Drop Cloth Curtains


Before and After: Drop Cloth Curtains

My problem: ugly sheer curtains, made even uglier by our cat Kitten, who likes eating them.  (Seriously, you can see the hole to the far left about halfway up, where he’d sit on the arm of the chair and chew the curtains.)  I didn’t care for the look of the sheers, but they were left by the previous owners of our house and keeping them up was just the easiest thing.  Shame on me.

But then, you know — Pinterest: eye candy everywhere, and solutions to all household problems!  I saw so many different posts about drop cloths used as curtains, I just had to try it.  I went to Home Depot and bought two 6′ x 9′ drop cloths for less than $11 each.  Colors vary slightly, so if you try this yourself, flip the packs over in the store so that you can see more of the fabric and find two that closely match.  They come already hemmed along all edges and are one big seamless piece of fabric.

Drop Cloths from Home Depot for Curtains

Since I haven’t yet decided whether I’d like to paint them, add ribbon trim, dye them or what — so many ideas on Pinterest — I decided to just wash them, run them through the dryer, iron them and then hang them up.  I didn’t even want to hem then yet, so I just folded them over at the top and used curtain clips to hold them to the curtain rod.  So easy.

They iron beautifully and in person they almost look like linen.  I certainly prefer them over the awful sheers, and I’ll have fun trying to decide how I might want to personalize them.  For now though, I’m enjoying them as they are!

Drop Cloth Curtains

(Sorry about the overly bright window.  It’s not quite so bad in person.)

Painting Hallway Stripes


I started with a really ordinary white hallway and about a third of a gallon of leftover paint. Witness the boring hallway:

Hallway Before

Not a lot going for it, huh?  Since our walls are 70s era textured, I didn’t bother with painters tape.  I’ve never been able to keep paint from bleeding under it and making more work rather than less.  If you have nice flat walls though, you might want to try Young House Love’s stripes tutorial.  If you live with textured walls, keep reading!  Painting stripes will take a bit longer, but you can do it.

I made lines six inches apart, starting at the baseboard at the bottom of the wall, using a level to make sure everything stayed straight.

Painting a Striped Hallway - Keeping it Level

Then I just marked with a pencil.

Painting a Striped Hallway - Marking Lines

My paint color was Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart, so I used a regular pencil and painted just over the lines.  (Use a colored pencil close to your paint color if you’re concerned about the lines showing up later.)  I left the lowest six inches of the wall white, then alternated gray and white up the wall, leaving the highest section white.  The last bit of the wall was higher than six inches, but I liked the look and left it that way rather than have a shorter gray stripe.  I think it adds a little height.

During: Painting a Striped Hallway

I used a smaller paint brush to follow my lines, then filled in with a slanted 2.5″ brush.  Here’s how it looks:

Stripe Painted Hallway

Striped Hallway, from the Living Room

Stripe Painted Hallway

Painted Hallway Stripes

This is one of those projects that’s so much easier to appreciate in person, as I found the hallway kind of tough to photograph.  The lines draw you in and keep you going through the hallway.  Yes, kind of like a cattle chute, but in a much nicer way.

An under-appreciated, boring space in our house just became one of my favorite features — with nothing but leftover paint and a little time!  Score!