First, I want to say thank you to everyone who left some thoughtful advice for me as to whether I should shorten the too-long curtains that I bought for the breakfast room by washing them or hemming them.
The truth is, I was so impatient that as soon as I got three comments in a row saying that I should wash them, I went ahead and threw them in the washing machine (on cold, on delicate). Of course I was worried that they would shrink too much or not enough, but luckily they turned out just right. Well, to be honest they're still a wee bit long but I guess that's okay if I ever need to wash them again.
Some downsides to washing the curtains (versus hemming) were that I had no idea how much shrinkage I would get (oooh, livin' on the edge), I had to iron the heck out of them once they were dry (bor-ing), and they had little white fluffs all over them which I had to swipe off with a lint brush. But, I didn't have to bust out the sewing machine AND I would've been able to blame the washing machine if they didn't turn out quite right. Heh heh heh.
I decided to try installing the curtain rods a bit higher than usual (for me). After trying various heights I settled on installing the rods so they were exactly in between the top of the window casing and the bottom of the crown molding. Since I took the pictures from an angle the rods look higher up than they actually are. They're in the middle, I swear!
Whomever designed this house sure loved jamming at least one window in every room right up against a wall. It's such a nightmare to hang curtains this way! The above window (that I never show) faces into the driveway. I had to close the blind so you wouldn't see our dirty vehicles and muddy gravel driveway.
This is the other window in the room which you see from the kitchen and directly as you walk into the room. I was able to hang the brackets a bit wider over top of this window since there wasn't a wall in the way!!!
You can see how the curtains are just a tad long.
The curtains are so light and airy. I am loving them so far.
I can't wait to get the table and chair set for this room finished this weekend (Note to self: You can do it, you can do it, you can do it) to show you how everything is coming together.
White, 100% linen, 96" curtains - Crate and Barrel
Pewter, 36-72" curtain rods - Lowe's (Allen + Roth)
Oh yes, and of course I can't forget the before and after shot:
Today I'll be sharing over at: