Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Before and After

We have five windows in our living room.  Three are right next to each other, in a "we wish we were a picture window" formation at the front of the house.  Two are more independent.  They always have been, ever since day one.  They're willing to do their own thing, and they're not about to apologize for it.  This weekend, though, I got those two windows to team up.  Here's what we did:

We said good-bye to these boring, dusty, and did I say boring blinds... 

And we welcomed these cheery new cloth shades!  They're not perfect, but they're an unbelievable improvement.  No offense to the person who selected our old shades 39 years ago, of course.  I used this no-sew tutorial, and it was truly pretty easy. 

Do you want to know the strangest part?  Karl and I have been wanting to add some color to our living room for the longest time, and we were waiting for these chairs at Target to go on sale:

Can you believe I found the exact same fabric, on clearance?  It was a total accident!  I didn't even realize it until after I made the curtains.  Don't worry, we're not going to get the chairs now.  That would be red floral overload.  I cannot wait to take down the big set of blinds on the panel of three windows!  We've got regular cream-colored curtains to put up.  Not exactly original, but I think they'll be a breath of fresh air. 


TK said...

holy cow. what a transformation! and such cute fabric! and what looks like an easy tutorial! i have forest green blinds i have hated since we bought the house, and i really want to do this project. i wonder if greg will let me? last time i brought home sewing curtain books for the nursery, we suddenly landed at a store curtain shopping the next day. guess he doesn't trust my crafting skills.

Laura said...

Great job! You are so creative. I think one chair would still be nice. totally nuts that it matched.