Easy Peasy Curtains

by Chris on April 8, 2010

I’m on spring break, I (fingers crossed) don’t need a winter coat, and I’m feeling the need to lighten things up around here.  My first thought was to get all new furniture and paint all the walls.  My second thought was to use some fabric.  We won’t tell my husband about that first thought.


When I want a warmified living room, my little house steps right up.  However, I knew this might take a little bit of work to lend itself to a more spring feel.


Soooo how to get started?  I think the quickest (and cheapest) way of freshening up a room is simply to rearrange the furniture.  And then, of course, wait for your husband to come down and complain because the big couch is on the wrong side of the room.



While you’re doing the rearranging, it helps to watch General Hospital and keep telling your Nemesis to get out of the way.


Thanks to Sarah, I realized just how cheap window treatments can be.  I bought some 90” white muslin.  While I love muslin, I wanted to make sure I could fold it over for some thickness.  Too thin, and I think it would have looked too much like a sheet.


I bought six yards of it for $18.00.  I simply cut it in half (3 yds. per panel), folded it over so it draped right, and clipped it to the rod.  I didn’t iron it or hem it.


Next up, shop the house for some pillows.  I had these blue ones which pick up on the blue/green tones in the mirror.


However, I didn’t have these.  I bought this paisley fabric for about $4.00.  I used some scrap curtain fabric for the backs as a coordinating fabric.  Much cheaper that way.


For just a little over $20.00, I was able to freshen up this space.  White muslin is such a versatile fabric, I can only assume it’ll be an investment for me.  Yes, I just made that up, but I’m sure I’ll use it again. 


Happy Spring, little living room!

*~*Don’t forget to link up to Show and Share Day still.  I’m having a blast looking at everyone’s projects!



WestSacHoney April 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Oh I love your living room! What color are your walls painted?

Jennifer Juniper April 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I think it looks great, and the lighter curtains really spring it up :)

shannon April 8, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Have you thought about moving the chair next to the end table so that it would be across from the TV? Then your husband could watch TV from the chair and might not care where the big sofa is. The room looks great and I love the pillows!

Karissa April 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I love this!! Your "before" living room is exactly like mine!! Windows, fireplace, tv, everything! I never thought about moving the big couch to the other wall! It opens it up SO much! I'm trying it tonight! Did your husband adjust to his couch being moved? I'm not sure how mine will do :)

Kelli @ RTSM April 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I really like the green pillows! What did you stuff them with, or did you use a pillow form?!?

circlelinestudio April 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I've been spring cleaning but you've made me realize I want to lighten up my whole house for spring! My husband will be thrilled, I'm sure.
thanks again for a beautiful inspiration!

Joyce April 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Wow no sew? I like that since I can't sew a stitch.

Em @ Bunch of Scrap April 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Very fresh! I like the changes :)

Meredith April 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Your room looks beautiful and very springy! A successful re-do and I'm loving how thrifty it was too :) Amazing how much moving furniture and new pillows can do!

Misty April 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Love it!!!

Lil' Woman April 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Looks great!! :)

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick April 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Love it! Love the drapes — thanks for the shout out! :) The pillows are perfect too.

Rachelle April 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Love it!

Yes, spring in MI it is! 80 degrees yesterday and snow today down here in our city. :(

Hey, you watch Tudors right? I mean, I stalk you I should know. I think that's why I liked you at first.. But, anyways the series finale starts SUNDAY! :) So excited!

Have a fabulous spring break, friend. : )

Carmen April 8, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Looks great! I added white curtains when I re-did my living room a few weeks ago. They made such a huge difference. Really lightened things up.

Traci@ Beneath My Heart April 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Simple and beautiful changes! Looks great!

sissie April 9, 2010 at 12:08 am

Very pretty livingroom and it looks all bright and spring!
Iron on tape works great for making drapery panels too.
Lovely curtains.


The Graves' House April 9, 2010 at 12:40 am

great spring look! the curtains were a good idea, and affordable!!!

Yvonne @ StoneGable April 9, 2010 at 1:13 am

You did a masterful job on the window treatments. And I love the pillows with the fresh slipcovered sofa. I also noticed the wicker base and glass top table. So unique and chic. Great job.

Devon! April 9, 2010 at 1:17 am

I love this!! It looks fabulous! I have been wanting to do the same thing, but have no idea how…

Andrea April 9, 2010 at 1:53 am

love General Hospital..oh and the room looks great too ! ;-)

Melanie April 9, 2010 at 2:22 am

I love the end table made of rattan. I love the texture of it.

Jenny @ Anything Pretty April 9, 2010 at 3:02 am

What a perfect spring update!

Barb April 9, 2010 at 3:45 am

Wow your spring redo looks really nice! Great job on not sewing those crisp clean white curtains. How easey was that huh? The pillows are so springy. Love them…Good job honey. You will have things changed again before Douglas has a chance to get too grumbly.


HouseMama April 9, 2010 at 5:14 am

Gotta love those husbands and dogs……or do we? ;)

Momto4boysinfl April 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Looks awesome! Where did you get your little end table with the glass on top? I've been looking for something like that for my living room. Also, how long is your rod? I need one for a 12" set of french doors and can't find one big enough that won't break the bank!

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign April 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Oh, it looks so nice! Very fresh. Don't you love that? I am changing things around too. Feels so good. Happy Spring:)

Mrs. Denga April 10, 2010 at 2:50 am

Very interesting tricks to try when changing your space for the season. I love it. I think the white muslin would be a great idea to try in my room. I'm going for a tropical theme.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful April 10, 2010 at 6:40 am

Those blue pillows are AMAZING! where oh where did you find them. I need/want them desperately.


Reese April 11, 2010 at 4:13 am

Love the changes. It looks great :)

Stephanie Lynn April 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Stunning! Love everything you have done…You're making me want to go move some furniture around! The curtains look fabulous {I never would have guessed!}

AMIT April 12, 2010 at 7:52 am

Your living room is outstanding.

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