Simple Farmhouse
Window Treatments

When I bought my home, I had NO clue how expensive window treatments could be. This is one home decor area I am always looking for chic yet inexpensive way to get around. I came up with this simple farmhouse window treatment for my bathroom from a leftover weathered board and some inexpensive sheers. I managed to make the entire thing for less than $25 {that may be my favorite part!}

farmhouse window treatment

The backstory to this project… I had just gone through a large change in my life, finished putting a new roof on my home and quickly discovered there was significant water damage to one wall in my bathroom. Things happen in threes, right? I was trying to figure out how to pay for all this as a solo {single women, it’s OK you will manage to make it work!} I needed a quick answer to the naked window in this new space. 

I went on the hunt for a cheap and cheerful window treatment to really finish off the room. Let me tell you, farmhouse window treatments are NOT cheap!

Inspiration for this project came from Laura at www.OliveandLove.com. She had a lovely solution for shower curtains using an old piece of wood and sheer curtains. Voila! All the help I needed.

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I think the hardest part of this project was finding the perfect old, weathered and aged board. I just happened to have a board from an old pallet I dismantled a few years prior and was just waiting for the right project. Now, I’ve seen old wood advertised on Craigslist, on The Facebook Marketplace, and at my local salvage store. Just in case you don’t have your own perfect board sitting around.

After searching for a while looking for inexpensive sheer tab curtains, Amazon was my best option. Knowing the curtains I ordered had 7 tabs each; I made sure I ordered at least 7 hooks. Measuring the board, I made sure I spaced them somewhat equally. Lets be honest I HATE math I tried to visually measure out evenly spaced placement of the hooks, I wont lie, I didn’t measure these out to the 1/8th of an inch. Visual guessing was OK for me.

Oh Duncan, he’s always my biggest helper and invader of my personal space.

hooks with sheer tab curtains

Once the hooks were all fixed to the board, I needed to find my studs over the window. I realized that they were not very even consistent. Nothing in this house seems to be when I need it! Going with it, I decided exposed screws would add to the farmhouse/industrial look. So drilling right into the studs from the front of the board, I attached the board flush to the wall.

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Taking a little inspiration from french window treatments, I decided to cross the sheers, providing more coverage. This gave me the window coverage I was looking for. I just LOVE the way it turned out.

Hope you everyone gains a little inspiration from this post. Please share your favorite window treatments. I can’t wait to see what you guys have come up with.

Have a fantastic rest of your week!

Cheers,

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  1. I like this look for my bathroom. I have this same size window and another window longer but about 1/3 the width of the big window, what you recommend for the smaller width window to match or at least not conflict. This second window is on a different wall in my bathroom.
    Thanks In advance

    1. Jill,

      Could you do a single sheer vs. two sheers? Like a drape to one side, so they don’t conflict but still match. I hope that gives you some ideas….

      Happy decorating!

      XOXO,

      Maria

  2. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do in my bay window in my dinette for over a year. Stumbled across your post on Pinterest pendant finally finished it this weekend! I absolutely love love love these window treatments!!!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you so much for sharing your idea.

    I purchased my hooks and the shears using the links you provided in your blog post above. Found an old pallet in the warehouse at my office. Stained it to make it the wood darker and it turned out great!

    My only somewhat disappointment is that my curtains not aren’t as big and fluffy as yours and I realized I probably should have ordered the longer shears rather than the ones that are the length of my window. But I compromised using a clear elastic I created a fake knot. Not as fluffy as yours but it worked. Would love to share pictures but I don’t see a place to upload them LOL

    1. Karen,

      I’m super happy this window treatment worked for you! Mine were fluffy because I used the air pockets that came with my amazon deliveries to add bulk! Trick of the trade. Give it a go and see if that helps fluff your knots up some! 🙂

      Thanks for sharing your experience and the message. Sending lots of love.

      XO,

      Maria

  3. I have a wall of windows (3 across), do you think by overlapping the sheers this is doable? Would having 2 sheers per window be too much?

    1. Sheri,

      I think your idea is excellent! I’ve seen double curtains often with this design. I wish you the best of luck decorating.

      XO,

      Maria

  4. I have a 72 inch window, what size and how many would you get?
    It could of been in the comments but there is a book to read! Lol.

    1. Stacie,

      I completely understand. I typically encourage more fill that you think to cover the window. If you’re covering 72″ you should consider the size of each panel. I’d want some overlap and fill. Bonus is ordering with Amazon you can free return if you ordered too much. I read somewhere 3x the length in curtain but that’s mostly for rods… for this you’ll have to pick the curtains and do a little math. You can always space the hooks differently to make up room.

      Gosh, I know that’s not super clear but I hope it helps!

      Cheers,

      Maria

  5. I am in love with this. I have 3 Windows in my bedroom. One is individual and measures 45″ x 36″ then there are 2 side by side. I’m not sure if I should do just one window treatment or 2. If I do 2. The Windows measure 43″x36 each. I was going to do just one long board on top which will measure 88″. Not sure of what length to get as well. I would appreciate any advice you can offer.

    1. Amy,

      Could you run a single board but use multiple curtains to cover the distance? You could make a faux knot out of extra curtain. Or cross them but maybe just tie them back. Oh gosh, I hope what I’m describing makes sense. Anyhow, I would try to do a single so that it doesn’t chop up your space too much. I wouldn’t be afraid of using multiple panels on each side to cover the distance. Always go wider than you need so there’s extra material between the hooks.

      Thanks for reading along! Good luck with your beautiful window treatment. It’ll come out perfect I just know it!

      XOXO,

      Maria

      1. Hi Maria-

        I’m in the middle of hanging these exact curtains you have to have the exact look you have, but it’s not bunching how Id like. How do you hang them on the hooks? Just one curtain on top of each other and then cross for the desired look? Or do you put one loop through one of the curtains and just hang one curtain on the hooks? Or something else? Thanks!
        Ellen

        1. Ellen,

          My apologies for the delay. So I turn all my tabs the same direction… and you got it! I overlap them. So each hook has two tabs on them, but they are both turned to make it look seamless. I’m so glad you decided to try this look out! Don’t fear, sometimes they just need to drape a little to hang correctly.

          XOXO,

          Maria

        2. Hi, I am in love with this look!!! I have a few questions though about the wood.

          1. How far past the outside window frame did you extend the wood? I can’t really tell by the photo, but it looks like maybe an inch and a half?

          2. Approximately how wide is that plank of wood? 5~6inches? (Like from north to south, or maybe better explained, from like the top edge to the bottom edge that touches the window frame.)

          This style is exactly what I’m looking for and will be perfect in my den. I want to replicate exact what you created and I am afraid to go to big or too small with the wood plank, and then it not turn out like this look!

          Thanks,
          Lori

          1. Lori,

            Thanks for your questions! Let’s see if I can help…

            1. The wood is a few inches beyond the window. 3-4″ in total. I always recommend taking window treatments beyond the frame of the window because it will increase the overall size of the window itself. It’ll give the illusion of a larger window!

            2. The width of the plank is inconsistent but it’s approximately 6″ wide. This is the size of a fence board. Call your local lumber yards and ask for a rough cut piece of wood. They sometimes will give you their “scraps” which is EXACTLY what you need! If you don’t have any local, Home Depot carries “farmhouse” or “rustic” wood with character already to go. See the link above!

            I’m so excited this window treatment fits your needs! I can’t wait for your to pull it all together! I know you will. It’ll look great!

            Cheers,

            Maria

  6. Hi! I really want to achieve this look but am struggling some. My window is 72″ wide, and would assume my wood should be at least 76″. The problem I’m having is finding the sheers that wide. I have looked virtually everywhere. Would you agree that the sheers need to be at least 72″ wide? Any idea where I could find them this wide?

    1. Diane,

      Have you considered ordering two smaller panels and doubling up on each side to achieve the distance you want? I think your math is accurate and you want a little give on either side so you don’t look “stretched” across the window.

      Let me look into some wider locations and I’ll email you a link if I find something that might work!

      Thanks for the read and message. Let’s resolve this little problem!

      XOXO,

      Maria

      1. Hi Maria!

        I am having the same struggle I absolutely love this however my window is 85 inches wide how can I make this work I have considered buying the fabric however sewing sheer is a nightmare what would you recommend please let me know

        1. Naomi,

          I have recommended to a few people with larger windows to overlap the tabs and turn two panels into one essentially. When you bundle them, consider a tieback vs. a knot. But at 85 you might be able to get away with it. You can also order an additional panel and use it as a faux knot and create the look without losing the length.

          I hope that helps some!

          Cheers,

          Maria

    2. Did you ever find a solution for your windows? I have the same width windows and can’t figure out how I would do this, and if it will even look good,

    3. Hi Diane, I loved the look of Maria’s curtains as well but my window is 57” wide.
      The widest panel I found was 59”. I went ahead and ordered. Used wood I had. I couldn’t quite achieve the look she did but am happy with my results. I just overlapped in the middle using 14 hooks for all tabs alternating in the middle every other hook so it is only doubled in the center. Not quite as full looking but a cute look 😊. I just played around with it until it looked right.
      Hope that helps
      Michelle

    1. Andrea,

      Mine are 84″ because they in a window over my bathtub in my master bathroom. I’d go longer if you were framing a window with an 8′ ceiling.

      Thanks for reading.

      XO,

      Maria

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  8. I have been waiting to find the right window to use this for. I’ve been remodeling my in-laws kitchen and the have a beautiful garden window that I didn’t want to cover up entirely so this is the perfect solution. I just want to be sure to get the right size curtain. I plan on ordering 3 feet longer than the window is and about a foot wider than the window. Do you think this is a good idea? I’m super excited to show them! I wanted to donut in my own kitchen but I have a bay window and it just wouldn’t work. Thanks for the idea and your thoughts!

    1. Roe,

      I think that sounds like a great plan. That should give you the extra drape you’re looking for and beautiful fluffy knots! I’m so happy this will work in your desired space. You made my day! There is a lady on Pinterest who copied my window treatment and did it in her bay window. You might be able to get to her idea of overlapping multiple curtains.

      Thank you for your kind words and reading along! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

      Cheers,

      Maria

      1. Ashley Mersiowsky

        Maria,

        I am so glad that I stumbled upon your post! I have been obsessed with this window treatment for some time now and I finally got my look alike treatments yesterday. Thank you for the inspiration ❤️

        1. Ashley,

          I’m so thankful you felt inspired by this design. That means so much to me! That’s why I do what I do. Thank you so much for your sweet comment.

          Lots of love,

          Maria

        1. Tracee,

          I would measure the distance between your tabs on your curtains. Make sure you have a little slack between the tabs. Give yourself even spacing across your 7.5″ board. I hope that helps!

          Cheers,

          Maria

        1. Diana,

          I used barnwood that was just under 2 inches thick. I think you could get away with something 2″ or less, but I would go much more for the risk oof it looking chunky.

          Cheers,

          Maria

  9. I am so excited to do this! I already have the curtains and was looking for farmhouse window treatments and this was the first one I saw. I love it! Can you tell my how you knotted the curtains? Is it just a know that you fluffed up?

    1. Rebecca,

      Oh I’m so glad! I literally just played with them till the puffed just right. I then went back and tried putting in those little air cells (that I get daily – praise Amazon!) It makes them look fuller!

      Thanks for reading along and happy fluffying!

      Cheers,

      Maria

          1. CARALEE JACKSON CHILDRESS

            Hi Maria,
            I absolutely love this idea for a window treatment. I have a couple questions.
            1. How much fabric is there between the hanging tabs. To much or to little fabric can change they way the curtains look a lot. I would like them to look just like yours.
            2. How tall did you make the hanging tabs. Again to long or to short can make a lot of differance.

        1. Dawn,

          Those are the little packaging materials used when items are shipped. I often get them with my Amazon purchased but you can get them anywhere. Or us some leftover bubble wrap!

          Hope that helps.

          Cheers,

          Maria

        1. Suzanne,

          It’s packaging material that usually comes in your amazon purchased to help fill a box. Usually 4″x4″ squares.

          Hope that helps!

          Maria

  10. Silly me, I didn’t measure my windows and thought most windows would be the same width. I received the curtains yesterday and woah, the curtains are way too wide. Turns out our windows are 33 inches wide, so much shorter than I thought. Not sure how to make them work for this project, so might just have to return and find a curtain similar, just not as wide! Thanks for the idea, i absolutely LOVE it.

    1. Tanya,

      Oh no! I’m the queen of this. Don’t worry. You might be able to make it work with a little more draping between tabs. I would lay it out so you can visualize it. Clear space on the floor and just lay the hooks on the board and see. It might just work out and be as dreamy with the extra fabric!

      I hope it all works out for you. I’m hopeful! Thanks for the sweet message too.

      XO,

      Maria

  11. I absolutely love this look and want to recreate it but my window is much wider measuring at 59″ wide. What suggestions would you have for me to make this adorable look work in that large window?

    1. Stephanie,

      Oh I’m so glad you love this look! Thanks for the question. I think you could run the hooks across the top like the photo, just use two panels on each side. You can overlap some that will allow you to reach across each side.

      Hopefully that makes sense.

      Cheers,

      Maria

          1. Maria,
            I love this idea! My bathroom window is oddly placed and needs more privacy just than the sheers. What would you recommend? I’m at a loss for what to use, but want to incorporate this idea into my remodel. Thanks!

            1. Elizabeth,

              More privacy, go linen. White or ivory will certainly give you more coverage. You can also add a pull down shade (for when you’re nakey nakey), but then push up and hide at the top when not.

              Hope that gives you some creative ideas.

              Cheers,

              Maria

  12. Such a cute window! I need to do something like this in my front rooms because I hate the look of my old blinds. But first, I need to get myself to wash my windows 🙁 Which is a lot of work! Do you have any good cleaning solutions for windows besides windex? I am looking into hiring someone but I am already getting my carpets and upholstery cleaned so I’d rather save and do the windows myself?

    1. Mia,

      Check out my post on Why You Need A Steam Cleaner. It’s one of the best ways to clean glass, in my opinion, because it’s chemical free. It also kills all the built up crud! Squeegee-Off is a great inexpensive glass cleaner if you want to use some of those precious paper towels and some elbow geese!

      Thanks for reading and I hope your project turns out just as you hope!

      XO,

      Maria

    1. Jill,

      I attached them to the wall using small hooks. I linked them a few times in the previous comments!

      Happy decorating!

      Cheers,

      Maria

      1. Jodi,

        You mean the width of the board? It’s approx 8″ since it’s not cut perfectly straight.

        Thanks for reading lovely!

        XO,

        Maria

  13. Hey Maria,

    This idea is GENIUS and I’m in the middle of copying your inspiration. What ratio did you use for sheers & window lengths? Have my barn wood all ready and hooks attached. Ordered the wrong size sheer length, so before I return & re-order, want to make sure I’m doing it correctly. Would like enough length to tie & drape like yours. Will send a pic when it’s finished!

    1. Karen,

      Oh I’m so glad you love this window treatment. So I honestly did a little rough math to get my sheers the right length and width. I wanted enough for a little draping between hooks – maybe an inch or two. For the length, I wanted LONG! I could always fluff more but too short was hard to fix. I had about 3-4 feet extra. The window I have is over a bath so it’s shorter. I’d go big or go home!

      I can’t wait to see your finished product! Happy decorating and creating.

      XOXO,

      Maria

      1. So glad i founs this comment! I actually ordered the wood panels feon Etsy and am ordering my curtains now but had no idea what size or where to begin with sizing them!! Is there anyway you could do a tutoeial of how to get knows the same as yours? I lovvvve this idea!

        1. Tara,

          That’s a great idea! Thank you for that. To help you right now I would recommend measuring the width of your window and order curtains that offer a little extra (no more than 12″ or so to give you that flowing look.) For the height, that depends on where you want your knots. I recommend curtains going to the floor if it’s a wall or short window to the deck of the tub or counter. Allow 2-3 feet extra for the “knots” if you’re looking for extra fluffy knots.

          I certainly hope that helps. I will definitely take your advice and make a post about measuring the curtains and how to size them to windows.

          Cheers,

          Maria

          1. When you say no more than 12 extra inches fir the width, is that per panel or total. Do you think my window us too small ( 34 w x 48 H ). It’s at the top of my stairs landing. I love this look and hope it will work for me.
            Thanks

            1. I think you can make it work. I believe everything is just a problem waiting to be solved! Try to find tab curtains that are closer and maybe less wide. That would help scale the look down to size some. I really hope you find a way to make it work! Give it a go. I’m pulling for you!

              XOXO,

              Maria

    1. Mary,

      These are the hooks I used. They blend well and since they are affordable I use them all around the house for various projects and organization things.

      Thanks for reading!

      XO,

      Maria

        1. Veronica,

          Thank you for your kind words! You’re completely right, you CANNOT go wrong here. I didn’t even measure the spacing of my hooks. I “eyed” it for the most part. I felt it gave it a unique look that I really ended up loving, and I’m SO glad you do too!

          Thanks for reading!

          XOXO,

          Maria

          1. I love this look! I’m planning to use vintage small glass knobs for the top and vintage door knobs To hold the fabric back.

            1. Annette,

              I absolutely LOVE that idea. I think vintage knobs make great pull backs!

              I hope to ends up looking exactly like you want it to. <3 I'm sure it'll be beautiful! Thank you for reading along.

              Cheers,

              Maria

  14. Maria,
    could you tell me the width and length of the board you used? What staining do you recommend if I don’t have old barn wood to use?
    Jenn

    1. Jenn,

      I would make the overhang of the board a few inches on either side of your window to make the window appear larger. Little designer trick I learned over the years. My board is 5.25 inches wide. It’s not a perfectly straight cut so at some points it’s 5.5 inches.

      I would look into Vinegar or Tea to “naturally” age the wood. Depending on the type of wood you’ll get a brilliant gray-ish aged look. There’s also a “weathered” stain accelerator from Varathane that gives a beautiful gray look. It’s not my go to method, but it’s good to have it as plan “B.”

      Happy Decorating!

      Cheers,

      Maria

    1. Will,

      That’s an idea! I was going the look of a taller window. But that’s a great idea.

      Thanks for reading along!

      Cheers,

      Maria

        1. Sheila,

          I believe they would! You might need to overlap sheers to get full coverage but I have seen some readers do beautiful picture windows with this design!

          Thanks for reading. It means the world. Hopefully, I answered your question.

          Cheers,

          Maria

          1. How many extra inches did you add for the board? It doesnt look like its cut to the exact width of the window. But hard to see with the curtains already installed. Thx.. getting ready to make these for my eat in kitchen nook…

            1. Jennifer,

              I try to overlap the window a few inches on each side. This give the illusion the window is larger! I would have run it a little longer but my shower is right there. Do what you think is visually best. Minimum of 3″ I would gander.

              Thanks for reading along. I’m SO happy you’re trying this look. <3

              Cheers,

              Maria

              1. Susan,

                Oh, great question! For larger windows, I recommend just running more than one panel across. So, each side gets two to help travel across the top, giving that crossed look. go long. Always try to run the curtains to the floor too if you can. It’ll give the window a bigger look and open up the space too.

                I hope I helped at all!

                XOXO,

                Maria

          2. Lynne benninghoff

            I have a 70 wide inch dinning room window. What is your recommendation for size of curtains?
            Thank you,
            Lynne

            1. If you can find curtains that are more than your standard 45″ wide that would be ideal. 45″ on Each side covers your window but you’d want to be able to cross over so I’d really recommend you doubling up on them, so two panels on each side. I hope that helps!

              Thanks for reading along!

              OX,

              Maria

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this..just love it. Finally finished one of my kitchen window. I think it turned out beautiful. I would love to share a picture but I’m not sure how to do that.

  16. Hi there. I LOVE these!!! You mentioned in a previous post that your window is 48″ wide. What size did you cut your piece of wood? Just trying to figure out how many inches on each side of the window the wood should be hung. Thank you!

    1. Michelle,

      I gave approximatly 2-3″ on each side for a little overlap. My shower was right there otherwise I would have extended it a little more. It’ll give the illusion of having a larger window too!

      Hope that helps.

      XOXO,

      Maria

    1. Can you tell me the width of your window frame vs the length board you used? I’m assuming you lined the hooks up to the window frame? And what wodth curtain did you use? I have a 40 inch window so it goes from 42 inch panels to 50 inch panels no in-between. I was thinking of doing a 45 inch board and the 50 inch panels…

      1. Courtney,

        I added approx 3-4″ of overhang on both sides of my window. If I didn’t have my shower there I probably would have gone larger. It’ll make your window look wider! I linked the exact curtains I used. Make sure your curtains are larger than your window so you have a pretty drape if possible, or order more than one pair of curtains to give more “fill” to the look.

        Hope that helped!

        Cheers,

        Maria

  17. I would love to do this in my bedroom. I have two windows next to each other which makes a wide window since there isn’t any spacing between them. I was thinking to buy 4 sheers to allow them to be wide enough to go across completely and pulling 2 back on each side of the “whole” window. My issue is figuring out what length to buy to allow for the knot and some draping. Any suggestions on how I would figure the required length?
    BTW – you have created a beautiful window!

    1. Cristi,

      I think that would look wonderful! I would go as LONG as you could buy, or maybe that’s the italian in me! 😀 Go big or go home sista! But really, I think long sheers will allow you to hang this high as well as give you room for a knot and a little drape. Unless you’ve got 20 ft ceilings!

      Anyhow, I hope that helps some. I also recommend looking at the return policy when you do buy. That’s why I love amazon for cheap sheers… I can ALWAYS return them.

      Thanks for reading along.

      XOXO,

      Maria

  18. This is a great idea and looks fantastic. Something else great about is, you can cover a bunch of holes from previous hangers and not have to spackle them and repaint!! Love it, thanks:)

    1. Hollie,

      Thanks for the lovely comment dear! You’re absolutely right. I didn’t think about that but it makes a quick window treatment flip without all the spackle and paint! Glad you love it.

      XOXO,

      Maria

  19. Your window treatment turned out beautiful! I have recently used the idea to make a similar statement in my dining room…we are currently remodeling the room and I wanted a country chic feel…I used gray sheer and it turned out fabulous! Thank you for sharing this idea!

    1. Alayna,

      I’m SO glad you love this look and tried it yourself! It sounds delightful. You’re more than welcome for the inspiration. Thank YOU for reading along.

      Cheers,

      Maria

  20. I love this and I’m going to try it in my laundry room/mud room. Thank you for sharing! This is random, but I also love the color of the cabinets that look like a blue color in your pictures. Did you paint them & if so, can you share the color? Thanks!

    1. Emily,

      I’m so glad you like this window treatment! Not a random question as all. That was a yucky builders grade vanity that I painted Napoleon Blue by Annie Sloan. I ADORE this color and have it in a few pieces in my house. I sealed them with a coat of clear wax. They make the best statement in a white and gray bathroom.

      Happy to share anytime. Hope your project turns out fabulous!

      Cheers,

      Maria

    1. Carla,

      This just made my day! I’m SO glad you took the chance with this look… and more… that you LOVE IT!

      Thank you for reading along.

      XOXO,

      Maria

  21. ok Ilove this and though I don’t do DIY I think I could do this! only thing is, I live in europe, and we have tall ceilings. The top of our window is 3 meters (118 inches) from the ground, but from our windowsill to the ground is about 2.5-3 feet. Could i go on and use the 3 meter curtains everyone sells, and with the draping across and the big knot, the curtains won’t drape onthe ground? (our table is infront of the window, so I don’t want the curtains going below out windowsill. Thank you!

    1. Catherine,

      I’m so happy you feel empowered to attempt this DIY. It is REALLY simple yet so effective. I believe you could find tall curtains, I’ve run across some in my internet searching! If the knot takes up too much, You could order extra sheers and make it extra full and use a beautiful rope tie back and still achieve that full dreamy look! There’s a million ways to make this work for you. I like your ideas!

      Happy decorating and thank you so much for the comment and reading along!

      Hugs,

      Maria

  22. Hi Maria,

    I just LOVE THIS LOOK!!! So simple but beautiful! I am having a hard time finding “barn” wood. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question and all of these questions!

    Ann

    1. Ann,

      My local Home Depot carries faux barnwood in 8 ft planks. I’ve used them for a few projects when I didn’t have any on hand. You can also search Craigslist and reach out to people tearing down barns. You can offer to haul away a few planks, they always appreciate the help! I also have contacted local construction companies and asked for any old wood they come across. They will call me and I can come inspect and pick what I want before they haul it away. Not glamorous, but it’s FREE!

      Hope some of those suggestions help! Thanks again for your sweet words and for reading along!

      XO,

      Maria

    1. Hey Maria the tab curtains I got from Amazon has 9 tabs . How far apart would you put each hook. Thank you love your window treatment.

      1. Kathy,

        I think your spacing would be determined on how wide your window, thus your board, will be. I would measure across and divide by 9 and see how the spacing looks. This would give you an idea if you need another sheer or if it will look appropriate. You don’t want your space between tabs too far and stretching your sheers! I love a good drape and loose look with these curtains.

        I hope that helps!

        XOXO,

        Maria

    1. Betty,

      It took some fluffying and multiple attempts! Don’t give up! Some readers have messaged me and stated they even used some starch to help hold to knot, but I haven’t tried that personally.

      I have them attached to the wall using small white hooks to catch the edges of the sheers in the middle of the knot. Good luck and I’m so glad you were inspired to do this in your own home. Happy decorating!

      XOXO,

      Maria

  23. Hi Maria!

    I managed to recreate your window treatment look and it turned out fantastic!! I used a natural piece of cedar wood instead and it turned out lovely!
    Question: what are you using to hold the curtains back? I’m trying to find something simple and hidden as to not take away from the knot style. Any suggestions?

    Thank you!

    1. Shawn,

      I’m SO excited you were able to create you own look! I have small simple hooks that I used to keep the curtains fixed to the wall. They are 1/2″ little white hooks I hand twisted into the drywall. Cheap and cheerful!

      Thanks for reading!

      XO,

      Maria

  24. LOVE THiS!!!!!
    I am trying to make it this week. I was looking up the curtains but the one in your amazon link don’t have the loops. Did you make that yourself?
    Thank you

    1. Alice,

      No, I ordered the curtains off Amazon. The link is provided and I just checked it to make sure I wasn’t sending you off into the abyss of the internet! These are the sheer curtains I ordered and they have the pretty tabs at the top. I ordered the 55’x 96′ for my windows. The longer the better!

      Hope that helps!

      Maria

      1. So even though your window was 48 wide you ordered 55 wide curtains how does that work out ?? Mine is 48 in wide as well . I’m confused .

        1. Nikki,

          The “extra” allows beautiful draping in between each hook. If you were using a rod and straight hardware, then you’re correct, you cold use more exact measurements. But I love the fullness of the window treatment having a little extra fabric. I often double up my sheers on my windows to get this look.

          Hope that helps!

          Cheers,

          Maria

  25. I just love this! I’m busy revamping my rooms and now are busy with my bathrooms. My husband put my boards up and the hooks. I used the vintage-look hooks. I am going to make my own curtains with a white sheer fabric. If my hooks are about 7 and a half inches apart how much must I measure between one loop to the other loop? Thank you very much.

    1. Cora,

      Oh! I love that you’re getting your DIY on. I admire your creativity in making your own curtains. Cheap and custom! I would give yourself at minimum an inch of “extra” between the hooks to give it that nice drape and dreamy look. It truly depends on your own style but I love a little “extra” fabric between them to give a nice look. But again, it’s your taste. Trust your gut!

      Thank you again for your kind words and reading along.

      cheers,

      Maria

  26. Hi! I’m in the process of making this right now and I wanted to know what screws you used with the hooks? I ordered the exact ones you posted the link for but the screws that came with these are really shiny and silver and the ones that you used look more distressed and rustic and I really like that look!

    1. Kristy,

      Thank you so much for reading and I am so pleased you are trying this in your own home. I used the screws that came with the hooks. However, I think they’ve change them over time because I recently got an order with shiny screws. I’ve used a little steal wool and some rubbed oil bronze spray paint on a q-tip to help “antique” them a little.

      I hope that helps! Thanks again for reading along.

      XOXO,

      Maria

    1. Debbie,

      My window is 48″ wide and I used the curtains in the link above as indicated. My bathtub is under the window so that determined the length. If you wanted it to flow to the floor you would need to do your own measurements and order accordingly!

      Hope that helps. Happy decorating.

      Cheers,

      Maria

      1. I was wondering how tall your window is. I love this and am looking to do my kitchen window. My window is 50″ tall and the sink is right below it so I can’t have too much length left on the bottom.

        1. Debbie,

          My window is about the same height. I believe you would be fine ordering the same length as I recommended (see link) above. If it’s a little too long, make extra fluffy knots!

          Happy decorating, Hugs!

          Maria

    1. Laura,

      I just had a wonderful reader send me photos of her new room and she did just that! Same concept but just used farmhouse decorative hooks. I think it was a wonderful touch of the same design concept. I say go for it!

      Cheers,

      Maria

  27. Hello there,
    I really love your creation!! I want to do this in my kitchen window.
    My kitchen is 3 ft high and 5 ft 11 in wide.
    How many window panels do you recommend I get, 2 in front, 2 in back? And would you sew the 2 panels together or leave it separated?
    I wanted to add that I will be getting a wooden window sill to match the wood at the top where the curtains hang from.
    Thank you again, truly appreciate you sharing this information, especially love that you linked the items you used.
    Take care!

    1. Patricia,

      Thank you for your kind words and message. Well, I think having a large window is a challenge. You could absolutely sew them together but I fear the far end wouldn’t gather well into the knot, or miss the knot entirely. If you’re skilled, I’d sew my own extra, extra long curtains to do a single on each side. OR, you could double layer them. Avoid the knot and just gather them with twine or jute.

      I can’t wait to see what you create!

      Hugs,

      Maria

  28. I love this look! Any tips on making the fluffy knots like yours? Also what did you use to anchor the knots to the outside of the window? Thank you for sharing!

    1. Alison,

      I originally just fluffled, fluffled and fluffed some more for the knots. I then got smart and added one of those packing air pockets (those that amazon sends in EVERY package!) That does the trick to keep them fluffy and full. To attach them to the wall I used little hooks. I’ve linked them before in the comments. Super easy to hand twist into the wall and voila!

      Thanks for reading along and I’m so happy you love this look.

      Cheers,

      Maria

  29. Love, love, love your window treatment and wanted to use it in our tiny bathroom. Unable to get exact sizes needed I purchased five panels sold, made my own tab shower curtains and window treatments. Refreshing look.

    1. Anita,

      Oh I’m so happy to hear that! You’re so creative making your own curtains. I’m so glad you used it in your home and you love it. Thank you for reading!

      XOXO,

      Maria

  30. I love this look! I’m attempting to create this for my kitchen window. I would prefer a dark bronze hook. Do you think that a double scroll hook would work? I’m afraid it may be too large. They are pretty though. I found some an Amazon as I was looking at the hooks you suggested. Thank you!

    1. I think it’s all in perspective of your window. My window is relatively small so I used smaller hooks. I say try it, what’s the worst that could happen? Free returns? 😀

      Thanks for reading along.

      XO,

      Maria

  31. I love the look. I’m going to do it but with a little bit heavier fabric, like osnaberg. How tall is the board. I know the width depends on the window width. I will be sewing my own curtains and my hubby will get me the wood from his job at a cabinet shop.

    1. Donna,

      Thanks so much for the kind words! I love that you’re making your own curtains. Great idea. You should share your pattern with Liz.

      The board is approximately 7″ wide. It’s not perfectly square so that’s why I say approximately.

      Thank you again for reading along. I wish you all the luck with your project and can’t wait to see how it turns out.

      Cheers,

      Maria

        1. Kim,

          I have an overhand of roughly 4″ on either side from the window. My window is small and in a bathroom so consider the scale of your room and size of your window. A little more wouldn’t hurt and will make your window look larger… if you have the room! I ran into my shower glass. 😀

          Thanks for reading along!

          Cheers,

          Maria

  32. My husband and I love this idea! Unfortunately, we have extra wide windows and have to patio curtains (100×84). Most curtains for that size window are blackout and not very appealing. Do you have any recommendations or alternatives?

    1. Liz,

      How handy are you? Sheer fabric is inexpensive. You could easily make those tab curtains to your desired size if you can run some simple straight stitches on a sewing machine. Let me know! I’m certain we can trouble shoot this together! As always, thanks again for reading.

      XO,

      Maria

    2. I want to do this in an area that my fiance wants blackout curtains so we are doing a mint blackout curtain in the window and then over the window doing the sheer curtains!

      1. Oh, good modification! It’s all about compromise isn’t it?

        And who doesn’t LOVE the color mint?! Sounds divine Courtney. Thanks for reading and of course sharing your spin on this window treatment.

        Cheers,

        Maria

      2. alternative to black out curtains. i will apply the “stick” on window covering, or what i used on my first floor bathroom window was a Spray on no see thru covering. found in the paint dept.
        Window looks frosted and no one can see in OR out.
        That way curtains do not have to cover the window and make it sooooo very dark in the room.

  33. This is beautiful and exactly what I’ve been looking for but how do you cross cross them? Is there a certain technique to that?

    1. Renee,

      Thank you for reading and I’m so glad you like this look. The secret is… there is no secret! I hung the tabs singularly across the top, overlapping one curtain over the other. Then I drew back one panel to one side to the left and one side to the right. This gives that “criss cross” look without much effort!

      I wish you much luck recreating this look in your home and I know it will turn out beautiful!

      XO,

      Maria

  34. Hi there! Love love love this look, if my window size from top of the frame to the floor is approx 87in. Would you suggest getting 95in curtains to accomodate for the knot ans fluffing?

    1. Brittany,

      My Italian in me always thinks “more it better!” I 100% agree with getting the longer curtains so you have more “fluff” in your knots. Last thing you need are limp looking knots framing your beautiful window. I’ve also recommended putting in one of those clear “air pockets” you get in your Amazon packages to protect your goodies when shipping. One of those little guys in each knots will keep your from going flat over time! Thanks for taking your time to read along. Good luck!

      XOXO,

      Maria

    1. Jacquie,

      I’m SO glad you were inspired to make your own window treatment! <3 Even more, I'm SO GLAD YOU LOVE IT! Thanks for the read and comment.

      Hugs,

      Maria

  35. Curtains and hooks ordered! This will be perfect for me. Barnwood not a problem. I have a barn. My dad built it. Now a part of that barn will be in my house! I can’t wait to get it all done!
    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

    1. Kathy,

      Thank you SO much lovely. I’m SO happy you have endless barnwood, and SO jealous. Love having a little piece of daddy’s barn in the house. <3

      The "knots" are held onto the wall with simple hooks. The link is >>> HERE <<<. Thanks again for the kind words! Hugs, Maria

      1. I have been looking everywhere for the perfect curtains and here they are! Thank you so much for the idea! I can’t wait to make these! Amazing!

        1. Oh Janette, you’re words are too kind! I’m SO glad you enjoy my simple window treatment. It warms my heart to know you found some inspiration from this look. I’m sure it’ll look amazing in your home. Thanks again for reading.

          XOXO,

          Maria

    1. Gina,

      I tied a simple “loop through” knot using my arm. I wrapped the end around my arm and pulled the tails through. Lots of fluffing, re-tying, more fluffing!

      Good luck!

      XO,

      Maria

  36. Hi, Maria. What an elegant, yet simple, solution. I would love to do these in two different places in my ranch house. But one is a large, picture window in the living room. Do you have and suggestions on how to accomplish this look with a much larger window?

    1. Jan,

      I have seen this done over a larger window using multiple sheers and “layering” them. Check out this window as an example. She used my idea but to cover a larger window. Large Window Treatment

      Hope that helps some! Thanks again for reading along!

      XO,

      Maria

        1. Brenda,

          There is a link in the post as to which specific curtains I bought. I’m so glad you love them! If you have any troubles let me know and I’ll email you a direct link!

          Hugs,

          Maria

      1. I have a large window, double pane, not triple, i would need ideally 3 panels, what do you recommend for that? I want to say it’s 70-80 inches just glancing at it. But i love it and definitely have plenty of wood lying around.

        1. Ashlyn,

          I think you could use two panels on either side and gather at the sides. Does that make sense?

          You can order two narrower panels, two on each side of the window. This will give you fullness while covering the width of your window. Adjust the number of hooks for the number of tabs on each side to make sure you’re not having two loops on a hook and single loops on others. Maybe use twine or another form of tie back rather than the knots if you feel you do not have enough length in the curtains. Order them as long as you can! Who doesn’t love a good drape to the floor anyhow. 😀

          Hope that helps!

          XOXO,

          Maria

  37. I love the curtains, but what I’m really interested in is the little signs that I believe say ” Bravo Lionel ” ! My Dad and brother’s names are Lionel, and I would possibly be interested in buying those ! Where do I get them?

    1. Patricia,

      I love that your Dad and brother are named Lionel! Such a fantastic name. Lionel is dear to my heart. I actually made those signs from 2×4’s super easy. I can gladly whip some up for you. Send me a message via my etsy shop (side bar of most blog posts) and let’s work something out!

      Cheers,

      Maria

  38. Samantha Nelson

    LOVED this idea, and it worked great for my kitchen window. It turns out mine was taller, but since we have a counter that butts up next to it, it is so perfect. I wish I could share a photo, but just know I adore this addition and it’s all because of you!

    1. Aww Samantha, thank you so much for your kind comment. That makes all the hard work blogging totally worth it. You made my day! I truly hope your space is as dreamy as it sounds.

      Hugs!

      Maria

  39. Katie Marshall

    I love these! I live in an old farmhouse and don’t “love” the curtains my husband has had (before me). I have one window that has a bookshelf on one side, so I can’t do anything along side it and was stumped – until I saw these! Thank you!

    1. Katie,

      I’m SO glad these inspired you and gave you a solution! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. Happy decorating!

      Cheers,

      Maria

      1. I’d like to see your curtains before they were put up and how you put them on the hooks. Absolutely love the look!!!

        1. Mary,

          I’m unsure what you’re looking for by showing the curtains off then on the hooks. I’m glad to help!

          So glad you like the look!!

          Cheers,

          Maria

          1. I own a boutique and have been looking for the perfect solution for my big windows!! I love this idea! I can’t wait to try it 🙂

            1. Cassi,

              I’m SO glad you love this idea. I hope it makes your space that much more elegant. Thanks for reading along!

              XO,

              Maria

  40. How did you keep these tied to the side! Thanks so much for the inspiration! I made these as well, but not sure how to keep the tied sides back!

    1. Kristina,

      I used little hooks in the wall and just loop the back side of the knot to them! Simple and easy!

      Hope that helps!!

      XO,

      Maria

  41. Loved your idea, but don’t have a farm house look in my home, so I used your idea, but put hooks above the window trim without the barn wood, and my curtain came just to the bottom of the window (window only is about 8 inches from the floor, and dog bowl goes underneath) and it looks great! Added a nice soft flowy feeling to the room which is between the living room and dining room.

    1. Heidi,

      I’m SO glad your vision took you beyond the “farmhouse” look. It can be anything you envision! I’m so glad you left a comment and shared your creativity. It sounds fabulous! <3

      Hugs!

      Maria

    1. Nancy,

      Thank you so much for the kind words! I’m glad you love the window treatment! Happy decorating! I’m sure it will look stunning.

      XO,

      Maria

  42. I will be working in this today! I absolutely love it. So I can clearly see that the curtain on the outside is attached to the hooks on the wood but is the curtain underneath on a rod below the wood?

    1. Shawna,

      Thank you for your comment! All the tabs on both curtains are just looped onto the hooks. No rods needed!!

      Hope your decorating project was a great success!

      Cheers,

      Maria

        1. Susan,

          In the post I have several links for optional sheers. The highlighted and underlined text will link you right to where and what I purchased for this project!

          I’m so glad you like them! Happy decorating!

          XO,

          Maria

    1. Lacey,

      I posted all the links to the curtains I used and comparable options in the blog post ablove. If you have any difficulty with them let me know! I’ll gladly send you the links.

      Cheers,

      Maria

        1. Brianne,

          The curtains I used were these darlings here. I’m SO glad you loved this window treatment option. If you need any further help finding them let me know!

          XOXO,

          Maria

    1. Lina,

      The window is 48″ wide and the curtains I bought were 96″ long but keep in mind my window is not a floor length window.

      Maria

        1. Lina,

          My window was 48″ wide actually. I ordered curtains that were 55″ wide to cover the window and have a little extra!

          Hope that helps!

          XO,

          Maria

            1. Well, I believe your hooks will be determined by the sheers you choose. If you want them overlapped, then you use as many hooks as you have tabs. But make sure the distance between tabs will stretch across your window! I hope that makes sense! So for example, if your curtains have 7 tabs you need 7 hooks, but if the distance will come up short, than use more like 12 hooks, and there will just be a little less overlap. Oh gezz I hope that I explained that so it helped. if not email me and I’ll gladly draw out an example of what I’m trying to convey!

              XO,

              Maria

      1. HI Marie,

        I am going to be doing this window treatment this weekend. My window is 63″ wide so I bought a 59″ sheer. How far apart should the hook be? There are 7 tabs on each panel. Greatly appreciate your help,
        Lina

        1. Lina,

          I’m a visual person so lay everything out first. Make sure when you have your hooks there’s enough slack between the hooks. Every sheer curtain is different so the distance between hooks may very. If you feel like there’s not enough length, just overlap less. It’ll be just fine if not EVERY hook has both loops from both sheers.

          I hope your window treatment turns out fabulous!!

          Hugs,

          Maria

          1. Hi Marie,
            Thank you very much for helping me out with the explanation for my large window. I did it this weekend at my daughters house and it came out just BEAUTIFUL!
            I tied them back with some thick jute and it looked very rustic.
            Thank you again.

  43. Thank you for this amazing g inspiration. I just finished my own version of this in my living room and LOVE it! Softens my room big time!

  44. Hi! Im very new at decorating and your window is just beautiful. I live in a mobile home, 8 ft ceiling with a double window in the living room. The windows are totally trimmed all the way around seperately with 3 to 4 inches seperating the two windows. Each window is about 39.5 inches wide and total across both windows are 89. How would you apply your look to my windows? Hope this isnt to confusing lol

    1. Jenny,

      I’m so happy you love this look. For your window I would suggest getting 4 curtains (2 pairs). I would use enough hooks to give yourself a little give in between each tab. So when you order your curtains do some quick math to make sure you have enough hooks for the tabs! Not all curtains are created the same. 🙂 Then do a little layering/overlapping to cover the entire window. This should give you a beautiful full look.

      That’s how I would do it! Get creative!! Some sheer panels are pretty wide, so find the widest and longest ones you can find. Enjoy the process, don’t be afraid to fail lovely… you may just fly!

      XO,

      Maria

  45. I forgot to say your dog is making the look my husband makes when I start ‘mearuring in my mind’ rather than working it out with tape measure, pencil and paper!

    1. Angie,

      I dear! Well I am honored you’re choosing these window treatments in your new decor plans! And trust me… the dog does better math than I do! 😀

      Happy measuring, hanging and decorating your space! Thanks for the lovely comment.

      Hugs,

      Maria

  46. As soon as I get done painting this setup is next. I have never really decorated my house in 20 years since we had a fire. I lost a lot of Decor and have never really wanted any pretties in the house since that happened nothing really seemed important any longer after seeing it all melted and smeared to ash. Anyway I think it’s time to start making my house happy and welcoming. This curtain display definitely says all that and more. Can’t wait to go for it!

    1. Thanks for your kind words dear! The width of the board is approx 8″ wide and 3/4″ off the wall (thickness). I hope that helps!

      Maria

  47. I abdsolutely love this ! I have a large bay window 95” to be exact so i readall comments and was trying to see I anyone tried this in a larger window. I’m going to go for it!!🤞🏻🤞🏻I purchased 4 sheer panels 40” w ea. My plank wood is 8 ft long I ordered a 20pc hook set.. I’m really hoping it works!! If anyone has done this in a largeee window please please share any photo’s thank u

    1. Sharron,

      Go girl! I think your creativity will make it look beautiful in the end! I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’d LOVE for you to send photos ando tag me in them @ #marialouisedesign. I’ll make sure to post the photos!

      XO,

      Maria

    2. Hi Sharron! I REALLY want to see how it turns out on a bay window!!!! PLEASE post your pics when finished:) Thanks!

      And THANK YOU, Maria, for your beautiful design!

  48. Marie,
    I love your window and the look is the inspiration for my kitchen window over my kitchen sink. Starting that project today. 😉
    Can you please share how you attached the “knotted” sides to the wall?
    Thanks so much,
    Stephanie

    1. Stephanie,

      Oh, I’m so happy to hear you’re trying these window treatments in your own home! I actually attached the knots to the wall using simple white hooks. I believe I attached a link in the comments previously! These hooks are the ones I used… simple and inexpensive!

      Happy decorating and please #marialouisedesign me in a photo on social media! I’m going to start sharing my followers creations on the bottom of the post!

      Cheers,

      Maria

      1. Maria, you are so sweet to reply to everyone’s comments!! Thanks for the fast reply and I apologize that I didn’t see the link for the hooks in that earlier comment. It must get frustrating sometimes to keep repeating yourself. 🥴
        Stephanie

        1. Stephanie,

          You’re so sweet and truthfully it’s not a problem at all! That’s what I’m here for dear.

          There are a few comments here and I don’t expect anyone to read through them all. Good luck with your window treatments!

          XO,

          Maria

  49. WOW! I adore these. I have a guest bathroom and just couldn’t figure out what to do. Luckily, my husband bought some old oak wood boards at an auction years ago and I’m hoping to use one of them. You are amazingly talented and what a beautiful window treatment without the expense. I, too, am in a new home and window treatments can be outrageously expensive. Thank you for the great tutorial. Absolutely Beautiful!

    1. Lisa,

      You made my day dear! Thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad this window treatment works in your new home! Isn’t it funny how things fall together? Put those old wood boards to great use! I hope it turns out just lovely. Enjoy your new home and all the excitement that goes with it! Please share when you get them up, I’d love to see them!

      XO,

      Maria

  50. Love your idea’s. I have double windows in my dining room and bedroom. I’ve been wanting to try this. I gave trim already on my window.what would u do My walls are painted macadam what color sheer do u advise. Thank you for bedroom and dining room. Thank you

    1. Kathy,

      Oh paint colors! I tend to go for neutrals so pick your poison. I have “On The Rocks” by Sherwin Williams on the wall in the photos. It’s a neutral gray that runs a little blue in the right light. I would go for a warm neutral if your boards are rich in warmer tones. If your boards are more cool tones, play off that!

      Hope that helps some!

      Cheers,

      Maria

    1. Lenore,

      I actually purchased these curtains (because after measuring time and product it was cheaper to buy!) Sorry that wasn’t more helpful!

      Maria

  51. I love this look!! My window is 52 inches high and it is 31 inches from the floor -what length curtain should I purchase ? Should it hang to the floor? Or bottom of window? Do you think the wood board will look ok mounted over the window trim? I think the curtains will hide the trim

    1. Melissa,

      I always try to take the curtains to the floor, with a little “puddle” at the bottom. Try to find curtains that measure an extra 1-2″ beyond where you intend to hang the board. And yes! I think the wood board would look just fine mounted over the window trim. Make sure the board is large enough to be the focal point, it will draw your eye up and away from other trim distractors.

      Thanks for the visit and message hun! I hope your windows look wonderful after you’re makeover!

      Cheers,

      Maria

  52. I love these curtains & I want to do this is my bedroom but I need some help. My window measures 63 L x 74 W. Should I buy 2 tab sheers or 4 ? I didn’t know if I should do like a double window or 1. Can you tell me what sizes to get either way? Thank you.

    1. Hello Jenny!

      Personally, I love extra filling with my window treatments. I would plan on doing 2 sheers on each side. The hooks come a plenty if you order through my links so you’ll have enough to run two across the window length. This will keep the tabs from being too stretched and give you a lovely romantic farmhouse look. Also, when buying length, take it from the top to the floor plus a few inches. It will give you a full look and make your window look larger. Always a win!

      Hope that helps!

      XO,

      Maria

  53. Love love love this!! I have a question though…. what do you have for trim around the window to begin with? I want to do this for my main level but am afraid the trim I have picked out won’t necessarily match. Thanks!

    1. Christine,

      Oh, I’m so happy you love it. I do not have trim on this window. Depending on the elaborateness/style of the trim I would assume you could get away with it. I certainly hope you can because I’m sure an entire level of these flowy curtains would be just beautiful!

      Cheers,

      Maria

      1. Christine – I plan to use a white weathered board above our white window trim. I think it’ll look great, an added accent. GREAT idea Maria, ty for sharing. I plan to use it in my 80 yo MIL’s room – I’ve been looking for something pretty, that she won’t trip over.

  54. What are the dimensions of the window you did this with? I’m thinking my bathroom window is a tad smaller. Thanks so much! Love the idea!

    1. Debora, I’m so glad you like the idea!

      My windows are 48″ wide. I hope that helps with your project. Happy creating!

      Cheers,

      Maria

  55. Hi I just put my board up about a month ago and I used wooden knobs that I painted and stenciled. I am using my old curtains because I can’t afford to buy new. They didn’t have tabs so I tied a piece of jute around the knob and used curtain clips that I decorated and clipped them from the jute to the curtain. My board is a lot thinner but still looks really good. Just thought I’d share how I did mine. Love how you did yours. Absolutely beautiful!

    1. Cherie,

      Oh I LOVE your creativity! The jute and clipping idea is fantastic! I love using what I have over purchasing. Reducing waste and keeping things financially friendly. Thank you so much for sharing. Please send me a photo via email of on social media! I’d love to see it!

      Happy holidays! Cheers,

      Maria

  56. Maria, I am so very excited about this idea – excellent tutorial! We built a new house, moved in in May 2018, and now are looking into window treatments. I had a professional window designer come give me an estimate on everything we need – a little over $20,000 – yikes!!!! Therefore, I am in the process of DIY or looking for ready-made curtains that look custom! These curtains are absolutely perfect for our master bathroom, which measures 47″ x 47″ and has a clouded, textured window so I don’t have to worry about privacy. Thank you so much for your creativity and for sharing. I will be following your blog from hereon out!

    1. Vickie,

      Thank you for such the sweet feedback and kind feedback! Yikes is right! I’d be right there with you, DIYing all the way! I’m so thankful this idea works for your space. I’m also happy to make a new friend! Thanks fo the follow. Feel free to keep in touch as you work on your treatments, and all the new home excitement! Congrats!

      Cheers,

      Maria

  57. Hey!
    What is the length of your curtains? My width is the same as your window, but it’s only about 50 inches tall! Can’t decide if 63” is enough to accommodate the knots without being too short or if 84” will be way too long! Thanks!

    1. I went with the 84″ personally, it seems long but those more poof the better! My knots are pretty large (basketball size) so The extra length helps.

      Hope that helps ease your decision making!

      XO,

      Maria

  58. Hello!! I absolutely love this look! We have attempted it on our window but can’t figure out how you hook the curtains? It’s seems like yours are twisted giving them the draping look, not sure what we are doing wrong. Any help would be appreciated

  59. I love the look. Just had my house renovated with 4 sets of French doors across the back and numerous ceiling to floor windows downstairs as well as smaller windows upstairs. Do you have any ideas for smaller windows (including dormer casement windows) that could be used together with your attached look? I would appreciate any and all suggestions available.

    1. Barbara,

      Your renovation sounds devine! Congrats on all that natural light too. What size windows are your smaller windows hun? Sometimes you can make small windows look larger by making the window treatment oversized, and sometimes that just looks silly! Let me know and I’ll gladly come up with some options.

      Cheers,

      Maria

  60. Thank you for this wonderful idea! I just finished off my sons playroom with these! My brother had some old barn wood I made one that was 100 inches and another 60 inches for the side window. The curtains don’t have the same overlap as yours because I needed to use many more hooks but it looks amazing! Thank you!!!

    How can I share a picture with you?

    1. Kristin,

      This makes me so happy!! I’m so excited to see your creativity! I’m not sure about posting a photo in the comments section, but emailing should do the trick. My email is [email protected]. Again, I’m SO glad it worked out for you sweetheart. Can’t wait to see!

      Cheers,

      Maria

  61. How did you get the curtain knots to stay in place? I tried reading through the comments to see if anyone else asked that but there were too many to go through! Thank you in advance for any tips!

    1. Danielle,

      I used small hooks similar to these. I screwed them into the wall and looped the knots onto them to hold them in place.

      Hope that helps!

      Cheers,

      Maria

      1. That was helpful Maria – I too could not see it cover in the initial post but it’s what I suspected. I’d guess they could be tied back w/ a cord as well w/ the cord attached to those hooks (or some other decorative hooks) – as opposed to tying them. TY for clarifying

      1. I love your idea!! What width curtain panel did you use? These are so perfect!! I have smaller windows and one that’s a little bigger but have no idea what size pants to order.

        1. I have the 55″ wide curtains. I absolutely them! But a little longer (like the 59″) would work too. Little more full of a look!

          Hope that helps!

          Maria

  62. I LOOOVE THIS LOOK!!! COULD YOU USE SHOWER CURTAIN LINERS FOR THIS IN A BATHROOM TOO?!

    THEY WOULD BE A LITTLE HEAVIER FOR NEIGHBORS TO SEE IN!!

    1. Bea,
      What a GREAT idea! I love your imagination. You’re right! It would make it less transparent. Thanks for the idea.

      Maria

  63. I love this idea but I’m trying to figure out how to do this. The width of my window is 72’ and length is 84’. I know I’ll need to double up on the curtains because I cannot find curtains that have that width nor the price is reasonable. Would you let me know how many hooks I would need to fulfill this project if I double up on 40’ width panels.

    1. Jennifer,

      I think the answer ends up disclosing itself when you finally find some curtains your love. You’ll need as many hooks as their are tabs. That’s the safest way to go. Then you can determine the spacing once you get your measurements together (o.e. – length of the sheers vs. length of the window.) You can order hooks in large quantities (40+) so you’ll probably have some left over to be honest.

      I hope that helps!

      Maria

      1. So I was wondering if you were able to double up? My window is much larger too about 82” but I’m not sure how the curtains would lay with having the extra curtains? Has anyone done this?

  64. Finally a window treatment I have fallen in love with. Such an easy and economical idea that looks classy. I bought shears a few years ago and haven’t put them up yet because I couldn’t decide what to do. I wanted something I could do myself. Now I just have to decide how I’m going to paint the board. Haha. I’m not sure the natural stain will go with how I’m redoing my dining room. I’m going to paint samples with the stain and one in whitewash. I’m also thinking about using crystal doorknobs or crystal cabinet pulls instead of hooks. The cost will go up, so I may just go with the hooks for now. Your idea has my brain running wild with variations! I love it!

    The wonderful thing about your idea is that it will be so easy to change out the look if I change my decor. I can see myself with a few different boards. (I have to confess, I have a habit of changing things every so often.)

    Thank you for sharing your great idea.

    1. Tonya,

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Isn’t it the most wonderful thing when you see a simple idea and your creative mind starts flowing with wonderful ideas. You sound like a woman after my own heart. I’m so glad this inspired you! You’ll have to share when you get your look together.

      Cheers,

      Maria

    1. I do! I just recommended to someone to use blinds or shades under them for added privacy. I would give it a try Nancy!

      Cheers!

  65. I really love this and am in the process of figuring it out. My windows have blinds so the curtains would need to come out off of the wall about 5” or so. Any suggestions? I’m thinking I could make this a valance of sort.

    1. You read my mind. Add a valence of sorts! make a little 2-3″ bracket off the wall to allow for your blinds. Or you could do more a rod and ring curtain and just cross the curtains via the rings. Oh lord, I hope that makes sense. I see it beautifully in my mind! Does that help?

      Maria

  66. With The curtains being sheer do you really block the neighbors out. It seems like they would still see in maybe not as much detail but still be able to see. I am curious because I have a window I would love to do this with but our window overlooks the neighbors driveways so it would really have to shut them out.

    1. Judith,

      Since the curtains are sheer, it most likely wouldn’t block your neighbors view. However, I would look into lace window “treatments” to use on the window itself. It might block out enough light for you. Hop over to Remodelaholic and see what she did with her windows. Or you could use a shade behind the sheers to give you some added privacy. Just match your sheers to your shade color wise.

      Hope that helps!

      Maria

  67. I absolutely LOVE this beautiful look! Would it work on a window as small as a kitchen window over the sink? That was my first thought as I saw this! My window measures 35″x35″. I can’t wait to try it!

  68. I’m confused on how you mounted curtaains on board for beautiful look! You just put hooks or rings on board then placed ea curtainin ring on every other hook? Then pulled all together & knoted?

    1. Just that simple Barb! However, the tabbed curtains are placed on every hook, not every other. So, one hook for every tab. It’s just that simple.

      Maria

  69. Sorry if you already answered this question. I think you said your window is 48 inches wide? How many panels did you use and what was the width? I did read you would have used longer next time but I am interested in the width in order to overlap the entier window as shown in the picture.

    1. Karen,

      I bought a pair of curtains (linked above) so only used one on each side. I would accomodate for a little wider than your window but not too much as the tabs dictate how the panel may lay. Hope that makes sense!

      Cheers!

    1. Paula, do you mean the large knots? I have them anchored to the wall with small hooks. Just enough to take the tension off them. Hope that helps!

      XO
      Maria

    1. Hello! This idea for curtains r awesome.u mentioned u did a double window n u love it. Did u cross them? I have double Windows but no pics to c how they would look. I want to do the criss cross like the pic but I have about 4 inches apart. Wil that look bad. Please help

      1. I have done this over a large double window. I didn’t cross them and there is a foot long gap in the center. I think it’s a classic look really! I say go for it!!!

        XO

        1. Hi, I too have the double window with the center piece and I am trying to visualize the look. Will you post a picture? thank you!!!
          So excited!!

          1. Hey Travis,

            I haven’t done one myself… however if someone completes one and sends me a photo I will absolutely update the post and share them!

            Send away!!

            XO

  70. Hello! I just finished this project and LOVE IT! Thank you so much! How did you hook the curtains back and tie them at the bottom? Thanks!

    1. Hannah, I’m so happy you attempted this project and love it! I used cheap white hooks you find at any big box store, approx. 1″ long. The knots just catch the hooks and rest there.

      XO

    1. I think I’m confused by your question hun. Both curtains were placed on the hooks via their tabs, then all I needed to do was draw them apart and tie knots! Pretty easy. Hope that answers your question.

      Cheers!

      1. I’m still trying to get this done! My window is 24w x 61, I can’t seem to find curtains smaller than 40w, can you tell me if that would be okay

        1. Yolanda, I feel your pain! What if you increase the overhang on either side of the window to make them appear larger? Also, remember there will be some slack between tabs which will give you a beautiful pleat. Just a thought. I hope it works out!

  71. I love this idea. I am hoping to attempt the same design in my family room. However, I have a sliding glass door to the patio in the same room. Any suggestions for treatments for the door? I am not sure if I could tie off curtains and have them not be in the doorway…

    1. That is tricky. What if you didn’t run the hooks along the entire door frame? What if you just did hooks and curtains on each side with a gap in the middle? The middle could have something unique like a sign or something ornate. Something salvaged. Anyhow, that would keep the drape of the curtain out of the way of the slider. Gezz, I hope that makes sense! Let me know what you come up with Jackie!

      XO

    1. Glynda, I’m so glad you like it! I hope you do and it makes your home that much more beautiful! Thanks for the comment.

      Cheers

  72. I know you posted the width of your window but what is the length. My windows are longer but I’d love to do this.

  73. I love this look! How high above the window did you place your board? I note you mentioned you extended board by 3 inches on each side, I just did not read anywhere how high above the actual window you placed the board. Thanks!!

    1. I have approx an inch above the window, not mind you the board is not perfectly straight! I did my best to make it even with a designer eye vs a level. 😀

    1. I would double up on the sheer curtains. Does that make sense? So if you run hooks across the top of the wood you’ll have more hooks, more tabs, two sheer curtains per side. I totally think the look would work!

      XO

      1. Would the middle curtains have to be longer to reach the tie at the bottom? If anyone has down this witha double window I would love to see a pic. Thanks

        1. That makes two of us! If someone sends me some photos I’ll put them up at the bottom of the post for all to see.

          I would agree that the curtains would have to be longer, go for the longest you can find!

  74. Can’t wait to try this. Soooo cute! Love that price! Moving into a small cottage style home within the month. This will look great in my bathroom as well. Thanks for the inspiration. I know what you mean about those unexpected expenses, ugh. All at once???? Really! I have shutters on the bottom of the windows since new house is close to neighbor. Think this will be super.

    1. Oh Eileen, you’ll have to share your adventures with me! I’m glad you found some inspiration from this post. I would love for you to find me on Instagram or Pinterest so we can keep in touch.

      I’ve been helping a dear friend with his new home and he’s going through the same sorrows. He wants everything to be perfect when he moves in and it’s just not how decor works. Unless you planted a money tree! If you find one, share some seeds! 😀

      Hugs

  75. I’m going to attempt this…its just so pretty! What is the length of your window? I’m Trying to calculate the size I need.

    1. Linda,

      Oh I’m so glad you like this look! My window is 48″ wide. I ordered the 84″ curtains to get this look. If I would do it again, I’d order the 96-98″ length to allow for more drape at the ends. I love a good drape! Hope that helps. Happy creating!

      XO

    1. I have a confession, I tend to obtain and hord old wood. I had this piece from a pallet I dismantled a few years ago. You can try craigslist, facebook marketplace, or an architectural salvage facility to find something similar. I’ve found good pieces with all three sources for other projects I’ve completed in my home.

      Good luck!!

    1. Hey there!

      The wall color is “On the Rocks” by Sherwin Williams. It’s a beautiful gray. The window sill is “Pure White” by Benjamin Moore. I LOVE this white and it is everywhere in my house. My kitchen cabinets and all my trim.

    1. I think it depends on your decor in that room. It’s a pretty rustic look, but if that’s your home decor then yes! I think the shears would be modest enough you could do a full room. I wish I would have done my living spaces like this. I spent so much on more traditional window treatments and now I’m redoing them all.

    1. This window is a little odd. It’s 48″ wide. I gave 3 inches on each side to have some overlap and to draw the eye, making the window look larger! Little design tips and tricks.

  76. I absolutely love this!!! My bathroom is identical and I’m definitely doing this this weekend!! Where did you order those curtains and what length?? Thank you!!!

    1. Hey Rachel! Oh I’m SO glad you love this idea! I ordered the 84″ length because it’s a shorter window. If I did it again, I’d go larger to the 96-98″ length. I LOVE full flowing curtains and a good drape at the bottom. Do share when you get your project finished! Happy decorating. XO

  77. Maria,

    I absolutely love this rustic window treatment! What is the width and length of your window? My windows are 44″ wide and I’m not sure I’ll get the same look as the curtain my be to spread out and not sure it would look right.

    Kind regards,
    Brandi

    1. Brandi,

      I had this beautiful reply typed and apparently NEVER hit send. My deepest apologies! This window is 48″ wide and I measures 3″ overhang for the board. I think it would work wonderfully for your window!

      1. Thank you so much for your reply!! Going to give this a try this coming weekend! I’ll let you know how I make out.

        Kind regards,
        Brandi

  78. I love this. I’ve been trying to find the perfect window treatment for my double window in my dining room and I really like this look. Do you think it will work for a double window? Or will the curtain be too spread out?

    1. Kara,

      I’m so glad you love this look. In regards to your question, I think it would totally work! Your idea sounds lovely! You might need to venture into getting two layers of sheers depending on how full you want the look. Let me know how it turns out, I’m excited to see.

    1. Anne, on the back side of the knot I used a little hook screwed into the wall to keep the knots in place. Something similar to these. Hope that answered your question!

      Cheers!

      1. Great question! So I actually used little white hooks you can pick up from from most stores. I got mine here from Amazon because well… I love Amazon! I tied a loose knot and just looped the back onto the hook.

  79. What length of curtain did you order? Or I guess my question is how far pat the window do yours hang before you knotted them.

    1. Danielle,

      I ordered 88″ curtains for the extra length. Depends on your window but the longer the better! It’ll let you have a beautiful drape!

      XO

  80. I just LOVE this look. I am in the midst of changing my house to a farmhouse look and I am obsessed with this idea. I think it would be fine for a breakfast area too wouldn’t it? Thanks for sharing…I’m on it! LOL!

    1. Cathy,

      Thank you for the wonderful feedback! I think your idea for a breakfast nook sounds delightful. The sheers diffuse the light perfectly. Glad to help inspire. I’d LOVE to see it when it’s done!

      XO

      1. You’re welcome! I will try to remember to send you a picture! I am fairly good at copying ideas from others and making them look good in my home. . LOL! I might need to start my own blog and call it Copycat Cathy! 😉

        1. Oh Cathy! I love it. 😀 There’s nothing wrong with needing a little inspiration. That’s my whole purpose here. I’ve taken others ideas and used them to create different looks in my own home. No shame in that. Happy decorating!

    1. Laura,

      Thank you for the kind words! I purchased these but it looks like they’re sold out. Maybe contact the seller and see if they are going to restock?

      Also, you could try these or these, as they are similar to the sheers I used. Similar in price too!

      Good luck and I’d LOVE to see your finished product.

      Cheers,

      Maria

      1. I realize this is a late post but I’m thinking of using this design in my bedroom. The only problem is privacy do what would I put under those sheer curtains at night time? Right now I have vertical blinds at the windows and You will be able to see them behind the shares which would be kind of ugly so I was thinking of removing them but then there will be no way to over the window at night ideas would be appreciated.

        1. I have it in my bathroom but I back to woods. It keeps any of the hikers from getting a good look of me! However, you could use a less opaque curtain panel to give you more privacy. Or one better, some bamboo shades would give a nice contrast under them without having to look too matchy. You could also frost the glass slightly to distort the view even more. Just throwing that out there and see if it’s pleasurable!

          Happy decorating. Hope I was of some help.

          XO,

          Maria

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