Sunday, February 10, 2013

Operation Sultrify Update: Ikea Curtains Makeover

Ikea curtains makeover + bamboo roman shades
Check out these curtains and all the other room projects in our Completed Master Bedroom Makeover!

Hello! Hope you all had a nice weekend. This week is busy for me as I get ready for a packed work week and then head out for a little trip with my sisters for President's Day weekend. YAY for sisters weekends!

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:
Ikea curtains makeover + bamboo roman shades
The white curtains are Ikea Lenda curtains. They're actually a tab top curtain but at some point I got tired of the tabs and whacked them all off (let that be a lesson to you, tabs!), then I stuck the curtains on the rings as you can see in the picture above. I used the trick from 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.
Ikea curtains makeover + bamboo roman shades



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!
Ikea curtains makeover + bamboo roman shades



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?
Ikea curtains makeover + bamboo roman shades



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!
Ikea curtains makeover + bamboo roman shades


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:
Ikea curtains makeover + bamboo roman shades
Mama needs a manicure

By adding the shade, changing the top, hemming the bottom, and adding the trim, I took the window from this:
Ikea curtains makeover + bamboo roman shades

to this:
Ikea curtains makeover + bamboo roman shades
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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27 comments:

  1. The curtains and blinds look great! I used to never pay attention to how drapes were hung, but I really take notice now when it's well done. I have been planning to go back tweak mine, too!

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  2. Cute! Just a helpful warning for you- I washed my white ikea curtains in the washing machine awhile back and they literally shrunk about 8 full inches or so. They shrunk so much I had to add them to the scrap pile and buy new ones. I'd make sure you hand wash them.

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  3. Wow that looks terrific. So much better!!

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  4. Yes it IS a huge change! That looks SO expensive and custom. I am seriously, seriously impressed!

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  5. Hey soul sister! That curtain refab is like crazy good. You truly are such a good girl by taking the time and sweat to make those curtains better, not once, but twice. Oh my goodness. I feel so lazy just looking at all the work you put into your DIY projects. They look like completely different curtains and you must of ironed them because they are so starchy and new looking. I do want to ask you how you keep them so white when you have a big black shedding dog? You must have to vacuum them often. I totally love that you hemmed them as well, they looks very tailored and will be easier to keep clean that way (I say this because I’m a total neat freak).
    I love the new shades! I have the same window arrangement going on (which I showed you) and it really makes the windows seem taller to have the shades and curtains go up to the ceiling over the window frames. Plus it gives you way more light because the shades are not covering that much of the actual window.
    That new chair was such a find! You really have to have your own show or a video blog on all these tricks and DIY projects you come up with. I mean seriously. I also think with your amazing, funny, approachable and loving personality, you would be an instant hit. Talk it over with your sisters. I bet they will agree with me!
    Ok, love these updates girl! Have a great Monday! The skies are blue and the sun is shinning and it’s 65 degrees, so you know where I’m headed (OUTSIDE). Xoxo, Jackie

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    1. Hi girlfriend! You're so not lazy! I'm just addicted. HA! I did iron them after I hemmed them. I figured I already had the iron out, and that happens so rarely that I went ahead and ironed the whole thing. It's amazing what hemming did too to make them just look neater and tailored like you said. I agree with you that it also helps keep them clean, I was constantly shaking them out. With Maggie, I do vacuum them regularly, especially because she sleeps pretty close to the curtains. I vacuum a lot with that dog! But it's worth it. :)
      I'm telling you, it was so fun finding that chair. I love those kinds of finds. I couldn't believe it! You're so sweet always encouraging me to do a video. I actually have been thinking about doing one since you've put that thought in my head, so that may be something new you see this year! We'll see if I get over my tongue tied status I get when someone puts a video camera in front of me. Maybe a margarita would loosen that up. :)
      Wow, 65 degrees! It was rainy here. Again! Hope you enjoyed mother nature. Have a great week! I'll talk to you before I go on my little trip, I'm sure. xoxo, Sharon

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  6. Great curtain makeover, they look awesome!

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  7. Incredible, yet simple transformation (love the nail polish bottle trick) and that trim detail you added really gives the curtains a since of elegance. Just beautiful!

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  8. Love the transformation and even better that you used a glue gun!

    I'm stopping by from If It's Not Baroque Party (loved your mirror last week btw) and I'm now following you because anyone who glue guns like that needs to be followed!

    Julie

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    1. LOL! I love my glue gun! :) Thanks so much for following. Sharon

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  9. I love the after. Adding this trim was a great idea as it totally changes the look of the curtains!

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    1. Thanks so much Magali. It's such a simple thing but it makes such a big impact! I think this would look good even with solid ribbon trim you can get at the craft store in whatever color you like. Take caer, Sharon

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  10. Love them and greek key trim! They look so custom now!

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  11. well, i'd have to say you made it betta, betta, BETTA, BETTA, WOW! also, i feel you with the "sultrify," as i was on a quest to "sleekify" the kitchen. high fives for made up words!

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  12. I really like the look of the bamboo behind the white curtains. And when I saw the thumbnail of the trim on the curtains, I figured it was a stencil or something. Gluing ribbon on sounds much easier--why, even I could do it :) Great job!

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  13. They look great and I have been looking for bamboo shades to for a couple of our windows. Same thing here they are odd shaped so I can't buy any off the shelves one. Thanks for the referral to Select Blinds though! They don't sound as pricey as some other custom ones I have seen.

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  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE the update!

    Thanks so much for partying at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!!

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  15. The black and white lace sure added a look to the curtains.. Thanks for linking up at Friday Link Party

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  16. The powers that be at IKEA would be proud and amazed at how you transformed their curtains! They look awesome ... love the decorative trim, as well as the roman shades! Beautiful space, too!

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  17. This is great! What a great idea!

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    1. Thanks so much! I appreciate you stopping by. Sharon

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  18. Silly question, but how did you hang the roman shade? I'm looking to do this to cover up our blinds when they're drawn up (such an eye sore!) Thank you! Maya

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    1. Hi Maya, the roman shade came with hardware for us to hang it, sort of like L brackets that snap into the header of the shade. Hope that helps! Sharon

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