5 Window Treatment Ideas To Improve Your
by Sarah Peters
Coming up with interesting window
treatment ideas that bring out the best in your windows as they
bring in the sunshine, is a challenge to anyone with a yen to
decorate. There are tons of non-traditional options and tips to
make the most of what you have, and give your windows that
million dollar look on a mostly discount budget.
How about recycling old items? If you inherited lace
tablecloths that are no longer fresh and white, you can still
get a lot of mileage and an interesting antique window
treatment, by using a sewing machine to turn the tablecloths
into window curtain panels. You might even have some old lace
curtains on hand, that need to be brightened, but the bleaches
have failed you.
Accept their "age" and build on it, by staining them with tea
for a totally antique look. Simply take a bucket and use half
hot water and half boiling water, to "steep" 30 black tea bags.
When the water is dark, add your curtains and stir the mixture.
Then let them sit for 30 hours, with the occasional stir to
keep the color evenly distributed. Remove the curtains, squeeze
out the liquid, and hang them to dry.
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people who prefer the warm, natural tones of wood to go with
a wide variety of décors. Antique folding window covers can
be had for a song at garage and auction sales, then
refinished, and if you are artistic at all, decorated with
Little touches can add a lot to plain curtains. If you have a
set of long, lined drapes and would like to liven them up,
place small hooks or other mountings above where the rod is
held, and top your curtains with silk flower garlands, or just
silk greenery. There's no more fuss to cleaning these, than
there is to washing a swag or valance. Just put a little soft
dish soap in a tub of water, swish the silk garland around,
rinse and hang to dry.
Your window treatment ideas are limited only by
your imagination, and the time you have to spend decorating.
Some of the most interesting and attractive looks are born
from using leftovers, cast-offs and your own ingenuity.
Sarah Peters works at home, and spends most of her free time
on various home improvement tasks. Over a few years, she had
all her house windows replaced. In this series of articles, she
shares her experience and advice.