Budget Tip: DIY Kitchen Curtains & Food Allergy Meal Plan

{Warning: The first half of this post has absolutely nothing to do with food allergies. It does; however, speak highly of living frugally.  In my home, it all goes together.}

I am not a crafty person.  Although my home is built around DIY remodeling, we’re talking hammers, nails, and paint.  I am the painter.  Pretty easy stuff.  When it comes to crafting, and even having an eye for such things, I fall terribly short.  Until now….

Can I hear a “whoop, whoop”!  Ok, totally kidding on that.

After living in our home for over 3 years, I finally have curtains in my kitchen.  One reason for the long wait is that we needed new windows.  Windows are expensive, so we’ve sort of done it a few windows at a time.  Three of the four windows in our kitchen have now been replaced.  I have been so excited to end our three year kitchen renovation that I thought it was time to do a little decorting via curtains…not to mention the desire for privacy.

After several failed attempts at going completely ease-free using tea towels as café curtains.  I threw in the towel(s), literally.  I love the look/idea of tea towel café curtains, but it wasn’t working in our kitchen.  My husband said it looked like Raggedy Ann  was decorating.  That certainly wasn’t going to work.  So, I went searching again for “no sew curtains” via pinerest and google.

I finally found the perfect curtain for our kitchen and our style.  The only problem…I’m not crafty and even a no-sew version terrified me.  But nevermind, I was hyping myself to do it.  The whole time I was praying, “Please let this work.  I can’t waste all the money I just spend on fabric.”  With the help of my talented 9-year old daughter, we pulled it off.  My husband approved as well.

Each window treatment cost about $23 and took about 1 hour to make the treatment for each window.  Some of my frugal tips:

  • I bought 2 no-sew glue strips (like Stitch Witchery) from Ikea for $1.99 each.
  • I was looking at the $35/yard fabric (on sale for $17.99), but couldn’t bring myself to pay that price.  Instead, I found a very similar fabric on a regular size bolt on sale for $7.xx/yard.  I spent about $50 for a little over 6 yards of fabric.
  • I bought the tension rods from Big Lots for $2.50 each.

Now, for the big reveal…

Are you in the market for new curtains?  If I can do this, you can do it too!  The biggest challenge is keeping the measurements exact the whole way down the faux roman shade.  You can find the tutorial for No-Sew Faux Roman Shades at Imparting Grace.

I may share my new DIY bathroom curtains that took only 15 minutes to make next week.  They aren’t as cute as the Roman Shades, but they are functional.  The next task: DIY Dining Room curtains.


And now for something food related….

Our Food Allergy Meal Plan for the Week of April 8, 2012

Sunday:  Lunch with family & dinner with friends.

Monday:  BLTs, Baked Zucchini Chips, Cantaloupe

Tuesday:  Blueberry Hamburgers (still from my hand-picked stash from last summer), Carrot Fries, Apple Sauce

Wednesday:  Nana in town.  That always means dinner out 🙂

Thursday:  Beef Goulash

Friday:  Easy Cuban Picadillo

Saturday:  Refrigerator Round-up (aka leftovers)

Dessert:  Gluten/Dairy-Free Carrot Cake courtesy of my sister-in-law (If it works out, I’ll share the recipe.)

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

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15 Responses to Budget Tip: DIY Kitchen Curtains & Food Allergy Meal Plan

  1. those curtains are gorgeous!!! great job, and way beyond the skills of a non-crafter, you get an A+!!
    and the menu, mmmm, I love zucchini fries, and the blueberry hamburgers sound intriguing, may check those out, and oh, how I hope the carrot cake comes out well, I love carrot cake!!!
    Hmm, now off to see if the faux roman shade would work for my bathroom, could be sweet, thanks for the idea:-)

    • Cook says:

      Thanks for your kind words. I was totally shocked that I pulled these curtains off. I have a bad track record for such things. It just takes a lot of measuring and re-measuring and steady hands.

      The blueberry burgers turned out quite good. It was an odd addition, but we all liked them.

      I’m still wondering about the carrot cake. I made the cakes last night but have to finish with the icing today. We’ll see…I’m still not sure if it will work.

  2. Colette says:

    What a timely post — as we are looking at new windows for our house (desperately needed). I took some curtains/drapes to the cleaner earlier this year, and have refused to put them back up, as I like the airy feel of sun-filled windows, and we may as well wait until we get the new windows, right?

    • Cook says:

      New windows are such a boring and EXPENSIVE necessity. We have 4 left to buy for our house and they are the most expensive, custom ones. And, unfortunately, in the worse shape. I actually have curtains on those windows though because they are in the front of our house. We like the sun-filled curtains too. That’s part of the reason why my tea towel cafe curtain attempt didn’t work. Good luck!

      • Colette says:

        Yes, I wish this window thing wasn’t such a big project. I would actually leave all my windows uncovered if it weren’t that people could see in 🙂 Good luck!

  3. Sarah says:

    I’ve chosen your blog to receive a Liebster award! Check it out!


    Keep up the good work!

  4. Jen says:

    Curtains turned out great!

  5. Jenny says:

    Those look great! I have the same three window set up in my kitchen…might have to come back to this one and give it a try.

  6. I am in awe. You know, this is one project I have NEVER attempted…you are so brave! 🙂 God is good to provide, and for providing the joy of using his giftings, however weak we feel in them!

    • Cook says:

      Ah, you’re sweet! I really could not have down it without my 9 year old helping me along the way. The biggest challenge is keeping the measurements correct all the way down. I was really nervous the whole time hoping that I wasn’t wasting money.

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