Saturday, March 24, 2012

Window Treatment Fiasco........

Let me start by saying I have had the SAME valances in my family room for nine and a half years.  Years before that I had a couch and love seat in the same fabric but got rid of those five years ago.  I always liked the valances but a couple months ago, out of the blue, all of a sudden, I looked up at them and it hit me...... I HATED them.  They had to come down IMMEDIATELY along with the brackets,which I made my hubby hang four inches higher.  So on to Hobby Lobby I went.  I found the most gorgeous fabric and without any hesitation or concern for cost, I bought it.  When I got home I started cutting and sewing and cutting and sewing and sewing some more.  When I was done, I was so incredibly happy with them and myself until I did the next thing........ I hung them.    I just about cried because like the previous valances, I HATED them.  I was so heartbroken.  It was at that moment that I realized that I just was not into valances any more.  Perhaps I could try solid panels or maybe panels with a little print.  No, I wouldn't be able to do that either because my windows just about but up to my stone fireplace.  UGHHHH,  what was I to do???  I went on the Internet and found something I thought would work and that is what I did.  Well, since dear ol' hubby was busy with our new company I hired a contractor and he came the other day for me.   What do you think?  Here are the before and after shots. 

Family Room BEFORE

Just getting started

Two windows almost done

A little paint makes a big difference 

They had a little extra so why not do my laundry room door

The finished Family Room.  Much better (at least in my eyes)

The contractor still needs to come out and add a box and trim to the top of the stone but he has to wait for the electrician to come and add a light to the trim. 

Oh and FYI the brown floral pillows on the couch are made out of the fabric that I bought from HL.  LOL.  I'm going to make some for the front porch too and a seat cushion for my swing. 

Well that is all for today.  I have another project in the works and will share that shortly.  

Have a great weekend. 



  1. Love it! Your window toppers in your family room look fabulous!

  2. This is the best idea for making over windows! Awesome---your new window treatments are beautiful!

  3. Your new window toppers look awesome! I've seen this technique a couple of months ago and have been wanting to do it over a couple of doors in our home. Seeing yours makes me want to get my hubby on the project ASAP.

  4. Love it!! I've been wanting to do this to my doors!!

  5. The window top moldings are beautiful-lucky you!! Following you from TDC-stop by for a visit!

  6. Just saw this one too. I love this! It is so clean and fresh looking. Your living room is very pretty too. I love your stone fireplace. Have a great day!

  7. Sometimes, keeping things simple is the way to go. I love how plain your window treatments are. It lets light penetrate your home. Moreover, because of its white color, it blends well with the rest of your living room design. Great job!

    Roxie Tenner

  8. As the famous cliché goes, “Simplicity is Beauty.” Those simple window treatments made your living room stand out. It ends up with an aesthetically pleasing finish. A white hue is more than enough to make your living room, or any part of the house, more comfortable to stay in. Good choice, Lisa!

    Ashlee Starns