The curtains are taking far longer than I expected and even imagined curtains could take. Needless to say, I miscalculated how quickly I could tackle the steps involved. But the backtrack for a second, I showed you the overwhelming options I was considering as far as curtains go for our family room a couple weeks ago in this post (in which we learned an overwhelming 47% of you like to dress your windows in patterned prints). I ultimately decided to stick with something more neutral since we have so much going on in our built-ins. On the original mood board, I picked out white curtains with a simple black border.
And then last week, I happened upon this photo of more natural-toned curtains lined with a double row of ribbon:
It was curtain love at first site and I knew that I was in for a treat trying to recreate them. I needed thick, thick natural fabric and about 60 yards of ribbon. Spoiler alert--I obtained both for cheap! And although I am not done with all of the panels--I do have two to show you! I wasn't about to leave you hanging all weekend.
The light is really washing out the thick and heavy canvas drop cloths that I used. Hmph. That have a very creamy, natural look to them. My miscalculation started when I took on ironing all four 6'x9' panels. I thought I could iron all four in about 30 minutes, but it took hours!
I am averaging another 90 minutes per panel attaching the ribbon trim. Wasn't expecting that. My right hand is more claw-like than ever and my fingertips are burnt and blistered. But I love them. I really really love them. Someone needs to teach me how to take photos in the direction of windows without washing everything out so you could appreciate them fully, too.
This weekend, I'll finish up the other panels, write up a full how-to, and try to get some better photos for you. Anyone else stay up too late, inflicting themselves with pain for the sake of curtains? We should start a support group.
P.S. I was serious about photography help when it comes to snapping windows. Anyone have any tips?