Adding Temporary Privacy to our Windows: DIY Inexpensive Curtains

We’ve lived in our current home for about a year now, and our kitchen windows have never been covered. They face the street and our neighbor’s home, but they are obscured enough that you can get away with not having curtains. But after having a baby, I’ve been craving a little more privacy. The windows are also a strange height, making curtains harder to find and more expensive. I toyed with the idea of frosting the windows, bought the stuff and tried it with NO success but decided against it. I just wanted some cheap sheer curtains that would let the light in, but block any prying eyes.

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See what I mean? It’s just so open. I also wanted to capitalize on the height of the room a bit. Plus the window sills tend to get cluttered with stuff. The kitchen cabinets on this wall don’t have a soffit above them, so they feel like they’re just a little low. Hanging curtains higher than other elements in the room can make a space feel so much taller!

So off to Target I went to buy what I think I have about a thousand pairs of in my house: my favorite REALLY inexpensive sheer curtains. Seriously…they’re under $5.00. I have a set in my living room, bedroom, dining room, and now the kitchen. If you’re looking for some cheap sheers that just get the job done without being fancy, here ya go. Actually, I’m probably going to go pick up some more for our office, which is directly above the kitchen and has the same slightly obscured view.

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I also bought a really inexpensive curtain rod (this one is similar), and hung it super close to the ceiling. Actually, Aaron did that since I was holding Emma, but the job is done all the same. Someday I’d like to buy/sew properly pleated curtains with a little more style, but just hanging them by the pocket is good enough for now.

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The curtains were too long (around 60″) for the height (around 48″), so I needed to hem the curtains. If I had a sewing machine, no big deal…but I don’t. And I’m not about to hand sew four curtain panels for something that is temporary. I went to JoAnn’s and bought the next logical choice: hem tape. It’s a really neat invention that basically fuses fabric together without needing to sew it. However – it doesn’t work on cheap synthetic fabric like the curtains I so dearly love. 100% Polyester, baby.

So I went to plan B. I decided to see if they would fray very badly if I just cut them and didn’t attempt to hem them. I hung one curtain on Friday, and I’m happy to report that two days later it was still fine. Again, if these were going to last a little longer, I’d be happy to put the extra work in, but it just isn’t worth it for the temporary solution. So I went ahead and cut all four panels to length, and slid them onto the rods.

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I love the updated look it gives to the kitchen, but most of all I love the privacy it adds. Honestly, I could have used one panel per window, making these less than $10/window, including the rod. I think it just goes to show that you don’t always have to do it 100% the ‘right’ way if you’re happy with the result and it’s temporary. Obviously, I want to update this with something a little more durable someday, but I’ve got bigger fish to fry right now.

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They just dust the window sills (that I desperately need to paint), and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been walking in all weekend saying how happy I am with the result. Does anybody else get a ‘high’ from completing a new home renovation project? Just me? Ok, cool.

There’s still lots of first round updates I’d like to do in here before we try to tackle a big kitchen renovation. I want to try painting the tile to get rid of the retro black and cream backsplash. Our countertops have several burn marks, blisters, and mystery stains in the laminate that I’d like to cover up. Plus about a billion other things, but for now, I’m content. People can’t see in to my kitchen, and I didn’t have to hand sew four curtain panels. Life is good.

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  1. Fray-check is what I think the stuff is called – available at any craft store, likely in the needlework aisle. You won’t even have to take the sheers down to do it! Just hold them up on a cutting board or piece of plastic and run a bead along the bottom. It soaks right in and lasts even through washing!

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