Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Better Late Than Never!!

Last week I posted my 'tute' on painting stars, but I didn't say what I was painting them on, now, did I???

hhmmmmmmmmmm  what could it have been??

Well............. get ready!!!  And I'll tell you!!

I (finally) jumped on the 'Drop Cloth Curtain' bandwagon.........  I know that some of you are thinking
"That was, like,  ssooo two years ago...."  I can't help it - - I only started blogging in December and I never heard of doing ANYTHING with dropcloths, except using them as, well, dropcloths!!!

My window is 9.5 feet wide.......  and since I wanted the curtains to kind of 'pool' on the floor, I needed them to be 7.5 feet long............  I ended up getting a drop cloth that was 10' x 14' (I think) and it shrunk.  After I washed it, I needed to cut it in half.  I found out, though, after I washed it, that it already had a seam right down the middle.  I didn't have to cut it after all!!  I just needed to take apart the seam!

Then I ironed it.  And ironed it.  And ironed it some more........ and by looking at some of my pictures, you can't even tell that I ironed it........  But it's ok, I don't want pristine, starched curtains......  I really like these.

Then I painted the stars.  The tutorial is here, in case you missed it last week.

I sewed the sides back up that were sewn together, and I hemmed the flap under the stars.  I wanted to be sure that I hung them strait, so I measured the star flap 17 1/4" and stitched about a 1/4" inch from the fold.  I clipped my curtain clips on and slid them on the rod and ............ here they are!!!

Please excuse the sheets we have on the furniture.  I love our furniture, but..... so do our cats.......  and they are a pain to vaccuum.  So is the furniture!!  Just Kidding!!!  It's just easier to have the sheets on there from day to day, so if company does stop by, I can pull them off and not worry about hair all over their clothes!!!

Anyway - - those are MY drop cloth curtains......... I hope you like!   ( I think I might have hubs raise the rod about an inch or so - - not sure if I like the window casing showing at the top....)

These were sooo easy and.......... not expensive at all!!  I think the drop cloth was $24.  I had the paint and everything else........  I did have to buy a new curtain rod.  I REALLY wanted to used galvanized pipe to hang them up on, but, since we're planning on putting the house up for sale, I didn't want people to see it and think.......... hhmmmm  what weird people live here!!!  I'm going to save the galavanized pipe idea for the new house, and I can't wait!!!  I got this curtain rod at Kohl's, and it was the most expensive part of the whole project!!! 

Thanks for looking!!!

Hugs ~~ Suz

I'm linking these up at:

freckled laundry

handmade projects


Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

topsy turvy tuesdays

Funky Junk Interiors

Creations by Kara


Iron Violet Designs


The Girl Creative

freckled laundry


On 8/13/11, I linked up here:


  1. Those are great....I love it. I once used sheets to make curtains and they turned out perfect. BTW, I love your lamp, I got the ides to do the shade with burlap when I saw yours earlier. Cheers,

  2. Hi Suz!
    I've nominted you for the Versatile
    Blogger Award - see my blog for me information!
    Stacey at Embracing Change

  3. So cute and I LOVE that lamp shade in the picture! Thanks for linking up to Home and Family Friday.


  4. Good Morning! I just woke up and wandered down for a cup of coffee and to take a peek around. I found a sweet little note from Stacey at Embracing Change gave me the Versatile Blogger Award.... wouldn't ya just know it?! I decided to sleep in a little... so.... I will post it all tonight and answer the questions and send my out nominations. Until then, Thank You, Stacey!! Have a great day, Everyone!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

  5. They look great Suz!! And I know about the sofa thing... we have three fur babies and it's a constant hair battle... we have the sticky rollers in line for our guests...LOL! Smart to put a sheet over your furniture!!

  6. Your "Star" curtains really are THE STAR of your living room! Great job! Mel's Cabin visited your blog today.

  7. I'm getting ready to hang my very own drop cloth curtains this weekend! I didn't do anything to them other than hem then on the bottom.
    Love the stars. They look great.

  8. Love the curtains ~ I am on the drop cloth kick too!

  9. Hi Suz! They turned out sooo pretty! Yours looks so nice and white. Did you bleach them? I bought me a big one last night for my couch. I did see were someone said that Lowes drop clothes have the seam and home depots doesnt but I kinda like the seam myself. Love love your curtains hun!

  10. These are so great!!! I love them...
    I also have dogs and a I cover up my white slipcovers with (what else) drop cloths...just throw them in the washing machine very frequently and my slipcovers stay nice!!!
    Slipcovers for my slipcovers???

  11. THOSE CURTAINS look great, you did a fab. job. They are so cute too. Just like that lamp. Well done. Jen

  12. They turned out great! I'm just jumping on the band-wagon myself. :)

  13. UBER COOL!!~ I just made some for my sons room, and painted them as well. So I am a little late as well:) I want to see how you did the stars because my older boy needs some curtains, and I may just try this. Thanks:) And thanks for joining in on the partay!!~

  14. Thanks for visiting, Dayhomemama! The lamps were a lot of fun, too (the second time!!)!

    Becca (my sister's name, too!!) - thanks for stopping by! I posted my lamps on my blog when I did them. Check it out!!

    Creative Ambitions - Thanks for the idea!! Lint roller is now close to the front door!! Thanks for visiting!

    Mel - Thanks for visiting! Love your blog!

    Cheryl - Thanks! They were so easy!! Hardest part was waiting for the curtain rod to be delivered!!!

    Jennifer - I really want to incorporate a drop cloth in one of my next projects! I can't wait - - so easy to use and I love the texture!

    HOCC - Nope - I didn't bleach them. When you look close, there are a lot of different colored fibers woven into the fabric and I didn't want to lose that!! The stars were not my first idea - but I love them and love how they turned out. I may still yet do my original idea for another room!! I'll be sure to post it!

    Thoughtfully - slipcovers for your slipcovers!! LOVE it!! and I soo understand!!

    Jen - Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving sweet comments!! Have a great day!

    Ellie - I kept thinking "they're not going to even look at my curtains - - they're gonna think 'been there, done that'", but everyone has been so nice and I really haven't seen that many that have been painted.... Be sure to post pictures of your project!

    Thank you, everyone, for posting!! Have a wonderful Valentines day!!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

  15. I am new follower coming from Debbiedoos.
    I just love these dropcloth curtains, I've been thinking several months now, about window treatments, and I think I would love to try this, thanks for sharing, you have inspired me.

  16. Is dropcloth so 2 years ago? That would stink because I want to make some!

    Yours are great!

  17. Your curtains are great! Drop cloths are such a great way to go. Love the way you have used them. Welcome to blogging. I am your newest follower. I hope that you will stop by and visit me sometime.

    Susan and Bentley

  18. I just love what you did and saved this my favorites, really, really, creative girl. Came from Debbies and so glad I did!

  19. Your stars are awesome! Thanks for the tut!!

  20. Hi, Suz! I'm your 32nd follower :) Please follow back for more mutual blog visits. Your dropcloth curtains turned awesome with the stars. Great job! I'm on the lookout for curtain ideas and this definitely is one of them. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Hey, these curtains look adorable! I love how you transformed them....I need new ones for our bedroom, but I think I'm gonna try your idea :)))

    I found your blog through Debbie's party and became a follower!

    Have a great week!

  22. Hey, I just bought a drop cloth but not to use as curtains but to recover a bench cushion and stool. I love how versitale they are, your curtains are grea with the painted the lampshade too!


  23. Went to Home Depot to look at drop cloths about a week ago but left empty handed. Your curtains just inspired me to go back and try again.

    I do agree with you about moving the curtain rod up so that you can no longer see the window casing. That little glimpse detracts from the "star" of the room...your window treatments! (Pun intended!)

  24. Thanks, Deb!! Go to my painted star tutorial and I give all the deets!! It's so easy!!

    Jo - Give it a try! Drop cloths are inexpensive and if you mess up, you can use the unmessed up cloth for other projects!!

    Nicole - I'm not sure how old it is, but I searched for drop cloth curtains and some of the blogs that came up were over 2 years old. I love them!!! Trying now to figure out what other windows around here that can use them!

    Susan & Bentley - Thanks for stopping by! I'm going to go check you out after I get this posted! Thanks for following!!

    Daniella - Thank you, and you're welcome!! Just let me know if you have any questions!! I'd be happy to help!!

    Thank you for following, SJ!! I'm coming over to visit you shortly!!

    Katherine - Please be sure to post pictures!! I'd love to see what you do!!

    Rondell - Thank you!! Both projects were so fun!! Post pictures of your cushion and stool!! Love to see them!!

    Magpies - Go get them!!! You won't be sorry!! Post pictures!!

    Thank you, everyone, for all the kinds words!! If I've inspired you to try this, or something like this... Please be sure to post pictures and mention me!! I love visitors and followers and especially new friends!!!

    Have a fantastic day!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

    Kathy - Thank you! You are a really, really, really sweet girl!!

  25. I'am in love with your curtains!!!

  26. Love the curtains! you've got some creative talent going on there with the painted stars and your lampshade too. Wow!


  27. I think they look awesome and I have now added them to my list of things to do!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  28. Val - Thanks! I am, too! They turned out exactly like I had hoped!!

    Thank you, Ellen!! You're sweet!!

    Jo - Please be sure to post pictures and let me know when you've posted them!! Thank you!!

    Thank you, again, for everyone's sweet comments!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

  29. I love these. I am actually getting ready to make some myself. I just need to get some paint!

    I would love to have you come and share at Fantastic Friday at


  30. Let me post a caution when buying the paint cloths. I bought two, my daughter planned on using them to put at her patio doors. I bought the large grommets to put at the top. I got one panel done and went to do the other. When I opened the package, it was not the same fabric as the other. One was a cream color and the other was an oatmeal color. I hunted all over to no avail for the cream colored one and could not find it so had to start completely over!

  31. love the drop cloth curtains! I do the sheet thing on the couch too! 2 cats and a dog. :)

  32. They look great! I love the stars, they remind me of TX! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

  33. Thanks for linking these to Fantastic Friday. Be sure and swing by tomorrow because I chose to feature you. Grab a button and link up some more great creations!

  34. These are toooooo cute! I shared them with a friend of mine who is looking for some "western" curtains! I'm sure she will LOVE them and much as I do!

    -Stopping by from Freckled Laundry!

  35. These are beautiful and a total reflection of your style. Love it. What a labor of love to paint all those little stars. Thank you for sharing with air your laundry Friday!


  36. Oh my, love this!!!! Just found your blog and adore it:) I LOL about the vacuum comment, my kind of humor. Can't wait to peak around the blog. Take care and have a super day. Angela


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