Making Curtains Out of Drop Cloths

Using canvas drop cloths from the hardware store is a super economical way to make thick, light-filtering curtains. There is magic happening in the interwebs, and all sorts of creative bloggers have come up with great methods for jazzing up the panels - paint, dye, trim, you name it.


Check out a lovely assortment of links and ideas for drop cloths HERE on my latest post for the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

images via BHG


PS Remember this project we used drop cloths for? 

26 comments:

My Garden Diaries said...

I will be checking this out for sure! Great idea!

Chris Loves Julia said...

Thanks for featuring our drop cloth curtains in your round-up Jenny!

elizabeth said...

Thanks! I was JUST thinking of doing this so we can replace the ugly blinds in our rental house

Becca G said...

Perfect timing on this post. I was just panicking about how much curtains would cost for 18 windows in our new home!

Rik said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Deidre said...

Im so excited to be trying some stiped dropcloth curtains! Thank you for the inspiration and I will let you know how they turn out:))

zandi said...

I love using them to make waterproof picnic blankets (as seen here - http://www.radicalpossibility.com/2012/05/waterproof-confetti-polka-dot-picnic.html)

but never thought to use them as curtains! they are almost the exact shade of my ikea curtains that cost nearly $40 for a set!

Vidya Sudarsan said...

nice.. love the drop cloth idea for curtains. I bet they are durable too.

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

Drop cloths are great for windows. I stenciled a pair for our home over a year ago and still love them!

Design Thoughts said...

WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!!

Lesli at My Old Country House said...

Hi jenny, I LOVE MINE and the best part is that when I get tired of them...I have a drop cloth!!!! lovely!

Angela Allen Paulsen said...

Ok, thank you. This is an answer to prayers. When we moved into our little place last year it had no blinds or curtains. I rushed to the nearest thrift store and picked up the only thing I could find that would cover 2 60"x60" windows. They look like church curtains from the 80s. But they have worked, just an inch of open space on either side :) Now I'm dying to have decent looking curtains, but my husband's a grad student, I'm home with our 2 littles and budget is next to $0 for unneccesaries.

Finally decided I could take $50 to do them, but it's depressing how much good-looking fabric or curtains cost. Anyway, blah blah blah, but THANK YOU for posting this today. It's given me more ideas and places to work with. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I was just searching your blog last night for more about drop cloth draperies, so to see this post this morning was amazing :)

heronkady said...

Thank you for this post!

www.magshop.us

The Yellow Cape Cod said...

Thank you for sharing my drapes in this article, Jenny!

Cheryl Jones said...

That really is a good idea. I'm sure it's totally doable. I have access to a lot of drop cloth so I'm gonna go a little crazy changing up some rooms. Thanks!

Allison Egan said...

Brilliant! You are the most wonderful source for creative and affordable ideas!!! love it.
xo Allison
Spicer + Bank
www.spicerandbank.blogspot.com

Lianna said...

That first room is heaven! what a great idea!

Unknown said...

This is fantastic--thank you! One question: Any recommendations as to the best fabric paint to use that won't bleed (spray is favorable)?

Jessica Mireles said...

So funny how we all seem to be on the same page. Just yesterday, I looked up drop clothes on Lowes website and emailed the link to my husband. Told him we have to make curtains out of them for our outdoor space. Because they are canvas and durable! Then boom! you do this post. Brilliant! So now not only am I using them for my space! I'm going to stencil them too!

Michelle said...

I'd never thought of using drop cloths like this before. This would be great to help block out some of the light in my kid's rooms so they can sleep a bit better. If they're made from canvas, then I bet I could embroider them too.

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

I will stop by the BH&G post, and it was fun reading the post from 2010. You have always been so creative in how to design beautiful spaces and save money!

Liz

Nancy said...

Jenny, Congrats on being a BHG Style Spotter! so proud of you girl!
Love to use drop cloths for upholstery, too. I have bleached the heck out of them and gotten beautiful fabric from it, so easy to work with.
Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Karena said...

Jenny I have a drop cloth just waiting to be transformed!! Bravo on your article; I was excited to see you!

I think you will like my Giveaway from Royal Design Stencils..

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Mark Tony said...

The Houston Apartment Association Honors Awards recognize the industry's finest multifamily properties and professionals throughout Houston. Properties are judged on Resident Services, Physical Appearance, Community Service, Operating Performance and Unique Features.
corporate housing Houston

custom stickers said...

Drop cloth curtains is really a great and inexpensive idea. Its most suitable in rental houses.

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails