The transition from living in a house we built and owned to living in a rental these past few months has been a bit of a struggle to be honest. As a DIY blogger especially it’s difficult to not be able to paint or make major changes to the house. It hasn’t all been bad-the current townhouse has some great features like these huge windows in the living room-here’s a picture from when we first moved in:
The ceilings are ten feet high on this level of the house and I knew I wanted my typical white puddling curtains on these windows to accentuate their height. There were two problems though-first, I wanted the curtains to hang from the molding above the windows and I didn’t think my landlord would appreciate me drilling into the molding. Second-a neighbor shared a story with us just after we got here of the horrors they encountered putting up curtains on their front windows-apparently the brick facade of the house is just behind the drywall! So I started thinking about other options.
At Haven I talked with the folks from Command about my situation and they offered to send me some command hooks to try out-we weren’t sure if they’d work but I was willing to give it a try. They sent me a bunch of these awesome Jumbo Command Hooks and my husband and I got to work!
The first thing we realized was that the hooks were a little too tall for the space we had on the molding. My husband used some bolt cutters to cut about a half inch off the top of the hook and a metal file to smooth the edge. You can see how much he cut off here:
Because I wanted the hooks to blend into the molding I decided to paint the back surface of the hook white. I taped off the front section (that part I wanted to blend with the wrought iron curtain rod) and primed it with Valspar plastic primer.
Then I used a touch up can of the molding paint that our landlord had left us to paint them the same color/finish as the molding.
Once they were dry we attached them to the wall, you can see how they blend in nicely on the back. (incidentally I could not have done this with my husband-even with my ladder I wasn’t tall enough to put them up!
The only drawback to the process was that using the Command hooks with our curtain rod didn’t allow us to use the finials that came with the rod-they were much to big to allow the rod to sit as close to the wall as required by the hooks. It’s no problem for me though-I’m on the hunt for new finials now!
I used a coupon and gift card from Pottery Barn to help offset the cost of the curtains-it is SO hard to find affordable 120″ curtains and y’all know I’m a huge fan of puddling curtains so shorter curtains weren’t going to cut it.
I love the look of the curtains and the height they lend to the room! I also love that when we move I can simply remove the command hooks with no issues or repairs!
Are you a fan of puddling curtains too? My mom thinks I’m crazy for wanting them so long, I just love the look!