Mar 1, 2012

Curtain Rods! (Yes, that needs an exclamation point.)

The other project that I mentioned in Tuesday's post as finally completing was the installing of curtain rods in the living room and dining room.  I congratulate Tom on suffering through shopping for them - though honestly, I stopped looking at the second store.  Usually I want to go to five or more stores and then circle back to the one I liked best.  Maybe he should be congratulating me.

We chose rods from Bed, Bath & Beyond that had a square-shaped finial with a faux-wood finish. I found out the hard way that that finish is very thin, so I may have to spraypaint them in the future.

 We bought three sets so that all of the windows are the same.  We'll also buy matching curtains to keep a continuous flow between rooms.

We attached the rod holders directly into studs so that there was no need for drywall anchors.  Tom felt the need to test out the studfinder before starting. :-)

Simple installation.  I like simple.  The rod holders (hooks?) are attached to the wall with two screws, and then there are two more screws - one to adjust how far the rod sticks out from the wall, and the other to tighten the rod down so that it doesn't slide when you open and close the curtains.

We didn't realize until after hanging the first rod that the ceilings are not perfectly horizontal.  But the window frames are.  So we leveled the rods and hoped no one would notice once the curtains were up. 

Chloe was in charge of curtain rod inventory. 

I love the look on her face.  It's like, "I don't think I want to ride this ride!"

And then Sasha, being Sasha, needed to attack the person holding the rod.
Those ears give her extra lift.

Here they are all hung. 
I really like the combination of  brown rod, Ranchwood wall, and bright white trim.

I threw some navy blue curtains onto the dining room ones to see how it would look.  I'm sure our next-door neighbours appreciated that after 4 weeks of being forced to stare right into our house. And now we don't have to be as particular about being fully clothed when walking around the house. (Who does that!)

Next up is choosing curtains.  Tom refuses to go with me.  Truthfully I'm not looking forward to it either.  Any suggestions for colours?


Joannemudd said...

Sasha's ears make her look like the Flying Nun (OMG! I'm aging myself!)

BarbSteadman said...

Yes, exactly!

Caroline @ Double the Decor said...

I love your blog so much!  I came across it via the Blog Hop from It's so Very Cheri.  Your dogs are stunning and look like they get bathed and pampered everyday.  What's your secret?? : )  Following you now via linky and google... can't wait to see more amazing posts from you!

Caroline @ Double the Decor

BarbSteadman said...

If by pampered you mean spoiled rotten - then yes, they definitely are! Thank you for your sweet comments!

BarbSteadman said...

My husband laughed at your comment!

Megan said...

They are beautiful! I love the shots with the dogs. Our two dogs would be the exact same attacking one just watching from afar.  :)  Megan

loren crane said...

I am a new follower from cheri blog hop as GFC & linky and I hope you follow me too

Alecia Horner said...

Love the puppy pics.

I've yet to see a man pick up a stud finder without 'testing' himself... men

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you! Crazy how different their personalities are, isn't it?

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks for following!

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