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):
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.
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.):
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:
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!
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.
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!