Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Kitchen/Dining Curtains

I made some curtains for our kitchen/dining area this weekend. I know some of you were against it, but I liked the idea, and did it anyway :) Some people had said it would be weird to have curtains on just this one area. Our house, however, is a pretty open floor plan, and so you can't do the same curtains on every single window and I thought the idea of doing them on this big picture window was a-ok! So I did it. I selected a pretty creamy ikat with gray, orange and turquoise in the print. The orange corresponds with our kitchen barstools and the orange and turquoise combo has always been a favorite of mine. 

I like that the print isn't too large, so it's not too demanding of your eye. That will hopefully help me to hold off in changing it anytime soon. But, I made these myself, so if the mood does strike me to change in a year or so, it's not a big deal because it wasn't too pricey. 


I did my old tried and true method of ironing the edges under, then hot gluing. To attach them to the curtain rings ( I bought the rod and rings at ikea. the rod was $5 and extends to 150". Our window is very long - something like 120"), I ended up doing a method I saw Sherry do at Young House Love do. Clip the little clips that attach to the rings on to the back of the panel, and it helps give a more pinched look at the top, rather than just clipping them to the top of the curtain. Way less "DIY" looking!

here's what mine looked like on the inside:

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I wasn't sure if I was doing the right thing or not, so I just tried it out and it worked. I think they look great. I didn't think the little teeth on the clips would hold the heavy fabric, but they actually barely would even come out when I was trying to reposition the clip. Those things are grippy!

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see how they match the barstools on the other side of the kitchen?
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other side. I forgot to buy the end cap things for the poles. Will get them next time I'm at IKEA. Not in a hurry to go back to that place. I had about a thousand things on my to do list this weekend ,and when I went to IKEA on Saturday (obvious mistake to go on a weekend, but I didn't have time during the week), I had to wait in line for literally 30 minutes to check out. Awesome!

the cute little wicker cabinet I found at Goodwill is also in here now. I still haven't painted it- it's only primed. It might stay primed forever. Haha. I think it would be cute to paint it a color though... hmmm, what color?!

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I think it looks pretty good right there. I'm not one for things being catty cornered like that, generally, but I think it works ok in this space. I like seeing my cute little napkins/glasses/bowls displayed, and I know i'll have fun changing them out regularly. Plus, I can hold a lot of stuff in this thing! 


this is the latest sofa table (which is currently living in the dining room) incarnation:
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springy. jordan said I was being fancy. This setup changes weekly. I took down the art - not sure what will go over the sofa table. I might do another painting when I get some free time. going on vacation next week, so maybe I'll do something then. 


anyway - the curtains are definitely an exciting upgrade I've been meaning to tackle. Glad I finally did.







21 comments:

  1. I like them a lot. I don't understand what's weird about them? I think it makes the room cozier and I love the colors!

    xo, ash
    sparkleandsoul.wordpress.com

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    1. people were just saying that having curtains in only one area, versus on all the windows, would be weird. i'm fine with it, though, and i am very particular about symmetry!

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  2. I think they add soooo much to the already lovely and light filled space! They frame out that bank of windows so well and add some character and color in there. I like how they look with the clips on the back - I'll have to try that trick!

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    1. thank you! i think so too. the trick was so easy!

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  3. I love the curtains! Great addition to your space!

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  4. Starting to look more like home! Curtains have a way of doing that! Looks like you changed the rug in there, looks great! You could paint that new shelf any fun color in the curtains. You won't leave it primered for long I bet! ha Alison

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    1. agreed. and helps with the echoing with our tall ceilings! yes, i removed the kilim rug for now, but i'm sure it'll go back at some point. max kept chewing on it.

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  5. I love the print of the curtains! They really cozy up your dining area.K

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  6. Love the curtains! Been eying that curtail rod at ikea and I am glad to see how it actually looks up on the wall. Thanks! Maybe I'll be more motivated to get on it for my room!

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    1. it's great! i am a big fan of their rods. so inexpensive and easy to install. they actually have a little flat black piece that covers the screws, but i couldn't get it on with the way mine were installed. i'm ok with them showing for now.

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  7. Cute!! Love the curtains. I vote for turquoise paint for the cabinet!

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  8. Love the curtain, would you mind sharing where you bought them from?

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  9. Curtains look great! Love the colors....adds that wow factor!

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