Last Updated on October 6, 2017 by Kristi Linauer
I got all of the trim adjustments finished on my pantry doors yesterday, and today I’ll be ready to prime and paint the doors and touch up the paint on the trim and walls. They now looks like real French doors. The big gap between the top of the doors and the top door jamb is gone…
I know some of you were confused about how I was going to get rid of the gap, and I did take pictures of the steps I took. But I’m going to wait until the doors are actually finished and then do a post with all of that info.
In the meantime, I’m having a hard time deciding on what color to paint the doors. My plan was to paint all of my doors Kendall Charcoal, but I’m having second thoughts about painting these charcoal. Would white be better? And if I do these in white, then should the other door in the room be white as well?
Or should I just stick with my original plan, paint all of the doors Kendall Charcoal, and move on?
Anyway, I was feeling quite unmotivated yesterday, so I made a deal with myself that if I got all of the adjustments done on the door, and got everything ready to prime and paint by today, then I could hang my new breakfast room curtains.
Yep, I have breakfast room curtains. And yep, they’re store-bought, ready made curtains. From IKEA. I know. I’m shocked as well. 😀
Every time I looked up “white draperies” on Google or Pinterest, I kept seeing posts about how awesome IKEA’s Ritva curtains are, how the fabric is quite substantial, and how they have a pretty texture. And I have to admit, they looked great in pictures. So I decided to take a chance. Heck, at $24.99 for a package of two panels, it wasn’t much of a gamble. I bought two packages so that I could have two panels for each side.
I literally just took the out of the packages and hung them. No ironing, no nothing. I already love the softness they add to the room.
And by the way, someone yesterday asked me if I could line up my painted cabinet doors along the breakfast room side of the peninsula just to get a glimpse of how that’s going to look. So there’s a little peek of what my teal peninsula will look like. 🙂
But back to the curtains. I won’t be keeping them like this, but they’re good enough for now. The curtains have tabs on the back where the rod slips through. It probably looks better on curtain rods that are thinner, but it’s a tight fit on the 1.25″ diameter curtain rod I chose.
And I also don’t do puddles. Puddled curtains are like neutral rooms to me. I can appreciate them in photos, but I can’t live with them. 😀 My cat would sure love them, though!
I bought the 98″ length, and I have eight-foot ceilings, so you can see how long they are.
I also don’t like hanging curtains without a return (i.e., where the curtain panel “returns” to the wall on the ends so there are no gaps between the panel and the wall), and this is a perfect example of how returns give a much more polished and professional look. Standing in the kitchen at my dishwasher, I currently see this view…
…with a gap between the wall and the curtain where I can see the trim, the window, and the shade from behind the curtain. That’s not a good look. If you want more info on how to hang your curtains with a return, I explain more here.
When I decorate the breakfast room (as soon as I’m done with this month’s goals!), I’ll be making some significant changes to the curtains. I plan to pinch pleat the tops, hem the bottoms, and hang them on drapery rings with returns on the ends. That will give me the tailored and polished look that I prefer. But in the meantime, I’m really enjoying the softness that these curtains give the room, even in their untailored, puddled, straight-out-of-the-package wrinkled state.
So if you’re looking for good, white, ready-made curtains, I highly recommend these. They’re not stark white. They’re more of a creamy white, which I think is very pretty. The fabric is a medium weight, and not so thick that it blocks out the light completely. So if you want them to block out light in a bedroom, you’ll need to attach blackout lining. But for my breakfast room, I actually like how the light shines through a bit. (Solid white curtains are the only kind that I can tolerate light shining through. And I don’t just tolerate it. I actually really love how it looks.)
Now I’m feeling more motivated to get my list done for the month so that I can get my curtains finished! 🙂 First things first…I need to decide on a color for my pantry doors.
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