We had some just awful & gross blinds on our gorgeous original windows in our living, dining, & master bedroom. They were just covered in filth & dust and no amount of cleaning was bringing them back to my sanitation standards. They also were bulky and stuck out several inches from the actual window casing. This hid the original detail and took away from the charm of the craftsman woodwork. We recently went to a friends new home and I just loved her new floor to ceiling curtains. She said she got them from West Elm and I was immediately stuck on the idea of getting new curtains. I checked out the website and they were offering 20% off all curtains and so I scrounged up the last of my Pottery Barn gift cards from the wedding (Pottery Barn owns West Elm so you can use them there too!), convinced my husband they were a "must have", and made the big purchase! I had no idea, until recently, that curtains cost so much money. I was literally in shock. I thought it was worth the splurge for really good quality window treatments. I went outside my usual grey + white color scheme and went with yellow. Yes, yellow! They totally warm up and brighten up the space and contrast against our dark woodwork on the windows, baseboards, and fireplace.
You can find the curtains here. I got the 108" length. These were 20% off when I ordered them, unfortunately it looks like they are no longer on sale.
I was really eyeing a curtain rod from West Elm too but got a reality check from my hubby and found a very nice substitute on the Bed Bath & Beyond website. It is a similar style as the original one that I liked but 1/3 of the price. Add a 20% off coupon and who could resist that! I ordered these with some wedding gift cards as well. To sum it up, I only spent $30 out of pocket for this whole project!
You can find the rod here. I got the 36-66 in adjustable rod in brushed brass.
When the curtains arrived this week I was so excited, I just couldn't wait to get them up. I began the process of ironing each of the 4 panels. Two panels for each window. (Curtain tip: each panel is sold separately... yeahhh that makes the cost go up pretty quick!) My theory is it is better to put in the extra effort to iron the curtains now rather than try to steam them later when they are already hanging up. Even though this took me several hours - I am so happy I took the time to do this. They really look high end and fresh without big creases in them.
My husband and I removed all of the old hardware associated with many sets of blinds (most that were not still in existence) and the actual blinds themselves. We cleaned the windows and woodwork. Next we began the process of deciding where we wanting the curtains and how they should hang. We measured, leveled, and marked the spot then measured, leveled, and marked again. We tend to be thorough especially when drilling holes into our plaster walls. We then used a drill bit to drill holes in the wall for the anchors. Next we screwed in the actual hook hanging mechanism. I cleaned up the debris on the floor and window sill because I didn't want any dust or wall debris to get on our new curtains! I recommend this step after drilling into the wall on both sides. Finally we strung our curtains on the rods and slid them into the hooks. We measured how much of the rod would be hanging on the outside of the hook on each side to make sure it was symmetrical then locked it in place with the screw that came with the hardware.
Sounds pretty simple, huh? Our biggest challenge is always just getting started and determining the order of steps. For this project specifically it was deciding which drill bit size to use and getting enough leverage that high up to actually drill a hole into our paint over several layers of wallpaper over plaster over who knows what walls.
Our house has some amazing natural light, however, it can almost be blinding at times. See why we needed some curtains?
Home sweet home.