I was super excited for this week’s project- hanging curtains in the living room. It’s something I’ve been wanting to get done for a while. First I had to commit to the curtains, then, when I bought them and a curtain rod at Ikea, the rod was too short. What’s that you say? Measure before you go shopping? Now where is the fun in that?! I mentioned the too-short rod to my mom and she happened to find a $50 rod on clearance for $15 at Lowes! I figured the project was dead in the water for a while as I didn’t know when I would be able to get the rod from New York.
Cue my awesome lifelong friend Christine, who lives in Maine but just happened to be going home this past weekend for a visit. She swung by my moms for the rod and delivered it to me on her way back home. Yeah! Operation curtain hanging was back on! I wasn’t crazy about the finials at first but now that they are up I think they look pretty nice (also, beggars can’t be choosers).
So, here is the before picture:
Side note: You can see that there are roller shades on the two outer windows and not the center window. That’s because our landlord is slowly replacing the original windows in our place and the new ones are shade-less. Ahhhh apartment living. We are stuck with the roller shades at that height as we currently have plastic on the windows to help keep the chill out. Also,don’t mind the baby stuff. I straightened up as much as I could. I keeps it real, ya know (too much?).
Andre and I sprang into action with this project. We were eager to finally have something to block the chill on winter nights and keep the scorching sun off our necks in the morning.
While Andre did all of the high work (I am only 5’1 after all), I assembled the curtain rod and removed the old holdbacks the previous renter had left.
We made quick work of the project. Measuring everything off, drilling, and securing the brackets. Until we reached the middle. I’m not sure what was up with the wall right there, but the plaster just wasn’t holding up. We decided to move onto the left side and had the same issue. The anchors popped right through the holes we made, so I had a bright idea to use some anchors we had picked up for a different project. They popped right in and we secured the bracket. Then, the wall crumbled some more and the bracket gave way.
Yes, those are drywall anchors and yes, our walls are hundred-year-old plaster. Oops. At this point, my husband was so frustrated that he may or may not have had to excuse himself and yell his frustrations into a pillow in the bedroom. He didn’t want to upset the foreman, after all…
So, we headed to Home Depot to get some bigger/stronger plaster anchors. We got what we needed and installed the left bracket a little bit further out from the gaping hole we made. The hole is covered by the curtains and we will patch it up when we paint. As for the center bracket, it’s holding its own, but is pulling away from the wall a tad. Not sure what we should do. If we move it to either side it will clearly be off center and my OCD Libra self just can’t handle that. Oh well, live and learn. Everything is up and looks great.
Here is the after picture:
So, here’s what I’m thinking as I look at this picture.
1) I can’t wait to get a bigger/nicer rug
2) I’m not sure if I want to shorten the curtains or not. Our ceilings are pretty low and I may want to keep the length in case our next place has higher ceilings
3) These are only 3 of the 5 windows in our living room. The other two are on the wall to the left of these and I’ve yet to figure out a treatment solution for them. That is another project for another week.
4) I thought I was going to paint the walls a neutral/cream color, but now that the curtains are up, I’m not sure what to do (I do know one thing- the two-tone gold and green has got to go).
5) I really need to clean my windows once Spring is here and we take the plastic off.
So, what say you? Any opinions/thoughts? Especially on the wall color. I’m horrible at choosing colors.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. –William Morris