Fin­ish­ing Touches FOR WIN­DOWS & WALLS

Fix stuck win­dows or bro­ken hard­ware, then dress them up with new rods. Trans­form walls with faux­paint­ing tech­niques.

Old House Journal - - Quick Makeovers - By Lynn El­liott

Hang a Cur­tain Rod

Con­sider rod place­ment and the ef­fect you’re look­ing for. Go­ing 6" to 8" above the header makes win­dows (and the room) look taller; cur­tains hung 3" to 6" wider than the win­dow (out­side the trim) means more light will come in when the cur­tains are pulled back. The stan­dard out­side mount—2" to 3" wider than the win­dow frame and 4" above it— of­ten looks best. Con­sider cur­tain length when plac­ing the rod: Café cur­tains should fall to the sill or 1" to 4" be­low sill or apron; floor-length cur­tains end ½" from the floor; pud­dled cur­tains are hemmed 1" to 3" longer than the rod-to-floor length. Mea­sure and mark the place­ment for the brack­ets and check for level. Try to line up the marks with studs, or use wall an­chors. Hold brack­ets in place and drill in the screws. Re­move finials and insert the rod; some also have a screw un­der­neath the bracket, so slide cur­tain on the rod be­fore at­tach­ing those screws. At­tach end finials.

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