Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Started With No Curtains...Now We Here!

It seems like every time I turn on the radio Drake's "Started from the bottom" song is playing...on REPEAT, hence the title of today's post.  It's funny because the song is rather fitting, especially for us bloggers.  I mean no one ever thinks that they will start a little ol' blog and people will actually read it and become nationally known, but Young House Love, Bower Power, East Coast Creative, and many more "started from the bottom" and look at them now.

My windows started from the bottom too, lol!  We recently shared our new window molding, which definitely took our windows to another level.  I loved the molding so much it was hard for me to cover them up with curtains, but the room just didn't feel complete without them. 

We knew that we wanted to hang our curtains higher and wider to show off the rooms height and large windows and we needed at least 96" curtains like these Crate & Barrel beauties, (insert screeching tire sounds here) but not at $100 a panel.  In our living room alone we need a total of eight panels, you do the math.  That's over $800 for curtains...I don't think so!  I have too many other projects that need to take place to spend that kind of money on curtains, so we rolled up our sleeves and DIY'ed some of our own.

Supplies:
  • Canvas Drop Cloth (We used 9' x 12' and we have 9' ceilings)
  • Latex Paint
  • Paint Roller/Tray (We used a small foam roller for a smooth finish)
  • FrogTape (It make clean lines, unlike the other brands)
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine (or HemTape)
How It's Done:
  • Find a large area to work (a garage or basement works best, but our dining room has to do!)
  • Lay down floor protection (We used plastic drop cloth)
  • Tape down the outer edges of the drop cloth, making sure that it's pulled tight so there are no wrinkles
  • Measure out your stripes (We went with 12" stripes)


It's not hard to get straight lines!  We just marked both sides of the drop cloth and while I held one side, George pulled the tape tight and layed it down flat for straight lines.



When doing the first set of curtains I forgot the fabric medium.  But I remembered the next go around.

We made a mixture of 3 parts latex paint to 1 part fabric medium in a paint tray and rolled the paint mixture onto your drop cloth. I applied 5 coats of paint in order to get the color we were looking for.  We learned that it was best to allow each coat to dry completely before starting the next coat.

To hang the curtains we used simple grommets.  You can get these at any craft or hardware store.  I got ours from Hobby Lobby.

 
In order to get exact measurements for where each grommet should be placed, we used our old curtains and traced the inside of the grommet, cut out each hole, and snap the grommet into place. SIMPLE!

Hang, step back and admire your work! I'm loving our new curtains and it was worth the ten
days it took to complete! And with all the money we saved we can use it to share more DIY projects with you guys!


 













 













 
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38 comments:

  1. I love this, Tyesha! The whole room is beautiful :-) I'd like to invite you to link this at our weekly link party !

    http://withablast.blogspot.com/2013/04/all-my-bloggy-friends-link-party-44.html

    Hope to see you there!

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    1. Thanks Linda! I would love to share this at your linky party!

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  2. LOVE these curtains! They look great! Pinning! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 5 Blogs! http://www.rainonatinroof.com/2013/04/give-me-goods-link-party-6.html
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  3. I clicked over from the Sugar and Dots "What I Whipped Up Wednesday" linky party originally because I thought you painted gold metallic stripes on white curtains (and wouldn't that be fabulous?), but I realized, after looking more closely, that the 'gold' is actually the sun shining through the painter's canvas. Beautiful!

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    1. That actually would love awesome! I might do that in my daughter's room!! Thanks Kathy!

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  4. Wow, very pretty effect the way the light diffuses through them. Great idea!!
    Krista

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    1. Thanks Krista. We are very happy with them.

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  5. I also thought you painted gold on them. They look fabulous and I love that effect the sun has one them, makes a very nice touch.

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    1. Thanks Angela! Now I want gold striped curtains...thanks ladies for the inspiration! ;)

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  6. that looks great, i love the grommet look!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad we went with the grommets as well!

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  7. That looks amazing! They look like gold stripes, love it. Great job!

    Stephanie @ thestyledsoul.com

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  8. So, so pretty! I love the gold with the sun shining through! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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  9. Great tutorial and beautiful living room. Found you though the I Should Be Mopping hop. http://georgielee.blogspot.com

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  10. They really turned out beautifully. Well done!
    Nancy
    www.dosmallthingswithlove.com

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  11. Great job...they turned out fantastic! It's nice you had a room to lay them out. Even if I did, our cat and dog would track them all up! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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    1. Thanks Deborah! I am glad that we were able to use out dining room for this project...although I wish I had a garage for all these DIY projects.

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  12. I am featuring your curtains today on my blog. Thanks for linking up. The next link party starts in a little bit. I hope to see you again.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  13. Featuring YOU today! Thank you for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2013/05/12-chevron-and-stripes-projects.html

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  14. Wow, It's a beautiful curtain! You've done a great job. Thanks for the tutorial!
    fire retardant curtains

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  15. This is a cool and nice post ever.I was looking at some of your posts on this website and I conceive this web site is really instructive.

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad that you find my posts helpful!

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  16. I love these! They are gorgeous! Found you via the Just Us Four link party! I am totally pinning and hoping to recreate these! Great job!

    Cheers,
    Julia
    It's Always Ruetten

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    1. Thanks Julia! I would love to see how yours turn out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Love them, they look great your curtains! :-)

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  18. The greatness of DIY projects! Aside from saving a lot of bucks (which, according to the size of your windows that needed to be curtained, will cost a lot indeed), you also get to show off your artistic side. And the finished product is truly something to behold! Good job!
    Roxie @ Allure Window Treatment

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