Around The House: DIY Curtain Makeover

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I’ve been “refreshing” my home lately.  I have joked that I really have what I call “Design ADD”.  For some reason my creative brain needs to move from space to space in design.  Can you relate?

The need to re-arrange, fluff, tweak, or DIY can happen at any moment.  I have found if I don’t “go with it” and follow through once the idea pops in my mind, I lose it!! This leads to many unfinished projects around my home!;) But I’m ok with that;)


Easter Table 2015

My dining room was in need of some updates, but it needed to happen on a limited budget. The first thing that caught me eye were the curtains.  They were too plain and boring.  I purchased my favorite budget-friendly panels at Ikea a few years ago and loved them, but they didn’t add any visual interest to my windows. The hardware (rod) wasn’t horrible but not great either.  What I love and still do are the bamboo blinds that were added soon after we moved in.



After looking for inspiration I came upon many images like the one above.  I love the look of jacquard trim on the leading edge of curtains and knew it was a DIY I could handle.  I also remembered I had some greek key trim in storage that I never used.  So literally, one evening (that’s when I am most creative;) I took the panels down, and started adhering the trim with fusing tape.


 You can purchase here.

 I don’t sew, so I have a stockpile of this!  I actually hemmed the curtains AND added trim in one evening!  I must have had extra caffeine that day;)

The trim is my go to and can be found here.  Another source that has greater inventory is M&J trimmings (here).


*You can see the stitching I used as a guide when applying trim*

I didn’t even bother to measure. What? Yes, I am an impatient DIY’er;)  I literally followed the leading edge (seen above)  using it as my guide and ironed it in place.


*The end the result!*

Those who know me understand I am not “Type A” and my DIY projects are far from perfect but seem to be good enough;)  (Case in point…here;)  If I want my projects perfect and it’s in the budget, I hire a professional;)

I was really pleased with the end result, but once I hung them they looked too good for the original hardware they were hanging on! #story of my life…



I love the lucite look with gold accents as seen above.  It adds a bit of glam, modernity and sophistication to a space, but I really didn’t want to purchase new curtain hardware. So, I remembered I had glass knobs from another project that could possibly fit on the ends of my existing curtain rod. It would add a bit of the sparkle I was looking for!

 As luck would have it the glass knobs were the exact size of the end of the rod so I glued them using clear gorilla glue gel. I love when that happens:) I also spray painted the rod with my favorite gold spray paint.




Fuzzy iPhone pic:(…remember it was late into the evening!

 The finials may not be as large as I wanted, but they were on hand and the perfect fit!

All in all I am very pleased with the end result of my DIY curtain makeover!  By simply adding the jacquard trim along with a quick DIY on my curtain hardware, a designer look was created….without the hefty price tag!;)

I hope I have inspired you to DIY some curtains of your own!  It really is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to dress up store bought curtains and make them look custom.

Make sure you follow along to see what other changes I make in this space!

Have a great weekend friends!




  1. Kristen
    October 1, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    So impressed!

  2. Carole K Harper
    October 2, 2016 / 8:41 am

    As you alway say “shop the house “. You are an inspiration Marley. 😉

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