Last week I finally managed to make a window treatment for my only kitchen window. I’d been thinking about it for at least 3 months. My mom even came up to help me pick out the fabric. But don’t worry. This is a no-sew dealio. I can’t sew. Well, okay, that’s primarily because I don’t own a sewing machine. But let’s just say I was relieved to be the lone pupil in the Sewing 101 class I recently took at my neighborhood Jo-Ann Fabrics.
I was inspired by this post on Young House Love, which led me to this post at Little Green Notebook which, according to the blogosphere, is the mother of all “cheater” pelmet boxes. I studied the plans over and over, trying to work up the confidence to wrap foam core board in some amount of batting and fabric and, more importantly, affix it to the wall above my window without it looking too…you know…homemade.
Our window has been a bit underdressed for some time. Like this:
Not bad. Especially considering we started out with this:
Yikes! But now, we have this
Now look. I’m not going to detail every process of making the curtain. There are plenty other tutorials out there that you might consult. But here’s a snapshot:
I did want to zoom in on one particular feature that the tutorial I was using did not seem to focus on: the hanging. I puzzled over the hanging of my finished piece for about a week. Finally, I located some fitty-eight cent L brackets at Home Depot. They were in the lumber section? Like for decking, maybe?
I measured and carefully screwed the brackets into the wall, such that one side of the bracket was flush with the wall, the other was perpendicular to it, thus providing a surface for the inside edges of the pelmet to connect with. Do you see?
And then I tried nearly every combination under the sun to get the darn thing to stay up.
Initially I was going to try screws, but then I remembered that I had used the fabric to cover every last inch of the foam board, so it probably would prove pretty difficult to connect. Even if I had remembered to leave some foam board exposed, there was still the problem of being able to reach up under the board to screw into the L bracket and still have room in the 2.25″ from the board to the wall to maneuver the screwdriver.
THEN I tried epoxy. Have you ever tried to glue something metal to something fabric using epoxy? I’ll save you the trouble. It doesn’t work too well.
THEN I tried to duct tape the darn thing to the brackets. (Don’t worry, Mom, the duct tape was on the inside). Even with Alex’s impromptu duct tape anchor idea, still no luck.
(By this point I was getting pretty frustrated and cursing the day I ever thought it would be a good idea to make this silly thing).
Finally, I went to sleep, thinking a good idea would come to me by morning. It hadn’t–I must not be getting good enough sleep these days–but Alex came home with a fresh bottle of superglue for me. With renewed effort, I placed a small piece of duct tape on the inside edge of the two outside pieces of the fabric – right in line with where it would be touching the L bracket. I still had duct tape on the brackets themselves from where I had tried idea #3. I held my breath – oh, wait, was it the epoxy that stank? – and put a line of superglue on the duct tape that was on the bracket. Then I pressed the duct tape on the inside of the fabric to the duct tape on the bracket. I even used some simple clamps to hold everything together overnight.
In the morning, I winced as I removed the clamps, but the glue held! Hallelujah!
Maybe some reader out there has a better idea than I, but in case you were wondering how to hang your handmade pelmet box, I hope my strategy gives you some tips. Or some non-tips, too.
I love that the fabric picks up some of the other colors in our kitchen, but without being too overpowering. I know big, bold patterns are pretty in right now, but I didn’t want to weigh down the kitchen any more than necessary. Just wanted my window to wear something simple–an easygoing shrift dress, if you will. Not a hair-teased, off-the-shoulder, oversized sweatshirt with stirrup leggings look, if you know what I mean. (And no, that wasn’t meant to be a jab at the 80s…)
What do you think? Have you ever tried to make a pelmet box? Did I miss an obvious pelmet-hanging trick? Do tell.