Monday, March 25, 2013

Unexpected Decor: Part 1 Shower Curtains

Wonder what you can you with some landscaping cloth, large kitchen towels,
two shower curtains, 
a trip or two to Ikea, 
and a metal table from your front porch??

The answer is, a lot!

I've been trying to add some personal touches and color to our new house.
The walls are all a creamy neutral that I am not crazy about, but
we haven't had time to paint so I have decided to
add some touches 1st,
then I can pick the paint color accordingly.

My basic criteria has been:
1) I had to really like what I bought without concern to trends, etc.
2) It had to be very low in cost.  After all, anyone can decorate with a large budget.
3) It had to be kid friendly, knowing darn well that they'd likely wipe grubby hands on it.

I kept coming back to a particular shower curtain at TJMaxx and Marshall's.
I wanted to make curtains out it for my dining room.
It was cheaper than fabric and requires no sewing!!
I even bought it once and realized that it wasn't long enough at 70X72 inches, so I returned it.
Then I bought it again...twice.
I tried it out first as a tablecloth for our square table but it was a little too busy looking.
Then I got out the hemming tape that I bought at Ikea for $1.99,
and I turned over the edge that had the holes where the shower curtain rings go
and ironed it down flat.
I also ironed out any remaining wrinkles.  Boring!

Then I held the, now square, fabric on the diagonal by its corner
and tied it in a knot.

This made the fabric drape much longer than 72 inches which was perfect for our long window.
My husband put one screw into each corner of the window frame
and hung the fabric from the knot.
It is just a little bit of color in a cute pattern, 
doesn't block any light from coming in,
and only took about 30 minutes from start to finish.

We aren't done in the there but it is a quick jump start. 
You never know what you can do with a shower curtain.
Give it a try and feel free to share your unexpected home decor finds.

Keep an eye out for my future posts about landscaping burlap and other unexpected decor...


Carrie said...

Fabulous! I totally get, and therefore lol'd, that you bought it again TWICE! Super cool solution, and it's really nice looking.

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