31 Days To Make A House A Home: Day 2: It's Curtains For You!

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I am so excited.   We have yuck blinds.  They're noisy.  They are impossible to clean.  They're broken. And, oh yeah.  Ugly.  I absolutely hate them, and have since day one.  I briefly though about making my own, but that insanity passed quickly when I remembered I have the sewing skills of a goat.


See the nasties on this thing?  GROSS.

 I spent a significant amount of time considering our drapery options, and in an ideal world I would find some gorgeous, organic cotton that will cure the world of cancer and smell of gardenias.  But, since this world is NOT perfect I decided to get an idea about what I was looking for at Target.  I assumed that I would look around, figure out what a drapery is, and then hit up a thrift store for some old, not to ratty sheets.  But then I found these:


I instantly loved the color and the feel of the fabric.  But I'm on a budget, and target draperies (at 20-40 bucks a piece!) are way out of my price range.  I whimpered, and started to walk away when I saw the little, red sticker.  Sweet. So I scored six single panel draperies, originally 24.99, for 7.48 each.

Color me stoked.

I headed to Home Depot to pick up curtain rods.  I found ones that I LOVE, but they are currently out of the budget range.  Someday.  Until then, I picked up these ones in silver.  A couple of screws, my trusty (well, technically Paul's trusty) ryobi drill, and BAM.  Curtains.

Wrong.

Evidently, you cannot just screw a screw into the wall, you have to make a hole first.  Evidently, once you have that hole you have to apply pressure using the ryobi to make the screw go into the hole.  Evidently, you have to mind the order in which you screw things, or else this happens: aka super awkward positioning, and thus hand cramping.


Evidently, while hanging your rods with the curtains on them may look prettier, it does nothing for the actual rod.  Evidently, hanging curtains is impossible.


This is what I get for not spending more than six dollars on a drapery rods.  This is what I get for drying to be moderately domestic.  This is what I get for doing a no good, rotten, thirty-one day challenge.  Cue sulking.  And pouting.  And blogging so furiously I forget to mind my tenses.  Why am I doing this again?  My house was perfect fine, if not a little bit embarrassing, but only when my perfectly chic, interior domestically inclined in-laws.  

Meanwhile, in other parts of the house, this* was happening:


And this:


And this:


And this:



And before I knew it, this had happened:

Curtains!

And while this could have gone a MILLION times better, there are so many positives from tonight's adventure in domesticity.  Paul and I worked together on a project, and no one was bludgeoned to death with a ryobi drill.  I learned that sometimes quality is more important than a price tag.  Next time I need to buy curtain rods, I'll splurge a little bit (ie after there's an earthquake or a small gust of wind and these suckers snap in half.)  My husband is ridiculously good looking, especially when he's doing manly things around the house.  Okay, maybe draperies don't scream "I'm on a horse," but they require tools, and therefor count.  Plus he was doing it for me, what's manlier than doing something to make your wife happy?

I'm hoping for a less stressful post tomorrow.

Until then!



*No cats were harmed in the making of this blog post.

12 comments:

  1. Go Paul! and Yay for curtains :)
    Also, I love that you can find the positive in any situation!


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  2. Love this! And who can resist the little red sticker? I know that I can't ;)

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  3. We've had plenty of wars with curtain rods in our house as well. "We" meaning my husband, because I am useless with a drill. Way to go! Now go put your feet up and enjoy the view of those nice new curtains :)

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  4. In our old house our slider was 8' tall and trying to find drapes that fit was impossible, so I decided I would make my own. I had to buy sheets to get fabric long enough and affordable enough. Then about three weeks after I got them up, my dog chewed them. After I fixed them, I washed them, and the suckers shrunk, so I had to move my curtain rod. Then that stupid bitch dog chewed them again. I bought new panels that time, and they were too long, so I had to move the freaking curtain rod again.

    I hate hanging curtains. HATE. With a fiery passion

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  5. You are so funny. I loved this post. Can't wait to read more of your 31 days.

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  6. Paul's a good man! Good luck on the rest of your projects!

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  7. "31 Days to make a house a home"
    Maybe day 1 should be cleaning your house?

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    1. That was actually the plan for my first post! But, as it happens, we had family in town this past weekend and I work the first half of the week. If you've read my other posts, you'd know I'm working on baby steps and a realistic portrayal of my journey :). We got in the bad habit of only cleaning for company, so there's a lot of cleaning to be done. I've been trying to do a little each day, but stay tuned for a deep clean later this week.
      Thanks for stopping by anonymous!

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  8. I used to have those same blinds! Electric conduit found at home depot is a thin metal pole that makes for really cheap, but sturdy rods!

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    1. I'll have to check them out! Thank you :)

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  9. "Sewing skills of a goat"-ha! Love it.

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  10. Not sure exactly where you are located, but if you can find a Ross store, check them out. They are my go-to place for curtain rods and lamp shades! As a fellow overwhelmed mom, you're doing a great job! I have several of those spots that need to be de-cluttered too!

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