Saturday, February 5, 2011

Inexpensive window treatments make a huge statement.....

Onto project #4 for the family room makeover......

Click the links below to view the first three projects.....
Project #3

My old curtains were purchased years ago at the Christmas Tree Shops. They were green velvet tab top. Since then, I am not a fan of tab top anymore. Plus they were faded from the sun and just outright dirty because of the wood stove we use continuously in this room. In addition the wooden rods were practically breaking in half.

As you can see, my windows are huge and can end up costing me a fortune seeing how much draperies cost these days. One panel alone at Pottery Barn is $100 for an inexpensive one. Since this room is still yet to be gutted and refinished, I am trying to spend very minimal money on the makeover. Our new couches and the window treatments are the only money I am spending. The rest I am utilizing what I already have.

I decided to go with Ikea. They have thick white curtains (almost a canvas feel) that cost $14.99 a pair. I needed 4 pair. They only had tab top in the style I wanted, so I knew I could just sew the top over. The rods were only $7.99 each. I needed 4 of these. Here is the final result:

Seeing that I am cheap thrifty, I did not want to spend a lot on tie backs. Have you seen how expensive it is for one of these? They were $10 for a pair at Walmart, which would have cost me almost $40 for the 8 I needed. Plus, the way I have the curtains pulled back, they wouldn't even show.....

So, can you tell what inexpensive plan I came up with?

I purchased white hooks from Walmart at only $1 a piece. They work like a charm.

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  1. they look awesome! i love ikea curtains- we have some in our fam room. i just love the drama they add against that wall of windows... makes me feel like i should be at a glam wedding reception!

  2. PRETTY!!! They look really beautiful, especially with that winter wonderland in the background. GREAT windows! I don't buy tiebacks's either. I actually use small cup cooks screwed into the wall, and then I use a ribbn or some trim to wrap around the curtain and secure it to the hook. Not a great solution if you will want to open and close them a lot, but works for my sitch :)

  3. Love your drapes Lisa~ I love Ikea's drapery and fabrics and their great prices for the extra lengths. Your white drapes look fabulous and your tiebacks are perfect! Well done! Love all the windows in your room btw! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  4. Those big, large windows would be soooo difficult to dress. I would be perplexed but you've come up with a GREAT solution! Not only do your window treatments looks stylish and fab. but they were so economical and practical! LOVE those hooks!

  5. What is not to love about white curtains. So fresh and clean looking! Visiting from Tickled Pink.

  6. Thats a great deal on curtains at IKEA. You know I have never been to that store. Everyone keeps telling me I need to. Johnnie

  7. Looks great!!!

    Quit rubbing in the whole IKEA thing!!!
    I still have to wait......they got the yellow walls up....but it still says
    "opening fall 2011"!!!

  8. This is so breazy and beautiful, I love it!!

  9. your window treatments turned out fab!

  10. Hello:) I am your newest follower and see that we live in the same state. I love the Christmas Tree Shop:) Your curtains came out so pretty and I love the hook idea. I'll be back to say hello:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  11. I have those same curtains in our bedroom and LOVE them :)
    I have you all lined up for tomorrow :)

  12. These really do look fantastic...They give your room so much drama!

  13. These are BEAUTIFUL, Lisa! I love that space of windows! Thanks for sharing with air your Laundry Friday! The party is back on tonight.


  14. Honestly in my home I don't have any drapes or curtains. I love natural light and want to get as much of it as possible.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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