Knob Appeal

from Creative Home
Depending on the fabric you choose, this window covering can be used in a formal dining room or a cottage living room. Use two more doorknobs as the tiebacks for a finishing touch.

For a clever and eye-catching alternative to curtain rods, hang panels from a peg rack of crystal doorknobs. The look can be country or formal depending on your fabric of choice. Large buttonholes in the fabric allow the panels to slip into place.



Materials

  • 1/4-inch pine board slightly wider than the window, for the mounting board
  • Doorknobs (enough to be spaced every 12 inches, plus two for tiebacks)
  • Dowels to fit the shanks of the doorknobs
  • Countersink drill bit and drill
  • Screws
  • Bolts
  • Wooden plugs
  • Paint
  • Drapery panels 1 1/2 times the width of the mounting board

Step by Step

Paint the mounting board. Cut a dowel to fit the shank of each doorknob and to extend 1/2 inch beyond the shank. Countersink the knobs onto the board and secure them from the back with countersunk screws. Bolt the board to the wall, centering it over the window. Countersink the bolts, and fill the holes with wooden plugs. Touch up with paint.

Make buttonholes in the drapery panels large enough to insert the
doorknobs, spacing them 18 inches apart. The buttonholes shown are approximately 3 inches long. Loop the buttonholes over the doorknobs.

Mount doorknobs on both sides of the window for tiebacks, placing them about three-quarters of the way down the window frame.




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