Dropcloth Drapes

I finally figured out how to get 96″ tall curtains, that look like the ones from Pottery Barn in the photo above, for less than $10.00 a panel.

Use canvas painters dropcloths!


I got mine at Lowes, and I LOVE them.
They were $9.99 per dropcloth, and they each measure 6 feet wide by 9 feet tall!
All four sides come pre-hemmed, so unless you need to alter the height, they are ready-to-hang.

I’m going to add some sort of trim to the edges of mine to customize them, and give them some personality.

(hemmed edges)


I love their heaviness, and the little flecks of tan and brown in them…

They’re washable too. I washed mine, and hadn’t yet ironed them before I took these photos. Please excuse all the wrinkles!

They look great flanking my new linen press. (I have officially decided to call it that because I love the way it sounds so much):

And look how great they coordinate with the $7.00 tablecloth I got at TJ Maxx!

(By the way, I’m stripping all eighty layers of paint off that apple green back door and staining it walnut in the near future!)

Oh! Speaking of the linen press- I borrowed the lamp I use in my Reading Room to see what it would be like to have a lamp on top of it.

This lamp is too small to use here, but I loved the warm glow it created in the Dining Room tonight. Definitely need to get a permanent lamp in here soon!
I made the seashell lamp from an old 1950’s lamp I spray painted white. I glued on shells I picked up in Pensacola, and from Michaels. Never throw a lamp away because you think it’s ugly! Any lamp can always be revitalized.

I take that back.

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Comments

  1. Leslie Bunt says

    I love these…I am going to use these for my screened porch. Could you tell me how many drapery rings you used for each panel?

  2. Marcie says

    Layla,
    Love your site. Getting some great decorating ideas! Just need the time. I have a question about washing the curtains. Did you notice any shrinking?

    • Layla says

      Welcome, Marcie! :-)
      We only had those up for a short period of time a couple of years ago, and I don’t remember if I washed them or not before I took them down- LOL! :-D I bet they would shrink up a bit though, so it’s better to be safe than sorry and wash them first!

      • Katie says

        Hi Layla,
        Thinking of using dropcloths for drapes in my house as an inexpensive way to unify my conjoined living room and kitchen. Can I ask why you only had them up for a short period of time?
        Thanks!
        Katie
        PS – Your house is gorgeous!

        • Layla says

          Thank you, Katie! As for the drapes, I just have fun switchin’ it up a lot when it comes to house-y stuff! :-D

  3. Sammi Rye says

    I used a dropcloth from Lowe’s for a floorcloth. It had a not-so-pleasant odor, so I replaced it with a sheet of vinyl flooring. Maybe the smell would have washed out, but it was too large for my washing machine.

    BTW, Lowe’s now has curtain rods that have a track and clips. I am using them, and love them!

    Thanks for your blog!

  4. Laura says

    Have you ever thought of having family and guests do signatures or drawings on the canvas? It might spark a whole new trend.

  5. says

    I took your lead and have ordered a new rod from Overtstyock.com as well as the rings! I bought the drop cloths last weekend so when I get home from my business trip I will do the installation! thanks for the inspiration. It is EXACTLY what I want to visually raise the height of my bedroom window. These are going behind a huge pine 4 poster in front of a window. -M

  6. Melissa says

    I love this idea, but I’m worried they’ll look bunchy with two on one rod. Even if I have one on each end. I was thinking about hanging these on our lanai sliding glass door that our dogs use to go outside with. I think they’re wonderful and practical for wear and tear(: any ideas to prevent the rod from looking heavy?(:

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