Robin Flies South...

A blog about decorating and tablescaping with an emphasis on creativity and smart shopping over cash!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Drapes from a Shower Curtain???

Thanks to Susan, from Between Naps on the Porch, for hosting another Metamorphosis Monday.  The weather has been fantastic here in Florida and the air conditioning is getting a well deserved rest.  Windows are open, breezes are blowing and I've been busy!  I'm still working on my bathroom that was painted blue last weekend.  I bought fabric to make a shower curtain so look for a complete before and after in a few weeks.  

This weekend I did something I have been planning for months now.  Our entrance way was still looking pretty boring.  We added an area rug.  Still boring.  Added a light fixture (you can read about that HERE).  Close but not yet.  There is a large transom window over the front door just screaming for some attention.  Please ignore the frog footprints on the window.  If you wash the window with salt water it will keep the frogs away but you have to do it every week or so.  Obviously, we are overdue for a cleaning!  At first we thought the frog was cute, hanging out on our porch eating bugs, but he's a messy little guy.

What if I tried a drapery panel hung above the window so it doesn't block the light but adds interest and color?  The room has 11 foot ceilings and some nice architecture with arches leading to the other spaces.  I thought if I added color up high it would draw attention to the best features of this room that's the first thing you see when you come in and the last thing you see when you leave.

 I found a shower curtain that matches (not exactly but close) the "inspiration" fabric I have in the rest of the house.   I considered making some kind of cornice box (not that I've ever done that!) but I didn't have enough width in the fabric.  I would have to do something in 2 pieces.  I went with my old standard,  two panels hanging from a rod. 

I could get a width measurement but it was too high to get a height measurement.  I just decided to wing it and for that price it wouldn't be the end of the world if I screwed up.  I cut the curtain in half and folded all the ends over gluing them with my trusty fabric glue (read about it HERE).

 After pressing the panels, I hung them with curtain rings that I had left from another project ($2.99 for 7 at Old Time Pottery).  I purchased an oil rubbed bronze rod at Ross and put it all together.  My husband braved our rickety old ladder to hang them for me.  It's really just an accident waiting to happen!

Oops!  Too long.  It's always better to be too long than too short.  He took them down, I turned the hem up and glued again.  I didn't even have to remove the rings (I'm a bit lazy!).  Tried it again.  My husband fussed with them a bit and then he gave me a long stick so I could fix them from the ground.  I still need to play with them but all in all I'm very happy with how this turned out. 

How about with my "Pottery Barn Knock Off" light on?

They coordinate with my Dining Room curtains and my Breakfast Area curtains (I made these with drop cloths from Home Depot).

Here is my take on this whole project.  Of course they can't compare with true custom made window treatments, but while you are waiting to be able to afford them why leave your windows bare?  This whole project cost under $20!  If I can do it, believe me, anyone can!  If you are going to try this make sure your fabric is heavy with some weight to it and not sheer.  Also when you are buying rings and rods try to get them as big as you can.  Tuesday Morning has great curtain accessories especially tassels for good prices.  Ross has some nice rods and metal tiebacks.  I've gotten good deals on clearance at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  If you are at all handy, you can make rods from wooden dowels.  My Dad made my rods and brackets in my Breakfast Area.  When we moved here I spray painted them and my husband cut them down to fit. 

Be sure to stop by Creating Wonderful Spaces and see what my sister Elaine has going this Monday.  Have you made your own curtains minus a sewing machine?  I would love to hear about it.  I'm also looking for advice on making a shower curtain from fabric.  An I the only person who turns their shower curtain into drapes and fabric into a shower curtain?

I am also joining Debbiedoo's Newbie Party, come take a look there too!
I am also joining Wow Us Wednesdays.


carol ann said...

Great idea! Looks stunning:) It's so cute that your husband gave you a stick to use, especially after he tried fix the curtains up on the ladder! I'm visiting from Naps on the Porch. Enjoyed it:)

Elaine said...

It turned out great! I can't believe how you did all your window coverings for so little money! I didn't know about frogs on the windows!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Cute idea! Those transderm windows are always a certainly warmed it up. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Great job! I love the plaid. (And I love your other drapes too!)

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

The curtains do help finish the front hall and at the same time make your transom window look much taller than it is, because you hung the curtains nice and high. I love the price too! Oh, and I have to say I adore that you have a frog hopping around on your window (I almost thought you were joking when I first read it).

Suzy said...

Hi Robin. I think all of the window treatments look great! I love the colors. I wanted to let you know that I've passed the Versatile Blogger Award to you. Here's my blog post about it:
Take care.

Elaine said...

You added a photo of the frog! Oh yeah, he has sticky feet!

Designs By Pinky said...

It looks terrific! I can't sew at all but now that I know about fabric GLUE, that I could do! Thanks for the tip!!! XO, Pinky

Jamie said...

Looks great. I would have never thought of using a shower curtain. Just discovered your blog and I love it. I'm a new follower. Hope you stop by and check out my blog. I also have a link party every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.