I returned curtains to Walmart yesterday. You know, the ones that have been hanging in my living room and dining room area. 4 sets totaling just under $80! I couldn’t possibly keep them with the new paint color:
See? They are almost looking green, here. They are RADIATING! Ugh. It was, honestly, keeping me up at night. I just couldn’t stop thinking how bad they looked and how I could get around them without forking out another $80 for curtains….because, I just KNEW Chris wouldn’t go for that one. So, I thought…well, I cooouuulllddd try to return them. (And no, I am not telling you how
many years long I have had them.) Walmart accepted them, once I found the exact set in the store. They refunded me store credit…just under $80. (!!!) At this point I was already feeling victorious!
So now, with funds to buy new curtains–I checked out their selection. Yawn-inspiring, let me tell you. Nothing seemed to stand out to me. In my mind, I wanted some long, rich, charcoal curtains and the closest thing they had was stark black. And then I remembered I am now the proud owner of a sewing machine and this particular Walmart still had a fabric section (I hear some don’t anymore). I started doing some mental math–errr opened up the calculator on my phone (who am I kidding?) and decided after converting the dimensions of my former curtains to yardage, I would need about 22 yards of fabric. Ouch. That is a lot of fabric, right? Especially for me, a pre-beginner seamstress. However. HOWEVER! I found three bolts of the same fabric in the clearance section for $1.50 a yard. And it is a beautiful, thick, wrinkle-free fabric! I definitely felt the love from the fabric gods. I also took this as a sign that I wasn’t going to H for returning those curtains. The sweet lady working at the fabric counter even offered to cut the fabric into 8—2 5/8 yards panels for me. This all got even sweeter when the price for all 22 yards was $31.52. Basically, I made a hefty profit getting new curtains.
This morning, I broke out my machine and my rich, charcoal fabric and was rip-roarin’ to sew. I tied the fabric in a big knot at the top and hung it over the curtain rod, just to see what it would look like:
My heart sank. I REALLY didn’t like it. The one panel would be multiplied by 4 on each window and the darkness was sucking life out of the decor. It was just too dark for the space. There was no way of getting out of this one. I started hemming the sides and brainstorming what I was gonna do with all of this fabric. And then I tried to convince myself that I could like it. Or maybe I can change all our colorful pillows and painting and mirror to more a black and white scheme. No. No, that wouldn’t work. I like color. I started sewing up the other side, when I realized what I was looking at on the reverse of this dark, charcoal, life-sucking fabric:
The same heavy, rich, designed fabric–except lighter. A LOT lighter. I quickly slung it over the rod to see if my prayers had once again been answered:
And they were. Of course. It couldn’t be more perfect. Subtle and soft. Slightly darker than the walls. A wave of relief swept over me because I knew I didn’t have to live in dark agony. I conned that fabric twice! Once into fabric and then again into the right color of fabric. Stay tuned for some seriously amazing curtains.
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