Half way point for the One Room Challenge! This is the week where my “only two projects to go” could get dicey from a time-management point of view…yikes. Here’s my design plan and I still have to upholster the chairs I mentioned in Week 2…. remember the beauties with disintegrating foam? I also found an unexpected project when I went to the flea market last Sunday: an adorable folding bar cart… the type with folding legs and a tray topper. It’s wood with amazing campaign details but… the wood on the stand appears to be different than the wood on the tray so- PAINT! Also? I maaaaaay have a few fun accessories to play with once I finish my last two projects. (I teased this on Instagram earlier in the week!)
But today… I thought I’d share my new curtains! After a few pathetic attempts at curtains in our old house, I’ve finally cracked the code. I made these lined ones for our old dining room, and then these gorgeous fuchsia ones for Eleanor’s room.
I’d planned to make the exact same ones for THIS dining room until I hit a couple snags. Of course. First snag was that I did my math wrong and was short fabric by about 12 inches…. but that was a happy accident since it meant I added the fabric I’m using on the side chairs as a little trim piece. I should mention that I’m cuckoo for cocoa puffs about the main fabric my pals over at Lacefield Designs sent me. I’ve been DYING to use it somewhere in my house and sort of planned the navy blue in this room so I could use this fabric finally!
Like I said, I had plans just to sew 2 panels and then add some wooden curtain rings like these (affiliate). But then I hit my second snag… because the curtain rods were mounted on the wall, the thicker curtain rings didn’t fit over the door trim. Womp womp. So I scrambled and made fabric tabs. (Curtain rods are from here, and hardware is from here.)
How to Sew Curtain Tabs
I needed the tabs to be a few inches long so that the length would be right and I wanted them to be about an inch wide. I cut strips from my scrap fabric that were 8 inches long and 3 inches wide.
With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, I sewed the edges.
I couldn’t figure out an easier way to do this other than just slowly working each one with my fingers, but the next step is to turn each little tube of fabric right side out so that the seam is on the inside.
Once I had all my little strips turned right side out, I ironed them with the seams down the middle. It’s important to make sure the seams are pressed flat inside the tube in this step.
To make sewing easier, I also ironed both ends under by an inch. I pinned the tabs onto the front and back of my curtain panel and sewed along the top and bottom edge. The fabric was thick, but ironing first helped a lot.
Tip: You can iron 2 or 3 strips at a time!
I actually love how the tabs turned out. The wooden curtain rings would have been cool too because of the other wooden elements in the room, but given the two hurdles these curtains threw at me, I’m thrilled with how they came out!
For those of you who tune into Bottletalk on my Facebook Page, I know I promised a source list… Stay tuned. I have one almost ready to go and will *try* and share it in the next few days!
Aside from those two looming projects mentioned earlier, I’ve tackled everything else on my To Do list for this room!
- the walls have been painted Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue
- I’ve made curtains
- hung art
- made macrame wall decor (tutorial coming soon)
- found and repurposed a dated nautical mirror
- painted the table (I’ll share next week!)
- hung a new chandelier that’s SO pretty I’m making you wait to see it!
- painted the sideboard (reminder I used this AWESOME paint (affiliate) )
Head over to Calling It Home to see all the other One Room Challengers. This is a big week and I can’t wait to see what everyone’s been up to! And come back next week to see a source list for my room and hopefully some other goodies like table settings or upholstery or a bar cart makeover! To be determined!