DIY Curtains: Made from drop cloths

One of the perks of moving into a brand new house is it’s a clean slate.

You are the first one to live in it. 

You are the first one to leave your mark on it. 

You are the first one to make memories in it. 

These reasons (except the last one) are also the downsides of living in a brand new house.  You have to install window treatments.  You have to install your backyard. Not to mention, if you can’t stand flat white paint then you also need to paint.  More on that last one in future posts!

Cha-ching! Cha-ching! Cha-ching!

This brings me back to the subject of window treatments.  Land is at a premium here in SoCal therefore you are squished right next to your neighbor. When you are squished together you tend to catch glimpses of your next door neighbor at their “finest.”

Sooooo….for a quick INEXPENSIVE fix to that I stumbled upon this fantastic tutorial to create custom drapery panels using painter’s drop cloths.


I wanted something dramatic in our dining room, but pricing 12′ custom panels left me with a few more gray hairs [we're talking in the upper $200 range for ONE panel!]  I made TWO 12 ft custom panels for approximately $70!

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Here is my cost-breakdown for two 12 ft panels:

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phthalo blue acrylic paint


I made a few modifications to my drapes.

[1] First, I purchased a large repeating Ikat stencil  instead of the single stencil Carmel used; for no other reason than I wanted these suckers done fast!

[2] Instead of using a foam pouncer I used a foam roller.  It saves so much time; just be sure to get a small amount of paint on your roller before painting in your stencil.

[3] I did NOT wash my drop cloths.  I know, I know.  Lazy again?  Maybe.  But have you ever washed/dried a drop cloth before?  I have once and they come out looking like raisins and the last thing I want to do when DIY’ing is iron!

[4] I did NOT cut or sew my drop cloth panels.  You guessed it…l.a.z.y.  I even had to extend my panels by attaching a fabric band to the bottom.  I used Heat ‘n Bond to do this.  If your windows are not freakishly tall like mine then you will want to follow Carmel’s tutorial.

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