2/4/11

Curtains on the Cheap

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I've made a master list of all of the projects I can currently think of that I'd like to finish to make our home feel mostly set up. A few of them are a little more fun than others (make a handmade cover for the teepee in the kids' room) and are expendable if I run out of time (I will) but mainly it's things like hanging art on walls, finding a kitchen table for our little kitchen space, and organizing fabric in my studio so I can have more floor space.

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One thing I've already been able to check off the list is curtains for the kids' room. They share a room and it's pretty important to me that most of the spaces in our home reflect who we are as a family while maintaining a certain aesthetic. Being a vintage lover (hoarder) lends itself well to putting together a space we all love while being thrifty most of the time and definitely in this case.

I found this vintage flat sheet (full size) in the back of a flea market near Joplin, MO and paid about $1.00 for it. It's free of holes and stains, has vibrant colors, and was the perfect neutral color for a boy-girl shared room. The only thing was it was ONE sheet for TWO windows.

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I decided to bend the rules and cheat a bit as far as curtain measurements go and cut that sheet up into four even panels, lined them with another thrifted white muslin sheet, and hung them high. Had this been fabric yardage, and if the space under both windows were free of things pushed up against them, I would've doubled the width of each panel (at least) and had them hang to the ground to make the ceiling look taller. I did the best with what I had and I am really pleased with the end result. Also, this is counting as my Project ReStyle #2!

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Apparently, Ruby is growing a chocolate moustache. This is a picture of her telling me I did a great job and that she loves how much cozier the curtains made their room feel. The horses concur.

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Also, this is the new time out spot. You decide not to finish your oatmeal and you get three minutes on the wardrobe. No tolerance of bad behavior around here.

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(No vintage globes or children were harmed in the taking of these pictures.)

I'm currently sitting in my cozy studio watching the snow fall outside and avoiding the aforementioned boxes of fabric that need stacking on the shelf. I hope you have a lovely, lovely weekend. The Modern Patchwork giveaway is open until Tuesday if you haven't entered yet!

Stay warm,
Rachel

p.s. We don't really put him up there when he gets in trouble. They were just having some fun. Brett is good at diffusing things when it's headed that way with S. Just in case some of you thought we left him up there by himself or something. ;)

29 comments:

the pleated poppy said...

if only i weren't a plane flight away, i'd totally invite myself over to fold your fabric - its one of my favorite things to do!

RachelDenbow said...

We could whip this place in shape in NO time! Now...where can I find a plane ticket...

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

ah my list is way too long!

Amy said...

So pretty, Rachel! My favorite thing you taught me in Home Ec was to always look for sheets as fabric. I've made curtains and two dresses that way, and I can't thank you enough for the ideas. You are a constant ball of glorious inspiration. I just love your guts! :)

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RachelDenbow said...

Amy,

You're kind of the best at making a girl feel all warm inside! ;)

Thanks for your sweet words, lady.

Gingiber said...

Oh I love the curtains! I have totally bent the rules as far as fabric goes for curtain making! Cannot wait to see the full home tour!

Miss P said...

The bed linens and curtains in thrift store are some of the best sources of fabric for sewing projects that I've found. You get so much yardage for your money. These look fantastic, Rachel!
Portia
xxx

Bailey said...

I'm in love with your curtains! The time out is cracking me up because we do the same thing some times with our daughter. We call it high time out. We use that and dark time out when nothing else will work!

Jacci said...

the curtains are lovely and make the room look cosy. all for $2. amazing!

Jessica said...

I love the way those look! I'm in the process of planning for a shared boy/girl room- has the sharing worked out well with your kids?

LMShunk said...

very nice. i wouldn't have known you fudged the curtain width if you wouldn't have said.

impressive. muy.

:-)

(hey, i live in KC, what's the best flea market outside of city limits?)

Amber said...

That is a great idea, currently my soft micro-fiber blanket has been serving as curtains in the bedroom. It's good to block light but not very appealing. Now I have a real excuse to go to the fabric store.

amongthechimneypots said...

Lovely curtains!

I used to hide on top of the wardrobe when my parents had annoyed me; funny that you do it the other way around!

Aurora said...

I love the curtains!!! And what an interesting time out spot...lol

Lynne Williams said...

How can you not love a large plaid on the bias...Fun!

I am pleased to see Ruby likes horses, they were one of my favorites too.

Jacqueline said...

I like your curtains they look great! They made me notice that awesome blanket on the bed it looks like its knitted or something. Did you make that?
Adorable family by the way.

Michelle Clement said...

Ooh - these are lovely lil curtains, Rachel! :) I *heart* that yellow plaid pattern. Too perfect!

A Serenade for Solitude said...

Love those curtains. I'm going to have to get pretty creative when we move here shortly, cause the kids are going to share a room.

RachelDenbow said...

Jacqueline,
Yes, I think it's knit. I picked it up at a thrift store because it was in such great shape and such a unique design! It's one of only THREE thrifted afghans I've ever taken home in all my years of thrifting!

Alison Fay said...

Those curtains are way cute. Fantastic job!

http://www.rufflesandramblings.com/

Steff said...

Oh my goodness that little girl is SO cute! I'm a new follower at to open up the page and see her was too great!

I wish I had a timeout spot like that when I was a kid. =P

SewTara said...

I was thinking, "my kids would love it if that was our time out spot!". They'd be doing stuff just to get there!
We're no fun at all at our house, if we have to impose a time out we sit our kids on the stairs.

I love the curtains. It's hard not to get yourself buried after a while of picking up vintage sheets.

thursday said...

Using those curtain clips is exactly what I need to do. I've made too many sets of curtains that never seem to hang right because they get too bunched up at the top. I don't know why I didn't ever think of those clips myself?!

kira said...

The curtains work perfectly in that room! I will need to remember vintage sheets when I get around to making curtains for my bedroom.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i love your color scheme!! the curtains look great!

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Rachel said...

i LOVE your curtains, your home decor, and everything in between! very very pretty as usual.

Lora said...

i love those curtains! that fabric is fantastic. :)

Megan Weston said...

love these curtains, i managed to pick up some amazing vintage 70s fabric in an orange and cream ombre style from a charity shop the other day. Moving soon so hoping to craft my own curtains with them :) Thx Megan Catlong Sighs Blog

Jessica said...

I saw these globes through craftgawker, and they reminded me of your globe collection!

http://artonglobes.com/globes.html

A little pricey for a globe, but easily replicated with an old globe and some creative stickers!