I've been trying to cozy up some rooms, feather my nest, whatever you want to call it, for awhile. I thought these windows REALLY needed some softening. We paid good money for the blinds, but I still wanted drapes. Have you ever priced those out? Even if you shop at Walmart, after 5 drapes and all the hardware for them, they really add up. So, I went on the search. I knew I wanted only 24" rods, I didn't need them to close, I never planned on having them close. This was absolutely ridiculous to Tom, but it's what I wanted. I finally found a set for $12 at Hobby Lobby that I thought would work. I saved my 40% off coupons and went in every week, used my coupon until I got what I wanted. It took awhile, sure, but that's the way I did it. Then I spray painted them black, and got Tom to chop them down to the length I wanted. He even jerry-rigged a rod to turn 90 degrees for me (I need to touch up the paint, but I was getting anxious to finally get them up.).
The drapes are 95" - I found them at Target and thought they were perfect. I wanted them subtle, but softening. It's no surprise that it's a neutral color in the brown shade, huh?
Well, finally, after weeks I got them up and love the difference they make! Even Tom complimented them, which is huge in my book. After all the ridiculing and second guessing, you think he'd finally start to trust. Well, here's hoping!
Before - dark picture and complete with my own personal Jedi:
After - keeping it real with the dumped out toys: