I know that I have been a little MIA lately…I have no excuse.
I do, however, have a To-Do list that is growing longer by the nanosecond. And a baby countdown that ends in less than one month. Yes. I am full-term. Ready Betty. Fully Baked. And that’s in a totally non-drug-related way. So as my belly swells bigger, and my unborn son stretches my lovehandle skin to the point of no return, I attempt to scratch one thing off my list. And today’s thing is the nursery windows.
You may remember what we had in mind for our nursery windows:
It was a simple rod from West Elm. And we actually found them at a Pottery Barn outlet back in the fall for UBER-cheap. The final price was less than $15 with the rods, finial, curtain rings, support brackets and tiebacks. After we bought the rods, we started lookin for the perfect curtains.
My go-to place for curtains is Ikea. Not only are they affordable but they are extra long which allows you to hem to the perfect length. And I had an inkling that the selection available at the Scandanavian superstore would be a little larger because I was shopping for white curtains. Ikea has like a ridiculous number of white curtain options. Not just ridiculous….LIKE a ridiculous. And you know that’s enormous.
I narrowed that ‘like a ridiculous’ selection down to two…the RITVAs (which sported great texture with a linen feel and had a slightly offwhite color) and the $15 VIVANs (which I already owned…had a slightly less textured feel but had a brighter white color).
After we put up the curtain rods, the choice on curtains was clear. The RITVAs (picture below) were just too dingy looking next to the bright white rods and our newly painted trim (which also was brighter than a game show host’s veneers). The clear winner in the battle of the curtains was VIVAN.
But as soon as we hung the curtains, we noticed the gap between the rods and top of the window sash. It was just too awkward looking to look finished. To fill the awkward expanse, I snagged some bamboo blinds from Lowes. They cost about $18 for all you people looking for bamboo slat blinds.
Hanging the blinds was easy because they came equipped with a little metal triangle. I assume that most people just hang little hooks from the inside of their window sash and then slide on the triangle. But in our case, we didn’t want the blinds to be so low. Plus, we already have white blinds on our windows. So we improvised by taking a little s-hook and attaching the blinds directly to the first curtain ring.
Then we hung our curtains back up with the curtain rings.
That’s when we hit another snag. That snag being my OCD. My obsessive compulsiveness was screaming “IT LOOKS MESSY!”
And the OCD was right…it did. The fact that I could see the clips as they attached to the s-hook as it grabbed the curtain ring made the whole thing look down-right cluttered. And there is nothing worse than a cluttered curtain, right?
I decided that the problem came down to the clips. The clips needed to be eliminated.
To eliminate the clips (and the messiness that came hand-in-hand with the clips), I took some needle nose plyers and removed the little hook from the clip.
Then I used a needle and thread to attach the little hook directly to the curtain.
Seriously….I should be a seamstress. This is probably the neatest sewing job ever.
But the point is not that I am the next Project Runway winner…it’s that I attached each little hook directly where the inside tab of the curtain is located. I also ensured that the hook wouldn’t be visable from the outside.
As soon as I was done with the tedious job of attaching each hook, I measured the length to get that perfect curtain that grazes the floor. After ironing the curtain, I pinned the hem and ran it quickly through my sewing machine.
Then all I needed to do was hang and admire my handiwork.
It looks a lot less messy, doesn’t it?
I know that alot of people are gonna be 110% against the blinds over blinds look. But for us, it seemed to make more sense. Now, we can raise the underneath white blinds if we want to just have the decorative blinds showing. And the window next to the crib (not the window on the accent wall) now has a touch of brown too. Not only does it bring that accent color up top but it also makes the window look bigger than it actually is and we can have the option to block out more light for our little boy’s nap time.
So there we have our window dressings…only 15 more things to do including hanging a mirror and frames, changing out the light fixture, creating wall art, including storage solutions, putting a rocker to work and sewing some bedding for the crib to be complete.
Anyone else tackle curtains recently? Or maybe you are a double-blind kinda peep too? Perhaps you think my OCD is just crazy when it comes to messy hooks and such? You can tell me…I won’t bite. Unless you are bacon-flavored…