Guests are feeling exposed in our guest room without curtains. We live in the woods and elk are peeking in at them in their pj’s. This idea for grain sack inspired curtains is inexpensive and easy to make in a day.
We have two guest rooms upstairs. One is the adult room with one large bed, the other for kids with twin beds. I made rustic smocked drop cloth curtains for the adult room.
Now it’s time for the kid’s room. I bought 4 drop cloths for under $50. I cut off the sewn edges. Those sewn edges look like I sewed them!
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Steps to make Grain Sack Inspired Curtains
I cut three canvas drop cloths in half for the windows. The fourth is one piece for the shower curtain. I tossed them in the washer, then dried them.
Next, I neatened up the edges by pulling a thread to get a straight line to cut along. Then I frayed the edges. I did this on all four sides.
Then along the top edge of each curtain, I taped down one-inch painters tape at the frayed edge. I taped down another about 1/4 inch away. The next tape was about 1 inch down. Then the last 1/4 away. Make sure to press the tape down well. A back of a spoon makes this easy.
Almost black paint mix
Now I’m ready to paint the grain sack stripes. Using some leftover paint I mixed it with 2 parts of black latex paint with 1 part dark latex green. I love using this “almost” black paint. I buy it in quarts and mix it at home for furniture and projects.
Those small disposable paint rollers are perfect for this project. In some areas, the paint applies thicker and some lighter.
Actually, I rolled on the paint and didn’t but too much thought into it. Have fun!
Remove the tape as soon as the painting is done. Let dry.
Hanging the curtains
I hung the curtain using curtain rings with clips. I folded the grain sack inspired painting part down 14 inches. This is the shower curtain and bathroom window.
This is the other side of the shower curtain! Actually, I put up this photo because I adore the miniature furniture cabinets hanging on the wall. I got the idea from a client years ago. Fun for the kid’s bath.
This is the kid’s room with a very distressed little desk in the corner.
The window on the right is inset over a window seat.
I finished all the grain sack inspired curtains and shower curtain in a day. Woot! Woot!
It only took a day to make our outdoor drop cloth curtains too. Drop cloths make wonderful window coverings. In our laundry room, I made a drop cloth roman shades. A small thrift store chair has a red grain sack technique applied to the seat.
Plus they add softness to the room….and no more elk peeking!
Did you check out other drop cloth projects?
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