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Old 10-28-2019, 06:14 PM   #16
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The old hardware looks like a 3 rod system with a sheer in the center and overlapping drapes.
Interesting ! Thank you for the graphic it really looks cool. That the way they all did windows then ? Apparently this used to be an old
Farm house way back when.
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Old 10-28-2019, 06:18 PM   #17
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On the wall is the preferred method but take care as those are plaster walls.


I always used vice grips or pliers to pull straight out on nailed hardware. This avoids damage to the surface.
Yeah they are hard to deal with since the plaster behind the wall is hard as cement and when I tried to drill through it I might as well take a masonry drill to it.
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Old 10-28-2019, 06:22 PM   #18
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I prefer just a valance or a Roman shade valance.
You already have the blinds for privacy ( if you need
privacy.) We have two windows in our Dining Room
with mantles on top like yours. We made stained glass
for these windows, so I have no curtains, but, a one time
I made small festoons and jabos for the windows. As much as
I loved the festoons and jabos it was too much with the
stained glass. I had to take them down. In your situation
they would look great.

The inside the window drop valances (that Neiltw posted)
are also great looking.

What style is your furniture/decor? ...that makes a difference
in your window dressing choice.

do you sew?
My mother in law sews. The most sewing I have ever done is sew patches on to a book that I sewed material on as a book cover. The decore I like is modern deco sort of a industrial feeling but my wife likes a softer side to things keeping some light/dark furniture. I am hoping to get my mother in law to make those Roman drapes because they look like a great fit.
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Yeah they are hard to deal with since the plaster behind the wall is hard as cement and when I tried to drill through it I might as well take a masonry drill to it.
It is more like concrete than drywall so a masonry drill would be in order.
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Yeah they are hard to deal with since the plaster behind the wall is hard as cement and when I tried to drill through it I might as well take a masonry drill to it.



Usually only the first 1/8" is the hard coat which can fracture easy. Once through that a sharp screw can do the rest. The hard coat is really hard on bits. I always used a #8 x 3/4 Tek screw to cut through the hard coat and then just ran my screws in. You can get 2-3 holes per screw and it cheaper and cleaner than drill bits.
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My mother in law sews. The most sewing I have ever done is sew patches on to a book that I sewed material on as a book cover. The decore I like is modern deco sort of a industrial feeling but my wife likes a softer side to things keeping some light/dark furniture. I am hoping to get my mother in law to make those Roman drapes because they look like a great fit.
I agree, Romans would be a great fit...We made full Romans for our family room.

Since we really donít need full romans for privacy, after a couple of years we made new Romans,
only this time we just made a Roman valances, it gives the
appearance of full Romans - but only has four pleats.

I didnít like looking into the ends of the Romans so we made jabots
to cover the ends. (this is a deep box window this is why you can look
into the ends, however that is not your conditions)

The old fabric from the Romans was an upholstery fabric (as opposed
to drapery fabric)...we were able to reuse it in our Living room
and dining room, which I was happy about because I love the fabric.
The new fabric is a beige valor, the jabots are a dark brown valor...
they could also be self lined ( meaning the same fabric) But, even without jabos Romans look good.

There are videos on how to make Romans...It not difficult, but time consuming,
as the layout is key ( you need a big table for the layout)
The sewing part is easy...We also cut wood strips for
to insert into the bottom of the pleats. We also have a french door in the
room (Without jabots) I take a pic of it for you later so you can see the Romans
without Jabots.)

Also, the Romans are lined with a light cotton fabric.
Also the single window is next to a mirror thatís why it looks like
two windows.

Under the romans are white solar shades...Iím not sure if you planned
on leaving your blinds or doing shades, but I think your blinds are
fine. They look to be light beige?

I would make your Romans to mount inside the window ( not over the
side wood trim)
hope this helps.
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The Dining room has three pleats. ( the den windows
have Four pleats - The den door has three pleats...
You can do whatever you like, have fun with it.

You can make as many pleats as you wish if youíre
using them as a valance. If your using them as
a regular shade then make them to end at the sill.

Rainy and overcast day, best shots I could get without a lot of light
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Hey, that little bi-plane in the top photo looks familiar.
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Thank you all for your suggestions ! It is much appreciated. I will post some new pics here soon
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