Do you have boring beige curtains in every room of your home? Improve upon drab drapes by hanging these crafty window coverings.
1.Corrugated Metal Awning
Indoor awnings are unexpected and a bit over the top, but that’s why we like them. Blogger Hayden Scharrer at Two Paws Farmhouse fashioned these corrugated metal window awnings from plans by fellow blogger Shanty 2 Chic. Hayden used scrap lumber and spent just $12 on the corrugated metal, but the effect on her breakfast nook is priceless. Though this awning looks perfect with farmhouse decor, we can also see it working with more modern furnishings if you spray painted the awning to complement your decor.
Instead of topping her kitchen window with a traditional valance, Mary from At Home on the Bay used a salvaged wood board with a stenciled design, created by Lemonade Makin’ Mama. The rustic valance lets light flood the room but doesn’t look too sparse. Plus, the cheery message and bright colors could provide much-needed encouragement to tackle those dirty dishes!
To dress a large window, consider skipping curtains or blinds altogether and instead position a room divider or privacy screen in front of the panes. The Morse decorative screen from Barrette Outdoor Living is made of heavy-duty polypropylene and is sold in 2-foot by 4-foot sections, which makes it easy to customize the screen to fit just about any size window. If this style doesn’t suit, making your own DIY privacy screen out of pine boards, thin sheets of metal, or shiplap is another way to go.
Frosted glass provides exceptional privacy, but it completely blocks the view of the outdoors. With some low-tack tape and frosted glass spray paint, however, you can create a custom pattern that shields your home a bit from prying eyes but still lets in light. Plus, a frosted design doubles as a decorative element, as demonstrated by this playful geometric pattern.
5.Faux Stained Glass
Stained glass adds a pop of color to any room, and it filters light in a lovely, unique way when used as a window treatment. Take a cue from the bloggers behind A Beautiful Mess and create your own custom stained-glass panel. The project requires just a piece of glass, some lead adhesive strips, and glass paint—all available at your local craft store.
6.Barn Door Shutters
For homeowners who are still riding the modern farmhouse train, barn door shutters are a no-brainer. Install the track above the window, and slide the doors open and shut. When closed, the shutters prevent anyone (and very little light) from peeking in. When open, the doors frame your windows in a rustic touch.
Although these shutters by The Merrythought look like timeworn antiques, they are actually DIY window treatments that were constructed from plywood, wood glue, and a few other basic materials. This piece can be customized to fit any window. For a truly rustic look, finish the shutters with distressed paint and black hardware.
8.Clear Window Shelves
Some windows—such as the tiny ones often set above a kitchen sink—don’t require full coverage. For these windows, consider installing a set of glass or acrylic shelves instead of curtains. Filling these shelves provides you with some privacy while simultaneously showcasing decorative accessories, a collection of herbs, or whatever else strikes your fancy.
9.Lace Window Screens
This genius window treatment is an inexpensive, easy DIY project that makes a big impact. Sarah from She Holds Dearly built window screen frames out of pine 1x2s, painted them, and stapled lace to the back of the frame. Once in the window frame, the screen allows for both privacy and natural light
10.DIY Rolled Valance
Sometimes the best option for enhancing privacy and darkness in a room (and a great alternative to blinds) is a simple roller shade. This rolled valance, which hides a practical roller shade underneath, was made by Kristine at The Painted Hive with lumber, fabric, natural linen ribbon, and rustic buttons. The window treatment easily comes together with hemming tape for a quick, no-sew alternative.