Now back it up about 2 years, when Will and I first got married I stumbled across the idea of drop cloth curtains. It went on the list of things to implement someday. I hadn’t had the opportunity yet, but when I was planning Will’s office redo I knew that it was the PERFECT time. The texture and color of the material were perfect for the scheme I had chosen.
Originally the office only had these little valances I had made one afternoon with the cheapest red fabric I could find a JoAnn’s. I had planned on keeping them, but decided against it. I did not want to chop the room off or make it dark… part of the reason I was redoing it was because it was chopped and dark. BUT I did use those valances to choose the right color of paint for the curtains (yes. You read that right. We’ll get there), and they ended up being repurposed into tie backs (props to Emma).
I did a lot of reading on drop cloth curtains…. In the end, it didn’t really change my plans at all. But I will say this, if you plan on washing your curtains, or you want them to be super good quality then I would suggest buying fabric medium to mix with your paint. I was on time and budget constraints so I skipped that step because I decided I didn’t mind if the paint cracked whenever I wash the curtains in the future.
- Drop cloths (I used two 6’x9’ drop cloths)
- Painters Tape
- Tape Measure
- Fabric Medium (Optional – see previous paragraph)
- Paint Brush
- Sewing Supplies
How to Make the Curtains:
First, wash and dry them. This really softens up the material and makes it more workable and attractive. Plus, they DO SHRINK… and they don’t do so uniformly.
Sew them how you want them. I did this last, but in hindsight I would do it first as the sewing machine isn’t fond of going through the painted areas. As I mention I used two 6’x9’ drop cloths. There are only two windows in the office and they are both pretty narrow. The 6’ wide cloths were big enough for me to cut in half and then have two curtains on each window.
Emma past on some wisdom to me and told me When you sew the top (assuming you aren’t doing grommets, tabs, or some other cute idea) be sure to leave some extra room at the top. I don’t know how to describe what I am talking about so here’s a picture of it. I have made curtains without at that little “ruffle” before, and Emma is right – they do not hang/lay as well.
Once they are sewn, decide where and how big you want your stripes and begin the taping process.
If you are going to use fabric medium be sure to mix it into your paint.
When painting your curtains, I found that it was best to either put the tip of my brush on the tape and brush into the stripe area or just dab along the edge. Too much pushing against the edge of your tape lends to the paint bleeding out aka…. Not crisp lines.
Let them dry.
Hang them up and enjoy your hard work!
I have another drop cloth project to share as well. I will give you a hint, it’s in that last picture.
Enjoy your weekend! Go try something new!