These stained glass windows in our dining room were some that I never really loved from the start…
(Please pardon the poor photo – again – this was taken long before a blog was ever on my mind)
…not to mention that wallpaper – but that’s another post altogether. At first I tried to tell myself that the stained glass windows would “grow” on me over time. But they didn’t, and after nine months of looking at them, and especially after the busy wallpaper came down (hallelujah), I knew I had to get rid of them somehow. But not *really* get rid of them, of course. So I decided to try just covering them up using a layer of heavy white card stock and then sewing some heavier-weight flour sack dish towels into makeshift curtains. While far from “perfect” they provided just what I needed, and they provided it on a dime…
Supplies I used to cover my stained glass windows:
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- 8 flour sack towels (2 for each window)
- Removable double sided tape
- Scissors (to remove the leftover strings from hemming)
- Straight pins
- Card stock paper
- Small tension rods (not shown)
and using Scotch removable double sided tape (Made sure it’s the removable kind!)
I simply taped them (double thickness) to the frames of the windows.
Here’s one layer on – second layer was added later.
Yes, I know…definitely NOT a designer trick, it was just an inexpensive solution to the need I had. 😉
After taping the pages to the window frames, I pinned and sewed a simple rod pocket – I didn’t even bother to roll the edge over twice since it was already hemmed. Just one roll did the trick (plus I needed the length).
then I ran tension rods through them, using two towels per window, to provide a little more fullness to the look.
The end result isn’t perfect (who knew that flour sack dish towels weren’t hemmed into *perfectly* straight squares?) ;)but it gives me the white space I wanted, covering up the four season stained glass windows – all while doing no damage to them.
As you can see, again, this isn’t a “perfect” solution because when the light hits just right, you can faintly see the hint of what’s underneath the curtains. However, this doesn’t bother me so I’m leaving it as is for now. 🙂
Mission accomplished – and now I don’t cringe when I walk into our dining room. Do you have any oddly-shaped smaller windows that just bug you? Maybe some tension rods and flour sack dish towels are just the answer….
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