Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Curtains from "Outside the Box"

I've had the same valances in my kitchen and breakfast room since 2004, and after 10 years, I've grown tired of them.  I have actually been looking for new options for a couple of years now.  I just haven't found any that were the right fit... none that I loved, and if there were some I even liked, well then I didn't like them well enough to justify the price.

I thought I had looked everywhere... the internet, bed bath & beyond, lowe's, home depot, all over the place really.

Then last week, it hit me... I hadn't looked into buying valances that went with a bedding set.  I was so into looking at places that sold "kitchen" valances, I just hadn't thought outside of the box!

Dillards had been having a great sale on some of their bedding (65% off).  Then they ran an additional 40% off sale, which basically meant if you could find something, it was going to be about 80% off of the original retail price.

I hit the jackpot and found some Rose Tree valances and panels that are a great option for me right now.  They are a good heavy weight and are lined.  I like them a lot.  I probably don't LOVE them, but my like for them certainly exceeds their cost.

Here's the Deal:
Valances regular price was $50 each... I paid $10.50 each!
Set of Panels regular price were $150... I paid $31.50!

Here is a pic of the valance that I took in store...

Here they are in my breakfast room...
I plan to ditch the red chandelier shades for a different color now...

In addition to the valances on the two breakfast room windows, I have been using two balloon shades.  One over the kitchen sink, and one on the back door.
I found a pair of panels that match the valances, so I decided to grab them and convert them into balloon shades.  I haven't had a chance to do that yet, but I think it should be fairly easy to do.  Here's a "preview" of the panels hanging on the door.  Right now I just have them clipped up with binder clips so they don't drag the ground, but I think they will look good.

So if you need curtains and are unable to find some like I was, just take a look at the curtains that match bedding sets.  Sometimes you can find a great option (and deal!) by thinking outside of the box.

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