When I came across the idea to make curtains from drop cloths, I pinned it to my DIY Art and Projects board. And I’m oh-so-glad I did!
Why drop cloths? Well, they’re pretty cheap for the amount of fabric you get. And whenever I go into a fabric store, I get overwhelmed and start second guessing my choices so ultimately I end up leaving discouraged and empty handed. So drop clothes were my timid way of buying a large quantity of fabric.
This is the sort of look I was going for (although these aren’t made of drop cloths) as I included in my living room mood board:
I did some research to find some easy instructions and Chris loves Julia delivered! I went over to Home Depot to pick up some drop cloths only they looked much darker and dingier than the ones in Julia’s photos:I went home, turned on the computer and re-read her post (I have one of them stupid phones). I had in fact found the exact same drop cloths she used. So I high tailed it back to Home Depot! I picked up two 6×9 “panels” for $11 a pop. I had intentions of hemming the bottoms but with the placement of the curtains behind furniture bunching really isn’t visible. And I can tell myself I’m giving them extra length in case we ever move and need longer curtains. See, not lazy at all! That’s just foresight. I also bought a sponge brush, and some masking tape. I already had some paint mixed for another project that I didn’t end up using so I didn’t have to spend for paint. I washed the drop cloths to take away some of the roughness then ironed them smooth. I cleared the living room floor, spread out newspapers, and got to marking my lines. I went for thicker stripes for a less busy look (and cause it makes me less busy since it’s less work that way!). I was surprised that I just barely had enough paint (I don’t know what size my paint can was…it’s the next step down from a gallon). The fabric was thirsty! And those newspapers, good idea! Some spots definitely had paint bleed all the way through. I let each curtain dry overnight. The panels were heavy and stiff at the painted parts.
I picked up some curtain rod clip rings from Ikea. I bought two packets of 10 for $4 each. I love having the clip option. It makes it easy to make no-sew curtains. I’m thinking of all the possibilities for future “curtains.”
Drop Clothes – $11 x 2 = $22
Masking Tape – $4
Sponge Brush – $.50
Paint – already owned
Curtain Rod Clip Rings – $3.99 x 2 = $8
So where’s the finished product photo? It’s coming! I’ll be posting phase 1 of our living room transformation in the coming days and will be sure to take a few close ups of the curtains. Sorry to be a tease! I insist on some good lighting though and as you can see, I work at night. Update: Check out the hung curtains in phase one of our living room makeover.
What creative materials have you used to make curtains? Do you ever pin totally great ideas that you totally forget about?