Tuesday, November 7, 2017

DIY Salvaged Wood Window Treatment

During a trip with my husband, I found a wonderful home salvage shop.  I bought several pieces of chippy white salvage wood that I knew I could use for something someday.  One of those purchases that your husband says, "what are you going to do with that?"  I found the perfect use for one of the pieces and I didn't even have to trim the wood.  It fit perfectly, like it was meant to be!  Here is the plain window in our master bathroom before:



Such a pretty tub deserves a pretty window treatment.  So, I had a goal to use things I already had.  I had the white window panels from our last house.  I had the piece of wood and the crystal knobs leftover from another project.  I also had bought a set of 10 lace napkins from an antique store.  I also had lots of ribbon that I could use.  


I started by cleaning the salvaged wood really well.  Then, drilled holes to add the knobs.  When I screwed the knobs into each hole, I didn't screw them in so they were flush to the front of the wood.  I left them out a little, to give room for the lace to lay on the screw, instead of the knob.  I also didn't want to have the screw sticking out too far on the back of the wood, or it wouldn't hang well on the wall.


Next, I added regular hangers to the back of the board, one in the middle, and one on each side. 
With the board being all done, I was ready to work on the curtains.


I knew I wanted a casual elegant look to the curtains.  Something that was swagged and gathered.  I also wanted one of the lace napkins at each swag.  So, I measured and marked where I wanted each napkin.  Then, I sewed each napkin and the lace ties to each spot.





Now, for the fun part.  Hanging the curtains!
There's no specific science to how I did this.  I really just gathered tucked and pulled until I got the look I wanted.  I used the lace ties to tie it all up to each crystal knob.  It does take a little time and patience, but its so worth it! 


I also added the old window to soften things up a little more. My husband asked my why we bought a new house, since I'm busy making things look old.  I really think it adds to the character.  I'm really pleased with how the whole thing turned out.  I hope you'll try a little DIY with things you already have too.  It's a fun challenge.


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2 comments:

  1. Heather this turned out so beautifully!! I love the way it softened and transformed the space!!

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    1. Thank you so much Haley! It really needed a little something. Thanks for stopping by!

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