Budget Friendly Window Treatments For The Family Room


I’m happy to report that I’m at the point in decorating our family room, that I’m ready to start pulling it all together with some finishing touches.  The addition of some budget friendly window treatments to the french doors on either side of our fireplace goes such a long way in giving the family room a completed look.  They frame out the whole fireplace wall and help to cozy up the space and soften the hard edges of the door frames.

UPDATE: Click HERE to take the before and after tour of our finished family room!


Window Treatments And DIY Curtain Rods For The Family Room


I tried so many different drapery options on these windows.  I thought that something in gray would surely be the way to go, but nothing ever looked quite right.  These curtains with the wide blue and white stripes were bought on a whim.  I just knew they wouldn’t work, but you never know unless you try – right?  BTW – I found them at TJ Maxx for $30 for the pair.  


Budget Friendly Drapery Window Treatments


As soon as I held them up to the windows, I knew they were perfect for this room.  The soft blue with gray undertones was just right for pulling more of my accent color over to this side of the room.


Budget Friendly Drapery Window Treatments


If you have sharp eyes, you might also notice the cute trio of framed paper flowers, that I picked up from Target, and that I hung on the wall beside the entertainment center.  They do a nice job of helping to fill an empty corner and come in a set of three for under $25.  Each frame measures 11″ x 11″ and is stained to look like old wood..  You can order them HERE (affiliate link, see my full disclosure HERE).


Budget Friendly Drapery Window Treatments


My panels are hung from diy curtain rods that I put together using a 1″ wooden dowel that I painted to look like driftwood/aged wood.  The brackets are made from plumbing parts and are painted with Rustoleum’s ORB spray paint.  I really like the slight rustic/industrial vibe and think that they fit well in this room.


Budget Friendly Drapery Window Treatments


You’ve probably seen lots of people using plumbing parts to make budget friendly curtain rod brackets, but just in case you haven’t, these are all of the parts that I used to make four brackets.  The one in the upper right corner has been put together so that you can see how everything needs to be assembled to form a bracket.


Budget Friendly Drapery Window Treatments


If you go this route, here are some tips for you: 1) remove the stickers and wash all of the parts in warm sudsy water prior to assembling – these things are oily and filthy!, 2) assemble the pieces prior to spray painting  – if you don’t, some of the paint may chip off during assembly, 3) make sure that the plumbing parts have an opening large enough to slip your dowel rod through, 4) as you are assembling the parts, check to make sure that the ‘T’ part of the bracket is the same distance from the round flange on all of the brackets or else you’ll wind up with curtain rods that stick farther out from the wall on one side vs the other.


Budget Friendly Drapery Window Treatments


To complete the finished look on the windows, I also added some natural wood woven roman shades in a driftwood color.  They came from Home Depot and you can find them HERE.


Window Treatments And DIY Curtain Rods For The Family Room


This room has come such a looong way from when we first purchased our home.  For kicks, check out these before and afters.


Previous owners furnishings and decor.

Family Room Before (Previous Owners Furnishings)


During the remodel with my ever present sidekicks.

Family Room During The Remodel


And today.

Budget Friendly Drapery Window Treatments


Window Treatments And DIY Curtain Rods For The Family Room


I’m in love with how this side of the room is coming together!  Just a few more touches and I can call my family room complete!


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Use plumbing parts to make affordable drapery hardware!




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    1. Thank you, Shelia! I’ve seen them used lots of places before and was glad to finally have a place to use them myself.

  1. They look great! What length and width are the panels?

    1. Hi Tracy. The panels are 96″ long x 52″ wide.

  2. Looks so pretty Suzy! You really are all settled in now. You have done such a beautiful job decorating.

    1. Aw, you’re so sweet, Debbie. Thank you!

  3. I love your room! What is the paint color you used?

    1. Hi Julie. We used Sherwin Williams Acessible Beige.

  4. Michelle Scott says:

    I love them!! THey look so fresh and whimsical. $30 for the pair = SCORE! Love your style Suzy! Can you share where you got the Fiddle Leaf Fern print. I love that too!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

    1. Hi MIchelle. So glad you like my panels! The fiddle leaf fig print is one that I found somewhere online a long time ago. It isn’t for sale anywhere that I know of, but the image that I found was a good enough one for me to enlarge in PicMonkey and then take to my local FedEx store for printing.

  5. Suzy I love it. You have done an amazing job transforming this space! I had same idea for the small rod over my two large patio doors that are almost side by side in my apartment house. Now after seeing you did it I think I am going for it! Great job girl enjoy your space!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. So glad that you like them, Suzie. I think you’ll find them very easy to make!

  6. The before and afters are amazing… it is such a different room! I love the curtains! I was actually just at TJ Maxx today and saw them and passed them up. I think you’ve changed my mind, they look so good up in your house!

    1. So glad that you like them, Emily. I bought these quite a while back so I’m glad that you were still able to find some. I’d love to have a pair in gray and white for another room.

  7. I just had to go check out your pictures of when you first moved in, you have a beautiful home, your latest additions with these curtains are perfect, and you are right,….You never know until you try!!
    Thanks for sharing on the #OMHGFF and on your party page,hope to see you next week!
    Pinned to share!!
    Hope you have a great week!

    1. Thank you for the pin, Karren!

  8. I love your hardwood floors. Can you tell me about them. I have 5 dogs and carpet. Not liking that combo.
    I would appreciate any info.
    Thanks love your blog!!

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE the blue accent cabinet!! Share where you found it?? Thanks much!

    1. Hi Robbyn. I purchased the blue cabinet at a local home decor store several years ago. It used to be olive green and gold, but I gave it a makeover with ASCP paint in Napoleonic Blue.

  10. LOVE the blue accent cabinet! Where did you find it?

  11. Your mantel re-do looks so much like mine. I left the brick on the fireplace and above just dry brushed with white paint. My drapes ( a pair) have an “old” bamboo shade cut in half, stapled to a 1×1 and rolled until the right length and stapled in place with an “old@ clip on drapery ring to the middle to finish. I have learned many ways to budget decorate in 51 years of marriage! Loved your other pages.

  12. Isn’t it funny when you buy something knowing it will work – and then it doesn’t. And the opposite, well I’ll try this but I know it isn’t the right thing and bingo it is perfect. Sometimes you just have to dare, and of course, keep on trying until it feels right!

    Great job!

  13. I like what you did with the curtain rods and curtains. They look great with the window shades and what a difference from what they were.

  14. I love the way you made a cheap but nice curtain rod! The curtains are so pretty! I love stripes!!

  15. Brenda Radliff says:

    What an awesome remodel. I love the transformation of that room. Beautiful!!

  16. I love this room! Amazing that those curtains work so well! That’s why I read your blog for ideas as I would have been all matchy-matchy and then wondered why I wasn’t happy with the results.

  17. andrea bayot says:

    I can not believe you found those curtains at TJ Maxx in that length. Great find and amazing transformation in that room!

  18. Love the curtain panels. Great TJmaxx find……very lucky find in that length. Seems I can only find shorter lengths. I need to keep digging when shopping there. Love the industrial vibe with the plumbing pieces and planning to use some in several upcoming projects in my home.

  19. Hi Suzy,

    Your family room looks fabulous! Love the colors and all your accessories. Thanks for all the great DIY tips!

  20. I have always loved those curtains and wish I had a place to use them. Also like the pipe holders.

  21. I love look! My husband & I have a plumbing company, it is fun to see some of the things he brings home & what I can do with them. Who says they have to be use for plumbing? I have quite a collection of old things. You are an inspiration! Thanks!

  22. mattsgramma says:

    Love your living room! What a tremendous remodel, especially the fireplace. The french doors must let in so much natural sunlight and you have so much space.

  23. nancy dempsey says:

    Thanks for the info. This project is on my to-do list this winter.

  24. Denise Davis says:

    Anouther good idea for drapery hardware.

  25. Love it ! I am STILL trying to find what will work in my kitchen with a sliding patio door and a 5′ kitchen window over my sink. they are pretty much right next to each other with no cabinets in between just about 39″ of wall to separate them… Anyone have any suggestions??

    1. Hi Loyda. If you email me a photo of the entire wall, I might be able to give you some suggestions.

  26. Jean Elliott says:

    Love the curtains! I’ve also found some really nice curtains at TJ Maxx…love that store!

  27. Carol Elkins says:

    The curtains looks great! And I love the idea you shared about making the drapery hardware!

  28. Love your living room. I have a question about the blinds on the french doors. I clicked the link for Home Depot. The ones that came up have the cord. I have these but would like to have some where you don’t have the cords showing. Do yours have the cords? If so, how did you hide them. Love the look and your blog.

    1. Hi Dee. You have sharp eyes! “D Yes, mine have cords, but I hid them up under the shade. After each of the blinds was hung, I simply folded the cord up, pulled it to the back of the shade and looped it around the hardware at the top of the shade. I wouldn’t have done that if I lowered and raised my shades a lot though. Instead, I would have added one of those cleats that you wrap the cord around. A cleat like this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Crown-Bolt-2-1-2-in-Chrome-Plated-Rope-Cleat-64704/203001542

  29. What an awesome look. So innovative to use plumbing parts for a rod. I would never think about adding curtains like these on French doors. They do complete your great room. Window treatment shopping is such a daunting task. My bedroom windows were bare because it took so many tries and returns of drapes. I love your plaid throw over your chair. Where did you buy it?

    1. Hi Bev. I found the plaid throw at Target.

  30. Beautiful room, Suzy. I want those drapes for my dining room. They would be perfect!

  31. That room is beautiful. Thanks for including the post on how to make rod brackets using pipe parts. I’ve seen those before on other websites but never seen a tutorial. I really like your new curtains paired with the wood roman shades.

  32. Absolutely beautiful and an amazing transformation! Just wondering what you used to paint the fireplace surround in black? I’d like to do that to our current brass surround. Many thanks for all your wonderful tips and ideas!

  33. Linda Owens says:

    I love the fireplace and mantle. Thank you for showing what we need for the curtain rods.

  34. Great idea using plumbing parts for brackets. I love the look.

  35. Linda Manuel says:

    Clicked on the link for the set of three framed paper flowers at Target and get nothing but your Disclosure policy.

    Is there a missing link??? Thanks.

    Love all your decorating.

    1. Hi Linda. The link should be working correctly now. Thank you for letting me know there was a problem!

  36. Dianne Lanier says:

    Beautiful window treatments!

  37. What a lovely room! So bright and cheery! You have done a wonderful job updating and decorating for your family.

  38. Lynn Fowler says:

    Very nice. The curtains look great.

  39. M.J. Gill says:

    Love, love, love your dining room and family room. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to decide what to do with my living room, entry and dining room that are all open to one another. Right now they are all tied together but the look is dated and needs to go! I’m going to bite the bullet and paint my dark woodwork and dining room furniture. (Thanks for the nudge on that one.) I’m going to be a big old copy cat on many of your ideas. Question, I LOVE the buffalo print in the dining room and think I’d like to use it for my living room curtains. I see a lot of black and white options and one in the grays. Do you think the black and white would be to severe to use the in the living room or should I stick with the grays? PS…I found the dining room curtains at TJ Maxx yesterday and have picked out and downloaded my fern prints from the nypl website. Score! Thanks for sharing so much info.

    1. I love it when I’m able to inspire someone! I think it’s purely a matter of preference and depends upon what you’re doing in the rest of those three rooms. When I’m not sure about how a fabric will look, I usually buy a yard of it and drape it across a piece of furniture and live with it for a few days. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that and then changed my mind about what I just knew I would love! 😀

  40. cathywheels says:

    I too love the curtains! You have encouraged me to think more outside the box. I love almost everything in TJMaxx but I am always afraid to try it to see if it works; I am not sure why. TJMaxx has a great return policy with your receipt, but from now on if I love it, I am going to try it and see if it works.

    Also, is you white and black doggie in the picture a Havanese? Both are so adorable.

  41. No wonder I like your drapes, I have the same ones! Just don’t make the mistake of machine washing and drying them. Started out way to long and now they’re about an inch too short!

  42. I love your style and that you repurpose things as well. I’m curious if you’ve ever attempted recovering a wingback chair. I have my grandmothers chair and while I can still sometimes smell her perfume in the fabric, I know that recovering it and making it a focal point will allow me to enjoy it for years to come. The current fabric relegated it to a spare room. One word, mauve. Eek.

    1. Hi Danielle. A part of me has always wanted to, but I’ve never attempted to recover a chair. I’m very envious of people who have the ability to do that! 😀

  43. Ur fireplace redo is exactly what I had in mind…needed a redo 4 red brick fireplace that was affordable & DIY. ☺️ Your entire redo is awesome…..very updated but still looks totally comfortable & organized.