Dining Room Curtains

This is something that took a ridiculous amount of time to do. Why? I have no earthly reason. I really don’t. I bought these panels on clearance at Target when we moved here. A year and a half ago. I even painted the walls a while ago to go with the curtains. If you look closely you will see that my son used this fabric for the background to my blog. We just changed the tone a bit.


I had all sorts of excuses. I didn’t have a silver rod, I didn’t like the chandelier, I wanted a rug….none of it made sense really. I had this black rod and so I thought I’d just paint it silver. Then we had this crazy weather and that wasn’t going to happen. Not with spray paint. So, I said enough already. Let’s just get this done and hang them up. If I hate the black rod I’ll take it down another day and paint it. I didn't think the panels would be long enough so I was going to sew them together with another pair. But it was a miracle that they were just long enough. I'll have that project for down the road some time. Would you believe me if I told you I guessed the height of the rod? I did.

I’m not hating the black so much anymore. I like the glass finials and so it’s working out for now. The chandelier, it had some large silk shades on it in a tan and I took them off. I liked it better but not the color so that is going to get painted. I’m thinking it will be something like the silver mirror on the wall. It is silver but it has streaks or flecks of black in it too. Any opinions on what I should do with it? Rub and buff perhaps.

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Sorry about no before shots. I think the hardest part of this whole thing was taking pictures of the window without looking like the sun fell from the sky and landed outside. The shot below is with a flash, not good I know. But now you can see all the dead plants outside. Gosh, I could have at least set the table or fancied it up somehow before taking pictures. My efforts were all on getting a usable shot, not decorating.


I also have my hutch to the right. You might have seen it with all my Christmas dishes in it. Sadly they are still there. I want to paint that hutch so I'll take everything out of that at once when I'm ready to paint. I'm thinking white or the color of the wall. I want it to recede as it's really too big for the space but I need the storage.

Then there is the table. I like the size of the table as it can get 108" with all the leaves in it. But the chairs take up so much space. They're very wide. I have my eyes open for different chairs. The room is not large as you can see so something without a huge back would be nice. I have thought about painting the chairs. Because I'd also like to paint the base of the table and darken up the top just a bit. To go better with the floor.

Let's review what still needs to be done in here shall we? Paint light fixture. Maybe even recover the shades with a light linen fabric. Paint the hutch, replace knobs. Paint the table base and darken the top. Either paint chairs or find different one. Oh yes, get a rug. And lets throw in some crown molding too. Am I forgetting anything? Ummm, the rod. Black is looking pretty good right now with the list I have going.


I am joining Marianne @ Songbird for her very first Gitter Done since taking it over from Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors. I will try harder to get more done for the next one. But I make no promises. Thank goodness Marianne agreed to take this over. I am hoping this will push me a long. I can always use a good shove!

Live writer went all wacko on me tonight and I had to redo this whole post. Since it's almost 1am I will visit everyone tomorrow, or later today, whatever it is. Nite all!

see ya,



  1. I love those curtains... it looks like that is candlewicking on the sides (I think that is what it's called)... just lovely. Love the colour and the nice added detail... looks great on that rod and perfect with your new paint. Very nice Anita... can't wait to see what you end up doing with the table and chairs.

    Have a great day...

  2. I am glad you were pushed to get those curtains up, They look so good. Are you willing to take down the the light and spray paint it? That would be the easiest way to get it done. If you decided you didn't want the rod to be black after all you could spray paint them both. I am a fan of black though. I rubbed and buffed this little gold rods once. Still have them. Took forever and my fingers were rubbed and buffed too, but that stuff works. I am sorry you had trouble with live writer. I have never had trouble with it.

  3. The curtains look wonderful and I like the black rod. Sounds like your other projects will be fabulous also. Hugs, Marty

  4. I love those curtains Anita! Funny how sometimes we just procrastinate and then once it is done we scratch our heads and ask WHY??

  5. i love the curtains! and i love the black rod aagainst the blue- it gives them more drama! i think the chandelier would look fabulous painted silver nickel. :)

  6. Sounds like you have a plan. I love the curtains, rod and color. Especially the paint color! So pretty! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments. Good luck with painting the chandy. I'm anxious to see the finished projects!

  7. Oh, the curtains are beautiful! I love the color and design. The black rod offsets them perfectly. I wouldn't change them. Isn't it funny how we procrastinate. I've had the same curtain rods for 6 months and we finally just put them up. We'd been living with paper shades in our bedroom for months. LOL! I think the chandi would look good in Oil Rubbed Bronze, which is basically black with a little sparkle. I've had the best luck with Rust-Oleum brand. It doesn't drip like others do.

    Well, I'll end the novel. Happy Saturday :)

  8. The rod looks great, so do the curtains...I love the pattern along the edge. It took me 10 years to put up curtains in my living room and afterward I wondered why I didn't do it sooner since I liked it so much.

    Are you going to paint your table, chairs and hutch white? I think that would look nice. I also think it would look pretty if you painted the back of the hutch a different color. Can't wait to see the outcome :)

  9. Anita,
    Love the curtains...looks like you and I have something in common...my dining room makeover is going very slow. Hope you have a great day:)


  10. Your curtains look great Anita! I love the colors in the room, and that rub and buff sounds good!

  11. Love the curtains!! They are so pretty! Sorry about live writer, I haven't tried it yet, I am scared! :) I can't wait to see how everything comes together and it will in time! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!!

  12. LOL All that waiting and than it turns out that the curtains are a perfect fit and you like the black curtain rod. I could have written a story like that. And kuddos for eyeballing the place for the rod. I am so not good at guessing these things.
    Enjoy your curtains! And GD will be there for all the other projects! Thank you for playing along.

  13. It takes me ridiculous amounts of time to do most things, maybe I'm normal after all..... I do seriously love these curtains. I spent months looking for curtains for my dining room, I think these would have worked pretty well. I never saw them at Target, oh well. They look great! If i'd have eyeballed that rod, there would have been dire consequences. Bravo!

  14. I love your curtains! I think the black rod looks really good, too. If you painted the chandelier black, it would really pop. :)

  15. Curtains are superb!

    Chairs ARE too big. We used to have the same ones...I think we have the same table as you, too! We kept the table and bought other derrier holders off CL. We got a black bench, two black wooden straight back chairs and two black parson chairs. I love the different textures and looks. OK, wait, this is about me...hold on..

    yes, paint the chandy...love the choice to match with the mirror....and painting the cabinet is awesome. I remember it from your Christmas post. you could always funk it up a bit by painting the inside backs a splashy color!

    OK, that's my 2 cents....and the procrastination about the rod...You wrote all about my life, with that one!!!

    Good luck with all the changes and projects! We'll be here rooting you on!!!

  16. Anita, I love your panels you finally got up and love all your ideas. Painting the table and chairs will make a huge difference. If you like the black rod, which I do, I would paint the chandy black too and maybe add white shades.

  17. Hi Anita, The new drape panels look wonderful. I would try the rub and buff in silver on the chandy. It sure beats taking it down to paint.

  18. love the curtains! stopped by to say happy new year!!!!

  19. I have to say that I like the rod too. I would have thought a silver one would match better but I am liking the black. I see a lot of different things mixed together and I think we should all just do what we like best. It always works out in the end. Good job!

  20. Hey Anita! Good for you on getting it done! Your to do list is sounding a lot like one I would be writing. Good thing Marianne is going to keep us on task with more gitter done parties, right?
    Love the fact that you guessed the size and it was right! Guess it was meant to be. Your curtains look pretty, and the black looks good with them, aren't you glad you didn't paint the rod now?

  21. Your curtains look great! I love the color and the black rod just sets them off.

  22. I need those exact curtains for my living room! Seriously!
    Are you doing a giveaway?...wait! I always say that when I come here. You'll start thinking of me as the chick who wants always wants free stuff.

  23. The curtains are beautiful. I have so many things that need to get done. Once I get through my daughter's 16th birthday this week and getting her driver's license then maybe I can start moving on more stuff. First things first...

  24. Love that color blue and it looks like such a cheerful place to congregate.

  25. Thanks for sharing, its pretty cool. This year I'm looking forward to take a break and enjoy nature as I go for vacation, well maybe after I find some Land in Texas. Anyway I really like your blog and i really appreciate the excellent quality content you are posting here.

  26. Anita, I love the curtains with the black rods!! I would love to have curtains... but the dogs won't seem to let me! It's lookin' great... sounds like you have your work cut out for you this year!! :)

  27. These curtains are gorgeous, love the colour and the lacey details are divine :)

  28. I have similar curtains from Target and they are sweet!


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