Check out these curtains and all the other room projects in our Completed Master Bedroom Makeover!
Before things get too hectic, I wanted to give an update on how things are going with Operation Sultrify the Master Bedroom. I just finished updating the curtains for the room and I'm really happy with how they turned out.
I didn't want to start from scratch with the windows, I just wanted to take my sad curtains and make it better (naa-naa-na-na-na-na-na...anyone?). Here's the before pic of the window in our bedroom just to give you a reference of what I had to work with:House of Hepworths on how to fake a pinch pleat. Such an awesome site. Her curtain tutorial is amazing and they look so cute! If I fuss with them enough, they look pretty but mostly they just look like floppy puppy dog ears since I opened and closed these curtains every day.
First thing we did was add bamboo roman blinds. We hung them pretty near ceiling height at the same height as the rod to give the illusion of a bigger window. Originally, I was hoping to find off-the-shelf roman blinds inexpensively like Young House Love had suggested, but in the end, they were surprisingly hard to find around here in the general sizes I needed and color I wanted, so I ended up ordering them custom from Select Blinds. The great thing about doing that is I was able to have them add a blackout liner to the back of them. What a difference that makes! I'm able to sleep in a little in the mornings! I blew a good bit of my self-imposed budget with the custom blinds and upgraded liner, which cost me $150 total, but it's been so worth it.
Next thing I did to perk up the curtains was to get rid of the floppy dog eared pleats and rings at the top and turn them into hidden tab curtains. Now, before y'all head out to Ikea to buy the $19.99 Ikea Lenda curtains and do all the work to turn them from tab tops to hidden tab curtains, just know they sell hidden tab curtains! They're a little more expensive than the Lenda curtains, but come on - it's Ikea! They're still cheap, like $30-35 for a pair. I only updated mine because I didn't want to throw out a perfectly good pair of curtains nor did I want to drive 35 miles to the nearest Ikea. Since you can find out how to do just about anything by Googling it, I found a tutorial on Welcome to Heardmont that I followed on how to do this. I loved this method because I didn't have to sew a stitch - everything's done with a glue gun, and I love me some glue gun action! Since these panels are going to be stationary, I think the glue gun method will hold up just fine since I won't be opening and closing these every day like I used to do. If you're opening and closing your curtains regularly, you might consider sewing the tabs on.
I'm not going to reinvent the tutorial wheel, so here's a few highlights of how I did it following Welcome to Heardmont's instructions:
Instead of using ribbon as in the tutorial, I used the tabs that I had whacked off and stuck into my fabric drawer. I figured they'd come in handy some day, but little did I know that I'd be sticking them back onto the curtains that I cut them off from... Anyways, ribbon would probably have been easier but I was using what I had so I went with these. I followed the suggestion on Two Twenty One to make the two end pieces less wide so that the curtains would hang better on the ends, and that worked well. I cut 8 tabs per curtain panel and after trimming them to about 3.5", I went around and used Fray Check on the fabric and sealed up all the cut edges just to be on the safe side.
Next, I hot glued the tabs in place. I could still see where the old tabs were which was really convenient for me for spacing these hidden tabs out, otherwise I would have had to determine an even spacing interval to place these. I used a bottle of nail polish that happened to be the same diameter as my rod and used it to check that I had given myself enough room for the rod to easily slip through, but not too much extra room.
This is what it looked like as I was working along, and I just kept adding the tabs along the entire length of the curtain. Then you hang 'em on your rod. Pretty simple!
Here's a closer look at how that hidden tab system looks on the rod. Looks much crisper! I'm not sure that's a curtain term. Perkier?
I also hemmed the curtains after ages of them just puddling on the carpet. I wasn't going for the romantic puddled curtains look but that's what we've been living with because I was too lazy to hem them. I used the hemming tape that had come with the curtains that I found in my sewing basket and just ironed on the hem after measuring. Much neater!
Finally, I added black and white greek key trim that I found on Ebay from someone's leftover decorating project. I love this classic pattern and a little bit goes a long way to add impact. 5 yards cost me $20 and was enough to finish both the panels. I've been watching out for a good deal on this for awhile since this trim usually runs $10-30+/yard, so I was all giddy when I found this bargain trim at the wider width I looking for. To attach the trim, I used a hot glue gun set on the low setting and glued the trim right to the edge of the curtain. Using the low setting allows me the option to remove the trim in the future if I ever get tired of it. If you use the high setting, the glue gets more bonded to the fabric and trim making it hard to remove, which might be just fine for you, but as you may have guessed, whack-a-tab here likes to change things up a bit, so I go for the low setting to leave me options:
Mama needs a manicure
By adding the shade, changing the top, hemming the bottom, and adding the trim, I took the window from this:
It's not a huge change, but it's definitely more finished and polished than it was before. With the blinds there now, I don't have a need to open and close the curtains anymore. They'll just sit there lookin' pretty. I think the window looks a little bigger too with the roman shade going all the way to the top. I'm diggin' it!
Did anyone notice the chair changed from the before pic to the after pic? That's another one of my latest finds - a great chair for $60 on Craigslist. Score! I love finding things for the home on Craigslist, Ebay, and local thrift shops. Besides furniture, often times people will have extra tile or trim or some other home improvement supply from their own projects that they want to get rid of, and it may be just what you're looking for at a fraction of the price you'd pay elsewhere. It pays to check those resources out regularly. I was eyeing chairs almost exactly like this one that were running between $400 and $600. I realize in the very top picture that I've got it mostly covered up with a throw and a bag, so I'll show that chair off later in the big reveal.
Next up on the master bedroom to-do list is to a little paint and a little project on the dressing table. Since I'll be gone a lot for the next week or so, I probably won't have another update on the bedroom for at least a couple weeks.
Thanks for following along with our bedroom update! It's been fun sharing the changes we're making in this room. :)
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