September 8, 2011

More Ikea Curtain Upgrading

Yup…I’m back on a Thursday to chat, once again, about curtains.  You’d think making tab-top curtains into grommet-top curtains would be enough DIY crazy-ness for me, but I had one more trick up my sleeve.

You see…when I first pulled together the inspiration board for my son’s big-boy room, I was in. love. with those green Mimosa Curtains from Zgallerie

…so bold, so the perfect green, so graphic, so statement making…so way too expensive for a kids room.  The more I thought about it, the more I decided that while they were totally awesome in their bold, green, graphic, statement making-ness…they were a bit too grown-up for my son’s room.  I wanted something with a touch of bold, green, graphic, statement making-ness…the key was figuring out how to get it.

Not long after I gave up on my beloved Mimosa curtains, I became transfixed with the idea of wide stripes incorporated into curtains.  There were several gorgeous examples of this around the web for inspiration but the one that really held my heart was this one found over at Sarah Macklem’s blog, The Yellow Cape Cod.  They were bold and graphic and fun and totally awesome…

…but I was still smitten with those Mimosa curtains from Zgallerie.

Then, one night while I was flipping through my Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts book, I came across a tutorial for these amazing color block shower curtains:

EUREKA!!!  I thought.  I love the linen.  And I love the wiiiiiiide blocks of color.  What if I did a wide block of the Mimosa curtains at the bottom of standard, linen curtains?  I immediately headed to Pinterest to look up some wide stripe curtain inspiration and came across these lovely examples:

(found on Song of Style and credited to Lonny Magazine, but without any further linkage)

I will admit…when I came across the above picture of a playspace designed by Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise, an LA based design firm, I was smitten.  It is the perfect amount of whimsey, not to mention, the perfect ratio of linen to pattern.  So…I found myself a great set of halfway-decent, relatively-inexpensive linen drapes from Ikea, cut off the tab tops and made it a grommet top, and then went about adding about a third to the length by way of a pair of the Mimosa curtains from Zgallerie  (using the block shower curtain instructions from the Sewing Book) and here’s the final result:

I’m so in love with how these came out and even more in love with the fact that I got to have a fun, graphic drape in my son’s room without having to shell out for four panels of the too-expensive-for-my-blood Mimosa panels.

Have you ever modified store-bought curtains to further customize them?

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5 Responses to “More Ikea Curtain Upgrading”

  1. Oona Says:
    September 8th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I had Ikea’s Bleached Lenda curtains on every window in my last house. The Master Bedroom drapes got ric-rac trim, the LR ones acted as the backdrop “sheers”, and the DR ones got cut up and made into roll-up curtains.

    In my current home I’ve purchased patterned drop-cloths to use in the DR and I still debating on what (if anything) to do to them. Maybe a stencil…

  2. Sarah@circle and sprout Says:
    September 9th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Miriam, I love all the projects you do! Genius! Are you on pinterest? I would love to follow you!

  3. Decor Arts Now Says:
    September 11th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Yep! I can’t sew but right now I am having rod pocket, block print linen curtains that I scored from John Robshaw for $75. A panel Turned into Euro top pleats that will traverse on a rod. I am also having a roman shade made from a flat panel in the same fabric.

    They are scheduled to be installed this Friday.
    Fingers crossed.

  4. Miriam Says:
    September 12th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Sarah,

    You can find me at…be sure to send me yours too!


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