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By Lisa Austin
By Marty Dick
I made a very "cheap" yet functional window treatment for our bedroom windows. Condo rules say you have to have white facing outside, so I bought two cream colored sheets, I think full size, and basted them to two blue sheets (this instance I had to sew a little, but can do with hand or on a machine). Then placed the two sets (4 sheets in total) on the sliding window, then added "greenery" and some draping wisteria, looks very rustic. Our walls were sponge painted this odd pattern/color by the previous tenant and I never changed, but when I added the colored curtains and the wisteria, WA LAA, instant Italian feel (good since my DH is Italian!).
You can take the sheets for kids rooms and embellish with what-nots before you hang, have fun!
Go to the hardware store and buy a wooden dowel instead of a set, you can stain the dowel just about any color, even BRIGHT colors if you use Jello and water! You can add finials that you can buy and stain, or glue on cool things: A matchbox car for boys, sea shells for the bathroom etc. You can pick tons of sizes of finials.
For hard to fit windows, I use tension shower curtain rods, works in doorways that you want a curtain too (for our cold months we need it), makes a great "Stage Curtain" for kids when you need too!