My adventures in window mistreatments...

I am a procrastinator.

I know that about myself. I accept my flaws. But sometimes, even I have to wonder why I put things off for so long.

Recent case in point: a window treatment for my kitchen. We've been in this house for 3 years. For the first year, I didn't have anything up over my kitchen windows. Why bother. There was nothing but trees on the other side of my driveway. But as construction continued in our development and neighbors started moving in, I finally broke down and bought some pleated shades from a catalog.

Boring. But functional.

And there my windows sat for the last 2 years. Well this week it was my turn to host the book club. And being vain petty embarrassed by my lack of decorating skills, I knew I had to do something. Thankfully, I've had success in my laundry room and bathroom using Nesting Place Window Mistreatment Method. Emboldened by my past success, I tacked fabric up to the window. It looked horrid.

Back to square one. Same basic idea, just needed a little more finesse. So I actually took the time and hemmed all the way around the fabric. Just a 1/4 inch seam, pressed folded again and sewn in to place. Up at the top, I made a 1 1/2 inch pocket. Then a simple piece of trim at the bottom. All told, I used about 2 yards of fabric and trim from Wally world and spent less than $20.00.

To give the a faux roman blind look, I used little eye hooks from a picture hanging kit and safety pins to secure the pleats in place. Easy Peasy.

The finished project took less than an hour and a half to make (only because I can't sew very quickly). I'm soooo happy with the look that I'm ready to do more windows. And now I'm back to wondering, why did I wait so long?


Mistreatments rock! The Nester would be so proud :) I can't believe you did it so quickly, now you really wish you'd taken the time earlier. But, look at it this way - now you really appreciate them!
Sharon said…
been there, done that! My husband has decided that the next time we move we should plan a party for three months later - that will give us the good "kick in the pants" we need to get the wall decorated. Otherwise it takes a year!!

it looks beautiful.