Linen Curtains in Glade Cottage


The Cottage has now been painted both inside and out.

The front curtains are old and ordinary.

We’ve been waiting for all this to happen so my friend and I can hang some new curtains.

Side window before.

The first task was to paint both curtain rods white.Β  The natural wood rod was transformed even before the curtains were hung.

The side window curtains are temporarily pulled back to accommodate an air conditioner.

One set of Ikea Aina all-linen curatins was hung over the side window which in summer also houses an air-conditioner.

Simple pin basting and sewing down the side hems to connect 2 panels together.

The front 3-panel window took 2 full sets to give it an elegant, non-skimpy appearance. I sewed together 2 panels with a straight seam from bottom to top to make the double wide curtains.

Final size of a front window panel: 114″ by 98″

After sewing the panels together my friend pressed them on her iron’s highest setting using steam.

We used the marks on the header to space the rings.

Each Ikea curtain panel requires 10 curtain rings which come 10 per pack and include both clips and hooks.Β  We bought 6 packs of ringsΒ to use for 3 pairs of curtains.

The rings are from Ikea the silver hooks from Home Depot.

In order to lift the curtains closer to the rod we inserted drapery pins in theΒ lowest slot in the curtains’ buckram header.Β  The wire hooks that attached to the rings were slipped onto the drapery pins.

The top of the curtain in the open position.

All the rings, 20 on each side of the large window curtains, were slid onto the curtain rod.Β  The end ring was left outside the bracket so the curtain would always stay closed at the sides of the window.

These linen curtains are both casual and elegant.

These curtains are opened and closed daily and are easy to maneuver.

The curtains are usually only closed at night.

They give a fresh look to the windows in the Cottage.

Do you close and open your curtains every day?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “Linen Curtains in Glade Cottage”

  1. I wish I could get projects done as quickly as you do! I may be painting the living room for the rest of my life. I recently took down my dining room curtains because I’m painting the windows (I never draw them anyway). I may not put them back up! For some reason I’m not very concerned with people seeing in, even though we’re on a corner. Peep away, people!

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