We’ve done a lot of faking the past several years. Faux fireplaces, faux wood beams, faux whitewashed brick, faux planked tabletops, faux shiplap, faux zinc and faux rusted finishes. If you call something “faux” instead of “fake”, it suddenly sounds way fancier, right? That’s my philosophy anyway. (Kind of like “Tar-jay” is way nicer than “Target”.)
Our latest fake (ahem… or “faux”) was purely out of necessity. But first, can we talk about how far this living room has come in 3 months? Hello!
It was already beautiful before. But now it feels bigger, the ceilings feel taller, and the space suits my and Robert’s style better.
So about the latest change… do you see it?
(Well, duh, Lauren the title of this post kind of gives it away.) Curtains! I get excited about these little things.
Curtains were actually Robert’s idea. He said out loud what I had been thinking one night, “This wall needs… something.”
Because before it was rocking that black and white look, but it felt a little harsh and rigid. It needed something to soften it.
The curtains just made this wall feel a little less masculine and a little more airy and light.
The only issue was this wall of French doors (2 are faux French doors since they’re technically windows). This wall of “doors” was so long that I had zero luck finding a curtain rod that was long enough. Putting individual curtain rods above each door wouldn’t work either because there was so little space between them. So we found a suuuuper cheap and perfect solution.
How to Fake a Long Curtain Rod
Supplies: (Some affiliate links are provided below for convenience.)
- 18″ tension rods
- Curtain brackets
- Spray paint (I used Rustoleum satin spray paint in Blossom White.)
- Curtains of your choice (in our case, IKEA Ritva curtains)
- Well, and technically a drill or screwdriver to hang them up
The tension rods cost about $7 each, and since they had a little gold on the end caps, I gave them a coat of the white spray paint along with the brackets to help them blend in with our crown molding.
I used these IKEA Ritva curtains in our last house and loved them so much, I decided to give them a go here too. They have a great thickness and texture without being too heavy, so they still have that light, airy quality, and they are 98 inches long instead of the 84 inch ones I seem to find everywhere.
I love hanging curtains just below the ceiling so they make the room and windows feel larger.
To hang these, Robert just attached the brackets to the wall right below the crown molding, threaded the curtain onto the rod, popped it in place and bam! Fancy looking curtains.
We can slide the curtains to cover up the brackets and hide them too. Unless you’re really examining them, it looks like one long curtain rod across the top of the wall.
Fake it ’til you make it, baby!
It’s only the slightest change, but it feels a tiny bit more put together.
I still have to hem the bottom, but when I get to that, it will be so easy to remove each individual curtain panel right off the wall since I don’t have to wrestle with one long curtain rod.
We’ve been a little distracted lately with our powder room makeover (and if you’ve been following along on Instagram Stories you probably already know that’s been a tricky situation). More about that later.
So there our still raw brick fireplace sits.
Other than the fireplace and hanging up some art on the opposite wall of this space, the living room is pretty much finished!
Y’all often ask, so here’s a full list of all of the sources in here:
- Accent chairs
- Ceiling fan
- Coffee table (Craigslist find, but similar linked)
- End table
- Woven trunk
- Basket tray
- Botanical art set
- Blue Dhurrie pillows
- Cream oblong fringe pillows
- Cream medallion pillows
- Window seat (DIY)
- Window seat cushion
- Blue pleated pillows
- Metallic oblong pillows
- Gray stripe throw blanket
- Lemon plants
Do you have any curtain hanging tricks? Or a favorite source for inexpensive curtains? I’d love to know where to get 98″+ long curtains that don’t cost an arm and a leg, but IKEA is all I have any luck with. “Tar-jay” fails me all the time on that one.
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