Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Easy Way Out - Hanging Drapes

The first time we looked at this place we fell in love with these old industrial type windows that open with a chain. So loft-like. Sure, drapes were going to be a challenge because the windows tilt inward but we thought we could figure something out.

The living room has two windows on three sides for a total of six and the light is beautiful but the sun gets pretty intense in the afternoon. We finally splurged on some fairly expensive rods that swing open from the middle allowing the drapes to fold out of the way so the windows can open. That was before we tried to hang the first picture on the wall. What we thought were plaster walls turned out to be cement. Cement troweled over rock. When we realized it took approximately 27 minutes to drill one hole in the wall (yes we had a special drill and bit) and we had 8 holes to drill for each window.....we both bailed on that project.

So here's what I came up with. I just stapled some plain cream colored fabric (OK, they're sheets) to the crown molding.(I also started hanging pictures from the molding, I think that one may be a little low)
I really like the way they look and the room needed the height.
I always meant to go back and add something decorative over the staples but you really can't see them unless you get really close so I never got around to it. They're the same color as the walls so they just blend into the background anyway. Yes, I know when I need to wash them I'll have to do it all over again but it only takes about five minutes per window to put them up.

So that's my true confession for today. I am a mature grown woman and I am still using sheets as drapes and declining to put up curtain rods.
Mary may be my most favorite find ever. She has glass eyes that look real.

Linking to-
No Minimalist Here Open House Party
Very Merry Vintage Style
My Romantic HomeShow and Tell Friday
French Country CottageFeathered Nest Friday
Funky Junk SNS#77

13 comments:

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

Ya do what-cha gotta do. It looks great, too! I saw someone else's blog just today where she had thumb tacked her drapes. They looked good too.

The Mary statue is awesome!

Patsy said...

I tried thumb tacks when I thought it was it was temporary but they kept coming out. For a professional look you really need staples.

Patsy said...

I hope you know I was kidding

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

I think they look pretty cool. I use painters tarps and love them. Welcome to blogging. Every Monday I host a newbie linky party and would love for you to join in sometime. New friend here.

Shirley said...

Oh I love it..and the material goes so well with Mary's dress/robe? it fits the room perfectly! meant to be...

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I really love the drapes! Great solution for those stone walls. The Mary statue is fabulous!! Thanks for joining my Open House party.
Hugs,
Sherry

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Clever, Clever & Mary is Breath taking Beautiful.....

d e l i g h t said...

Hi, the drapes look great. I like the idea of hanging things from the moldings. Your entry is right next to mine at NoMinimalistHere...the Denim Cake Stand. Hope you will come by and visit my blog.
Linda

Donna said...

My bags are packed and I'm moving into that room. Everything is PERFECT. I have blogged many times about my various Mary's, but OMG, I have never, ever seen one as spectacular as yours! ... Donna

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I love your creative drapes- I have used sheets for curtains too- they work wonderfully! Your statue is just gorgeous as well. Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Jeanne said...

Holy Mother! Literally! Totally fantistic Mary. Wow.
Love.
Totally dig the curtains. Easy Peasy - I like it!

Laura said...

What a great solution!
We lived in a house once with concrete walls-
that is not easy.
So glad I found your blog- I am a new follower.

Laura
White Spray Paint

very merry vintage style said...

Love how you worked around this--the sheets look amazing. Thanks for linking up to my Share the Love link party. Stop back this week & link again!

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