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Old 01-02-2004, 04:48 PM
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inexpensive frugal window treatments

I just saw this tip on Dollar stretchers newsletter and thought Id pass it on= esp since I just bought fabric on sale at $2 a yard, took 5 yards for my curtins, this would have been cheaper if I could have found a fabric shower curtin I liked.

Easy Curtains

To make easy curtains very inexpensively, use a fabric shower
curtain purchased on sale or in a discount store. If it has
its own fabric rings, you won't need to use shower curtain
rings. Cut it the length of the window and hem the bottom.
Voila!

I did this in my house and it looks nice. I only needed half
the shower curtain, so I used the bottom half to make pillows
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Note-- I have seen shower curtain rings at the thrift store still in there box for like .75 regulary priced 2.99 at the store.!!
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Old 01-02-2004, 06:08 PM
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my closet is too big...

but I thought about doing just that. I saw a shower curtain that i really liked and would have matched my grey/black bedroom perfectly.

I live in a mobile home and the closet had the 2 sliding doors. They were wobbly (sp) so I took them down. Well now I have a dresser in front of one end and a book case on the other end. I wanted a shower curtain tension rod, but they don't come long enough. My neighbor game me a telescoping rod that I hung up and it goes from one side of the room to the other...100 inches.

I was at walmart yesterday and they had the PERFECT shade of grey material on the $1.00/yd table. There was 6 1/3 yd left on the bolt, I said I would take it all, she only charged me for 5 yds = $5!!! I was excited

I also got some black material w/ white forks & knives on it for my kitchen. I am gonna make some window toppers to go over my black mini-blinds. $2/yd
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Old 01-22-2004, 06:21 PM
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miniblinds

I got a sponge and dipped it in paint for decorating my white

miniblinds in one room to try it and just love it. Also, I found

window toppers discounted at store sales and flea markets new

in a bag for .50. I did purchase my miniblinds on sale for only

$1.50. You can't make them for that price.
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Old 01-23-2004, 01:27 PM
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Lila, it sounds like your miniblinds would be very pretty! What color blinds did you "sponge" white paint on?
I'd love to see a picture of how it came out. I bet my DD would like something like that in her room
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Old 01-23-2004, 01:52 PM
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I did two small ones. One is in one room the miniblind is white

and I sponged pink on it. The other is offwhite and I sponged an

apricot on that one. I tried taking pictures but the color isn't

showing up too well. I'll keep trying to get a good picture and let

you know when I do. The color isn't real bright but it looks so

pretty.
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Old 05-10-2004, 12:46 PM
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Wow! what a great idea!! I would like to try that in my DDs room...
DH and I painted her room pale pink and lavender and I just don't like the white shades in the windows...
This is a cool idea to sponge paint the blinds! Thanks Lila!
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Old 05-10-2004, 03:44 PM
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Isn't it a cool idea. You can use any color and sponge it anyway you wish! Works for any room, too! and..........it's fun!
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Old 09-13-2004, 09:50 AM
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I just got some draperies and sheers for my living room window, and discovered that I made a big mistake once I went to hang things. The sheers have 1 1/2 inch that pops up above the rod pocket. The drapes, OTOH, are "button down" so there is no pocket and nothing above the height of the rod. So the sheers actually are 1 1 /2 inches longer than the drapes Of course, that looks ridiculous.

I don't sew well and don't have a machine, and it would take me a week to hand-hem these sheers (I have to cover a window that is 120 inches across). Is there a no-sew way to maybe tack down the part of the curtain that sticks up above the rod?
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Old 09-14-2004, 05:48 AM
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Hmmm... Just thought may be you can use the double sided fusable (sp) tape and tape it down. You can get it at all sewing, crafting centers in the stores.
Or may be you can just staple it down??
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I found some iron-on fusible web strips in my box of "craft stuff" so I decided to try that. So far I got one curtain out of 4 done and it looks like it will work. Thanks for the idea
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