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.
- 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
- Sewing Machine (or HemTape)
- 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.
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!