Welcome to the first official DIY Friday Link-up! On the first Friday of every month we’ll be here posting our tricks for home upgrades on the cheap. Sounds too fun to miss don’t it? If you have a blog and want to play along, then add the link to your DIY post in the comments below.
When I first heard that people on the internets were using painter’s drop cloths as curtains, I knew I had to get in on that action.
Pre-hemmed, inexpensive, I can buy them at the hardware store, and they look good – count me in!
For my windows, I bought drop cloths sized 6′ x 9′. They were $12 each.
Uncoated drop cloths are best, and you’ll need to wash and dry them a few times to get the stiffness worked out. By nature, they’re pretty wrinkly. I’ve heard that if you dry them with a ton of dryer sheets the wrinkles go away.
I needed to trim a foot of fabric off the top of mine to get them the right hanging height. Since I don’t have a sewing machine, I used my favorite Steam-a-Seam iron-on hemming tape to finish off the top edge of fabric. The rest of the fabric was pre-hemmed, so after my ironing, I was done.
Using ring clips, I secured the curtain to the rod.
My curtain rod was a bit of a home hack in itself. I wanted a wood one, but didn’t want to spend the money. So I found some metal curtain brackets on Amazon for $3 each. Then I bought a regular 4′ dowel at the hardware store to fit my brackets, slapped a coat of stain on, and voila, instant curtain rod.
However, if I could go back I would’ve gone with a thicker-diameter dowel. The weight of the drop cloths makes my 5/8″ dowels bow a little. 1″ diameter would have probably been better.
All in all, for the drop cloths, the DIY curtain rods and the clips, I spent a total of $26 per window.
I love the texture the fabric brings to the room when the light filters through. They have a surprisingly organic look and feel.
I’d originally purchased plain white curtain panels for these windows, but I loved the drop cloths so much more I returned the other ones.
So that’s my frugal home hack DIY for the month. How about you? What have you been up to around your abode?