Before I get to talking about drapes, I want to update you about my foot. The bandage came off this week. It looks pretty much the same as last week, except the scab is darker & hard. So I didn't put up a picture of it. I can walk. But not too much 'cause I don't want to break open the scab. If I have to walk far, I'll bring the crutches.
In the meantime, I've been doing some renovating in my bedroom. I made my own drapes. So now, I'm going to share with you how you can make your own drapes.
These are some drapes I made & installed myself.
First of all, I think store bought drapes are way overpriced. And a lot of them are kind of girly and fancy looking. So I made my own. And it didn't cost and arm & a leg. Here's how I did it, and you can too.
First, I bought a rod at a hardware store. I sawed it off so that it fits in to the gap where the window is. Then I bought dark denim fabric at K-mart. The darkness, is to keep the sun out. Use scissors to cut the fabric so that it's a little larger than your window.
Next step: Secure the fabric to the rod. To secure the drape (fabric) around the rod, involves a 2 step process. First, I folded the fabric down across one end about 2 inches. Then I safety-pinned it together. This creates a loop. Then, all you have to do is simply slide the rod through it.
Next step: Secure the rod to the wall. I hammered in 3 nails on each side of the wall opening. And I left the nails sticking out about 1 inch. This creates a base for the rod to rest on. Put the rod with the drape (fabric) and rest it in the window area, laying on the nails sticking out from each side of the wall. Then duct tape the rod around the nails and against the wall too. This is what I call double reinforcement. Now the drapes are securely secured.
Another step: Making the drape hanger. On the wall, to the right of the window, hammer in a big nail. Leave it sticking out at least 2 inches. To hang the drape to the side simply hang it over that nail. It works great. Last step: Making the Truffle or Topper. Some people like this look, and thinks it makes the drape classier. It also helps keep out sunlight from the top of the window. Cut off a piece of fabric that is about 4 inches deep and about 1 inch wider than the window. Hold it against the wall right above the window. Then take a nail and hammer it through the fabric and into the wall. Do that about 5 times and you have the truffle (or topper) part of the drape securely fastened to the wall.
Your drape is now done.
Now, next time you have someone over at your home, and they say "nice drapes", you can tell them, you made them yourself.
Let me know if you have any questions about the directions I just gave you. Trust me, it'll save you a lot of money from going to some fancy drape store. And thanks to everyone, for the advice & kind words about my foot.
Just thinking about some of the stuff you girls said, still gets me really excited.
Good luck with your new drapes.