Fun Craft Tips for Old Window Treatments and Shutters

In Shutters, Window Treatments by Specialty Drapery

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Coming up with creative and innovative window treatments ideas is a challenging task even for people who love to decorate. There are literally tons of non-traditional and creative tips and options that can make the most of whatever window treatments that you have and impart to your windows a million-dollar look on a surprisingly lean budget. Have you ever seriously given thought to recycling your old items? Perhaps you inherited miles upon miles of lace tablecloth that have seen better days and are no longer as white as they used to be. You can still get more mileage out of these fabrics by converting them to interesting antique window treatments. All you need to achieve this magical transformation is a handy sewing machine and plenty of spare time and you will turn your dull tablecloths into artistic window curtain panels. You are of course free to add any frills you desire so long as they don’t impede the function of the window curtains.

If you have some old lace curtains that won’t respond to any amount of bleaching, there is no need to try and turn back the hands of time. Just accept their age and do something to build on it. For instance, instead of frantically trying to get rid of those stubborn stains and risk damaging the delicate fabric in the process, why don’t you use tea to stain them and create something radically new? Staining your already stained lace curtains with tea will impart to them a truly antique and unique look. Just take a bucket of hot water that’s close to its boiling point. Throw in about 30 tea bags and let them ‘‘stew’’ in the water till it turns dark. Add your curtains to the mixture and stir vigorously. Leave the curtains to sit in the mixture for about 30 minutes while stirring occasionally to distribute the color occasionally. Remove your curtains and squeeze out the excess liquid then hang them on the clothesline to dry.

Revitalizing old window treatments, however, is not all about curtains. Wooden blinds are making a major comeback and people who love warm natural tones will find them delightful. You can get antique folding covers at your local auction or garage sale. You can then take these and add a touch of artistry by decorating them with Toile paintings. With old window treatments, those subtle touches can give you a really spruced up end product. Sets of long-lined draperies can be revitalized by placing small hooks and other mountings just above the rod’s handle. Top them up with silk garlands. Cleaning them is no more difficult than washing a valance or swag.

New Ways of Using Old Shutters

Your old shutters might look like a lost cause to you. But with a little creativity and a willingness to think outside the box, you can transform them into glorious masterpieces.

Here are a few tips on how to use old window shutters:

  • Transform your old and drab shutter cabinet by painting it using white and yellow colors and use it as a dish rack to hang your kitchen cutlery such as spoons, ladles, graters, fish slices and so on.
  • Use your old shutters as shelves in your garage to place old lamps, watering cans and other stuff you normally don’t use.
  • If you have an antique iron shutter, place it in the living room next to the fireplace. It will look like another window and add a sense of adventure to your living room.
  • Place two wooden shutters on either side of your windows to add character to your rooms.

Specialty Drapery specializes in providing quality window treatments for all their customers in the Richmond Metropolitan area. We are a reputable horizontal blinds Richmond supplier, as well as a top-rated plantation shutters Richmond supplier. We also supply a wide variety of drop-dead gorgeous window treatments such as blinds, shades, stage curtains, shutters, draperies and sun control systems.

In addition to these, we provide related services such as installation of customized draperies, consultations, cleaning, motorization as well as repair services throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Call us today and get a free quote for your window treatments project. We can also share with you exciting ideas that you can use to revitalize your old window treatments including your old blinds, curtains, and shutters.