Take Your Curtains from Drab to Fab & my Ikea dressers makeover

DIY  Curtains with tassels+office window nook +bench bookshelf

The other night as I was trying to fall asleep, I caught the beginning of Sex and the City 2 for the 10th time and was inspired by Carrie’s tassel fringe trimmed curtains . . .

Carrie and Big's apartment from Sex in the City 2

. . . so while at JoAnn’s the other day I picked up some black tassel fringe trim thinking maybe it would add that needed punch of black to my window treatment.

tassels and thread -1

adding tassels to curtains -1 adding tassels to curtains DIY curtains 1

Needless to say, I went with the white silk curtains. And although I did love the metallic as well, my original idea for this room was very white and black and very girly

* * * * Before * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * After * * * * *

white silk curtains + purple orchid + window  office window+bookshelf seat  under the window+curtains DIY with tassels

Office nook+window+curtains with tassels+bookshelves bench

white curtains with black tassels + stack of magazines and jewelry box

* I love them *

My Ikea Dressers Makeover

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Ikea dresser before+ikea chest of drawers hack makeover Ikea Dresser Hack+Ikea chest of  drawers makeover

The husband and I bought these {there are two, one on either end} from Ikea years ago when we lived in the condo and they both resided in each of our separate closets. The before photo is horrible and I’m kicking myself now for not doing a step by step process of how I upgraded these two dressers you can see another shot of one of them here in my closet post …but here’s a step by step of how I took them from boring to super fun 😉

1. Removed/unscrewed original handles
2. Since they are laminate, I had to hand-sand them to add a bit of texture so my paint would adhere.
3. You’re not going to like this but I used gloss white spray paint {because that was all I had at the moment and I needed to get them done} …and I painted right over the plastic fronts.
4. After they dried, I took the same sanders I used prior to texture them, now, to scruff up the paint giving it a vintage/shabby chic look
5. Went to OSH and found these hilariously awesome little lion’s head pulls and purchased 20 of them {the original handles had 2 screws each}. You can find the lion’s head pulls HERE. And you can see a close up of them HERE

French Bulldog in the window + curtains with tassels + office

* CLICK HERE to See My Finished Home Office/Dressing Room *

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Little Rus

    April 28, 2011 |

    I adore your new curtains! So beautiful! We actually did the same thing with a horrible Ikea wardrobe – I hated the glass inserts because everything was on a show (brrrr….), so we painted the entire thing white just like you did and I found some antique handles that looked like flowers. 🙂 x

  • Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    April 28, 2011 |

    WOW Maegan… I love the curtains and I cannot believe that those are the same drawers!!!! Insane!


  • The Fashion Cloud

    April 28, 2011 |

    stunning DIYs, and those curtains are just a great idea.
    THANKS for sharing


  • Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...)

    April 28, 2011 |

    I´m going to copy!! ;D I love it!!

  • Michelle's Style File

    April 28, 2011 |

    The tassels look fantastic! Great job!!


  • Fashion Agony

    April 28, 2011 |

    Wow, you’re so creative. Everything looks awesome!


  • Amanda

    April 28, 2011 |

    Dannng, girl, this room is fabulous…and so are your personal touches! 🙂

  • dezzer

    April 28, 2011 |

    absolute butter! i had the same idea when i saw carrie’s bedroom but it totally didn’t occur to me that i could MAKE those curtains (and i call myself a DIY diva-smh).

    thanks for the post!

  • Antwerpmode

    April 28, 2011 |

    The room looks gorgeous! I love your dog!!! He is soooo cute!

  • Carolyn

    April 28, 2011 |

    Your new curtains are so adorable!

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  • Lisa - respect the shoes

    April 28, 2011 |

    Great job with the curtains and dressers! Now if I only had a creative design bone in my body …

  • Erin

    April 28, 2011 |

    Thanks for posting, Maegan!

  • TokenBlonde

    April 28, 2011 |

    Oh wow, Maegan, the curtains are so much more dramatic with the tassels. THanks for the walk through in refinishing those dressers. I’ve always wondered how to paint over laminate and now I know! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • Craftmaker

    April 28, 2011 |

    The new curtaind look adorable! And tjose dressers sure look chic after that makover. I wish I had a dressing room/office so I could have fun decorating it 🙁

  • 406 Olivia

    April 28, 2011 |

    yes, Yes, YES! The tassel fringe is exactly what the curtains needed!

  • bananas.

    April 28, 2011 |

    friggen love it all!

    the ikea dressser looks unbelievably good! i would never guess it was from ikea now. LOVES!!!

  • Sing

    April 28, 2011 |

    The curtains went up a huge notch with the fringe, I love it.

  • Susie Yoo

    April 28, 2011 |

    The curtains are completely gorgeous and make the room so glamorous! I love how it was so easy to do so…you’re brilliant Maegan! Thanks for the step-by-step and inspiration.

  • Brea Ellis

    April 28, 2011 |

    These are pretty gorgeous!


  • Ashe Mischief

    April 28, 2011 |

    The black tassles are really the perfect touch on the curtains! They’re not overpowering, but they add just a little something.

    And holy crap. I didn’t even recognize the stand. I was looking at the before picture trying to find it when it hit me in the face.

  • Marella

    April 28, 2011 |

    Amazing project and gorgeous blog! Following! Follow back? <3

  • Tatjana

    April 28, 2011 |

    The updated dresser is amazing, Im loving it!!!

  • dearalison

    April 28, 2011 |

    Great idea! I love the curtains waaaaaay more! NICE, lady!

  • Julip Made

    April 28, 2011 |

    Wow, what a simple change, but a major transformation! I’m gonna have to head on over to G Street Fabrics to see if they have any tassled trim!

  • Sidewalk Ready

    April 28, 2011 |

    Both of these projects are awesome! The tassels on the curtains are so simple but dress them up so much!

  • Fashion Tales....

    April 28, 2011 |

    Awwh, these are so amazing, & love your inspiration. I have so much trim from my archives, wanting to get out for some DIY.. -xxoo

  • Roxanne

    April 28, 2011 |

    It’s amazing what a difference those tassels make! They’re so cute! 🙂

    I found your blog awhile ago, but somehow misplaced the URL. So happy you commented on my blog and led me back here. HOORAY!

  • Holly

    April 29, 2011 |

    oh my gosh, SOOO cute! i wouldnt think i would like this if i just heard it, but seeing the photos, they are just fab.

  • Caroline

    April 29, 2011 |

    Those curtains look amazing.. i love that idea!

  • Namine

    April 29, 2011 |

    oh LOVE!

  • modanista junkie

    April 29, 2011 |

    You look like a walking burst of goodness!!! Just like a starburst only 10 times more fabulous!!! You look amazing, and the curtains are beautiful.

    Have a lovely weekend.


  • modanista junkie

    April 29, 2011 |

    Lol, this was meant for the previous post, but do adore the curtains. 🙂


  • simplychic

    April 29, 2011 |

    that seriously made all the difference in the world. i LOVE it…

  • Poppy

    April 30, 2011 |

    Wow I love how the curtains turned out. You have so many home DIY’s (the mini bar) that I’m going to do when I move into my new place. I love it! And I love the idea of using the bookshelf as a bench…very creative.

  • illari

    April 30, 2011 |

    you are so so clever and inspiring!
    im actually starting my own DIY drawer 🙂

  • Adiel

    April 30, 2011 |

    You are an absolute magician!

  • Jac

    April 30, 2011 |

    Love the black tassel fringe on those curtains.

  • PLF.

    April 30, 2011 |

    Your curtains have brought a whole new meaning of inspiration for me! as i am in the middle of renovating my room, i just adore what you’ve done! not to mention i have those drab ikea drawers, & i had painted them dark brown in the past, but this post gives me a whole new angle to them & i plan on re-doing them now! 🙂


  • Kimberlee

    April 30, 2011 |

    Love it! I want to give it a try 🙂

  • Kalika Brooke

    April 30, 2011 |

    That is so cool! Gosh,you make me feel like such a lame blogger! I’m not nearly as dedicated as you:)


    April 30, 2011 |

    Your curtains and dresser look so good!

  • Mary Ann

    April 30, 2011 |

    I like this – such a simple fix for such high impact!!

  • Kez

    May 1, 2011 |

    Wow, the difference in your curtains is amazing! Great job!!!! 🙂

  • Rachellabelle - My Hips Don't Lie

    May 1, 2011 |

    As an interior decorator, I approve of this post. I just LOVE black/white – black/cream together. Your DIYS are always so fabulous. OH, and those IKEA dressers. Can I just say WOW!

  • hotpants™

    May 1, 2011 |

    I seriously love the curtains. It’s amazing what a small change can make.

  • Martha

    May 2, 2011 |

    Thanks for visiting me..
    Lovely blog..now I`m going to spend some time in here..
    Have a lovely week:)

  • Vixi

    May 3, 2011 |

    OMG!!! This is just so fab! Wow, your so good at these ideas! 🙂

  • Gallivanting_Girl

    May 3, 2011 |

    I stumbled across your blog today. You’re so inspiring! I love what you did with your curtains, your hair tutorials and wardrobe make me wish I had you for a stylist (although I do believe you’d quit on this country girl). I think you are gorgeous and I hope you keep posting this amazing stuff, because you have a new fan for sure. I’m so glad I found this blog!!

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    May 5, 2011 |

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  • Lyndsy

    May 5, 2011 |

    The drapes look so great! It is crazy that a little detail can really make such a statement! Nice work!

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  • Ashley Murphy

    August 5, 2011 |

    Such an amazing and chic way to dress up your curtains. I am definitely trying this trick with mine. Thanks for the great idea, love your blog!

    Ashley xx


  • Julie S.

    September 13, 2011 |

    You have NO IDEA how many times I google specific things and am led straight to your site! I’ve been wanting to make white curtains with some sort of black tassels/trim for a while..I googled it, and sure enough, you made exactly what I want! 🙂 Thanks for the great site!

  • Affordable Insurance

    September 28, 2011 |

    I love the curtains and I cannot believe that those are the same drawers!

  • Amber B.

    October 10, 2011 |

    Are you serious that I have had those same drawers in my closet for about 6 years and had no idea this was even possible?! gee.

  • twobertis

    January 12, 2012 |

    LOVE it!! Can’t even believe the transformation, it’s awesome!


  • Linda Lou

    April 12, 2012 |

    You truely are an inspiration. I think I finally have the nerve to get off my hiney and do something with some blah dressers an curtains for my little girls room. Thank you!

  • Waseem

    May 23, 2012 |

    The curtain are adorable…Beautiful just the way it is..like it.

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  • The Cuban In My Coffee

    October 22, 2012 |

    Hi Meagan, I love this idea so much and just completed my own for my daughter’s room and referenced back to you. Take a look at the curtains in my home, they are stunning and were perfect for a day bed. Thanks for the idea and inspiration!



  • fashionista2013

    December 25, 2012 |

    Absolutely lovely room. Looks like a really cute dress boutique in there. With all the girly colors. I was seeking ideas for decorating the new room, this is a good start.

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