Friday, March 25, 2011


This is the window in my almost 18 month old sons bedroom:

Do you see my problem?
It is too bright and he doesn't get a good nap.
That makes for a cranky baby and an equally unhappy Mama.

I had seen some blackout curtains on clearance at Target awhile back so yesterday I went to see if they were still there. Nope. Oh, they had some, but they were 20 dollars for one 45" wide panel, and they were BLACK. I didn't have 40 dollars to spend,
and really didn't want black curtains in my little boys room.

As I walked by another clearance end cap I saw this:
It's a shower curtain!

I held it up and it seemed to block quite a bit of light, so I scooped one up to test out in Travis' bedroom. After testing it out I realized that to cover the window I would need a second one, so today I ran to get it, praying the whole way that it was still there.
It was! Yay! 

See why I was so excited? Yep, $3.74
Plus I loved the color and the pattern.
(The first picture shows the true color of the curtain)

I also got two packages of these at $1.08 to hang my new curtains.

Here is the room with a light on so you can see the dresser under the window.
I am eventually going to paint it orange(I think).

Here it is again with the light off.

We already had this curtain rod which was given to us by a friend who didn't want it.
Gotta love FREE, right?

Here are my clearance shower curtains!!!

I love them in the space, but now I am realizing just how little I have done in this little boys bedroom. There is no wall art and the paint color is BORING. I didn't want to paint until I knew what theme I was going with and over a year and a half later I still can't choose! Dinosaurs, cars, sports, robots, superheros, bugs???

I am excited to say that these curtains have helped me to decide...I am doing COLOR!
Bold primary colors. I plan to mix themes as long as the colors jive.

You can see here that the curtains do not touch the ground.
I don't care.
I paid less than $10 and have a boy who can nap now!

Here is Travis checking out the new digs...he approves.
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Marcelle @ Mimi & Mum said...

Awesome! I love him and Meira are almost always in footy jams. :)

Amanda said...

What a brilliant idea! I have the same problem in my boys room, the one thing I hate about Spring is how the extra light comes through the blinds and messes up their sleep. But this is a great idea and won't get ruined by grubby little toddler hands, love it! Thanks for sharing.

pxilated said...

That's such a good idea and they look great.

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

I love these! The color is great and the pattern is so interesting and fun. I love going with primary colors and then mixing up the themes! Now you can have all of them- dinos, cars, robots- and a bright colorful, playful room to boot! Can't wait to see how you put it together. :)

Mary Pearson said...

what a great idea!!! later if it starts to bug you that they don't touch the ground, you could always add material to the bottom- problem solved!!

Anonymous said...

yep.. i always look through the shower curtains.. tjmaxx is a great haunt for those! alot of fabric for much less! :)

Jayna Rae said...

I must check my Target for that steal of a deal. They look great. I like the geometric pattern.

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

What a great idea!! I saw a few shower curtain prints at Target that were AMAZING

LP aka A Crafty Southern Chick said...

I keep seeing all these awesome shower-curtains-turned-window-curtains and I want some too!!! :) I love it!

Anonymous said...

I love a great bargain! And yea, who cares that they don't touch the ground :) I never thought ot check shower curtains for windows, how clever!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Great idea, Amy! I love the color and the print. They really add something to the room. Hooray for better naps:)

Lindsey said...

I love getting a bargain like that! You did an awesome job.

Unknown said...

You could always cut and hem the curtains so they fell just below the window pane. It'd still block the light, and add the great punch of color, but you could avoid little toddler hands from tugging and pulling at the curtain, PLUS have all that extra scrap fabric to use to help finish decorating his room... just a thought I had.

I love seeing thrifty people who know how to make a house feel like home, without breaking the bank! I'm a new follower =]

Katie Wo Go said...

Oooooo, I like Angelyn's idea. And the curtains look great, what a fantastic use of shower curtains!

Sarah said...

How brilliant! I would have never thought of that. Good timing too, since I'll need to get some for the baby's room.

Shorey Alys said...

Looks awesome!

ARK said...

I love seeing a $3.74 pricetag @ Target :) I use shower curtains all the time...isn't it a racket the price markup for actual "curtains"??

Tammi said...

Love it! we have the same problem and it is oh so tacky but I put a black sheet up when she naps lol. But it does the job;)

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Amy-Shower curtains are great for all kinds of projects! I'm glad they helped you decide the direction you want to go for this room. Travis does look like he's checking out everything!
Good luck, can't wait to see what you do next!

emilysnan said...

hiya i am maggie and i am visiting from 5 mins for mom , i am your newest follower too . what a great idea to use the shower curtain and when you come to wash them it will be a quick rinse and straight back on the pole while wet !!! x tfs
hope to see you at mine sometime

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...


You must have an AWESOME target. It's good to think outside the box like you did for your curtains...

These look fantastic in Travis' room...

Did you pick a theme yet?

Thanks for linking to Creative Juice...

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