A Love/Hate Relationship

Not Chad and I, I’m talking about me and curtains.  We’ve put up drapes in the past only to have them leave our rooms too dark and heavy, we’ve put up shears in the past that just looked too airy and cheap.  That was during our pre-blog days, so we don’t have any of the fugly pics but trust us it was bad.

Our recent success with roman shades in the kitchen has given us a little boost of curtain confidence that will come in handy in decorating our guest bedroom.

All of the windows in our home have white wooden blinds on them that we loved when moving in. I’m slowly getting over them, but am not going to be silly and take them all down. They provide great privacy and aren’t cheap – we just need to dress them up a bit inside. Plus, drapes will really give our room a finished look if we can get them right this time.

In keeping with our inspiration photo, we picked up four faux silk smoky blue curtain panels from Target awhile back. They were living in the closet, waiting for our kitchen projects to be finished up before we moved on to other rooms.  Today was supposed to be their day to shine.

Instead, they are wrapped up and heading back to Target. It really is sad.

So how did this all go down? Well we unpackaged one panel, slipped it onto the curtain rod and walked it up the ladder to decide where to place the mounting hardware on the wall according to the width of our panel.  You see, part of our past curtain dilemmas was that we were hanging the curtains literally in front of the window, blocking all the light – rather than mounting the rod in a way that allowed the curtain panels to frame the window and not block it. Lesson learned.

Anyhoo, so we are checking out the width of the curtain when I look down and realize that my 84” long panels are too short. D’oh!  They would be a perfect length if we wanted to hang our curtain rod right above the window frame, but we want to hang it about 8 inches higher, to split the space between the window and ceiling.   Doing this will make the room seem a little grander – a plus in a guest bedroom. This will also keep our curtains from lopping over our protruding blinds in a funny way.  See what I mean?

The game time decision?  Take ‘em back. If we are going to take the time to do it, we might as well be happy with the results. I am crazy enough to be disappointed every time I walk in that room if the curtains are not right where they should have been. It’s a sickness I know.

Of course a quick trip to Target.com showed us that they do in fact make longer versions of our panels – yea! However, they only sell them online – boo!

We hate waiting, but decided it’s worth the shipping time and extra thirty beans to get exactly what we want.  The free shipping code I found at this website, helped make the decision a lot easier too.

In 7-10 business days we should have the new curtains in our hot little hands. In the meantime we can return our shorties to the store and spray paint our black IKEA curtain rods a bronzy gold. We had decided to skip that step to just get the curtains up – well, the curtain gods are now punishing us for our laziness. No excuses now.

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