I’ve seen these drop cloth curtains all ovah Blog-Land and thought I’d try them myself!
My daughter Emma, who is expecting our 2nd granddaughter Lucy Jean in a few weeks, moved into a new apartment and needed it to look like home sweet home.
I knew curtains would warm the space but she has these tall windows and lots of them. Emma and I also knew that paint would do wonders. You know how I feel about paint, in particular Behr Ultra Paint with Primer…so anyhoo… I went to my favorite place on earth, The Home Depot to fetch some paint and while I was there I spotted drop cloths, $9.99 for a huge curtain panel…I mean drop cloth. It’s all in how you see things…
One package did 1 window. (I’ve read that several people got drop cloths with writing on parts of them…I don’t know where they got their D.C’s but I bought 4 packages from The Home Depot and the fabric was perfect…just sayin. I love The Home Depot.
I washed them before sewing…okay, they shrink like crazy and I learned the hard way that you need not dry them till completely dry. They wrinkle really bad if you do. Sooooo, I pulled them out of the dryer while they were still pretty damp and ironed over them then draped them over a chair to finish drying.
When they were dry I cut the top and bottom ends to even them out. They are nowhere near even! Then I cut the drop cloth right down the middle and hemmed all sides with a tiny hem! I had some gorgeous bronze fabric left over from Stephanie’s wedding that I cut and hemmed to add to the bottom of the panels…
I was on a shoe-string budget so I wanted to hang these puppies for next to nothing…
I found some curtain rods for cheap ($13.00 each) at Ross. Two of them were the wrong color so I spray painted them!
I used cheap rings for hanging curtains ($3.00 for 12 at Walmart) to clip to the curtains and hang.
I hung the curtains in the little room with shower curtain hangers that I got on sale and spray painted the color of the curtain rod. These didn’t have clips on them so I poked a tiny tiny hole in the top hem of the curtain and slipped the shower ring through! It worked great since the drop cloth was so thick!
Now Emma, Ben, Aubie and Jetty Bean are just waiting on Baby Lucy!
Oh, and the paint made such a HUGE difference in the apartment…color is magic my friends!