DIY Drop Cloth Curtains
I wanted to share a little diy project that made a huge impact throughout our house last week! As I’m going through & giving all the walls a fresh coat of paint (more on that later) I also decided to spruce up & simplify our window treatments.
Less is More
If you remember I had bamboo matchstick blinds along with white IKEA curtains on all the windows. First I removed all the blinds & WOAH did that make an amazing difference! So much more light coming in! It made me realize how much I really love our big windows & farmhouse molding. I decided to embrace that architectural beauty & really showcase them.
I lived with the existing curtains like this for about a week before I came across the idea of drop cloth curtains on Instagram & that’s when I decided to change how they were hung too. I achieved this by raising & widening the curtain rods so that the curtains hang outside of the trim when open. This way you can see the full-scale of the windows & the character I love so much about our old home 🙂 I planned on using my same curtain rods that I bought from the dollar store for $10. I just bought 3 more to add one extension bar to each of the ones I already had.
Here’s the best tip I have on hanging curtains, which made this job a breeze! First measure how high & wide you want your curtains to hang from the window trim. Then using a piece of cardboard make a cut out of those measurements that will fit around the corner of your window so that the outer top corner of the cardboard will represent where you hang the curtain bracket. Then you just flip over the cardboard to mark the other side of the window. I seriously wish I had thought to do this the first time I hung curtains! Serious time saver!
Whew No Sew!
Now let me just tell you one thing I have not mastered is sewing, as in I’d be doing good to sew a button back on lol! So if you’re anything like me never fear! These curtains are NO SEW! Which is one of the reasons they appealed to me so much. Another reason is that they are super budget friendly $$ & when you have tall windows this is a biggie at $10 per window. You can find the ones I used at Lowe’s or click the link HERE. But most importantly they’re down right gorgeous! They give the look of linen without the price tag.
I ordered the curtain rod clips from Amazon & you can find that link HERE or click the link above. I used 1 pack per window or 10 clips per curtain panel. For the curtains themselves I used 1 6×9 drop cloth for each window. Before making them I let them tumble some of the wrinkles out in the dryer. Then to make them I simply cut right down the middle on along the seam…that’s it!
After cutting them I folded over the edge I cut & clipped them up, added the rest of the clips, & put them on the rod. Here’s how they turned out!
As soon as the first room was done the change seemed like the most obvious thing in the world. Now the windows have become these fantastic features in every room! Funny how that works sometimes! 🙂 Anyway I’m so pleased with how they turned out!
Thanks so much for stopping by! And as always feel free to ask any questions you may have!