Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Working With the Little Windows

In both of the bedrooms in our house, we have one standard size window, and two half size windows.  The standard windows are pretty simple to treat, but I have kind of stalled out on the little ones -particularly in the boys room due to the fact that I didn't want them to be able to reach the curtains to pull on them. 
 We use black-out blinds while the boys sleep, and as funtional as those are - they aren't super pretty, ya know? 

While I was taking some momma time a few weeks ago and browsing Homegoods alone, I found a cute little blue and white rug on clearance that worked well in their room. 
The red blur is Jack practicing his leaping skills.  He's getting pretty good :)
My idea came from the pattern on the rug, and a little faux roman shade I had made for the kitchen at our old house.  I never posted about it because I wasn't sure it would work, but it did so I repeated the process with a drop cloth for the boys room. 

Why a drop cloth?  It's what I had on hand, and the canvas look worked for their room. 
 I cut two 3x2 pieces of fabric, then used Frogtape to create the stripes.  I painted them navy blue, then pulled off the tape.  The lines aren't perfect, but since Roman Shades are gathered at the bottom it really didn't matter. 

I then hemmed the sides (drop cloth sheds like CRAZY, so you need to hem it).  The top I folded over and hemmed, leaving about a two inch pocket for a curtain rod.  
Then I just folded up the bottom twice (I used the middle of each stripe as a reference point) and sewed them together. 

I then slid a thin piece of wood through the top pocket and actually attached that directly to the wall. 
 The little shades cover the blackout blinds, and tie in to not only the rug but also the baskets that they have books in, which I didn't realize until after the fact. 
Plus they cost me absolutely NOTHING since I had all of the supplies on hand, and they really help make the room look a little more put together.  They are a little but nautical and since no one but the grown-ups can reach them they should last us!

So now I have a question for you...what would you do with the big window? 
Keep the green curtains up?  Make some sort of high/low navy and drop cloth curtains?  I think any sort of striped curtain would start to make it feel like Willy Wonka's childhood room.  As much as I love stripes, there has to be a limit right?

12 comments:

  1. I love love love these curtains! This house is becoming so gorgeous - you've got a great eye.

    I think the green curtain is nice enough to stay a while, but I like the idea of dropcloth too. I think it would look nice and like a sail - which would fit with your adventuring theme!

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    1. Thanks! It's becoming very "us" so I love it!

      It would look like a sail, good thinking!

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  2. I love this idea! It's perfect and really does tie the room together well! I would say go with just the drop cloth curtains or solid navy ones for the big window. Either would work I think although the green look fine for now too.

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    1. Thanks Christine! The green does work for now, for sure, haha I am just a constant house tweaker! I like the idea of solid navy...why didnt I think of that?

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  3. These are so cute! I love them! :)
    I also like the suggestion of a solid navy curtain for the big window. It would add a good splash of color without looking super busy.

    Um, and those little airplane hooks on the wall? freakin' adorable! :) Kids get all the cool stuff haha

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    1. Arent those hooks great?! I can take no credit for them, my sis found them at a yard sale for like..a quarter or something ridiculous!

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  4. I like the solid navy idea but I am not opposed to the idea of using a big navy/white striped curtain instead.

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  5. I like the green curtains! If you just had some more green accessories to tie them in they'd be perfect with the navy!

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    1. I do too, I think... haha I am so indecisive. You cant really see it, but the sides of the bookshelf are actually the same green as the curtains...so maybe I will keep that green guy up after all..

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  6. What if you just painted the same blue stripe pattern on the inside edge of each green curtain panel? That way, you can keep the green splash in the room, but still tie it all together!

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  7. they look awesome!!! :) you are so good with a sewing machine sister!

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