I've had this fabric for about a year, but it's one of those huge projects that just seems too overwhelming to start. On our hottest days, I've opted for a 'Shabby Chic' look minus the 'Chic' — sheets taped over the sliders. Classy, right?
I really love this fabric and wish I could find the name of it. It's an indoor/outdoor fabric which is perfect for these south facing, close proximity to the pool location. I knew I wanted a thick, wood rod for the sliders because one of them is about eight feet wide. I got a quote for the rods, finials, and rings from a local home dec fabric place of around $500 for hardware — gulp! Once I stumbled out of the store, I knew I had to come up with a better way. I couldn't find what I wanted online or anywhere, so I improvised. I got the brackets and rod from Home Depot unfinished. The rod is actually for hanging clothes on in a closet and was very cheap! I wanted wood rings, but the cost of buying them and tedium of staining them all was more than I wanted to do, so I borrowed a design from some store bought curtains and added loops to the back of the curtains. Easy peasy. I think all of the hardware came in under $50. Oh yeah!
I'm very pleased with the results, but I still have the big slider set to do :( I'm probably going to make a Roman shade for the garden window out of the same fabric or a solid color that matches, but that can wait.
By the way, our dog was miffed about not going on vacation with us, so he staged his own vacay shot.