Besides the stencil wall and the new vignette in the dining room, I also tweeked the drapes just a little. It was so simple, and I've done this many, many times before. I wanted more of a custom look so I decided to add a little trim along the edge. I've found that (at least here in Lexington) JoAnn Fabrics has some of the best trim at good prices. Most of the time you can even use one of their 40% off coupons too, and you know how I feel about my coups! With my 40% off coup in hand, the trim ended up being about $4/yd!
What does this have to do with a glue gun?
Oh yeah, that's right! I glued the trim. It works like a charm every time! I recommend using a low temperature glue gun.
It keeps you from having to worry about burning your fingers, but most importantly it makes it easy to remove the trim if you ever decided to make a change in the future. It will stay put as long as you want it there; but for all you mind changer-uppers, if you want to take it off it will pull right off without damaging the fabric or the trim. This is not the case with a regular glue gun. You have to use a low temp if you want to keep that option open. Now I need to tell you that while it will pull off without damage (as in rips or tears) it will leave a little glue gun residue. So, you'll have to add a different trim or a strip of fabric to cover that up. Also because you're using a low temp glue gun, you need to work in small sections because the glue will dry pretty quickly.
Anyhow, not bad for a 5-10 minute project that still allows you the opportunity to change it later on down the road! Don't you think? I'm not gonna lie - it makes me feel like I have a magic wand - and poof, it looks custom made! And now you know I'm crazy because I just removed all doubt :)
I also FINALLY found drapery rings large enough to fit around this big ol' honkin' rod! Thanks Lowe's for restocking the black rings (after 4 months)! I used my "pinch-and-clip-from-behind" method to create the illusion of pleats and to once again give them a little more of a custom-made look! Love!
Here's the before.
Here's after the magic of a glue gun (otherwise called my wand) and the "pinch-and-clip-from-behind" method (not to be confused with the "bend-and-snap" from Legally Blonde, although it does draw lots of attention)!