Pretty, DIY Window Treatment–Damage-Free, Too!

Damage-Free Window Treatment

Damage-Free Window Treatment

I’m not very traditional.  Curtains have never appealed to me as a window treatment.  My decorating style–if you can call it “style”– leans toward the kitschy and colorful.  My home is painted in mostly neutral colors, so I’ve spiced up my living room with bright throw pillows, vivid art, floral feathery stuff and Mid-Century Modern ceramics.  That took care of the wall containing our fireplace, entertainment nook and built-in bookshelves.  Since it’s an open floor plan, the only other wall is taken up by windows.  After nearly three years in our home, those windows still had that bare, just-moved-in look, and I’ve been itching to add a pop of color.

Before:  Bare, Boring Windows

Before: Bare, Boring Windows

The dilemma for me was that I didn’t want to add traditional curtains that would hang all the way down to the floor.  I have modular furniture, which is just a blast.  I love to rearrange it every so often to give the room a whole new vibe.  I can create a few different looks, including a cozy movie pit.  I generally have some of the pieces up against the wall with the windows, and I just didn’t want to have to fuss with curtains hanging behind my furniture.  I like the furniture all the way up against the windows.  And I sometimes use the furniture near the windows as… well, as my little office!  Which makes the window sill a perfect place for pens, note cards, a coaster and a nice mug of (very strong!) coffee, so I can lounge against the bright pillows with my feet up and my laptop on my lap.  And then there’s the matter of the surge protector I keep on the window sill, so I can charge up my electronics and plug in that laptop.  None of this is compatible with long curtains trailing down the sides of the windows (and probably into my coffee), so I wanted a simple window treatment just to add a little pop of color at the top.  Teal, of course.  What I did not want was filmy, sheer scarves.  I’ve had those before, and they’re a pain to wash–they get all wrinkly and they don’t take kindly to ironing.

What I really wanted was something unique, a DIY window treatment that would add some color and interest at the top of those boring white blinds.

I thought about just using pretty scarves, but then I came across these  World Market Storm Green Crinkle Voile Curtain panels that are 100% cotton, washable, and meant to be wrinkled! In fact, after you wash them, you twist them up to ensure that they stay wrinkled.  Yessssss.  And they were teal… ish.

Of course, I had no intention of actually using them as curtains!  My plan was to cut off the ties and use them as window topper scarves.  They’re sold in single panels, so armed with a 10% off coupon (remember, Never Pay Retail!), I stormed into World Market and scored the last three teal panels in the store.  Yay me!!!

My original thought was to just use the Command Forever Classic Large Metal Hook, Oil Rubbed Bronze from 3M, which would work perfectly for hanging window scarves.  But while browsing the World Market store, weird ideas started forming in my head.  I eyeballed the gorgeous drawer pulls and wondered how I might use some of those little cuties to hold my toppers.  Hmmm… then I thought:  napkin rings!  I can bling up some napkin rings, stick them to the wall with Command Large Picture-Hanging Strips… especially if I could find square napkin rings.

Window Treatment Supplies

Window Treatment Supplies

Armed with more coupons, I was off to Michael’s.  I was disappointed not to find any napkin rings, but I always find something I “need,” so I headed for the register.  And guess what I found in the bins you have to pass to check out? The ones that I can never actually walk past?  Yup, square napkin rings!!!!  Wooo-HOOO!  They’re ceramic and I believe $2.99 for a set of two.  (These are chalkboard napkin rings & would be kind of neat to use as actual napkin rings, too.)  I tossed 3 sets into my basket & Pink-Panther strolled over to the scrapbook section, where I knew I could find something to bling up my napkin ring window-topper holders.  Heck yeah, self-stick, too.

So.  Here’s what I did.  First, I applied the stick-on bling to my square napkin rings.  Then, miser that I am, I cut the 3M Large strips in half, since they were too long for my napkin rings anyway.  After adhering one half to the napkin ring, I stuck the other half (the one with the tab still on it, since you need to pull that tab to remove it from the wall) to the Velcro on the napkin ring and peeled off the backing.  Honestly, I didn’t do a lot of measuring or anything.  I basically eyeballed the installation of the blingified napkin rings. You’re supposed to clean the area where you plan to use the hanging strips with rubbing alcohol, but be careful!  Sometimes it takes off some of your paint.  (I just clean the wall with a slightly damp cloth.)  You’ll also need to press really hard for about 30 seconds to make sure they’ll stick correctly.

Napkin Ring with Bling

Napkin Ring with Bling, aka, Window Scarf Holder

Once all the rings were up, I only needed to trim the ties off of my curtain panels and thread them through my napkin rings, adjusting the drape as I went along.  And then…..

WOOT!  Window treatments, finally!   A nice pop of color, a little bling, and no damage to the wall.

After!  Darling, Damage-Free Window Treatment

After! Damage-Free DIY Window Treatment with a pop of color & a bit of bling

Obviously, you could use this DIY window treatment technique with any window scarf, or even a fashion scarf, depending on the width of your windows and the length of the scarf.  Sweet!!!

Window topper

DIY Window Treatment


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6 Responses

  1. Leah Sannar says:

    Oooh, those are so fun! And you make the project look so easy! I’ve always had a bit of a diversion to curtains too. They always just seem to traditional and heavy in the space. Maybe I’ll have to give this a go! 🙂

  2. I’m not traditional either, especially on window treatments. I like to let the sunshine in and be able to see out without something blocking the view. I really like the simplicity of how you’ve put this together. I have valances but no hanging curtains in my entire house.

  3. I absolutely love this! Curtains can be SO expensive, and our walls look so plain (and ugly) with just the blinds. Can’t wait to try this!!

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