We took down (and happily trashed) the curtains and hung blinds in the windows. A few weeks later we bought the curtains and shears. They still need hemmed but are much better than the original.
New curtains and shears.
Getting rid of the curtains brightened up the room which actually gets decent sunlight, but the room was still dark without a ceiling light. Without the old curtains I though I could handle a fully lit room so we installed a ceiling fan and light.
As part of the move we planned to get a new bed so that the old bed could move to the guest bedroom. The new king bed arrived at the end of January and we couldn't be happier. King beds really are huge (but wonderful)!
New bed and bedding. The dog was free with the deal :-). It almost goes with the carpet....ALMOST!
And then the weekend after the bed arrived the wallpaper border had to come down. A new steamer made short work of the border (we actually found 2 borders when we started to remove them).
Good-bye ugliness. Just imagine matching curtains!!
The room actually looks bigger without the border. If I lay in bed where I can't see the carpet the room doesn't seem so bad anymore.