homemaking house

African Mistreatment

August 5, 2008

A window mistreatment, that is…


  • African cloth
  • Spear or bamboo at least as long as the window (which I’m sure everyone has on hand 😉 )
  • upholstery ring clips
  • curtain hold-back hooks

I have lots and lots of African cloths from mission trips travels to various African countries.  (It’s hard to believe it’s been over 5 years since I’ve traveled to any African country. 🙁 )   Coupled with the desire to use our home to communicate our anticipation of future missionary work in Africa/Madagascar, our living room is decorated in an eclectic African style.  Not wanting to actually buy curtains or window treatments,  I was in a bit of a quandary on how to turn those cloths into curtains.  I had looked at various window mistreatments for some time, and finally thought maybe I could make a modified version with some of the things I already had on hand (minus the ring clips).  It’s kind of a modified, simplified version of the mistreatment here.

the other curtain, hung on bamboo

the other curtain, hung on bamboo

Very simple to do: just fold the cloth over 3x, evenly space the clips, and then hang on spear/bamboo/whatever is being used as a rod!

Oops!  A stain was quickly covered by the clip!

Oops! A stain was quickly covered by the clip!

And voila, my windows have been decorated!  Nothing fancy, but it’s amazing what adding something on the window can do to a room. I should have hung the hooks higher, but it’s okay for now.

But when in Kenya, wear it as a skirt!

But when in Kenya, wear it as a skirt!

Of course, I doubt many are decorating with this theme, but check out The Nester’s window mistreatments to get some ideas of your own!.

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  • Kim August 6, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Nice job, Keren! I just hung a piece of fabric that I bought in Panama on my mission trip there in my windows – I found it when I was clearing out my closet, and it just happened to match perfectly – then I found some great fabric (who knows where or when I got it) that turned into some super cute pillow shams for the couch. . . .I guess I”ll need to post some pictures, too! 🙂

  • Andrea August 18, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Great mistreatment! You couldn’t find fabric for your room that is that great in a fabric store.

  • Cheri August 18, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Absolutely wonderful!! You’re so clever 🙂

  • Bonita August 18, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Clever, clever, clever! Love the spear/bamboo rod idea. It’s fun visiting all of these sites and seeing everybody’s different decorating styles.

  • Screaming Meme August 18, 2008 at 9:07 am

    I love love love it! I think it looks great! 🙂 What is the name of that wall color?…It makes everything POP! Screaming Meme

  • The Nester August 18, 2008 at 9:18 am

    bamboo rod–brilliant! what a great way to use what you love and what you already have to lovely up your home!

  • Melissa Smith August 18, 2008 at 9:53 am

    I love the bamboo rod idea also~what a great room!

  • Jo August 18, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Wow, that looks great! I love how your new mistreatments go with your paint colour and other african stuff in the pictures. My upstairs hall is kind of african themed…I have an african cloth and my collection of elephants.

  • mom in high heels August 18, 2008 at 11:31 am

    That’s lovely! I adore that you used your skirt!

  • Sarah August 18, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Excellent job and it flows perfectly with your room. Love the chocolate paint color, too!

  • mkw August 18, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Freakin fantabulous!!!
    Totally love it!

  • Wifeof1Momof4 August 18, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Excellent! I love the theme/decor.

  • new every morning August 18, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    How creative!!!
    I love that you’ve surrounded your home with reminders of your mission trips.

  • Judy August 18, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    No one will be copying your curtain rods!!
    Very creative and will bring you many memories of your missions and the people you ministered to!

    Great job! Blessings!

  • Judy August 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I’m sorry , after I just read my comment, my first sentence didn’t sound right!

    What I was trying to say was that you just can’t go down to your local store and buy a spear or bamboo, so yours is very unique! I certainly didn’t mean that no one would like to copy it! Sorry…..I should have reworded it before I hit the submit button!

  • Keren August 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Judy, no problem! 🙂 I didn’t even think about it coming across that way, but thanks for explaining, and thanks for the compliment! 🙂

  • katina August 18, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Great work! My hubs is from Zimbabwe/raised in South Africa. Thanks for sharing!

  • Stacey @ The Blessed Nest August 18, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    I love this! What a special reminder of your mission trips. The spear is awesome–perfect for this treatment!

  • Katrina August 18, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Wow, what an awesome way to use the fabric!
    I’m married to an African, so I was instantly drawn to your post! Your humor really shines through there.

  • Jane August 18, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    I love how your living room communicates how you live your life! Very cool. The spear will make a great conversation starter. Great idea to use the tiebacks to support the poles. I could do that!

  • abeachcottage August 18, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    love it, great idea and great use of resources and you given me an idea that was stumping me

    enjoy the mistreatment party

  • jessabeth7 August 20, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Looks great! I think I can find some sticks around here to hang some mistreatments…