Monday, April 11, 2011

An Easy DIY Curtain

Our kitchen window was naked from the day we moved in until about a month ago (yeah it took me that long to get this blogged...oops!). Usually I am perfectly okay with a naked window, but in the middle of all of the white cabinetry it just looked like it wanted something. So I set out one night to make a fabulous curtain for it and I only wanted to spend about $10 total. So I went to Joann's and found this cafe curtain rod set for three dollars. We will re-visit this. I know, you are! In our kitchen. Ew.
 I chose this lovely fabric that matches super well. It was only $6/yard and I only needed a half yard! SCORE!
 First, I folded all of the edges over about a half inch. The top edge I folded about 3 inches to leave room for a rod pocket. And then i ironed all of my seams to make sewing them easier.

 Then I just ran a simple stitch down all of the sides, leaving room for the pocket at the top.
 My Christmas gift from my sweet husband. I love it. :)
 And here is the little rod pocket. I don't know if that is the proper term but its my term.
 Now for that gold rod. I hit the ends with some Krylon black spray paint. The effect turned out looking Oil Rubbed Bronze instead which is perfect because that's what our chandy in the kitchen is!
 You can see it a little better here? Maybe?
 So here she is all hung up. Please ignore the dishes in the sink. And my reflection. Keepin' it real my people.
 The view from the entry to the kitchen. I liked it. But as my 6'5" husband pointed out a few moments later when he couldn't see out the drapes hang low. So I may end up hemming it?
 For the time being I kind of bunched it into a makeshift roman shade. I held it with straight pins and my intentions are to stitch it into a straight, crisp roman shade.
 Those are my intentions. Someday. For now it doesn't look terrible and I am okay with living like this. Maybe I will get the itch someday soon? Until then, I really am perfectly content with the way that it looks now.
So there you have it. $3 for the rod. $3 for fabric. and probably another $3 for the spray paint. Give or take. I can't remember if I already had it or went and got it. Either way...that's a $9 total max! Sweet deal!


  1. I adore it! Especially pinned up like that, it gives it a little extra flair. You make me so excited for my own home some day! A true inspiration ;) Can't do a ton with a rented apartment, but for now I do what i can [:

  2. I like it pinned up like that! Very cute!

  3. Thanks so much for posting this! The curtain is super cute and the curtain rod idea is genius! Curtain rods can be soooo expensive and this is a great alternative...gonna be doing the same for my kitchen :)

  4. Hey Katie, you did great on this wonderful valance. I really love the way you pinned it all ruffly like that. I love simple quick, and cheap projects. Thanks for sharing!! I loved it so much I FEATURED you, I hope it puts a smile on your face.

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  5. Greetings! Your new curtain looks great! And good thing your husband is tall and couldn't see out... because pinned up like that, it looks even better! And don't worry about the pins, it looks great, that's the important thing. No one will know. And if someone looks and sees, you can always say, "Oh yeah, I pinned it. I didn't think anyone would be pulling at the valance, looking underneath." Or, you could throw in that you didn't think anyone would be RUDE enough to look underneath. ;)

  6. Lovely job on the curtains - I featured this in my project curtains post too today, well done!

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