Unfortunately, the first problem to manifest itself, was now the futon faced the only two windows in the room, and they were U G L Y! Ok, maybe they aren't that bad. They're those curtains that everyone had in the 80s. And in our case they matched the walls (also ugly) perfectly!
|Ugly window to the left|
|Ugly window to the right|
Obviously, the curtains were going to make life really depressing (not that they didn't already), but looking at them everyday.... Good thing I'd already been browsing some window treatment ideas! We decided to keep the existing hardware and sorta re-purpose it. We also needed some new hardware.
We started with heading to the local Shopko for some inexpensive Roman blinds. Of course none of them are wide enough for our old fashioned windows, so the decision was made to use two roman blinds side by side. This works doubly well because this summer the left window will be home to the air conditioning unit and that will necessitate one blind being raised to at least above the window. Yay! Versatile solutions make me happy! If we'd been more patient, we could have found something just as nice or nicer online, but the makeshift system has it's perks. I just wish it blocked a little more light, the windows face the neighbors front porch and the neighbor leaves their light on sometimes, not to mention I like it dark while watching movies or playing certain video games.
Next we dragged everyone to Walmart where we found nothing of help - we have the world's most worthless Walmart, really we used to have a smaller one, and it had more variety, but they decided to build a "Super" Walmart, and it has half the selection, but they added groceries, unfortunately, the local market is already super saturated grocer-wise. So we went on to the fabric store.
Now it wasn't completely without planning, we had downloaded the Sherwin-Williams iphone app and started thinking of colors. We even started talking about painting the depressing walls that I've wanted to paint since we've moved in, but we've never had the time to put the energy into the motivation. We figured we would go with Emerald green trim, and we are stuck with the crappy brown carpet (lack of funds), so crappy brown, emerald green accents.... we wanted a sheer material to go over the white (although I'd call it ivory) Roman blinds.
I thought I'd just run into the fabric store and take some crappy iphone pictures and run out and we'd make a decision another day, but the lady helping me kept me away from the boring intended for windows materials and had me digging through the formal dress fabrics. She got me thinking of having a little something shiny in my sheers. Then the color issue came full force. In dragged my very tired family and we went from bolt to bolt trying to compare to a random emerald we hadn't quit set our hearts to with a gold sheer and and ivory sheer with sparkles in it.
|Close-up of window scarf material.|
Sage cloth with purple and gold embroidery.
|Close-up of sheer material.|
White with plastic disks that
shimmer in the light.
|How to attach a curtain without|
changing your hardware
The little rings with grippy claws.
|In daylight with the sheers finished and installed.|
Roman blinds are up.
It took what felt like forever, but may have been two weeks for the scarf material to come in. I ordered 6 yards of the stuff, and boy is that a long bit when you are trying find enough floor to lay it out and cut the width in half. I did the same thing I did for the sheers, divided the fabric by width and ran the whole length, this time one half for each window. In a perfect world that would have been the end of it, but the ends that were cut at the store were already starting to unravel and it was obvious that this material too would need a microscopic hem (although a full roll hem this time, not just a single fold like I did on the sides of the sheers - the bottom and top are tucked hems with no edge visible.) I pinned one end thinking that if I could at least get the short ends hemmed I could do the 6 yard runs later (there are 4 of those total). The idea of pinning and sewing 6 yards on the as close to the edge of the material as possible just was not appealing! Especially with the list of projects piling up - I'm going to get to that I promise!
In stepped my daughter's kindergarten teacher. When we had been at the classroom for the spring egg hunt activity on the 29th she showed me a serger she is borrowing to make bridesmaid's dresses and the beautiful blue sparkle material she is using to make them (it's actually the same material I made Goldilock's cloak out of last Halloween). Neither of us thought anything and at that point she was filling overwhelmed with getting the dresses done. However, on Monday's we have lunch recess duty together and she was telling me how she had finished the dresses and I was congratulating her and wishing I could say the same about my window project, even though the curtains were up and how I had to tuck and sew all this 6 yards when what I really needed was a serger. She graciously volunteered to serger my window scarves the next day!!! It only took her a couple hours (and only that long because the serger came unthreaded and she didn't know how to rethread it, but I figured it out (I'm good with diagrams) and I helped run centers in her classroom while she finished up the scarves.
Of course I came home and immediately put them up! I did have to wait until dark to take pictures though as it was a bright sunny day.
|Left window finished! |
Ok, I need to tweak the hang on the scarf, but finished!
|Right window finished!|
I did this first and I love the way it hangs.
|Right window with the sheers open and the Roman blinds down.|
|Both windows as seen from the futon.|
Pretty awesome right! Oh my gosh I'm just loving it so much. Now we just have to set on wall paint and get that nasty brown wall board taken down. What do you think? Cornbread Yellow or Muted Violet? Those are the colors Sherwin Williams says will go that we like. I WILL NOT HAVE WHITE, BEIGE, OR EGGSHELL! I am soooo very sick of blah walls!!!!
Of course painting isn't the only issue, you remember those other projects I've been eluding to? Remember how we were looking at lights? Talking about replacing the fan. Well it's more like removing the fan now as all but one of the lightbulbs has burned out again and we've already replaced them this year! I'm done with it. I've found some cute light fixtures that will add a lot more light, we just have to get that ugly thing down and see if we have any ceiling hardware to work with (the fan/light currently plugs into an outlet, not hardwired, but there could be hardware under it, maybe).
There is one more thing as well. Did you notice anything odd about the left window? No, well I was pretty careful taking the photos, maybe you can see it in the picture below?
|What could possibly be wrong with this picture?|
See it now!?! Yup, I'm missing some floor and ceiling, around 5' of each really. Ok, the ceiling happened 3 years ago, but being sick, on bedrest, and pregnant (in reverse order) prohibited me doing anything about it until now. That is my June/July project right there, although because the ceiling has been warped since before we moved in I want to replace all of it. The floor, however; is holding up the whole living room shebang. It turns out that the left window has been leaking into the house (it wasn't closed all the way, go figure). Thankfully all the damage was contained by our large wooden bookcase. Unfortunately, same said bookcase concealed all this damage with the help of the kitchen table that used to sit unused in this same corner. So glad we moved that! Fortunately this floor should be repaired soon (the insulation you see is all new and more 2x4's have been added to give more support to the ones that sustained some damage. It just needs the floor put in and the carpet pulled back over.
If nothing else, home projects can get very interesting. Oh and that light, it's probably going to change too. and it may be getting a twin (of the new light fixture that is) in front of the right window. We'll see what it's going to take once I get that ceiling knocked down. Oh and my dear hubby will have to make some decisions about the flat roof above both windows so that we don't end up with my new sheet rock work getting damaged. It's going to be a busy summer!
DON'T FORGET! Please vote in the comments (or message me - papernapkinsedgeofinsanity AT gmail DOT com) for your favorite color for our walls, Muted Violet, Cornbread Yellow, or Other (better name your Other).