I am back. Well, kind of. Sorry for my long absence but as I have transitioned into a new home (rental) and a new city I have really had a process in transitioning. My paid job is working from home part-time so I thought I would have all this time to do everything I wanted and I got overloaded. I had to have a little priority check to see what was of utmost importance so I took a break. It has been good for me to re-evaluate why I blog and WHAT is important to me to blog about. I decided to break my silence and start posting again but I will say that the blog will soon be transitioning. It has to because the company who made my purchased theme (Standard) decided to close shop….just when I got my blog redesigned. Boo! I was so frustrated I used the opportunity for reflection. Do I want to continue on with iloverehabs, do I want to finish my time as a blogger, or do I want to transition? I am going to post more on this later but today I wanted to give you a DIY post. If you don’t remember, I am renting a house right now in our new city. We were overwhelmed with buying when we moved because we didn’t know the city. As you know, renters can’t drill holes in the walls and make their home cozy with semi-permanent decor. I was actually told by my landlord that I could re-paint and I tried to muster up the energy but it went flat. I didn’t want to spend money on paint for a house I was leaving 6 months later. I decided it was more of a challenge to work with the existing paint. Here is our living room when we moved in:
Here is this space with all my stuff from my old house
I was fine with it as is until the day I got sick of the blinds. They were broken at the bottom and didn’t give full privacy. So I made a temporary shade to cover the massive window out of a fabric shower curtain liner I had on hand. I decided I needed color. So I grabbed my fabric shower curtains from my former guest bathroom….
…and decided to make them into curtains perfect for a rental. I couldn’t drill holes in the wall NOR did I want to buy a rod for a window size that I might not have in the next house.
Here is how I made my no-damage rental curtains:
- Dowel Rod (small) I bought one and cut it into two. You can buy two the size you need at Lowes, HD or a craft store. One was .97¢
- four 3M command strip removable hooks. (two boxes at $2.99 a pop with a 10% off mobile coupon (plus tax) was about $6.
- Curtain with tabs. I made mine but you can buy them this way. (I had them)
- Straight Pins. (had them)
Total Cost: $7
I used a level and hung two 3M command strip hooks where I wanted my curtain to go. I placed the dowel here so you could see how it would fit.
I cut the dowel to the size of the curtain when it was pleated. The dowel would fit in the curtain like a rod would. This picture is before I pleated the curtain so my curtain is bigger than my dowel rod.
I pleated the curtain by folding the front of the curtain so the tabs touched in the back. In other words, fold the fabric between each tab. Here is the picture with it folded/pleated from the back. The rod is inserted here.
Here is a picture of the pleats from the front. If you look closely you will see I pinned the folded section of fabric together (in the front) to make the pleats. I actually used plain straight pins but they were so unnoticeable that I switched pins so you could see them in the picture. Pinning the pleats naturally keeps the fabric together and it keeps the rod in the back without sewing it in! No-sew projects…can I get an AMEN!?
I placed the pleated/pinned curtain with the rod inserted on the 3M command strips and you can’t even see the hooks.
Here are my No-Sew…No Damage…Rental Curtains
Of course you cannot open them but they are not privacy curtains…they just give color…which makes me happy.
When its time to move take out the pins, rod, and undo the command strips and you are done. Hope this helps you renters…or people who just need curtains for some texture.
Thanks for reading,