Monday, April 21, 2014

Pin-spired: DIY Country Chic Window Treatments


branch curtain rod

Are you a Pinterest addict like me? I love that there is a simple place to go for inspiration and store it all in neat little categories. This weekend, I finally turned one of those pins into reality, and I am beyond excited to be sharing it with you today.

This project was "pin"-spired by Jennifer over at Town and Country Living. I am a little bit obsessed with burlap. I love its natural, earthy color and the relaxed, country vibe it gives off. I really loved the idea of pairing it with a tree branch for an extra punch of rustic charm.



I started this project by dumpster diving over at my brother-in-law's house after he had a long day of pruning his trees. I measured my window and searched the pile for a branch that was long enough and fairly straight. I had to cut off lots of excess branches, but I found two sticks that worked really well for me. If you don't have trees yourself or a relative or friend that you can use to "branch hunt," take a drive around town. Right now, people will be pruning to prepare for spring. If you see a pile of wood in someone's yard, go knock on their door and see if they are okay with you taking a stick or two off their hands.


branch curtain rod

You will need to debug your branches before you bring them in your home. I washed mine down with a bleach and water solution and a scrubbing brush. After a quick rinse with the hose, I let them dry in the hot sun for an hour or two. If your sticks are smaller, you can place them in a garbage bag and put a bug bomb in there. Most of us don't have a spare kiln or oven big enough to bake these suckers, so those are the best suggestions I have for killing any critters on them.

For hanging the sticks, I used some steel corner brackets. As I have told you before, my hubby likes to use his drill, so he helped me hang the branch. I do know how to use the drill, but doesn't he look so hot using power tools? After we figured out where the stick would be flush with the wall (your stick will not be straight so don't panic) we marked those two spots and hung the brackets there. Then, hubby drilled a screw straight into the stick. Leave enough space between the branch and the wall to weave the fabric through.




hand branch on wall

Per Jennifer's suggestion, I bought landscaping burlap to swag on my branch. I work with burlap a lot and normally get it from the craft or fabric store, but this is a lot lighter and flexible- perfect for swaging. I tied it off at one end and looped it around the branch a couple of times. Then, cut it to the length I wanted and tied off the other end. No sewing. Super simple. 

burlap curtain

burlap valance

burlap branch valance

I just love it, and cannot believe how cheap it was to make this project a reality. Thank you again to Jennifer at Town and Country Living for the "pin"-spiration. Does this "pin"-spire you to take a pin a make it come to life in your home?

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15 comments:

  1. Christina, your burlap swags turned out great! I'm so happy you found some inspiration over at my blog. I no longer want to use anything for curtain rods now except tree branches! It's so economical. :) I look forward to seeing what else you do with your lovely home! Thanks for including me in your post!

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  2. Jennifer, you are too kind for stopping by. Thank you again for all your inspiration over at Town and Country Living!

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  3. So beautiful! Inspires me to use that fabric I bought 2 years ago and finally make the curtains for my daughter's room!!

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  4. What a creative idea! I love the "rustic-romantic" look of your window treatment. Now, you will have me out hunting for branch of my own :)

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  5. These turned out great! I would have never thought to use a branch as a curtain rod... and the burlap adds a perfect touch! I love using burlap in my craft projects, I will have to check out the landscaping kind because sometimes the crafting kind is a bit too thick.

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  6. Gorgeous! I am a burlap addict and love finding new ways to use it around my house. I would have never thought of this, great job.

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  7. wow! i love the branch idea. it turned out so cute. it looks like it ties in really well with the rest of your living room.

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  8. Those knots at the end of the burlap really had a final touch that is just too perfect! Your blue wall with the frame/key gallery is also to die for - what is that paint color??

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  9. Love it, so beautiful, great tip about the gardening burlap too, hadn't thought of that.x

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  10. Hi Erica,

    Thanks for stopping by and your kind words. My accent wall is actually a more grey/violet shade, Sherwin Williams 6277 Special Gray. I have a post that talks all about the wall gallery, too.

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  11. I love burlap and never even thought to make curtains! great idea!! Pinning! :)

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  12. hi where did you get the sofa?

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    1. Crate&Barrel Lounge Sofa "93 http://www.crateandbarrel.com/lounge-ii-93-sofa/sfrn302835?b=1&a=1552

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  13. where do you get landscaping burlap?

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  14. This seems very interesting. If I ever get one of those android thingies, I'll have to give this a go! Professional Cleaning Company

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