DIY Kitchen Window Treatments

DIY window covering ideas can use everyday materials in unexpected ways to make a tremendous impact on your kitchen.
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By: Lauren West

Ordinary window coverings can work for just about any window style or size. DIY kitchen window treatments can be the best way to express your personal style. Hand-crafted window covering ideas that use everyday materials in unexpected ways can make a tremendous impact on your kitchen.

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Braced With Bracelets

Many women's bracelets and men's cuffs are the right size for cinching single-width drapery panels. Put bracelets and cuffs to creative use as tiebacks by placing them around drapery panels and hanging freely, or create a more permanent look by attaching them to the wall with Velcro.

Branching Out

Sometimes the perfect object for a lightweight drapery rod may be sitting right outside your window. Branches can make for excellent, sculptural drapery rods with a few simple do-it-yourself updates. Search for a branch with the proper length and width to fit above a window and handle the weight of the chosen drapery panel. Next, cut it to size and spray-paint it in a color which contrasts well against the wall. Lastly, secure standoffs, ready-made drapery rod brackets or L-brackets directly to the wall using plastic drywall anchors, then attach the branch with screws or bailing wire.

A Touch of Menswear

When draperies need to be pulled back from or tied back in the middle of a window, neckties are a stylish solution. While freestanding tiebacks simply require a proper Windsor knot slipped up along the bottom of a drapery panel, fixed tiebacks are created with Velcro placed along the back of the neck loop and attached directly to the wall.

A Nod to Nautical

Sisal rope has endless uses when it comes to decorating. To add a nautical touch to windows, consider adding small two-by-two-inch wooden blocks above a window. Then, after cutting a spool of rope to size, knotting each end and sliding drapery rings or panels directly onto it, attach rope securely to blocks with decorative screws and washers. Depending on how tight the rope is pulled before being secured to each block, a more tailored or relaxed look can be achieved.

Fashion Forward

Add a fashionable touch to your curtains by repurposing an old leather belt into a stylish and preppy tieback. Wrap the belt around the gathered drapery panel and add an additional hole to the belt using a nail and hammer. Secure the belt to the wall approximately 10 inches in from the front edge of the belt buckle. Wrap the belt around the drapery panel and buckle in place with the brand-new hole.

Stylishly Sporty

Bring an unexpected touch to a man cave with golf-club drapery rods placed above small windows. In order to use the golf club successfully, pick up C-hooks from a home improvement store, secure them into the wall above and alongside the window, slide panels onto the clubs, then secure them to the C-hooks.

Nifty Necklace

Get those seldom-worn accessories out of the jewelry box and in plain sight by using necklaces as curtain tiebacks. To ensure the proper effect, stick with necklaces large and thick enough to be seen from different vantage points in the room. If thin pieces are used, they may lose impact and look more like clutter than decorative tiebacks.

Styled by the Yard

Wooden yardsticks can become surprisingly stylish when given a designer touch. To add unexpected style above a small window, first update the yardstick with stain or paint. Next, attach the yardstick to one-by-one-inch wooden blocks using wood screws, nails, or with decorative stainless screws and washers after sliding panels directly onto the yardstick.

Design Home Run

Bring the ball game to a boys' room or grownup guys' space with baseball drapery rod finials. To turn the baseball into a finial, use a paddle bit slightly larger in diameter than the rod, drilling directly into one side of the baseball. Next, position the baseball directly along the end of the rod, securing a tight fit by hand.

Toy Story

Many finials made specifically for children's rooms are branded, themed or too trendy to withstand the test of time. Put a classic spin on a colorful, kid-friendly space by repurposing wooden blocks as finials with wood glue, a drill and paddle bit. Once the proper hole is drilled into the side, secure the blocks to the end of the drapery pole with properly sized screws or bolts.

Window treatments do not need to be expensive to look nice. There are many different kinds of options that can involve a fusion of existing treatments or the creation of your own window decorations through a DIY project. The shape and style of window, along with a budget, will help you determine the scope of the project

Curtains, drapes and shades are easy treatments with which to make a visual impact in the kitchen since our eyes are naturally drawn to the light already. Consider adding pattern and color, perhaps a fabulous print to liven things up. Choose a neutral, grounding fabric or material if you are after a clean, crisp contemporary or modern feeling. Doing a search online is a great way to visually inspire and ignite your imagination.

If privacy is a concern, look for screening materials that let you see out and allow some daylight to pass while blocking views from the outside; consider making Roman shades and roller shades using translucent or woven materials, or try sheer fabric, rod-pocket curtain panels. Frosted vinyl is also a simple, affordable solution that takes acrylic paint well. Frosted vinyl is a good design fix for windows that require both privacy and light.

Where privacy is not an issue, a swag of patterned fabric draped over a single window can also make a statement. Consider no-sew—burlap, bed linens, bathroom curtains, fabric napkins, floor-length drapery panels hung horizontally, beads, just to name a few. This is the opportunity for creativity to shine.

Do you have big windows or are you dealing with odd shapes? Floor-length curtain panels are ideal and offer opportunity for color and pattern when framing a large bay window or French doors.

Valances and cornices are like accent marks over windows you want to showcase. Asymmetrical applications could be wood or fabric, offering a more modern feeling to the kitchen.

Unique ideas can be simple. Curtain rods can be a secured pipe spanning an entire wall to achieve grandeur and openness. Tree-branches fixed over the windows bring nature in and act as a decorative valance or rod.

For the most personalized effect, choose resources that express your lifestyle: materials, texture, colors and design. DIY kitchen window solutions add just the right amount of personalization to finish your custom kitchen window treatments.

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