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Detailed, embellished draperies can make such a stunning impact in a room. Unfortunately, they have the ability to take a big bite out of your budget. With my unprecedented skill of being able to walk into a store and pick out the most expensive thing in the room, I knew I’d have to come up with an alternative solution for the custom curtain look I wanted for the closet entryway in my master bedroom.
Here’s what I knew I wanted before I started:
1) French pleated top, as they look formal and fancy to me.
2) Heavy silk or luxurious velvet in a rich brown.
3) A “faux” curtain width, as I was going for a look over function.
4) Some crystal in the mix.
5) A tassel tie back.
6) Something different to be used as a tie back for the tassel.
7) Hang them higher than closet opening for maximum drama
I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond and was able to score some fake silk shantung french pleated chocolate lined panels in 108″ length on clearance and used a 20% off coupon. Proof that sometimes the stars do align.
Also, I bought some hanging rings with clips and modified them by removing the clip part and adding the french pleat paperclip looking thing that makes them hang properly. I also picked up a simple curtain rod and dressed up the ends with crystal finials that I found in the drapery section.
I used some a discarded clip and a few extra french pleat hooks to “sew” together the panels so it would look like one wide panel instead of the two narrow ones that I purchased. The french pleat allowed me to better control how they folded. You can tell a little bit from the inside the closet view, but it’s virtually invisible from the bathroom view.
The tassel is from the best place on Earth that I know of so far to purchase tassels…Tuesday Morning. ( I should have a tassel punch card from there!) I found the vintage looking door knob in the fabulous cabinet and drawer pull aisle at Hobby Lobby and nailed it into the wall.
This project cost right around $100. Not too bad for getting the look of an expensive drapery on an incredibly small budget.