(I’m furiously working on re-painting my kitchen cabinets this week. So, I am thrilled to be sharing this guest post by Jennifer of Black Fox Homestead. I’m not a seamstress at all, so I love these ideas!)
Before I was married I had the privilege of owning and operating a small interior decorating business that specialized in custom window treatments. I designed, sold, and manufactured a wide variety of curtains, shades, and valances for a number of beautiful homes.
I would be the first to admit that custom-made is not a luxury that everyone can afford, but I feel that every home should have beautifully dressed windows and that lack of skill or resources should not prevent that.
Following are three “custom” unique looks using materials you probably already have at home, or could purchase at a low cost that can be assembled in less than 10 minutes without sewing a stitch.
Three Ideas for No-Sew Window Treatments
1. Vintage Scarf Cafe Curtain
Clip a sheer or semi-sheer 54″ scarf onto a spring tension rod and mount within a window.
2. Antique Lace Valance
Fold a vintage or antique lace runner, doily, or place mat over a spring tension rod and mount at the top of the window.
3. Tea Towel Valance
Fold a vintage, or vintage reproduction linen tea towel in half lengthwise down the middle and position over a spring tension rod.
or with a pair of ready made cafe curtains:
Tips on finding and using vintage linens:
*Some of the best places to locate vintage linens are consignment shops, estate sales, and garage sales.
*Don’t buy something simply because it is cheap. Only buy those things you really, really love.
*Most vintage items have been gently used and will most likely show some signs of wear. Don’t overlook something you really like because it is worn. These can add character and can be easily hidden behind a fold or with the addition of trim. Some of my favorite pieces are permanently creased. I use them anyway. Each of these imperfections are part of the ongoing story of the linen.
*”Ready made” cafe curtains such as the ones shown in the photo above can be purchased very inexpensively if you watch for sales at discount home stores. To get a rich look, don’t skimp on fullness. Your curtains should be at least 2x the width of your window – preferably more.
*Spring tension rods are inexpensive, come in a variety of finishes, and can be purchased at any home store.
My husband and I are “newbie homesteaders”, having just settled into a few acres in rural Oklahoma where we are working to establish a thriving homestead. I love gardening, cooking, canning, and making our little house a home. You can read more about us and our homesteading experience at the Black Fox Homestead Blog.
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