It is always fun to slither through a beaded curtain. I have never yet seen a kitchen door that somehow or other didn’t get in the way of traffic or really closed in the smell of liver and onions or boiled cabbage. My solution is to remove the kitchen door and sent it to exile. You can easily start the removal of the door from your kitchen by looking at blinds and curtains for all budgets that way you get to plan your budget more effectively in this whole process.
To get the door off the hinges, you have to remove the pins first. Take your hammer and screwdriver. Nudge the screwdriver blade under the lip of the pin on the upper hinge. Hammer upward until the pin moves only partway up. Repeat on the bottom hinge but keep going until the pin lifts out completely. Go back to the top hinge and finish off. This procedure keeps the door from possibly falling on your head.
Lift the door off and be rid of it. Isn’t that a breeze? Well, not quite. Hinges are the big inheritors of sloppy paint jobs. If you’re faced with being unable to find a lip to pound, dig out the paint remover and a cheap water-color brush. Paint the sore spots with the remover to loosen the paint enough to get the pinout. Sometimes, the paint is so thick that you can chip it off rather than resort to painting remover.
If the leftover hinge parts on the door frame bug you, remove them, plug up the holes with any of the fillers you have on hand, and paint. Actually, when you hang the curtains, these hinge parts don’t show that much and only an enemy will notice or say so.
Now, to the beaded curtain itself. If you are worried about your mental state, you could string one yourself, but it’s preferable and faster to buy one. Assembled or strung as you buy them, they are the costume jewelry of your home. You can buy a curtain that is available in varying lengths and widths that has a tape with rings on the top to hang from a round rod. Or you can buy the individual strands, available by the yard, to be cut with scissors to the desired length. The latter slide into a slotted rod bought at the same time. The density is determined by how many strands you wish to hang.
I bought two styles of the crystal version, faceted and round, and alternated them. I put up the slotted rod, then took two lengths side by side, ran them in the slot, cut off at the sill and repeated until I had filled the rod. To figure out what you need for either type, measure the opening and go on from there. Allow extra inches if you want the curtain to go above or wider than the opening. With the individual strands, the manufacturer gives a measurement conversion table for various densities.