Curtains can be so hard to get right!
They can look cheap or be extremely expensive. But, the ones that are done well can make the difference between a home that looks moved into versus a temporary housing situation.
Let me show you a classic, simple solution that could even be no-sew if you already have long curtain panels.
Finding panels long enough that were inexpensive proved to be a challenge when I was updating our living room this month.
I like four inches pooling on the floor and want my curtain rods to be several inches higher and and wider than the windows themselves. Adding detail and interest above eye level is a classic interior design trick, so I knew I wanted to add some detail with the hardware and fold the fabric down at the top to make a wide ruffle.
In the end, I bleached two drop cloths and spray painted some curtains clips.
The entire update cost $50.
Here are a couple of Before pics.
Not bad, really. I still love the fabric and will be using it again.
Here are some After shots.
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By simply folding down the curtain panels and clipping them in place, I was able to quickly change the look of our living room. The result is soft and feminine. The fabric has good weight to it but is casual enough to lend to the farmhouse feel that I am going for.
Here is a quick run down on some details to save you time as you set up these farmhouse style drop cloth curtains.
- Curtain Clips
- I use seven per panel here.
- Curtain Rings
- I usually find these at garage sales and paint them. Here is my favorite gold spray paint.
- Drop Cloths or extra long curtains panels.
- Matching thread and sewing machine, if hemming the panels.
- Note- if you have no sewing experience, this would be the perfect first project!
- Spray paint your hardware, if needed.
- Decide how long you want your top ruffle and full length to be.
- My ruffles here are 18 inches and the full length of each panel (plus the ruffle) is four inches past the floor length.
- When you cut the bottom off, remember to leave an extra inch for seam allowance.
Here is ten inches past floor length.
As a general rule, I like four inches past floor length. It’s soft and pretty without getting too dirty from the floor.
- Hem the sides and the bottoms, as needed.
- Note- the folded down ruffle will show the “wrong” side of the hem.
- Iron, if desired.
- Clip in place.
- No measure tip– Clip the first and last clip in place. Then, pull the panel out toward you to find the middle. Clip the middle clip in place. Finally, roughly estimate where the remaining clips should fall and clip them in place. This should take about one minute per panel.
I am so pleased with the finished look.
And there you have it. Quick, simple, inexpensive . . . oh and very elegant. My favorite kind of project!
It just feels like it seamlessly adds to the overall quiet beauty of the living room.
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