Sunday, January 17, 2010

Canvas Drop Cloth Curtains


In an effort to lighten things up in our living room, I ventured down the path that many before me have gone ~ the drop cloth aisle at Lowes or Home Depot.   The other day, I picked up a couple of drop cloths in the paint department and went to work making panels.



It's really easy because all of the sides have been hemmed already.  The most time consuming part is bleaching the canvas, which in this case was three washes, and painting the wooden rods and rings.



Some minor sewing was involved with hemming and the addition of the pleat tape at the top, but overall, this was an extremely easy curtain project.

28 comments :

  1. They look great in your home! I didn't know that you bleach them? Good job! I like the painting too. :)

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  2. Love yours! Thanks for visiting! That was my easiest project yet. And that's a big feat for me. There aren't many "easy projects" in my house.

    I love the white rods and rings!

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  3. Your are so creative. I can't sew a stitch!
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  4. Nice job Rene! I love drop cloth curtains, I can't wait to get some in my house! Have a good week! Lisa

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  5. I love them! I have my curtains to make, and have 10 yards of fabric on a roll in my living room, but I'm scared of my sewing machine. eek!

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  6. Your new curtains look fabulous. I want to try my hand at some drop cloth curtains...*gulp..
    I don't sew very well....:(

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  7. Nice job! If only all projects would be so easy and yet so very effective.

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  8. I LOVE these!! They look custom!

    Lou Cinda

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  9. Okay you are a lot better at it then I was. I did not put pleat tape in..great idea. I used mine out on the screen porch and now they do need a wash before spring..
    tammy

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  10. I sent this idea to my daughter.. Navy Base Guam... not a fabric store or store with reasonable fabric....but, they "do" have a Home Depot... her house is wonderful and it echos' with the sound of little boys!! She is desperate for drapes!! thank you!
    Sandy

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  11. Brilliant! (I didn't know the drop cloth was supposed to be bleached, though...uh-oh.) ;)

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  12. I have seen lots of drop cloth window treatments, but I have to say yours are definitely some of the very best!!

    I think the bleaching step is great.
    Rhonda

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  13. So great. Really looks good in your room. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I am thinking about doing the SAME thing but no bleaching. And of course no sewing. LOL

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  15. I love this. One day I'll get around to doing this as well.

    I'd love if you shared the paint color of this room (and any other room while you're at it) at my paint color party and giveaway this Friday at http://frugalhomeideas.blogspot.com

    Stef

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  16. I love how you did yours up...I was lazy so didn't paint my rod and rings, and didn't add pleat tape to the top...just used the clip rings and clipped my pleats. I'm a cheater like that :)

    Glad you could Mi4M :)

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  17. Thanks to everyone for all of the nice comments!!!

    Just to clarify, you don't have to bleach if you don't want to...it's not a requirement :). In other words, the drop cloth police will not come looking for you.

    ALSO, if you are sitting on the fence about making curtains yourself, go for it! These are super easy and you don't even have to sew them if you don't want to. Just clip 'em up, easy.

    Let me know if try it. I would love to see!

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  18. These look awesome. I'm still so surprised every time I see that awesome curtains can come from drop cloths!

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  19. Those turned out really cute. Did you bleach them to get them white?

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  20. Kim, I bleached them to bring the color down a bit and to speed the softening process. I've read on other blogs that bleach helped so I tried it. Worked for me.

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  21. Rene,

    Great job.

    Just wondering - after the bleaching, were the curtains white? I've been thinking about using drop clothes but I need white.

    Thanks.

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  22. Bromeliad, not they aren't white, but more off white (lighter than before). I really don't think you could bleach them all the way down because they have a man-made fiber in them, which, if I had noticed that, I may not have gone this route.

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