Friday, January 6, 2012

Sketchy Shower Curtains turned Living Room Curtains.

Continuing on my theme of “Curtain Week”—today I will tell you about my curtain selection for this room (picture courtesy of the previous owners before we moved in):

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Right before we moved into our house I took a wonderful trip to Arizona with my sister, mother and some very dear friends.  It was the best girls weekend EVER.  We had so much fun.  And we did a lot of shopping.

Well, one of the stores that shopped at was Kirklands Home Store.  I have never shopped there before but I fell in love with practically everything in the store.  And I fell in love with this fun shower curtain.

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I was looking for some fun curtains to hang in the living room/kids hang out room.  I saw these shower curtains for only $16.99 and new that I could make them into really cute curtains.  And that I could get 2 panels out of each one!  So I bought 3 panels for my 3 windows for a total of $50.97. 

The plan was brilliant—I would just cut each shower curtain in half and hem the raw edge and get some fun hooks and hang them up in my living room.  Easy Peasy.

Well, when I got home and opened up the packaging I knew I had a lot more work to do.  I have NEVER seen such poor quality of sewing in a ready made product.  I could hardly believe it—and HAD to take several pictures to document HOW BAD IT REALLY WAS.

So here are the photos for your viewing pleasure (look really closely at all the details—seam allowances, button holes, hems, etc.):

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CRAZY right? 

And the crazy thing was that all three panels were all that way!

So I was now back in Washington and couldn’t return them.  And I still loved the fabric.  So I just started picking out all the seams and cutting off all the seams with button holes—till I was left with just the material.  And started from square one.

So I ended up just hemming them all the way around and forgetting the button holes.  Instead I hung them with little clips.  And I think they turned out MARVELOUSLY!  And here is what the room looks like now:

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The only bummer about using a shower curtain is that they are shorter than other curtains (especially when you have to cut off an inch and a half of a lousy button hole job off the top!)  I would have loved for them to be floor length.  But I still love how they turned out!

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And the fun print makes a big impact—as it is usually one of the first things people see as they come in our house.

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I get asked all the time if I made these curtains.  And—because of all the ripping out of seams and cutting and trimming and pain in the neck work I had to do—I say HECK YA!  I did!

 

16 comments:

  1. They look fantastic. I can't believe the hem-work was such a whack job. That had to have been disappointing.

    I loooove your sofa! I have really fallen in love with two-toned furniture lately and I'm also dying to have a sectional sofa. And your living room has BOTH. I'm super jealous. You have a lovely home! :)

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  2. I LOVE what you have done with your whole house!

    If you were at all really interested in having floor length curtains you could sew some stripes to the bottom of the curtains, but I think that they are just perfect how they are.

    I can hardly wait to see what you come up with next!

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  3. I love them. And I still can't believe how ridiculous those panels were - NOT store-bought quality. You did a great job!

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  4. The curtains are really great and the whole room has had such a transformation since the previous owners. I love it.

    So, new piano??? Is this some super awesome deal that I will see documented in a future post?

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  5. I can't believe those pictures of your house BEFORE you moved in. Talk about old school!!!

    and... I love those curtains as I've told you numerous times. You are super talented!

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  6. So cute!! Sometimes shower curtains make the best curtains! :) Your room looks amazing. I love the colors and pattern. How ridiculous about how poorly they were made. You never know what you'll pull out of a package. You're amazing! New Follower! :)

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  7. I cannot believe the seams on those curtains!!! I would have at least sent a letter to the store or manufactor! Those should be clearance!! Lol
    I however love the curtains ( lemonade) you made! I thought if you still want them longer a solid would compliment your furniture. Not that you need my help your stuff looks great!
    Stumbled on from interest, glad I did ! Love lots of your ideas!!

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  8. I admire the way you change the decor of the room that looks dull to be more alive.

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  9. Nice job fixing the goofey holes and they look GREAT in that room. Perfect with the sofa and pillows.

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  10. How about you sew some brown fabric to the bottom of the curtains to make them longer???

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  11. Your "shower" curtain looks better in your living room! Well, if your shower curtain doesn't match your bathroom, why not use it on your living room, right? That's what I call recycling! I might try doing this at home and we'll see how it goes. Thank you for the tips!

    Yon Vann

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  13. I can't believe those pictures of your house BEFORE you moved in. Talk about old school!!! Kitchen Backsplash Ideas.

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  14. shower screens could greatly benefit on your bathroom rather than shower curtain.

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