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Porch Drapes

Drapery project – complete. 🙂

To recap, we loved our chairs, and now sitting on the front porch (It makes for great impromptu coffee chats with your favourite neighbours) But seeing the garbage bins beside the porch were an eyesore.


We went and bought a curtain rod from Lowes, and some drapery from Ikea, it was done. SUPER easy. I appreciated all the feedback to the types of fabric, but in the end, I decided that for $30 for a pack of 2 drapery panels – ready to hang and the right height, was worth it.


And then you have this…

porch drapery


LOVE it. It makes the deck feel taller, and obviously, much more private. We went with a black rod because it ties in with our black door. Although white would have worked just as well. 🙂

Happy Weekend!

And you can also see that one of our Hydrangea plants in the above photo is having a temper tantrum and isn’t doing so well. *sigh*

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    Tia Brumbelow
    August 7, 2010 at 3:11 am

    LOVE it! Great job and so budget friendly! Enjoy your weekend =)

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    Ashley's Thrifty Living
    August 7, 2010 at 3:45 am

    it looks great! What a great idea!

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    Centsational Girl
    August 7, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Oh, I love a porch with window panels, so breezy and fabulous. I hear ya about the hydrangeas, I've got a few temperamental ones myself.
    Happy weekend!

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    Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife
    August 7, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Wow, they look awesome! I never would have expected it. Great idea!

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    August 7, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Looks great, breezy and cozy!

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    Sue at Beach Bungalow
    August 7, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Looks fantastic; what a difference!


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    Roncy Vic
    August 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Wow, what a difference. That looks so inviting now, with the extra privacy, those chairs are really calling out, "come, sit, relax!".

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    August 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Those curtains make your porch look so cozy!

    If it makes you feel better, a few of my hydrangea bushes are also having a temper tantrum. Boooo!


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    August 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    All the difference in the world! What a great idea!

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    Design Love
    August 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Looks much better! Great job, and so easy too!


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    August 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Looks great! I've done this on a porch deck in the past to block some wicked sun and it works a charm…plus the floating curtain in the breeze action is just so…summery!

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    August 8, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Simple, classic, effective. Very nice!
    (My mom told me about your blog. I live a little south of you at the east end of the Beach. Doing a big reno right now, so your photos look very familiar to us!)

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    Flourishing Networks
    August 8, 2010 at 11:32 am

    great idea…still love the bear chairs. I had bourght one for my hubby's birthday and he loveit. I have also mentioned your blog on my blog (a new blogger) as I love following your project – well done guys.

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    [email protected] at Home
    August 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    what is it about white floaty drapes on a porch …… heaven.

    and it hides the eyesore too!!!

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    August 9, 2010 at 2:23 am

    The drapes look great! I've always been a big fan of that look and B and I have been talking about doing it in our backyard!

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    August 9, 2010 at 11:06 am

    That is a fantastic idea! Well done!

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    August 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    looks great!

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    August 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Looks so good! And so easy.

    Did you use regular curtains-as opposed to outdoor fabric?

    Are you planning on taking them down for the winter?

    I guess if they get dirty, you could take them down and wash them.

    I used a shower curtain for an outdoor project so it would be water resistant and stand up to the weather. Worked well.

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    jen @
    August 9, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    amazing! my partner and i have been thinking of doing this, you're totally inspiring us to get on it 🙂

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    Holly Knitlightly
    August 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Wow, what a great idea!

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    Jennifer Stephenson
    August 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I just finished pet-sitting one of my client's pets. They also had bear chairs on their front porch and loved it! I am so looking forward to sitting in yours and the curtains are a wonderful idea to block the bins! It may be hard to get me to move from your chairs!

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    August 13, 2010 at 12:58 am

    I'm just wondering…do you know/like your neighbors? I love the look, but I love my neighbors, too, and if I tried something like this, I don't want to give them the wrong idea. Have you had any response from them?
    p.s. LOVE the bear chairs!

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    August 14, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Hi Katie – We're not close with those neighbours, but I was contemplating that if we were, whether that would impact whether we would do the drapes, and I can honestly say that I would have still put them up. I think if you're close with your neighbours you tell them you're excited about this house improvement and explain, in jest, that they should not take it personally – that, in my mind, would likely dispell any concerns that they may have that you're trying to hide from them. 😉

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    August 16, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    These look great. I've been considering drapes, although our arrangement is a little different and my husband loves pure openness. You have the choice of feeling open or cozy.

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    August 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Thanks for the response. I will definitely keep those suggestions in mind. Fortunately, this project just made it onto my list! Unfortunately, my list is about a hundred items long. I hope you continue to enjoy your porch. I love your blog – you have such great ideas and it gives me so much inspiration!

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