YAY! I could almost do cartwheels! Lord knows I have enough space in the hall! Steven put up the dining room bay window hardware and I just finished putting up the last curtain panel! I snatched up some red damask silk curtains on clearance at Tuesday Morning almost two years ago . The only problem was, they were only 108 inches long and I needed them to be 119 inches, so I recently added a charcoal colored panel to the bottom. The curtains have been sitting on the table, waiting patiently for the day they would get pressed into service. Today was the day! Here is the BEFORE picture of the bay window.
To start, I had a hard time finding a bay window curtain rod that I liked. There are only a handful of manufacturers who make bay window hardware. Most of them are made to work on a track system. Almost all of the bay window curtain rods that I could find were made so that the panels go on the rod and then you cover the mechanics with a valance. I HATE valances and I wanted to use clip rings. I also wanted the flexibility of opening and closing the curtains at will, as well as letting the sun filter in without all the elaborate curtain trappings. The windows in the bay are beautiful and I did not want to suffocate them with material. Last year, I ordered some other corner connectors through the mail, but when they arrived, they were very small. You could only use them with a half inch up to a one inch metal rod and the rod had to be hollow so you could insert the corner connector. I needed a large rod to hold up all of the curtains and I wanted it to be aesthetically pleasing. I think it would look ridiculous to put a little skinny rod up on such a large window. So, with a little creativity, I took this:
and made this:
The lucky find was the corner connectors by roth+allen I found at Lowes yesterday. I was at Lowes for a different reason and was glad I puttered down the window hardware aisle. Anyway… Here is the final product! Now we only have the living room bay window hardware to hang up.
The only thing left for the dining room is: 1) Refinishing the floor; 2) Our dining room table Our table is being made by a local craftsman out of 180 year old boards salvaged from an old building here in Central Louisiana. I AM SOOO EXCITED ABOUT THAT!