Sunday, April 17, 2011

It's curtains for us!

R and I have been meaning to do something about the curtains that cover our french doors for, oh....about three months. When we first moved in here I really didn't think that I wanted curtains to cover the doors. I love the look of french doors, for one, and I wouldn't always have to be outside with the kids if I could keep an eye on them while they played in the backyard.

But really, who am I kidding?!? They aren't going to play outside unless I'm with them, which really isn't a bad thing - at least until summer when it's almost too hot to breathe outside unless you are armpit deep in a pool. Or sitting on a giant ice cube, but whatever. Po-tA-to, poh-tot-o.

However we did put curtains up because, as we found out almost immediately after moving in, curtains are necessary to keep the cold mostly outside on those 3-degrees-as-the-high winter days and to keep the sun out so that it doesn't spontaneously combust the carpet into flames of terror on the really sun intensive days. Plus the setting sun beams it's blinding light rays right through the back of our house, and it makes trying to see anything a pain in the keister.

Sigh.

What was I saying a minute ago?

Oh right. Curtains.  So we ended up with thermal curtains to keep the heat in and the cold out in winter and the heat out and the cool in in summer. They have come in awfully handy since this geographical region only has two seasons - freeze and roast.

To hang the thermal curtains, I bought a reeeaaalllly long curtain rod from the BX that was long enough to stretch across the tops of both doors. Over time, the middle support has started to pull out from the wall. It doesn't help that anytime you move the curtains aside to open the door, it causes extra strain on the brackets.

R and I agreed a few months ago we should fix the curtain rod situation before it actually falls and rips out a chunk of drywall when it goes.

And today we did it. When I say we, I really mean we talked about it, R did all the work, and I gave it the final 'looks awesome!' That totally counts as we, right?

But I'm all jazzed now because we can move the curtain over the door that opens completely to the side without it causing extra strain on any of the brackets or causing the curtain rod to come apart and smack someone in the head.

Sometimes it's the smallest things that make the biggest difference!

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