06 July 2016

Curtain Trim DIY

A couple weeks ago I switched out the blue drapery panels for plain white. I loved the blue curtains, but I needed a change. The white is simple and clean, but they needed some personality. They look fine, but temporary.

white ikea curtains

Yes, I realize the irony; I remove the curtains with personality, then complain that the plain curtains lack personality. I'm like the people on Tiny Houses who complain the whole time that everything is so small. Seriously, please watch that show and take a drink every time someone comments about small sleeping accommodations, lack of a dishwasher, no room for a prized collection of 1,000+ pairs of shoes, etc. They do know what the show is about, right? 

And back to the curtains...

White curtains with black trim DIY, NYC poster

 I started with plain white Ikea Lenda curtains. It is no secret that these are my favorite curtains at Ikea. I used Lenda in beige in the dining room, and Lenda in grey in Owen's room. The material is a nice, heavy weight, and has a linen-like texture. With a price of $35 for a PAIR of 55"x118" panels, you can't go wrong. However, I do not like the look of tab tops on curtains, so I snip off the tabs and hack my own. Carefully opening each end with a seam ripper (or a razor for the brave) creates a pocket for the curtain rod, or even easier, just clip on rings!

There are tons of DIY tutorials about no-sew trim and ribbon trim on curtains; this is not a hot new idea. I went about mine differently, and this is barely a tutorial. Rather than using grosgrain/other ribbon for the black trim, I found a thick faux suede fabric (54" wide) on clearance and bought 1 3/4 yards. I wanted the trim to have a solid, substantial appearance. Ribbon or trim in the thickness I wanted was expensive for the yardage this project requires! I paid ~$10 for the fabric, but I did have to carefully measure and cut the fabric into strips, and sew it to the curtains. It was a long afternoon project, but well worth the effort. 

I cut the fabric into 4.5" wide strips, which allows 4" trim with 1/2" left to fold over to the back. The fold over just gives the curtains a neater appearance on the back side. Each side used 2+ strips. The strips are attached nearly invisibly with black thread. 

Curtain trim DIY

I couldn't decide between trim along the top only, or on the sides, or both. I started with trim on the top, and clipped a panel up to decide. (caution: iPhone pics)

White curtains with black trim DIY

It didn't look finished with the trim only along the top. It reminded me of black elastic on a white skirt.

White curtains with black trim DIY

I added a small strip to the side, just to get a visual idea, and it looked so much better!

White curtains with black trim DIY

Two hours later...

White curtains with black trim DIY


This window requires four panels in order to cover the blinding afternoon sun. Eventually I will install blinds, but that's a project for another day. 

White curtains with black trim DIY

I also finally got around to framing this reproduction vintage map of NYC that I picked up on my last visit. I had a matching set of maps when I left NYC, but a roving gang of brazen toddlers ate it a few weeks ago. It was my own fault for not framing it sooner. It makes me appreciate the lone surviving map even more. 

Vintage NYC poster

I'm incorporating more black and white accessories in this room.

Gallery wall with vintage dresser and framed maps

When the big kitchen project starts in the fall, my goal is for the two spaces to blend together with black & white, navy blue, and wood and brass accents. Right now they feel like very different rooms that do not belong in the same house. 

Well that's one more project down, several hundred ahead of me!
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