Kitchens are often designed to be airy and open. And installing a window treatment doesn't have to put an end to the light. Look for a bright, semi-see-through fabric, like this classic blue-and-white-striped swatch, and fit it to a basic roller shade. When glued in place, the covering adds style without switching to the dark side.
Transform a store-bought Roman shade with painter's tape and a few well-placed lines. Unroll the shade and find the center point of the fabric. Use a triangle shape (we used an artist's triangle) and pencil to trace lines onto the fabric. Double-check the stripes are level with a straightedge, then adhere painter's tape to the lines, and brush on fabric paint. Let dry, remove tape, and install the shade according to manufacturer's instructions.
Dress up plain curtains with the Japanese version of tie-dye: shibori. Start by mixing a indigo dye kit in a large bucket according to package directions. Then use a combination of rubber bands and wooden blocks to fold up curtain panels. Place panels in the dye mixture—the longer they're left in the dye, the deeper the blue will be. Remove from bucket and let dry. Wash before hanging.
Decoupage medium takes the place of a sewing machine in these easy, no-sew curtains. You'll need a faux-wood blind cut to the size of your window, plus thick upholstery fabric a little bigger than the blind. Simply remove some slats, attach the fabric, and in minutes you'll have an instantly chic shade.
Don't let chic coasters gather dust on your coffee table. Put them to work with this pretty curtain tieback project. Remove any rubber feet or pads from the coaster with a putty knife, then adhere it to a metal curtain tieback with a high-strength multipurpose epoxy. Let dry. Install tieback with a wall anchor and drill, then pull back curtains.
Put your art skills to the test with this free-handed curtain upgrade. Press the curtain and hang it on a vertical surface (think a tall outdoor fence or wall) with a piece of protective plastic behind it. Apply a few pieces of painter's tape inches from the bottom, then spray-paint below the tape to create a solid border. Remove tape, then spray loops across the fabric graffiti-style.
Add adorable farmhouse charm to your kitchen with easy DIY shutters. They only require four steps and a few hours to make. Pair with other farmhouse accents—like fresh flowers, greens, and colorful linens to complete the look.
Perk up standard curtains with a playful fabric edge. This no-sew, no-sweat project is as easy as it gets. Adhere fabric strips to the bottom edge of your curtain with fusible tape. Try this trick on existing curtains, or add on to store-bought treatments before hanging.