Curtain Conundrum

February 22, 2012

Slow and steady wins the race, right?

Although, to be perfectly honest, I don't think we're going all that slowly considering all that we had/have to do to our bathroom. We only started tearing things out a week ago.

While I was at work, Mike and his Dad got the tub alcove and laundry closet framed out. They also got a great start on a bunch of the wiring (for the sconces, washer/dryer, fan, ceiling light, and outlets). Apparently, whirlpool tubs just plug in and you don't have to hard wire them. This was excellent news.

Unfortunately, work is now at a little bit of a standstill. Mike is away for training for work until Friday.  While he's gone, though, there's a lot that I can do on my lonesome. I'm going to get the kitchen as cleaned up as I can (considering all of the stuff that's everywhere!), and hopefully get going on stripping the original four panel bathroom door. I can't wait to see it all fixed up with the restored cast iron rimlock!

But, on to topics related to the title of this post!

While I love my no-sew roman shades that are currently in the bathroom (yes, even during the reno as a commenter pointed out in the last post!), they just aren't a great solution for the room. Because the window is right beside the toilet, and is only 24" from the floor (actually, it's higher now that all of the hundred million layers of flooring are gone), the shades have to be drawn all of the time.

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We live quite rurally, so privacy isn't that big of an issue, but I'd still prefer to have a bit of fabric covering our behinds, if you know what I mean. But (pun!), I want something that lets in more unfiltered light.

My solution?

Cafe curtains. I know they're not everyone's cup of tea, but I think they'll be a great fit for this window.

My dilemma?

Whether or not to keep the same fabric that I have now. It's outdoor fabric, and while it worked great for roman shades (where it stayed pretty much flat), I'm not sure it'll be great for cafe curtains - I think it will be too stiff.

Does anyone out there have experience with cafe curtains? Is lighter fabric better? Or do you think I'm nuts for getting rid of what's already there?

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