Did you ever have a project that dragged on and on and you thought it would never get finished? In February I declared war on wasted space in my house, and decided that our breakfast nook needed to function as a mud room. I was super excited about it, but then life got in the way and it never got finished.
UNTIL NOW! You see, I had put up the hooks and shelf and had the bench seat, but nothing to really pull it all together and make it look like it was supposed to be there. It needed something. It needed…window treatments!
Let’s take another look at the before. Bleck! It’s so beige! And I am so not beige.
I have always had a love/hate relationship with window treatments. I love the way they change a room, but I have never been able to get them exactly right. I called my neighbor (an interior designer who specializes in window treatments) for some advice. Here are some tips she told me:
First, decide how much of a hem you want on the top and bottom of your curtain. Add the two together. Fold the top over that many inches and press. (For instance, I wanted a 2 inch hem at the top and a 2 inch hem at the bottom, so I folded the fabric over 4 inches and pressed it.)
Hang it from your curtain hooks. Once it’s hung smooth it out so that the fabric is flat.
At each end of the fabric tape the side down to the floor 5 or 6 inches away from the wall. (Not pictured, sorry! I figured that one out on the second panel.) Then take a straight edge and mark with a pencil all the way across the fabric.
Then cut where your pencil mark is. See how it perfectly skims the floor?
If you desire to change the width of the panel you can do so now. Another bonus? You can just leave them up on the hooks until you’re ready to sew them! No worrying about where to store the fabric 🙂 When you’re ready to sew them all you have to do is hem it on all sides and you’re done!