Window Treatment Makeover


Wondering if your room needs a change?  Something I do from time to time is just take down my window treatments {or mistreatments}.  Take them down, live with it for two days–48 hours, this is key.  You will experience one of two emotions both starting with “Oh my word”:

1. Oh my word, this room looks so much bigger, better, lighter {insert any positive reaction} maybe I need to rethink how I’m dressing my windows.

2. Oh my word, this room desperately needs pattern, color {or whatever it was that your treatments were adding to the equation} I can’t wait to get those things back up.

You might even experience a third emotion.

3. Hmm, I kind of like it bright and empty but I still want something up there I don’t know what to do

If you find yourself saying the third sentence–like I was last week when I took mine down, then first put your old treatments back up and take note of your first reaction.  When I put mine up I was instantly happy and once again in love with my yellow and red buffalo checks.  I was surprised at how much I liked them when I put them back.  If you put your old stuff back up and love it, then yippie, keep them around for awhile.  If you put them back up and don’t love them, take them down and start looking for other options.



If you are new here, you need to know about window mistretments–if you are old here, you could teach about window mistretments.

There are many many ways to dress a window without spending thousands.  I call them window MIStreatments:

Mistreatment: (n). covering for a window that is quick, cheap and pretty. may or may not need hardware does not require sewing. a real designer’s worst nightmare.

Mistreating: (v). the act of treating a window with dignity and respect without use of the following: hundreds of dollars, sewing, time, crying, divorce, child neglect…

Here are a few I’ve done


5 Minute Topper: Window Mistreatment 101


Using a Premade Drape as a Topper {just hang it on a rod and hike it up with two ribbons.


Ultimate 3 fabric mistreatments–NO SEW!


Mistreatment Tricks


More secrets–please obey.  Even if you love your current window treatments, if your rod is right above the window casing and all your fabric is covering the window, you are missing out on so much light!  The fabric should not be covering light–let it cover the wall and end at the start of the window!!!!


Rodless panels


And of course the famous red check fold and poof no sew window treatment. {tomorrow it will be two years since I post this–and I’ve had these mistreatments for 5 years!}

Please tell me I’m not the only crazy person who takes down my window treatments from time to time to make sure they are still relevant, doing their job, and most importantly still something I love…you do it too, right?

Some of these posts are from two years ago meaning two houses ago, so don’t get too confused when you see all sorts of different rooms!


  1. YES! I have been doing that since Christmas came down. I’ve been taking mine down, enjoying the “freshness of nothing” for, oh, about 2.5 seconds, and then realizing that I love fabric, and I love my mistreatments like I love my children. hehe… Honey, I have gotten to the point where I concoct new ways to mistreat my windows (among other things) that I’m just sure one day you are going to come knock on my door and tell me that’s enough, that I have taken it too far, and that I at least need to pretend to be responsible and throw some hot glue or stitch witchery on the fabric at my windows. Some serious mistreating takes place at my home…

  2. Because of The Nester I now have mistreatments in three rooms! I read all the entries on fabric and curtains and went for it! I’ve also made pillows and tassels. Thank you Nester! Can’t wait to mistreat the rest of the windows.

  3. I will be finishing up my first window mistreatments tonight! I am soooo excited! I’d love for you to see them when they are done. I actually have a question I’d like to ask you about them.

  4. So my Master bedroom has been begging me to do this since we moved into our home 2 years ago….so today during lunch…I took downt he window treatments….hoping this will inspire me on how to decorate our entire room.

    Love your tips! Thanks so much :)

  5. Nester,

    I would really like to know how you made those blue plaid drapes that are hung on the rings directly on the wall – you called them rodless drapes I think. I don’t want to hang mine directly on the wall because I already have a rod and rings. What I want to emulate is that droopy valancy top thing that is at the top of the panels. Did you clip the rings through two layers of fabric or what? I even saw this same look at your sister’s house in a picture she posted of the (I guess) kitchen table where she writes.

    I want to hang panels on either side of my french doors and I don’t want anything precise and taylored looking. I can sew. My fabic is stripe and I alreay have it. Help. You are my idol. (not really, Jesus is my idol … but I love your blog.) Claire

  6. Hey I am new to your blog and LOVE it! I also live in Charlotte and loved the post you had on local fabric stores! i need to check out the one in Gastonia for sure! Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas and keep them coming!

  7. My sister JUST gave me this same advice a few days ago!! See, I HATE MY WINDOW TREATMENTS WTIH A HOLY MAJOR PASSION!!! Can you tell I seriously hate them???? Sigh. And to make things worse, I can NOT decide which fabric I want to use for my mistreaments. My sister (what does a girl do without a sister????) said that ANYTHING is better than what I currently have up- flowery balloon valances from when we first married in 1998. Yes, I am embarrassed by them!!!

    Anyway, just sharing that I LOOOOVE this idea and will definitely do it Sunday afternoon when our after church company leaves. Of course, I guess I could do it now and let our guests give me some ideas, huh? :)

    Still LOVE your site!!

    Mrs. U

  8. Thank you for the inspiration. I’ve been trying to figure out something new that I could do with my plain old curtains that have been in the same spot for the last 3 years. I think I’m going to try taking the rod out and attaching them with a hook to the wall.
    Love all your ideas!

  9. Totally loving going back through all the stuff I have looked at for the last two years and applying it to MY home! Don’t panic, I am only semi-stalking you at the moment…

  10. On a budget of $40, I bought 3 panels of thermal blackout drapes at the dollar store to cover my sliding glass door but ran into problems because of the weight of the curtains. Neither of the inexpensive but thin decorator rods would hold them and even the standard heavy duty white rods were buckling. I finally had an ah ha moment and ran off to the store and straight to the plumbing supplies where I had the clerk cut a piece of copper pipe (on sale even!) to the length I needed. At home, I popped out the decorator ends from the rods I had and hot glued them into the pipe. It worked perfectly. Three windows later, my routine is: Dollar store for curtains, plumbing supplies for rod, crafts store for decorator ends – avg. cost- $30. With your suggestions on fabrics, I know I can get the cost under $20. Oh happy day!

  11. Hello! I am a long-time lurker, and love all your wonderful ideas and your BEAUTIFUL house!! Quick question: I am wondering if you don’t mind sharing where you found your adorable birdie pillow in the first pic at the top of this entry? Thank you so much.

  12. I can’t wait to read ALL of these. Window treatments stress me right out! I’m not good at choosing what to put up and it always costs me a fortune. Thanks for the tips!

  13. Thank you for the inspiration. I am new to your blog and LOVE it!

  14. “Window Treatment Makeover” honestly causes myself think a little bit more.
    I really cherished every single section of this blog post.

    I appreciate it ,Karry

  15. Thanks for sharing this advice when it comes to window treatments! It is nice seeing these splashes of color and pattern to different rooms. In fact, I should probably see whether the windows in my home could use some extra extra attention. It would definitely be nice to have some Roman blinds like in the picture of the bedroom. It’s a good thing that there are pre-made drapes for that because I can’t make drapes on my own!

  16. Ann Pierson says

    Thank you for this great site! A fellow reader that I saw on Pinterest (actually her pouf curtains) told me about your mistreatments. She recommended your tutorial on how to make the pouf treatment, but I can’t seem to find it. Can you guide me? I want to make a pouf valance over drapery panels. Thanks so much in advance.
    Ann Pierson in Missouri

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