These Are the Best Privacy Options for Your Bathroom Windows

Bathroom windows are unique, both in form and function. They need to let light into a small space, while at the same time, afford you privacy. Here's how to get the best of both worlds.  

Bathroom Windows Privacy Solutions For Every Budget

Every bathroom in my home has a window, some of them quite large. Our current master bathroom even has one in the shower. That doesn't seem so bad (hooray, natural light!), except the window looks directly out onto the porch right next to our front door.  Continue Reading

12 Do-It-Yourself Window Treatments

12 DIY window treatments

Shopping for window treatments is tough. Sometimes, you can’t always find what you’re looking for. Why not try a DIY version? Here are 12 simple, but statement-making, curtains and other treatments to try!      


12 Do-It-Yourself Window Treatments
photo: Cleverly Inspired

1. Forget sewing. Forget math. Hang the drapes with staples! via Cleverly Inspired 

12 Do-It-Yourself Window Treatments
photo: DIY Showoff

2. Make them from painter’s dropcloths. via DIY Showoff 

12 Do-It-Yourself Window Treatments
photo: Design Sponge

3. I don’t frown upon sewing projects! via Design Sponge 

12 Do-It-Yourself Window Treatments
photo: Remodelaholic

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Make It: A Simple Wool Blanket Window Shade!

created at: 10/03/2011

It’s time to cozy up for fall!  Turn wool blankets into repurposed window shades in a few easy steps–then sit back and bask in the warmth of your handiwork!  


By using Army surplus blankets, which hover around $15-$20, you can get a great looking window shade at an even better cost.  Matt Pierce from Wood&Faulk shares this simple DIY project on ReadyMade, so head over for the full tutorial!

Meanwhile, can you think of any other great ways to repurpose wool blankets?   Continue Reading

Make a Tin Can Star Curtain/Wall Hanging

created at: 03/02/2010

Ansie shows us how to make a tin can stars that she then turned into a curtain/wall hanging out The outcome is nothing less than extraordinary. If you agree and want to make one of your own, here’s what you’ll need to make the stars:    

  • empty soft drink cans
  • utility or kitchen scissors
  • star template
  • permanent marker
  • ruler
  • an awl or thick needle or nail
  • flat-nosed pliers

To see the step by step tute, follow this link to Ansie’s blog. Continue Reading

How to Make a Felt Fabric Curtain


Textile artist Chela Edmunds needed a bit of privacy for a window with a park view, but she also wanted to let some light in as well. It’s a stylish alternative capiz shell curtains. To make one, you’ll need the following:

  • measuring tape or ruler
  • soft lead pencil or dressmaker’s chalk
  • a template for the circles (Chela used a tea canister)
  • a sharp scissors
  • a sewing machine
  • thread
  • felt fabric (the dimensions of the window)

To see how to put it all together, visit this page at Design Sponge. Continue Reading

How to Make a 2-Toned Button Window Shade

With the right buttons and fabric, this window shade could work in just about ANY style of room. And, dare I say, it’s as cute as a button? (My bad.) Anyway, if you’d like to crank one out, here’s a list of materials you’ll need:

  • Measuring tape
  • 2 contrasting fabrics, for front and back of shade
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Twill tape
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Seam ripper
  • 6 buttons
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Tension rod to fit inside window

For the sewing instructions, head on over to this page at Women’s Day. Continue Reading

How To: Customize Roman Shades.

Every television design show lauds the ease of the basic Roman shade, which can be endlessly customized. Well, fine, but I still don’t know how to make one…and those strings intimidate me.

Luckily, I have Jennifer’s how-to from Apartment Therapy. “Jennifer took simple, plain and inexpensive Roman shades from Target and
completely transformed them with a graphic patterned fabric from IKEA —
providing customized window coverings on a budget.”

Click here for her inexpensive material list and easy instructions. Continue Reading