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One Room Challenge- Week 6

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

This week the plan was to tackle the curtains in the dining room for the One Room Challenge and well, let's say I almost accomplished it!

papiers de paris swan lake wallpaper

I purchased these 50" dusty rose panels and sewed two of them together to create a 100" wide panel for each side.

DIY pinch pleat curtains
DIY pinch pleat curtains

I also knew I wanted to add some trim to the edge of the curtains so on Monday I went shopping and found so many pretty options at a local fabric store. These were some of my top contenders.

neutral 3" wide trim
dusty rose 2" wide trim
trim tape for curtains rose pink color

I finally landed on this pretty fringe. It wasn't what I had in mind or was looking for, but I fell in love with it and knew it would be beautiful!

neutral tassel fringe trim

I used liquid stitch to add it to the inner edge of both of my panels.

liquid stitch to apply trim
liquid stitch to apply trim to curtains

Next up it was time to hang the curtains! I wanted to do a DIY faux pinch pleat so I had purchased this pleater tape and these pleater hooks. However, I noticed that my curtains came with pleater tape already sewn inside so I thought I would give that a try first. It was a bit thinner than the pleater tape I had purchased so it was leaving about an inch of hook visible at the top of my curtains which was not ideal, but in retrospect not too bad at all... can you even see it here?

papiers de paris swan lake, grandmillenial dining room inspiration

So instead of saying that's good enough and just hanging the next panel I decided to shoot for perfection. WHYYY!?!? Guys, I totally mangled this next panel. I cut open the top to add in my own pleater tape, then sewed it back together.

I was so careful to sew the hem back together exactly where the old one was so I still only had one seam. I don't know exactly where I went wrong, but once I got the pleater hooks in and hung I was left with this...

grandmillenial dining room inspiration, curtain fail

Janky highwater curtains!! UGH!! And the pleats at the top weren't looking so hot either. I need to figure out how to fix this and I'm thinking the easiest thing would be to order two new panels and just totally redo this side...which is definitely the way I'm leaning, but first I do need to make absolute sure that this dusty rose color is exactly what I want... I had a total moment of doubt and insecurity yesterday morning and thought maybe I should ditch the pink and go more neutral in here (I could easily swap out the rug in the front room to put in here). Many of you DM'd me immediately to tell me how boring and expected that would be which almost made me cry! Ya'll get me and that's why I didn't go with neutral in the first place. Onward to next week, it's time to add the ceiling molding! And hopefully get the curtain panel on the other side sorted out! Thank you for following along and cheering me on, it meant the world this week!!

Week 1- the plan and the mood board

Week 2- the foundation- find a table, install the chandelier, move the buffet in here

Week 3- reupholster the dining chairs

Week 4- paint and wallpaper

Week 5- adding the rug and art

Week 6- window treatments (50% done)

Week 7- add molding and ceiling medallion

Week 8- The final reveal!!

Want to see the entire One Room Challenge from start to finish? It's all here!


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Hi, I'm Jennifer Laura- you can call me Jenn. My husband and I just bought a house in our dream neighborhood and we are so excited to be here! The house, while already beautiful, NEEDS A LOT OF LOVE and STYLE. Join me, a past interior designer and wedding planner, as I work to make over each room and share the process along the way. 

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