On a Budget? 10 Stylish Ways to Dress Up Your Windows Without Breaking the Bank

On a Budget? 10 Stylish Ways to Dress Up Your Windows Without Breaking the Bank

April 10, 2018

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For a more visually appealing space, however, it’s always a smart idea to pair your new Renewal by Andersen custom windows with charming window treatments. Doing so allows you to dress up your new windows in hundreds of ways, without any major modifications or a significant financial investment. If you’re still putting up with your outdated window treatments, it may be time to consider biting the bullet and going for that fresh, new vibe you’ve been dreaming about.

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Getting tired of your old, boring curtains and shades? You’re not alone: this is a common issue for anyone seeking to keep their space looking beautiful–and wanting to inject a hint of something fresh and new. It isn’t as big a problem as many homeowners believe it to be, however. These days, many homeowners refrain from changing their old curtains or drapes because buying replacements, particularly customized designs, can be quite expensive, especially if they’ve just invested in window replacement.

The truth is, you really don’t have to invest a huge amount of money in window treatments–you can buy affordable, quality treatments or make a stylish replacement from scratch on your own!

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If you want to try out DIY window treatments to dress up your windows nicely but have no idea how or where to start, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve curated a collection of budget-friendly ideas to show you how to dress up your new windows. The tutorials and articles you can access through the links under each item are simple and easy, and will suit pretty much any budget.

Keep in mind that it’s okay to go the DIY route when making minor changes to your home, like getting new window treatments. You can save a pretty penny by letting your creative juices fly–use affordable materials or reuse other household items to make one-of-a-kind homemade decorations that your family, as well as your guests, will be sure to admire! Taking the time and effort to create something is bound to be a hit, and should tie in nicely with your home’s style. So sit back, relax and learn everything you can from these 10 amazing window treatment tutorials!

1. DIY Custom Drapery Look From Ready-Made Panels

Full post here by Susie @ The Chelsea Project

A favorite among many American homes, ready-made panels can be bought in retail shops and online catalog stores. They are convenient and easy to install. However, if you’re planning to use them to make your windows look bigger, you need to get panels with lengths of at least 108 inches. The problem is, most ready-made panels stop at just 84 inches long, and while those longer than the standard can be bought online, they’re more expensive. Enter Susie and her blog, The Chelsea Project, that aims to help homeowners maximize store-bought panels by teaching DIY crafters how to make them the ideal length and width for what they have in mind. She also shares handy tips when buying new panels, so be sure to check it out her blog.

2. From Plain Fabric and Dowel Rods to DIY Roman Shades

Full post here by Jill F @ Sew a Fine Seam

Making your own custom Roman shades is easy—it just takes some creativity, patience and a fabric of your choice. DIY blogger Jill gives us an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make custom Roman shades out of a bit of simple fabric and a few dowel rods. These are perfect for your girls’ bedroom or even the master bedroom. Just be sure to follow the steps carefully and choose the right fabric for your space!

3. Making Stencil Drop Cloth Curtains

Full post here by Sondra Lyn @ Sondra Lyn At Home

Stencil drop cloth curtains are cute, sassy and incredibly easy to make! Blogger Sondra Lyn details in her blog, Sondra Lyn At Home, exactly how she created drop cloth curtains with a design painted on natural canvass. Learn how to stencil and discover endless design possibilities; find the best stencil design for your room right now and start making your own stencil drop cloth curtains with the help of this tutorial!

4. Rustic DIY Shutters for Just $10

Full post here by Anne @ DesignDreams by Anne

Who doesn’t love shutters? They are beautiful and great at protecting your home from the elements. With their outstanding functionality, you’d think they cost an arm and a leg (well, ready-made ones just about do, at $100 to $150 a pop, and custom selections will have you shelling out $180 to over $1000 each). Fortunately, there’s a low-cost, equally effective option for you—create your own rustic shutters for just $10! Renovation enthusiast Anne teaches you how to do it in her home decoration blog.

5. DIY Made-to-Measure Shutters

Full post here by Melanie Lissack @ Melanie Lissack Interiors

Shutters often reign supreme over other alternatives, thanks to their sturdy construction, light-filtering function, and longevity. They also give off a warm, homey vibe, which has made them a staple in many American houses. However, you may end up paying as much as $500 (for both the materials and labor) to install them in your home. Thankfully, Melanie of Melanie Lissack Interiors has found a way to cut the costs and let you enjoy the same benefits—with DIY made-to-measure shutters! Find out all about this quality, cost-effective solution in her featured blog post.

6. Decorate With No-Sew Window Valances

Full post here by Marty @ Marty’s Musings

Interested in creating your own beautiful window valances? That should be no problem if you’ve got sewing skills! But even if you haven’t got the skills of a skilled seamstress, not to worry. Marty has created a tutorial to help dress up your windows with a no-sew valance. The process is pretty straightforward, with a lot of measuring, screwing, cutting and attaching materials from one point to another. Check out her tutorial now and get the ball rolling on your own project!

7. Create Your Own Drapes From Scratch

Full post here by Courtney @ A Thoughtful Place

Want to add a sweet, endearing touch to your space? Adding striped drapes to your windows might do the trick! Courtney has published her very own DIY drapes tutorial from scratch in her blog, A Thoughtful Place. While the process may seem intimidating at first, don’t worry; it is really not that difficult.

8. Make Cute Cafe Curtains For Your Windows

Full post here by Lucy @ The DIY Mommy

Cafe curtains are so often undervalued—despite the fact that nice cafe curtains can complement almost any type of home, especially vintage-inspired spaces! If you’re just starting out with your sewing hobby, they would make a great beginning project, as they are quite easy to make. Create your own charming cafe curtains with just a bit of measuring, pressing and a spot of machine hemming…that’s it! For more detailed instructions on how to sew these curtains for your home, check out Christina’s post on her DIY home decor blog, The DIY Mommy.

9. $8 Ruffle Curtain Tutorial

Full post here by Meg @ A Boy, A Girl & A Pug

Even if you’re not a sewing pro, you can create your own ruffle curtains. The best part? You’ll only spend roughly $8 dollars! These ruffle curtains are really adorable and they can add so much to your space. Admittedly, there is a good deal of work involved, but the result will be well worth the effort! Check out Meg’s easy-to-follow ruffle curtain tutorial for more details on this charming home decor project.

10. Create Stylish Bamboo Shades for $10

Full post here by Ashley @ Bigger Than The Three Of Us

Bamboo shades can be costly—you might spend as much as $120 on one set. By going DIY, you can save more than 90%. In her Bigger Than The Three Of Us blog, Ashley explains how she managed to make her own stylish bamboo shades with just $10. If you are passionate about DIY projects and have an eye for detail, this should be on your list soon! Visit her blog today for creative home decoration ideas, including this DIY bamboo shades tutorial.

These are just a few of the creative and stylish ways you can spruce up your residential windows. From sewing drapes from scratch, to using beautiful stencils for your drop cloth curtains, there are seemingly endless ways to dress up your windows. And the solutions above prove that you don’t need to have a huge budget to breathe new life into your spaces.

More importantly, by pairing these solutions up with our beautiful Renewal by Andersen double-hung, picture, or sliding windows, there’s no doubt you’ll love the result of your work! Now, which of these DIY window treatment ideas will you try for yourself?

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