Here's another small bit of the Bedroom makeover. The curtains that were in there were some run of the mill Merete panels from Ikea. They were fine, just boring. I don't know about you but I don't like spending a lot of money on curtains. Why are they all so expensive? Why is it like eighty bucks to curtain a room even if you're being cheap?
So being the
cheap resourceful girl that I am I went about this project trying to use only what I had. I dug out an old US Navy wool blanket. It was perfect! But I only had one of them and needed two. I scoured the interwebs and came up empty handed for a match. Then gave up and just looked for something that I could find multiples on. On a side note, isn't it ridiculous what some people are trying to sell vintage wool blankets for?
After I struck out there I headed to my local Army/Navy Surplus. It was a exercise in futility. They weren't much better in prices. It was a total 'LA' surplus store. Fancy Displays, Clothes on mannequins. Definitely unlike any other surplus store I've been in. Their lowest priced blanket was pretty much just a moving blanket and I wasn't too excited about the prospect of that being on my windows. So back to the internet drawing board. I finally found these. "Wool Utility Emergency Blanket" Sexy, no?
They were big enough, grey enough and cheap enough so I bought. They're about half wool, half other material. Probably newspaper or hair trimmings. I dug out my bag-o-scrap leather and cut enough tabs for drapes. I used a simple zig zag stitch on them. With the material and the raw end of the leather I thought a simple stitch like that would be best. I was right.
Here's the finished product. A super textural, super easy DIY and super cheap:
They let in a lot of light which is great for pictures, bad for sleeping past 5am. I bought some blackout fabric (also on the cheap) and solved that problem with a quickness.
On Friday I'll show you the whole bedroom.