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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Country French Checks-Family Room Done

Wow, this has been a whole series of trial and error to come up with new drapes for the living/dining area and for the familyroom/breakfast area.  I have tried so many different colors and combinations, but I love the final outcome.  

After trying all kinds of things for the living/dining area, I finally decided that the look I was going for was to simply move the familyroom/breakfast area drapes to the living room.  I love the new look and it is so bright and light.  Just what I wanted.  You can see that whole transition here.

Then the search was on for something for the family/breakfast area.  Oh my word, I tried white, beige, cream and even woven wood and then suddenly a light bulb went on.  I hung this up and it is perfect. 



 Now there is a really fun story behind these checks.
I originally bought a round check tablecloth and then bought a long rectangular one to use to make pillows and table runner out of.


 See the table runner here.  I thought I was going to run out of fabric, so I ordered another rectangular tablecloth.  60 x 104 inches.  Tons of fabric.  Well, it turned out I didn't need it after all.

So in the process of trying everything I could think of, suddenly the check tablecloth came to mind.  I think it is perfect.  Beautiful fabric and the perfect camel/beige color.

So the family/breakfast area drapes went to the living room ---

and checks found their way into these areas.  I love the look.  These tablecloths came from Boscov's and they cost $12.99 each.  They come in several colors and sizes.  The ones I got were 60 x 104.  You can see them here.  A super savings compared to the $100 a pair price at Country Curtains for their check drapes.
(I have not been compensated by Boxcov's, just like to pass on a bargain when I can.)

Love the checks and it gives the room a great country french flair.





These were so easy, all I had to do was hem them and they were ready to hang.






 Such a soft neutral beige, I think I will be able to mix tons of colors in here for different looks.


I did a tutorial on how to hang drapes for a professional look.  You can check that post here.  Having them hung properly can either make or break a room, so take the time to press and hang them like the professionals do.  In my tutorial I suggest 7 rings for 54 " wide drapes, since these are 60"  I used 8.  No more than 8 inches between your rings and the folds will look soft and natural, but not less than 6 or 7 or they will look too bunched together.

I am loving the new change and since it cost just a little over $100 for all four windows, I can change them out any time I get tired of them.  So tell me, what are you changing up and redoing?

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71 comments:

  1. Marty, you definitely found a winner with your tablecloth drapes....they are absolutely perfect! Jane

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  2. Love how this turned out! Well worth the trials and error!

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  3. I love how they look, Marty! And you can't beat that price!
    -Shelley

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  4. Perfect! Why is it so hard sometimes -- we know the effect we want, but takes a zillion tries to get it right? Glad you kept at it!!! Sally

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  5. Love it, Marty!! Looks very French! :)

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  6. Oh My Gosh!!! I love those drapes and they are just perfect in your room!

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  7. I knew you would decide what would be best! These look gorgeous!! Great price too!!

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  8. Wow, Marty, they look great! I never would have thought tablecloths. You are right, though, much cheaper than the Country Curtains version and you got the same look!

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  9. I think the checks are just the perfect answer--and they coordinate with your formal living room--brilliant!

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  10. I love the check drapes... perfect!

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  11. I love the checks and also the round mirror over the couch. It seems to give it all more balance. The new curtains seem to lighten the whole room. Nice jog Marty.

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  12. You nailed it!! Love the new look and agree it is perfect for layering in seasonal color.

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  13. Marty,
    These are perfect and wow look fabulous. Just perfect. It looks amazing.
    Kris

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  14. I love the check drapes! They seem perfect and more airy - just right for spring - if it ever comes. And at such a good price. Thanks for the tips on hanging drapes.
    Cindy

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  15. Love your new look, the room looks wonderful.

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  16. Oh my gosh Marty... they are perfect! Love checks! Kathleen

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  17. Luvly curtain and a luvly price as well Marty. Well done you :)

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  18. Oh my goodness, those look great! You are right, they look just like Country Curtains. Great job!

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  19. You are so resourceful Marty! I love the checks!!!

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  20. Marty, I love your drapes! Table clothes make perfect drapes in my book! So easy too. Yours are the perfect color. The large checks are fabulous!
    Me, I'm doing a closet makeover!
    :)
    Cecilia

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  21. Wow beautiful! How many tablecloths did you end up using? They look outstanding!

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    1. I used 8 since I have 4 windows. Each tablecloth is 60 x 104 inches, so all I had to do was hem them. Love the look.

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  22. Marty those are definitely a winner. They look great and add so much to the room. You really have made them look professional. Well done!!

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  23. absolutely perfect~! wow wow it changed the whole room.. love them..
    I better go grab a couple pairs for my bedroom since I havent found a thing I love in there.
    thanks so much for sharing where you got them..
    wow,one more time~!

    hugs
    Sonny

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  24. Perfect! I never heard of Boscov's, but I am going to look now.

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  25. I love the color of the checks...subtle, but adds a ton of interest. And that is a great money saving tip to use a tablecloth!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  26. Marty - these look great! I use tablecloths all the time as curtain panels...so much more fabric for your money!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  27. Marty, those are perfect and you know I love checks!

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  28. Marty,
    I adore all the French Country Checks in your room, dear friend!!!
    Still lovin' the gray in your living room!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  29. I love Brown and this drapes in camel-brown checks is simply a winner for this room...PERFECT Marty! Than again, I knew you would come up with JUST the right thing...and you did! Happy Valentine's sweet lady!
    FABBY

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  30. Beautiful! I love checks and these are perfect for this room.

    xo
    Pat

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  31. Oh, Marty, I love these drapes. The check is the one I wanted to see. You did a great job hanging them, as usual. Everything looks so pretty.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  32. Both rooms look wonderful. You made the right choice. I love the checker table cloths - perfect price too.

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  33. They are perfect Marty! Love checks and you'd never know they are really table cloths!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  34. How clever to use a nice looking tablecloth as drapes. Fabric is fabric, name changes only depending on where it is!

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  35. Wow Marty that turned out great! How convenient and smart of you make curtains from the tablecloths! This story has a happy ending!!

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  36. BAM! You nailed it, woman. This is perfect - oh my gosh - for both rooms and SUCH a frugal way of doing it. Genius. Seriously, you may have walked a long path but you totally got it dead-on right. Love it, seriously well done, my friend. ♥

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  37. I love the checks and I love that they are/were tablecloths and I love that they were a bargain! Win win win! It looks just right now.

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  38. Looks wonderful!! And just right!!! My check curtains were bought on line at Paul's Curtains.....they are lined, came with tie backs, 84" long and were $30 a pair, also bought valences for the dining room and my order was over $100.00 so......FREE shipping!!! Love a bargain and love those checks!!!

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  39. Marty, show stopping looks, wow! Your check decor all came together so well, looks just awesome! Your ideas are always just grand!!

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  40. Hi Marty,
    I love all the changes you've made in your home. It looks magazine worthy for sure. I also like your drapes both in the living area and the dining area. So pretty. I can certainly relate to finding the right drapes. It will drive you crazy if you let it but eventually we figure it out.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  41. I love the buffalo checks in your room - adds such a nice touch. I also think your grouping on the kitchen table is fabulous!! And I also spied a sweet gate leg table in your room - love this style of table!! Enjoy your pretty room!

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  42. Great price for a wonderful new look, Marty! You were so smart to wait for just the right look to "click." For me, those "clicks" usually happen quickly after I've been pondering something for awhile -- you just know in your gut when it's right.

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  43. I've never thought to use tablecloths. That is a fabulous idea, Marty!

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  44. wow - you did it! You achieved the perfect look -- looks just like a magazine! Congrats, Marty!

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  45. wow!
    What a great idea! they look like the most expensive drapes! What a bargain!
    Nancy

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  46. Love the checks the most! And they totally look way more expensive than what you paid for! Glad your happy!

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  47. The checks really make the room, Marty. You done good!

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  48. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I love the checks---great look!!! Thanks for the link too!

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  49. Great Deal on those. I love buffalo check or whatever it is called. You did a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing your source, I will have to check them out.

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  50. They are absolutely perfect Marty! Great job!
    Hugs

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  51. GREAT job. Love the checks! They really make a statement in your living room.

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  52. Love the checked drapes - they are beautiful!

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  53. All of my decorating seems to be the "trail and error" way. I suppose that's why some people hire decorators but you definitely got it perfect. The checks add so much interest to your room.

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  54. Wow, what a bargain on the tablecloths! They look fabulous and tie everything together nicely. Great idea and great way to repurpose.

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  55. They look great! Worth all the back and forth! ~Zuni

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  56. Curtains can be one of the most difficult design aspects of a room. I am currently making dropcloth curtains for our living room and it has turned into an enormous project. That will be a blog post in a few weeks! I love that you made these out of tablecloths! They turned out beautiful and absolutely perfect for your room. Thanks for tipping us about Boscov's. I had never heard of them. They have awesome deals! I'm bookmarking them for future shopping. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a happy day! ~Deborah

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  57. I love the checks! You are a pro ;)

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  58. We just repainted our living and dining rooms and I agree that finding window treatments is very challenging! After weeks of searching, I found just what I wanted for the living room on clearance at Target and then found the perfect vintage look curtains for my dining room at (you will never believe it) Kmart. Even the Kmart ones were originally $30 a panel (window treatments are so expensive) but were on clearance for only $6.99 a panel. Sometimes you just get lucky! LOVE THE CHECKS!

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  59. They are perfect! The checks give the room a great new look, and I love it. laurie

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  60. Picture perfect! loving the checks, Marty! Everything look so beautiful and so well coordinated...wonderful job! Hugs, Poppy

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  61. Marty, I love the new look. I love check curtains - very classic!

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  62. Have always admired your touches of brown gingham and the new curtains are perfect. Thanks for tips on how to hang them. PS Your mirrors (gold framed big one and round one) are the BEST!

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  63. Wow, the drapes look awesome! Well done, Marty :) The whole room looks fantastic. Hugs from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  64. Ahhhhh Marty to the rescue!!! I will now have black and white buffalo check curtains, without having to rob a bank :^) They are already on order!!
    Your room is lovely....it just looks so nice a springy (ummm is that a word?)
    Thank you soooooo much for the link!! I have not only black and white "curtains" coming, but green and white for this's and that's, and red and white for two table cloths :^)..so you really saved me a chunk of change!!!
    Blessings,
    J

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