened up in the South Loop on Roosevelt just this past week and has all sorts of new stuff. They are doing a soft opening and a grand opening on 11/21 and running great sales. Good luck! Love your blog and the engagment pics look great!

    Reply
  4. Katie

    I love the look of white curtains. If you’re ever interested in hiding the hooks or getting rid of the inch of so of light that still shows at he top…you can hook the clips of the hooks a little further down on the curtain instead of at the top (the fabric doubles up a bit/gets pinched by the hook to allow this – hope that makes sense). My mom taught me that with my curtains when I bought my own place.

    Reply
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