I've wanted to add curtains in our living room for a long, long, time. Evidence: this post. We installed two inch blinds just after we moved in, and they're nice enough, and certainly functional. They just don't really add anything style-wise. This picture is obviously (see baby Madison?) from a year ago:
click here , but if it turns you into a penny-pinching cheapskate like me, don't say I didn't warn you!), I put off spending money on curtains for the room until about a month ago.
Here's what happened. I'm a member of a Facebook trade/sell group, and someone I know posted that they were looking for a twin bed. Guess what? We had a twin bed that was going pretty much unused, and it really wasn't working in the space.
So we headed off for Madison's first IKEA expedition. I was a little apprehensive, but she loved it! The drive there and back was another story, though. Anyway, I suppose a few pictures of the shopping rookie are in order:
|Madison LOVED the meatballs!|
We excitedly brought the curtains home. Then they sat on our lovely new chair in their lovely plastic packaging for two weeks. We had neglected one important thing: curtain rods! No, we didn't forget, they were just all too expensive! Especially for stuff that looked so cheap!
My first solution was this idea of using electrical conduit and spray painting it (as seen on Pinterest), which I still totally want to do. Maybe even in the living room!
But it was still gonna cost something, and we didn't have $omething to spend on the house (this is why I said "cheapskate like me"). Well, I guess we spent a little for what we did, but...whatever. I'm getting ahead of myself.
My next solution was to use dowel rods, because those are ridiculously cheap, and Walmart sells them (unlike electrical conduit). The appearance of them wasn't really such a big deal because the curtains we bought have rod pockets, so most of the rod was going to be hidden, anyway. The problem with dowel rods, at least in the diameter we got (3/8"), is that they're not super rigid. If we tried to hang the curtains traditionally, the rod would sag in the middle, or even potentially break. We had to keep the lengths pretty short to make sure they were strong enough to hold the curtains plus Madison, because you know she's a swingin' from the curtains kind of girl. Actually, you don't know that, because I haven't blogged about her for a very long time.
Okay, I'm back from my kicking-myself-for-not-documenting-the-last-few-months session. Where was I?
Oh, yeah. We needed to keep the lengths of the
The second super unconventional thing about our curtains is that we used a belt to hang them. Well, I guess technically we used a belt and galvanized nails. It all started when I saw this (on Pinterest, of course):
Hanging them was super easy. We actually nailed them to the wall with the rod and curtains already attached. It took about five minutes, including a few "assists" from Madison. I'm not loving the height of the rods, but I knew I wasn't going to be hemming these bad boys any time soon, so the length of the curtains kind of dictated placement.
You've already seen them out wide:
I had to take all of these pictures pretty late at night, which explains the lighting and the decision not to include all of the curtains in any one shot. I'm glad Patrick is back home now to tell me to stop working and go to bed! You can see the general idea here, though.
Oh, and you might be wondering (if you made it all the way through the post, anyway) why I titled this "Pants On The Ground". You know how you never realize how much you use something until you don't have it anymore? Well I've had three occasions since demolishing my "seldom-used" belt where I've wished I had it back. Whatever. At least I