One day I was on Haute Look, and I saw some beautiful white blackout curtains with a black border on the sides. On Haute Look they were about $40 a panel plus shipping, which isn't awful, but still a bit more than I usually spend. I googled the brand and landed on this website which was selling them for $30 a panel after coupon plus free shipping. Sold!
People, I love you all dearly, so please for the love of decor, steam or iron your curtains before hanging them. There are some curtains that look great when thrown in the dryer with a damp towel, but most will need a good iron or steaming. It'll make them hang beautifully.
I didn't really think through the logistics of these curtains. I assumed they had back tabs, and they didn't. My windows are only about 50" wide, PLUS there's brackets on each side preventing the curtains from sliding to each end. And finally...each panel is 52" wide and it looked like a bunched up mess when I tried to squeeze them on there.
I was past the return date on these suckers, so I bought a few packs of curtain rings and spray painted them gold. I LOVE how it looks, plus it added about 2" to the length of the curtains.
At first I wasn't using enough rings. You should ideally put a ring about every 4". Take your curtain width and divide by 4" to know how many you'll need. I needed roughly 13-14 for each panel.
A simple soft measuring tape can help with the process. I'm super detail oriented, so I wanted them spaced as evenly as possible. You can see the beautiful pleats once you gather all your rings together (excuse my chubby hand...)
You can also get a bit "fancy" when using clips to give your panels a faux pleated look by pinching small sections together like I did below for my Ballard Designs inspired curtains. Fake it till you make it! I eventually took these down because between my DIY coral closet doors and the coral curtains I was seeing pink everywhere in my office. I'll find another place for them- maybe the guest room?
These curtains look so lovely in my dining room, and they block out all light once I shut them, which is much needed during these hot summer days. For the price, they were a fantastic bargain.
I purposely mixed the gold and silver. I'm more daring these days when it comes to mixing things. Use what you love is my motto.
And one more peek. I'll be sharing my dining room decor inspiration post on Friday. I FINALLY figured out my vision for this room. Right now it's staged with some of my fave colors, but wait til you see my plans.
Hope this posts helps give you inspiration and ideas for how to make inexpensive curtains look like a million bucks with some curtain rings and a little steam.
Be back Friday! If you want a hint as to what the direction of the room will be, follow me on Pinterest.