A while back I asked my foxy Voxers for cheap ideas for two windows in my family room. I have an Interior Design degree and most of the things they teach for windows I just wouldn’t have in my home. It’s nothing for a custom window treatment to be $1000 a window. I’m sorry, life is just too short!
And as it turned out, with your help I came up with some fun window treatments for not much money at all. I found a board in the basement and with a little work it became a shelf for each window. Since I’m into making art glass, I thought it might be pretty cool to use some vases as part of the window treatment. So I didn’t have to lay out any cash for the board I snitched from hubby and the inexpensive brackets from the hardware store were $5 for both windows. I painted the brackets and now they fade away into the trim.
I walked around Big Lots looking for some way to make interesting curtain rods when I found these $6 candle sconces and decided to hang a curtain rod from the lower curl. It would have looked fine but the sheers weren’t giving me the privacy I wanted for windows facing the street. Plus, my sewing machine is in the cold part of the house and I didn’t feel like dragging it out and to sew up something. So I kept looking for other ideas.
I looked a number of places for the window film that some Voxers had suggested and I’ve gotten it before at Walmart but it’s not there anymore. I found some lovely film at Lowe’s that would have done just what I wanted and it was a static cling kind of thing which I thought was cool. It would have given privacy with a cool design that I would have loved. And there would have been no sticky glue to take off later. It was too expensive for me right now so I decided to pass on that. Bummer, it would have been cool. I also checked on some cool handmade paper but buying that online means buying way more than I needed, there isn’t any place to buy it locally and I was impatient to get the ghetto curtains off my windows. I have some cool handmade paper but not enough. Blast!
So I picked up two paper shades from Wally’s for a little less than $5 each. I may have to do something different later on but for now I love them. So I have two sort of funky, contemporary light friendly window treatments for about $40, plus I get to display some glass which revolves through my studio pretty quickly these days. It’s casual, it’s funky, it’s creative. I’m delighted.
Thanks for all the good ideas you shared with me!