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window treatment upcycling to the rescue

October 13, 2010

Earlier this year, the guest room/office really needed some new curtains.  The ones we inherited from the previous owners were a horribly awfully unflattering dark green cotton.  I hope I’m not understating just how completely unappealing they were.

But again, that pesky little budget reminded us to pinch pennies wisely.  So we purchased a simple roman shade in a blue ticking stripe (source) that will be versatile enough for whatever decor happens to land in this room.  Sometime.  In the future.

To set off the shades, we wanted a nice topper.  But what?  Then I remembered removing the door panels from an old CD storage cabinet and stashing them in a closet.  So why not use them here?  In hindsight, the panels would have looked better had I mounted them spaced slightly from the wall rather than flush.  Oh well.  We’re pleased.

Another piece of unused furniture averted from the landfill.  Too bad about those green curtains though…

Thank you for reading 🙂



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  1. October 13, 2010 3:22 pm

    OMG Diane, you TOTALLY blow me away with your creative genius!


    Three cheers!

    Honestly girl, this looks like something out of a professional interior design magazine.

    Love your sense of style. Clean, simple, and soooo classy!


    • October 13, 2010 3:56 pm

      Thank you Ron. Hanging them was a big undertaking. Of course I used my trusty snowman pencil, but I also had to borrow the power drill and studfinder from Cristy’s set of professional tools. The panels are heavier than they look since they have glass panes.

  2. October 14, 2010 4:14 am

    looks amazing! great work…love your innovation!

  3. October 29, 2010 1:39 pm

    Pinching pennies pays off… what a great look. I like the ticking. Very neutral with any style. Love it!

    visititng from Remodelaholic. Take care!

    • October 31, 2010 7:30 pm

      Thank you MIchelle – I’m just so glad we still had those cupboard doors. After we moved, the original plan was to discard the piece of furniture entirely, but you know how hard it is to toss away something when you know deep down you can still coax out another life, if only the right opportunity emerges! I like the ticking too – not too overpowering since we don’t have a definite style planned for this particular room. Thank you for visiting 🙂

  4. August 29, 2011 5:49 pm

    How fabulous this looks! Wow – I am so impressed! Thanks for sharing.

  5. August 30, 2011 12:46 pm

    That is such a great idea! I wish I had something like that in my closet to use!

  6. February 11, 2012 9:14 pm

    Ah-haaa…looks great 🙂 Laurel

  7. February 13, 2013 6:11 pm

    i did this with japanese shoji screen and I was so happy with the way it turned out. I like yours too.


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