Updating Window Treatments On A Budget

October 17, 2022


Photo of a homespun red valance.
Probably about fifteen years ago, (maybe more) I had homespun valances and curtains custom made for my den/guest room.  Red was my favorite color, and this red and gold homespun plaid was well suited for my primitive country decor.  (Now I have transitioned to a farmhouse decor style in this room.)

The scalloped roller shades are even older.  I purchased them from the old JC Penney catalog.  I desperately wanted to update the window treatments in this room without spending a lot of money.

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Photo of a roll of burlap ribbon.
I once again turned to wide burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby for valances (like I did in 2012 HERE.)

I purchased two sizes 12" wide and 18" wide too.  (Try to purchase the ribbon when it is 50% off online and in the store.)  I have three sets of windows in this room.

Photo of a textured shade from Menard's.
I found textured roller shades at our local Menards that were cut right in the store to fit my windows.  I paid $35 for one 72" shade.

The color is taupe, not quite as gray as this Menards website pic.  

Photo of a taupe textured roller shade.
Here is the new shade.  I like the color with my burlap.

It fit perfectly with the old shade's hardware.  No need to change it.

Photo of hemming a burlap ribbon with hem adhesive tape.
I cut the 12" burlap ribbon about 1 1/2 times wider than my window.

The top and bottom sides already had a finished edge that won't fray, but I folded over the side edges about the width of my Heat N Bond Hem Adhesive Tape I ironed the hem tape on the burlap per the package instructions.

Photo of black clip curtain rings.
I also had purchased black curtain clips at Menards.

My burlap ribbon kitchen curtains from 2012 were attached to cafe rods with clothespins.

Photo of two standard curtain rods being painted black.
I continued to save money on this project by painting my old standard curtain rods with Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in Caviar.  I waxed them with clear wax.

Decorator rods would have been another expense.

Photo of clips being added to a burlap curtain.
I then placed one ring clip on each end of the burlap and one in the center.

Then I slid one end ring onto the painted rod, added three more empty rings to the rod, then the center ring, and three more empty rings, and finally the other end ring.

Photo of an inexpensive window treatment with burlap ribbon.
With the end rings at the far ends, and the center ring in the center of the rod, I tried to space the empty rings out equally and attach the burlap.

Photo of an inexpensive window treatment with burlap ribbon.
I am pleased with this neutral and inexpensive window treatment idea.

The plant shelf was repurposed from a vintage commercial paper roll holder HERE.

Photo of an inexpensive window treatment with burlap ribbon.
I have two more windows to complete before I show you the finished room!

Thanks for visiting.

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. I like it, Carlene. I like the neutral colors and the use of the economical burlap for the valance. I have a back entry hall that I've decorated around a painting of a barn that my mother did and it needs a new window treatment. I think the idea of using the burlap for a valance would fit right in with the "barn theme." Thanks for the idea!

    1. I actually have burlap drapes in my living room. I got them from Ballard's. They are lined and pinch pleated. I like the neutral color and natural fabric. Thanks!

  2. P.S.--Carlene, I looked up your post about the antique paper roll holder and found the idea and tutorial really interesting. Somehow I hadn't read that post before but what a great idea. Now, if only I could find one of those old paper roll holders! I'm going to be on the lookout for sure! I always need new places to hold plants. Thanks for the idea!


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