Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DIY West Elm Curtain Rod & Striped Curtains


As many of you know, we've been busy little worker bees putting our nursery together!  It's been a ton of fun seeking out new furniture and decor...while also keeping the budget in mind.  It's easy to get carried away when it comes to a baby..and there are plenty of stores that will help you spend your money!  :)

One of the stores that has been a huge source of inspiration is West Elm.  We're going for more a modern vibe in the nursery {as opposed to my usual traditional style}, so it's provided a ton of great ideas and beautiful items to drool over!  I have been hunting for the perfect curtains {and curtain rod} to hang in the nursery...something that would be masculine and yet fun for baby.  As I was perusing West Elm's site, I fell in love with this industrial curtain rod:


But for $69-$99 dollars, I didn't know if I could justify it.  Luckily, my husband was looking over my shoulder and exclaimed that it would be SUPER easy to recreate this look from our local hardware store.  I was dubious at first...I'm not much of a DIY'er, but he assured me it would only be about $20 total for the project, so we went for it!  

I'm SO glad we did, because the outcome is AWESOME!


I love how rustic, yet contemporary it looks!  It's definitely something that Baby Schue can grow into!


And here's an additional shot, where you can see more of the curtains.

Speaking of curtains!

These were somewhat of a project as well.  You see...I wanted something fun and graphic, but striped curtains are expensive, people!  Who would have thought!  I loved these Crate & Barrel drapes, but at $90 a pop, they were again, a little too pricey.  Plus they lacked the fun character we wanted to infuse into the nursery.  Well...bring in West Elm again {gotta love them!}...they have stripe shower curtains that look EXACTLY the same.  They're a heavy weight cotton and the strip is spot on.  Only problem is, they're too short at just 74" long.  We needed about 10 more inches to make them work.  

After some thought {and input from some of you!} I decided an orange border would be just the touch of fun and whimsy Baby Schue's little room needed.  And again, I am SO glad I went for it!  


I am just LOVING how the orange trim ties in the color scheme.  They look custom and fun, and I spent about half the price having these made than I would if I had bought them.


 Here's how they looked closed...the stripe matches right up. 


This was definitely the last BIG "big ticket" item for the room!  And I'm happy to report we saved $100+ on this project.  :)  Now, we just need to get the wall decor up and we'll be finished!

Can't wait to show off the end product!!  :)

xo natasha

61 comments:

  1. I love the room! So pretty :)

    Lischen
    xxx

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  2. LOVE these curtains!! Such a great color scheme. Just caught up on your posts....you are looking cuter than ever! Can't believe you are only 10 weeks away :). Oh, and I saw the inside of his closet....looks like our little boys will be rocking some matching outfits! Love!

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  3. looks fantastic! i love the orange at the bottom...definitely ties it all together!

    i'm a huge fan of c&b and west elm, but i agree, sometimes things are just a bit too pricey! props to you for finding budget-friendly alternatives that look great!

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  4. Gorgeous curtains...love the look and c scheme x

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  5. Looks amazing! Love the added orange stripe. And the curtain rods are awesome. Something even a teenage boy would love!

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  6. Love all of the ways you saved $$! I love the industrial look of the rod, too and the orange at the bottom of the curtain was a great idea!

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  7. I love love love the curtains natasha---they certainly do look custom. Great addition to the room.

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  8. Kudos to your husband for the clever rod diy! It's the perfect boy touch! And, striped drapes...absolutely LOVE!

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  9. i'm loving industrial these days so i think the diy curtain rod is pretty fab. and i've had my eye on the striped shower curtains for quite some time--love what you did with the orange border.

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  10. it looks perfect! love the fun colors and stripes! we did the same thing with pipes for sawyer's room- he has a dormer and a regular window and there was no way a standard rod would work in the dormer, so pipes were the perfect solution, plus they look cool!

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  11. Those curtains look GREAT!! I love everything about the nursery! :)

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  12. absolutely darling! I love that pop of orange!

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  13. What a great idea! I love the curtains-- the pop of orange is perfect!

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  14. It looks great! I love the curtain rod SO much!

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  15. Such a cute little room. That pop of orange is so fun and exciting!

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  16. I love the curtain rods! Thank goodness for handy husbands. And the orange is perfect for the bottom of the curtains. It gives it the color block look that is so popular right now.

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  17. i love the pop of colour that the trim brings to the room :) xx

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  18. I LOVE this! It looks so rustic and unique - much better than a "boring" curtain rod - and very "boy"! I'm sure your little man will love it someday!

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  19. This is so cool! It looks like you paid a ton for it... love the DIY inspiration and I cannot get enough of Baby Schue's adorable nursery.Thanks for sharing :) -laura

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  20. OMG I cannot stand it! LOVE the "pop" of orange on the bottom! It looks fantastic! Cannot wait to "meet" baby Schue!

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  21. Way better than the pricey original one's! Great idea!

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  22. It looks so great! I like your version of the rod better - much more character!
    -Shelley

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  23. Oh my gosh Natasha! That is wonderful that were able to save money while creating a final product that is so so cute. Love the rod and the curtains are gorgeous!

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  24. The colors are gorgeous and good job to your hubby with the curtain rods!

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  25. Look at you Miss Crafty!!! I LOVE everything! :) Perfect touch of color

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  26. The orange looks great! Just the perfect pop of color. Also, isn't West Elm the best?! I can't get enough of it lately!:)

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  27. love the grey striped curtains so much!!! and love them even more with your touch of orange! nice work :)

    http://itsthelittlethingsblog.blogspot.com/

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  28. I can't wait to see the other end result...Baby Schue!

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  29. We put in the same pipe rod above our sliding glass door after searching around unsuccessfully for a curtain rod that would allow the one panel curtain to slide all the way across. I had no idea it was so stylish!! I later spotted them in an Express dressing room too.

    And I love the orange stripe - now all you need is the baby :)

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  30. It looks amazing -- I love it! :)

    xo,
    Brooke

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  31. What great ideas! Love how it turned out!

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  32. Ok this is just pure genius, the rods and shower curtains are perfect! Miss smarty pants! Love the rustic industrial feel!!

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  33. Very clever and great style!

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  34. They look incredible, Natasha! Love the orange trim!

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  35. OMG, those turned out crazy gorgeous! Loving the color palette!

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  36. Mmmmkay. I am officially in love with your baby room! I can't wait to see it finished! :)

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  37. Natasha! What an amazing job by both you and your husband! I LOVE the added pop of color to the curtains!

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  38. You guys are so resourceful! I actually like your DIY curtain rods better than your inspiration. Love love love how the drapes turned out too.

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  39. I love the curtain rod and your striped curtains! The room is looking so cute!

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  40. SO perfect! LOVE the colors and patterns together! Can't wait to see the finished product!!

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  41. Those look so so so good!!! I love the orange...the perfect pop, and for baby! And the rods are genius...give yourself more credit, you've got the DIY gene!

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  42. I love full length curtains in any room, and these are so cute for a nursery! Baby Schue will totally be able to grow with these curtains and you can even change up the band at the bottom if the color scheme of the room changes. And the curtain rods are just plain awesome - I am in awe!! So cool looking!

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  43. So good, I'm stealing this someday! The nursery is just adorable! Lucky Baby Schue!

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  44. Stripes are pretty much my favorite this season :) And I love these colors!

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  45. Love the pop of orange at the bottom! Your nursery is so much fun, Baby Schue is lucky!

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  46. adorable girlfriend! SUCH a good idea by the hubs to recreate that look on his own..so manly and awesome!

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  47. I agree with Cassie... you've got the DIY gene, girl! Seriously, those curtain rods are genius! That will go crazy on Pinterest : ) And I love the orange pop of the curtains... that whole dang nursery is coming together just so perfectly!

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  48. IN LOVE with these "drapes" - totally checking them out for my room! haha and i love that industrial rod - west elm is one of my favs!

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  49. The rod is so perfect, I love it! I bought the west elm shower curtain (for the bath) in the yellow tone. I love it! This turned out so cute!! Xo

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  50. I love those curtains and the hanging rod is such a great idea.

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  52. Oh my gosh - I love the curtains and the DIY curtain rod just "makes" the whole thing - what a fun, industrial, boyish touch! :) AND....check out that ADORABLE pillow! Pretty perfect for his room! ;) So glad that worked out!

    Happy Mother's Day weekend..... you are truly such an adorable momma-to-be!!

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  53. That's so funny - I used these same shower curtains for curtains in my family room. I did a whole tutorial as I had to make them 11 ft long!! Sewed two together for each panel. Looks awesome!

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  54. could you put up a step by step process of how you made the curtain rods? Would greatly appreciate it!!

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  55. Hi Elizabeth! All we did was buy the piping and end pieces at our local hardware store. If you measure the length of your windows, the hardware store will cut it to size for you. It's great! :) If you would like more details, shoot me an email at schuelove @ gmail dot com. Thanks!

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  56. We made these rods for my son's room a few weeks ago, and I'm crazy for them! I'd forgotten you did it...probably where I got the idea! Genius, girl!

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