This weekend was all about bringing in some cozy texture into our sunroom, and we did it all on a budget. This weekend we added these DIY Drop Cloth Curtains into our sunroom space. I know this room is all about the view & up until now I was nervous to add curtains, but it was time to cozy up this space a little more because that’s what I do. You see, in every other house we have owned I have always used DIY curtains made from drop cloths. I even blogged some last year in our last house [here] if you want to see those. It’s just something that I have always done. In this house we haven’t really gotten to the “window treatment” stage yet because it’s completely under construction. Except our sunroom. we haven’t really ripped up that room yet & we sit there a whole lot. When we moved in it already had pull down shades in this room, but I rarely used them even though they were very nice. I’m not sure if it was the unexpected snow we got this weekend after 70 degree days we’ve had, but I instantly wanted to cozy up the sunroom a little bit more. I wandered down to my local Home Depot & picked up some drop cloths and went to town in the sunroom filled with windows…
Preparing the drop cloth
So we first bought our drop cloths like these ones that I listed an affiliate for [here] & these solid wood drapery rings [here]. I started by washing the drop cloths & drying them thoroughly so that they would soften & get that more vintage linen feel. Also, so they would smell better, I suggest using a fabric softener when washing them to really get that drop cloth smell out & to make them extra soft & easy to work with. After the curtains are all dry I lay them the floor & see how much they shrunk by holding them up to the window where I want them to hang.
Customize your curtains to your style and fit
You can choose to hem them at this point, but let’s face it I’m all about that quick DIY project sans sewing. I lay the curtain on the ground and fold over the top of the curtain and clip the curtain rings at the fold & hang them on the rod so that it has a ruffle and so the curtains don’t puddle too much on the floor. After they are hung I take a handheld steamer to release and crazy wrinkles, but some wrinkles are ok in my book because I love the relaxed look of them. Super simple!
Our curtain rod
I chose to use the Martha Stewart curtain rod system in white. It is all wood and I’m really happy with how it turned out. You can find the whole system at Home Depot, but I also found it on Amazon here: curtain bracket [here], curtain rod [here], curtain rings [here], & so much more. I LOVE that the curtain rod blends in with the trim in the sunroom. We were going to go with industrial pipes that were black, but at the last minute I switched it up and went with the white wood rods. The white rods blending into the trim still draws your eyes out the windows instead of distracting from the view.
Here is this room before…
I still have to take the shades down in the room, but one step at a time right? More on that later. I took these photos while it was gloomy and snowing out today & I was just so cozy in this room. When we first moved in the sunroom was very open and I loved it, but if you know me, you know my style is super cozy so these curtains add that texture which amps up the cozy factor by at least 10 points. I will be blogging more of this room & more Christmas details tomorrow. What do you think of the curtains? & how awesome is it that they are made from drop cloths? Let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. As always, THANK YOU so much for stopping by my blog, it means so much to me! xx
Some room sources:
black lamp: Target
Christmas Tree: King of Christmas
Rug: World Market
chair, coffee table, dresser, window: vintage finds
Those are super adorable! There’s so much of a difference in the before and after pictures! Love it!
I use drop cloth fabric for everything! Upholstery, pillows, table runners and drapes! Love it!
Nancy Martin says
You are so talented!!! I LOVE your blog and use so many of your ideas. I was just trying to decide on curtains for our dining room and I’m doing this! Thank you for your blog and everything you do to inspire!!
I love this!
These look great! Defintely want to do in my home -quick question . . .did you wash and dry on hot or cold? I would think hot would help soften them but not sure if that is a good idea . . .
Sara Packard says
I have these in our bedroom. I absolutely love
them, and was thinking about putting in our sunroom too but I was worried it would be to much. But after seeing them in your sunroom they look so cozy I think I might go for it.
Leticia Benitez says
Love this! And thanks for sharing all you handy DIY ?
Liz, thanks for the diy, it’s a great idea. The only issue is I purchased the exact drop cloths linked in the post from Amazon and they aren’t going to work. They’re very heavy/thick and have dark brown uneven stitching across the top and bottom. There’s also a dark brown seam right smack down the middle. Also, the left and right sides are not finished with stitching but are just cut. I’m going to have to return them. Has anyone found a brand that is more like those pictured? Thanks
I did the same. I purchased 4 from the link, and I have the same concerns. They also look like a different color. ?
Does anyone know the brand and size to use from Homr Depot? I see lots of options on their site.
I gotta say that I LOVE these. I’ve been seeing them all over the web and I’m finally trying them today – drop cloths are in the wash as we speak. It’s funny as we’ve bought these for our work for years. We build rustic furniture for a living.
I do have a question though. Your photography has become SO much better within the last year and I”m just wondering if you switched up lenses?
Thank you so much for your time and LOVE your blog ( been a follower for almost 2 years )