Cool and Cheap Window Treatments

A couple of years ago, when we were relatively new to one of our many apartments, we didn’t have any window treatments. CM put together a private, light-blocking solution featuring one of the biggest brand names out there: Starbucks. Unfortunately, Starbucks doesn’t make curtains, but they do produce plenty of cardboard boxes.

Thankfully, we’ve graduated from cardboard boxes to fabric curtains, but the curtains that we have up still aren’t the ideal window treatments. (The joke around here is that they’re more like ‘window punishments’.) They’re kind of half-heartedly set up on tension rods, one of which falls down at least once a week.

I think part of why we have such crude curtaining is our uncertain living situation. Depending on what happens on the job front, we might need to move to another neighborhood. Or we may just come across a better deal. We’re hesitant to invest too much in a place that we may be leaving on a few weeks notice. And we conveniently ignore the fact that a window treatment project would take just a couple of hours at most.

Our current setup – mainly a bunch of long curtains – is great for privacy, but bad about letting in natural light (and that’s pretty important to me). So, CM’s been researching ways to get both privacy and light. Her first cool find involved painting the windows with clear acrylic accent glaze, which allowed plenty of light while blurring the window just enough. And the glaze was easy to apply and remove.

We almost went for the glaze solution until a friend offered an even cheaper and more convenient option: rice paper (or tissue paper). You just tape pages of the translucent paper to the windows, and you’re done! And plus, if you’re running late to a party and need some gift wrapping, you can just rip down a window treatment, stuff the gift bag, and go!

CM picked up a pack of tissue paper at the dollar store today, so we’re all in. We’ll let you know how it goes!

This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday.

2 notes on “Cool and Cheap Window Treatments

  1. mrs. moo

    this has been my dilemma for the last 4 years! :) i always thought i had to buy some cheap sheer curtains but never got around to it. thanks for some clever ideas – they may come in handy at our new apt! :)


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