Hanging curtains has felt like a really daunting task, specifically in the living room. Allow me to explain. John & Sherry are awesome at swapping out art & furniture, rearranging, and re-thinking rooms in their house. I love this about them because it means their decor and style are really fluid, and they don't mind shifting a room around to paint or accommodate their latest project. I am nothing like this. I wish I were, but I'm not.
My mom tells a lovely story about how when I was little, she and my dad bought me some elaborate dollhouse that took them hours (and hours and hours) to assemble. When they gave it to me, I was somewhat interested, but after about a week I stopped playing with it. One day, my mom was looking at it and moved some of the furniture and people around. As it turned out, I did not like that. Apparently, I told her I had put everything where I wanted it, and that's where things needed to stay, and that's why I hadn't touched it. Soon after, I had one of my friends over and refused to let them play with the dollhouse. Not because I was bad at sharing (although I'm sure my mother could tell you stories about that deficiency as well), but because I didn't want anything moved.
Moral of the story is that once I find a place for things, that's where I like for them to stay. Now, how does this apply to curtain hanging? Well, as you can see below, in order to hang the curtains it required that we dismantle the entire living room. I've been avoiding this like the plague, mainly because our couch is made up of three interlocking pieces that are really tricky to un-hook and re-hook. Finally, I found the perfect curtains and decided it was time to take the plunge.
The curtains are called Matilda and came from Ikea. I noticed them when I was there one day and fell in love. It's a little weird to imagine that I found something from Ikea that I love this much, but they're seriously perfect. They're very light and airy and have just enough of a detail/texture to be interesting but not draw too much attention to themselves. The curtain rods are pretty standard looking and came from Crate & Barrel with leftover wedding gift card money.
As far as how high to hang it, I put the curtain on the rod and raised it up to where the curtains just barely touched the floor, then marked where the bottom of the mounting piece should go.
I went back and marked where the screws went.
Next, I drilled the holes using a drill bit that would be the right size if I were to screw the screws directly into the wall (rather than using an anchor). This is basically just a pilot hole to see if there's a stud.
Because there wasn't a stud, I went ahead and used a larger bit that would accommodate the anchors. If there had been a stud, I would have left the hole at the smaller size. You can see the little pile of drywall dust which is because I made a little tape shelf to collect it rather than letting it fall on the floor.
Next, I hammered in my anchors.
Then, I screwed in the mounting piece.
Thank you, Crate and Barrel, for selling such well-designed curtain rods! This was the most painless experience I've had with hanging rods. Next I just slid on the bracket.
I used a long piece of tape to mark how far over on the other side of the window the bracket should go based on the side I had already completed, then repeated the process.
Next, I added a bracket in the middle, and hung 'em up! This was before...
And here we are after!
Originally, I hadn't even planned on using the same curtains in the living room and dining room (which is sadly just because it didn't occur to me), but I'm very glad that this is how it worked out. I think they help tie the rooms together, which is awesome since the colors are obviously very different.
Isn't it funny how much of a difference they make? Every little thing makes a difference, which makes each project really exciting.
My next post will be a before and after one. My last before and afters were 6 months ago, and we've certainly come a long way since then!