So I think it’s time to deviate from our current project (scraping and painting the main living area) and talk about something else. Anything else! This project is driving me mad, and it’s taking much longer than I hoped just to prep the rooms for priming! But more on that another time.
So when things don’t go as planned in my world, I usually cry. And this time was no exception. You see, I don’t like when things deviate from my plan. I’m not very spontaneous, I don’t “go with the flow”, and I’m not good at dealing with disappointment. Andrew tried to reassure me by saying “They’re only curtains!”, but that’s NOT helpful!
Here’s what happened. Remember my lovely, wonderful, perfect World Market curtains in the guest bedroom?
I loved them, but they were still kind of creased and stiff, so I decided to wash them (I’m sure you can see where this going) to soften them up just a bit and get rid of those pesky creases where it had been folded.
I checked the label. “Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low.” I washed them on the delicate cycle with cold water, and dried them on no heat just to be safe. I went to hang them back up thinking that even if they shrank a little it would be fine. We’d hung them so that quite a bit was pooling on the floor, so we had a few extra inches.
But instead this is what we got…
They shrank by at least 7 inches!! Even if we lowered the curtain rod so it was just barely above the window, they wouldn’t touch the floor. I was so distraught! Not only did that mean I wasted $60 on curtains, but I had to decide whether to try to find the same ones and buy them in a longer length or look for something entirely new.
Turns out these curtains are no longer available online in the longer length, so unless I wanted to buy them in the same length and never wash them, they were out of the question. This left me with the option of buying new curtains, which I so did not want to go through again! I think almost all of the curtains available are just plain ugly, and the cute ones cost a fortune, which is ridiculous for something that’s purely decorative.
Luckily for me, my family was coming to visit the next day, so I asked my mom about it. She is one of the few people who can always calm me down and assure me that we’ll figure something out. She suggested simply adding a border at the bottom. I’d thought of that, I think, but somehow it just didn’t seem like a possibility until she said it (could have something to with my fear of sewing!) We set out to find a gold/yellow fabric to match the yellow in the curtains.
We started at Walmart (cause it’s so cheap!) and found a cotton broadcloth in that exact color. And it was only $5.50 for a few yards! The next time she comes to visit, she’s going to bring her sewing machine and help me sew the border on the bottom. I’m a little nervous about whether or not I’ll like so much of the yellow color next to our wood floors, but it’s worth a try, and it’s a heckuva lot cheaper than new curtains!
Update: Check out my re-made curtains! They turned out perfectly!