You might remember that we recently replaced our entire living room window get-up with these blinds, this rod and these panels. While we love the look of clean, crisp curtains, to be honest, we had debated whether we should go bold with patterned panels. With all the windows in our home covered in white drapes, we thought it could be a fun, funky touch, but after simmering on the idea for a few days, we nixed it. Here’s what we have now:
With our big art ledge as the focus (and a yellow velvety chair on the way!), we didn’t want the room to feel chaotic with one more thing in the mix. We love the gray panels we chose (they are the most perfect shade, literally and figuratively, so to speak), but a few days ago, we spiced ‘em up with an easy peasy upgrade – pom pom trim!
6 yds of mini pom trim (the same kind used here)
hot glue gun
needle and thread (for extra credit)
I’ve said many times that I can’t sew a lick – this is still the case – so I used a glue gun to adhere the trim to the outside of each panel. We debated adding the trim to the inside of each panel (or both sides, really), but the outside edge naturally juts out with the ruffle of the curtain, so we just went with it.
I applied the hot glue directly to the excess part of the trim and carefully pressed it down along the way. Below on the left is how it looks when you’re looking at the curtain, and the right side shows the back – what we don’t see.
I trimmed it off at the bottom, added an extra dab of glue to “seal” it in, and repeated the same steps on the other panel. For extra credit, I randomly stitched the trim in place (top, bottom, and a few spots in the center), but to be honest, it didn’t need it.
The hot glue was the easiest option, as it required no drying time, and it was so simple! I was done in 30 minutes, and it adds a tiny hint of color – perfect.
Our tweaked-out living room is falling into place, if only we could find (or DIY?) a table for my nighttime wine to sit on. (You should see me balance my drink atop those throw blankets!) The original list has dwindled down, and you can see that the lovely chair is done – whoot! We’ll share her soon, soon, soon:
Makeover our $2 chair. (Done!)
• Reassess the end table situation – or lack thereof.
Swap our venetian blinds for easy, breezy cellular shades. (Done!)
Layer in curtains to hide speakers and add warmth, texture and height. (Done!)
Replace our shaggy rug with something that fits our oddly shaped room. (Done!)
Re-upholster the lovely chair. (Done! Reveal soon!)
Re-work our current art display. (Done!)
About those end tables. (Sigh.) Over the weekend, Scott found a cute, simple end table on Craigslist (we figured it could conceal our ugly sub-woofer under the new-ish light), but in person, not so much. It was too small, over priced for the size, and needed TLC we weren’t willing to give – you know, due to the over-priced-ness.
So, uh, anyone have an end table they need to rid themselves of?
In any case, we love how the mini pom-pom trim adds a boost to our gray curtain panels – and ties in with Stanley across the room! Depending on how bold you’d like to go, we’re thinking larger poms or velvet ribbon could be fun too, don’t you think?