Thursday, April 28, 2011

New Dining Room Drapery Panels {where to hang drapes on Craftsman window trim}

While the cat’s away, the mice will play!

My husband doesn’t go out of town very often, but he’s been gone this week…which gives me the perfect opportunity to do a few projects to surprise him!  You see, it’s a win-win for me to do projects while he’s out of town.  First off, he’s not subjected to hours of discussion on splitting hairs  on whether to add one more milli-drop of pigment to this gallon of paint or not?  Second, {and one thing that really attracted me to him} he has a very good sense of style and cares way more about the little details than the average man should be allowed to does.   So this sometimes can lead to lengthy fights discussions over installing the bracket here or 1/2 inch to the right.  And third, who doesn’t love to come home to a home improvement project started and finished to completion without having to do any decision making or work? {Ok, don’t answer that!}

So, while he’s been away this week, this little mouse {yours truly} has been working hard on sprucing up our cottage to surprise him! I should really take a look at my to do list for 2011 so I can actually get things crossed off- since my first project isn’t on the list, darn!

First up is adding drapery panels to our dining room slider…and what a nice finishing touch it made. 

Here’s the slider BEFORE before…what it looked like with the previous owners:


And here it is after my husband installed Craftsman style trim around all the windows and we changed out the handle and lock:


Sorry, I forgot to take a “before” picture without the brackets, oops!

Ok, then I installed the brackets right on top of the trim:


After much research on where to install the brackets, I finally determined that during the Craftsman period {when trim like this was the standard} they installed the brackets right on top of the wood trim. I think it’s perfect, actually {that and I don’t have any wall space above my trim, which kinda leaves me without many options!}

I found these beautiful sheer drapery panels at my new favorite store, Cost Plus World Market.  I was contemplating sewing my own panels but when I saw these at just $14.99 each (plus I use my $10 off $30 coupon) it was a no-brainer.


Look at the adorable little bags they come in.  Hummm, what could I re-use these bags for??


They come all rolled up in a perfect little package:


So up went the drapery rod:


And the finials:


I just love the tie tops!  So whimsical, light and airy….just beachy!

And then I had to decide at what height I wanted the tie backs:


My dear son wasn’t quite as patient with me as my husband is…upon the 10th location I asked him to move it to, he was finished with me.


And here we are!


I think the next thing this little mouse needs to do is clean up that back yard a bit!

Back to work!!


  1. Oh you are so cute Celeste!
    No wonder thats your name!! :)
    You had me ooohing and awwwwing and then giggling at your crossed out words and then down right laughing with your picture of your son and how he gave up on the 10th try!!! lol
    Oh my, I can relate!!
    But what a beauty these are!!!
    I love, no.. adore the curtains and the tops are dreamy!!!!
    So feminine, so breezy, just beautiful!!!
    You did a great job on the frames ..oooh-la-la
    youre an amazing do-it-yourselfer!!
    Happy day sweetie! xo

    Deborah xoxo

  2. mavis E. ButterfieldApril 28, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    these remind me of my West Elm comforter cover and shams, as well as a skirt i have. . .you know the one.

  3. Wow, Deborah, that is just the sweetest comment I've ever gotten! Thanks for keeping me inspired!

    @Mavis....yes, it is like those ruched comforters at West Elm...I think I could make some matching pillows for my sofa {hum, do I see a project in the making?} And yes, I do know the looks just like the pillows I'm gonna make! XO

  4. It‘s so nice that I found your blog about your link on 'I heart nap time'. Of course I’ve scrolled a little and like what I see. Now I’m your new follower! ;)

    Take care

  5. Way to soften up the room. Looks great!!!

  6. So pretty! Awesome job!! We would ♥ for you to show this off at our link party!

    Lolly Jane


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