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!


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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.  


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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.


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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).


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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During the remodel with my ever present sidekicks.

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And today.

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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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    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.