Okay I have a confession. Because I believe so strongly in living and speaking my truth; I also believe that one must take responsibility for their actions. So, here it goes. I have been procrastinating on my April blog.
Why? I finally decided what I wanted to do in my kitchen window for a treatment for a part 2 to the original blog I did for Design Strategies for Window Treatments. However, it did not turn out like I wanted it to or thought it would.
Let me start from the beginning.
Moving into this house a couple of years ago and then having the windows updated left some windows without treatments on them.
Example: my kitchen window.
And still experimenting on the décor in a fairly new home to us, I wasn’t sure what I was looking for either as far as a window treatment goes. For me the window treatments will depend on the feel, style and design of the room. Our kitchen shares space with our family room so I wanted to be sure that the style flowed throughout the whole space complimenting each other. The window is a rather big window 47”x59”. The window material is vinyl. It is an awning style window on the bottom and above the vinyl is a transom window (does not open). I was looking for something that would provide a little bit of shade in the summer months as the sun beats in the window around the time of supper while trying to prepare food and clean up. However, I didn’t want to cover the whole window as it would defeat the purpose of having a big beautiful picture window that overlooks our backyard and I love natural sunlight. I shopped around and online for a solution that would cover only the top half of the awning part leaving the transom unobscured. But being the window is so very wide, the cost of anything was atrocious.
I love to do little projects of DIY and I am not afraid to try anything. So, I got to work on coming up with ideas for the opening. When I was shopping for material for my seat covers in the kitchen, I came across some beautiful fabric that I thought would be a perfect match for the style of the room as well as a color that would compliment my cupboard doors without giving them an orange-tinge.
I set to work and cut the fabric into 3 sections and sewed them together. I then had to figure out how I was going to suspend it from the middle of the window as I was not going to be making any holes in the vinyl. My husband showed up at that exact moment asking me what I was thinking about, so I shared with him my vision. He liked the color and style of the material and suggested compression rod. Man, he is brilliant at times!
Now, there is something you should know about me. When I am being creative whether it be cooking, sewing, or whatever I may have instructions in front of me; but there is a good chance I am not following them. Well this project was no different. I can share with you the instructions I was following, but I won’t share with you what I did instead as I am not totally happy or impressed with how my treatment ended up. But I will tell you, that for what I paid in the end, it is good enough for what I want it for. And it looks good enough for this kid at this time.
So, at the end of the day, all that matters is that I tried something new and wasn’t afraid to try. Does it look like the ones in the magazine? Hell no. But it is in my house and I am proud of my achievement. And that is all that matters to me.
Here is the link to the instructions for those of you interested in doing your own little DIY window treatment. https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/562246334727788164/
For those of you interested in my re-upholstery project on my kitchen chairs, stay tuned.