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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hanging Curtains and No Iron Solution to Wrinkles

Glad you came back to see how I hung the curtains in our bedroom. If you are just joining us, I hung some blinds the other day in a mini-makeover for our master bedroom.
Then I hung a curtain rod and flanked both windows with some billowy white cotton curtains. I still can't believe what a difference this made in the room.

Here is the dark and drab before:
So, you want to hang your own curtains? I'm here to help you along with that.

By the way, if you have a Tuesday Morning near you, check out their curtain rods! This extra wide one for spanning two windows was only $24.99!
Start out by holding up your curtain rod (preferably with a friend holding and you looking.) And mark the height of your rod on the wall.
Take the time to check and see if there is a stud behind where your bracket will hang. If there is, check out my post HERE for hanging the bracket into a stud. All my brackets landed in locations without a stud behind them.
So, I grabbed some Toggler anchors and used them instead of the screws that came with the curtain rod.
Start by tracing the screw holes in your bracket.
Next screw the two screws that come with the Toggler anchors partially into the wall. This creates starter holes for the anchors.
Remove the screws.
Use a philips head screwdriver and screw the anchors into the wall until they are flush with the wall. Be careful not to over-tighten.
Line up your bracket on top of the anchors, and then insert the screws that come with the anchors into the wall.
As you can see, the toggler screws are silver, but not for long! Grab a permanent black marker and color them black.
Or if you are using white or brown brackets, you can simply paint them with acrylic craft paint, stain or primer. Your choice.

Next, using your level, rest it on top of the first bracket and make a mark on the wall where your next bracket will be mounted. This will insure that it is level with the first.
Repeat the steps to install the second and third bracket (if you have a wide span of windows like I do.)
Assemble the brackets per the instructions that came with them. And hang your curtains!

You may have noticed how far the rod extends beyond the window. This is a design trick to make the windows appear bigger, plus it allows for the maximum amount of natural light to enter the room.
Okay, less you think that everything I do is perfect – remember how I said to have a friend hold the rod when you first decided how high to hang the rod. Well, I didn't! I was too impatient. So, I ended up having to re-do the first bracket and was left with this.
No biggie. I just patched the hole and applied some touch up paint. Good as new!
Except, I was too lazy to iron the curtains before I hung them. (Yup, I'm an instant gratification kind of gal, couldn't you tell?!)
So, I have for you a two-fer post. Two posts in one! Wow, your lucky day right?!

A No Iron Technique for Removing Wrinkles!

This is my favorite technique for removing wrinkles. I use it on everything! Slipcovers, curtains, sheets, and clothing I am already wearing.

You will need one of these:
Just a squirt bottle with plain old H2O in it. Nothing fancy. Set the nozzle to mist.

Spread out your curtains.
Then go to town spraying your wrinkled areas. When it dries the wrinkles are magically gone.
Sometimes they might need another spray and some smoothing with your hands, but ultimately they usually come out.
Only the stubborn wrinkles get to meet my iron.

As you can see below, most of the wrinkles came out, but we had party guests arriving in 15 minutes, so I left them as is and will iron them another day. Maybe.
And one more look at my new curtains and blinds.
Hey! Are you peeking at my new wall graphic I painted? You cheater, you'll have to wait until my next post where I will show you how to paint a wall graphic. In the meantime, I posted a picture of me working on it on my Facebook fan page.

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At January 5, 2011 at 9:23 AM , Blogger Beehive said...

I'm loving the new look. I've been contemplating moving our bed so it's in front of a single window, but I'm not sure if it's centered. I'll have to take a few measurements and see if I can make it work in our tiny little room. Happy new year!

At January 5, 2011 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Happy New Year! Your window looks beautiful and I love your roman shades! Where did you find them?

At January 5, 2011 at 11:07 AM , Blogger Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

Oooh, great tip about spritzing the water! I hate ironing, so I'll definitely keep that in mind!

At January 5, 2011 at 11:48 AM , Blogger Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

I totally know what you mean with the whole "holding pattern" concept when changing things in a room.

I am loving what you did though, loving it so much that I am ready to break out of my own holidng pattern for our family room (it's hard to do things knowing you are going to rip out the wood panneling and completely redo the fireplace) and take down the ugly vinyl vertical blinds (I know, I know) and pretty much copy what you did here. It has such a fresh and clean look to it, and that is something I am really going for.

At January 5, 2011 at 12:23 PM , Blogger Dixie Sargent Redmond said...

What a great tip! I will remember that!

At January 5, 2011 at 12:34 PM , Blogger Sherry said...

Oh you are so smart! And it looks fantastic. didn't know plain water would do that.

At January 5, 2011 at 1:43 PM , Blogger kucole said...

Ross Dress for Less also has a great collection of curtain rods that are affordable. That is where I bought mine.

Thanks for the hints on how to get out wrinkles!

At January 5, 2011 at 1:56 PM , Blogger Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Beautiful! so light and airy now! I need to try your wrinkle trick on a few of mine!

At January 5, 2011 at 4:04 PM , Blogger Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

Aren't you smart. Not even steam, just water! Love the new blinds and curtains.

At January 6, 2011 at 8:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Tutorial. Love what you are doing to your bedroom.


At January 6, 2011 at 11:01 AM , Blogger Higgs Happenin's said...

You're a genius and I love you. I've always needed to know how to hang curtains! Thank you.

At January 6, 2011 at 3:42 PM , Blogger Deborah in Atlanta said...

Something you didn't mention that I notice is that you held the level between two rulers. I've never seen that done, but I can definitely tell you, that will be used the next time I need something level on my walls. Cool trick!

At January 6, 2011 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I love your no iron tutorial, love it!!! Thank you!
The curtains are so pretty, perfect over your bed!
Thank you for your visit, love your blog :)

At January 7, 2011 at 2:24 PM , Blogger Rie said...

Looks great! We use the spray bottle technique in lue of ironing over here too! On Sundays, I've been known to line all my kids up in their church clothes, and spray them all down. Works great!


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