Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Drop Cloth Curtains

This is not a new post, I did post this last week, but when blogger was down it some how did not survive. So I am posting it again.

Also check back this afternoon for the winner of my fabric giveaway!

This has been such a long project. It was one of those that you buy the stuff you need then it sits there, and sits there some more, and even a little bit more. Then I saw these curtains where they had been painted, and I changed my plans a little bit. But I finally got them done and they are hanging up. Not that I really need to be blocking the cold out since it is almost summer - but hey they can block out the heat right?! Here they are all done, and really adding to my living room.
Here is what I did:
I gathered my supplies
paint - home depot - a color almost the same as the drop cloth
stencil - hobby lobby
screen printer thing- hobby lobby
squeegee - from my cleaning supplies
Not pictured is the drop cloths.

I laid out two curtains at a time in my basement. I tried to iron them, but I really dislike ironing so I pretty much gave up on that aspect. I am not that picky of a person so I just eyeballed where I was going to place the stencil, and then started to paint. I taped my stencil to the screen printer and applied paint.

I then just squeegeed the paint off and it worked beautifully!

The reason that I chose a color so close to the background was because I wanted it to be subtle, and then when I made mistakes - notice I said when, not if - you would not see them as well. Some of my stencils turned out like this one above and others better and others worse.

Here is one of the panels all painted and laying there to dry.

When I was all done painting, I decided that they were still lacking something and I realized that adding a binding of sorts would be perfect for this. Again I wanted something subtle, so this is what I choose.

I then got to the task of hanging the curtains. I had found the rods on clearance at Target, and I used two of them to make one big one. It was when I was hanging them that I thought to take a before picture.

And then we have the 'after' picture.
And with the living room lights on - because it was dark when I finally got around to taking these pictures - there is the stencil, very subtle and classy. It is just how I wanted it.
 Here they are with the sun shinning in behind them.The stencil really stands out here.

When I was cleaning up I realized that I had created a little stencil work on my basement floor as well. Talk about great drop cloths! Oh well. but now I am wanting to stencil other things . . .
I am off to enjoy my new classy living room!
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  1. What a wonderful idea! Those are really classy, and you know what? I like the stenciling on the floor too! LOL Just make sure you don't stencil something else in the process! Great job!

  2. Beautiful! I am thinking of stenciling some myself! I would love it if you would share these at my party! http://usandthem1971.blogspot.com/2011/05/link-party-3.html Thanks, Chris

  3. I never think to be that daring (drop cloths! wow!)...I need to crawl out of my "box". Love them!

  4. These turned out so great! I love how elegant they are.


  5. Thanks for sharing at Us and Them! Chris

  6. Cute! I have been planning to paint a throw rug, I hadn't thought of curtains. Great idea and good job, they are cute.

  7. Great tutorial. Thanks so much for linking up! Can't wait to see what you have for this week.

  8. they are gorgeous. you did a fabulous job one the. how did you attacth the binding part? thanks for sharing this at my party!

  9. So great! I still need curtains for my craft room so this is fabulous for me to see! Thank you for sharing!

    I'm visiting from Funky Polkadot Giraffe! I would love it if you checked out my blog plus I have a giveaway going on right now!

    Kaitlin @ The Goodey Knot

  10. Beautiful! What a project, but what great results!

  11. I've been thinking about using drop cloths for curtains -- where did you get your drop cloths? The ones that I found in Lowes have seams in strange places that wouldn't work for curtains.

  12. So cute! Thanks for sharing at Make Something Mondays!

    ~ Sarah

  13. I love how its a subtle design but still dramatic! Really pretty!


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