Fabric can be so expensive. Even when it's on sale, it still seems to add up when you're buying enough for something like curtains. It's one of those things where it's almost cheaper to just buy already-made curtain panels. But where's the fun in that?
I got to thinking about the cheapest possible way to acquire fabric... and it hit me: a drop cloth!!! (I learned yesterday that I wasn't the only one that had this idea... my girl Brooke at All Things Thrifty did the same exact thing! Great minds think alike! Check out her curtain transformation here!) So I bought a 9 foot by 12 foot drop cloth... for $12. This was the perfect amount of fabric for 4 curtain panels for our two windows in the bedroom. That's right, $3 per curtain panel!
After cutting the drop cloth into 4 equal panels, ironing and hemming the edges, I laid a strip of lace (I scored 3 yards on sale for a total of $7!) on top of the drop cloth like so:
Using the lace as a stencil, I spraypainted over top. The drop cloth was already light gray-ish in color, I wanted a very subtle yet elegant design (since our headboard has a busy damask print on it), so I used a simple white flat Rustoleum spraypaint. (As you well know, painting curtains and other unusual items is not foreign to me, if you remember the Skyline Curtains and my Stenciled Area Rug from back in the day!) I used 2 cans of spraypaint on each panel to make sure I had good coverage. It gave me just the right amount of contrast when I removed the "stencil".
After waiting a half hour or so, I just pealed off the lace to reveal a beautiful reverse lacey design! AND, I was able to reuse the lace for all 4 curtain panels!
antique DIY swag lamps.
I loooooooooove the way that curtains make such a huge difference in a room.
They just make everything feel more soft and... finished looking.
In certain lighting, the subtle lacy stencil really pops! And other times you can't see it at all. But that's ok with me.
Obviously we need to address the bedding situation. I'm keeping my eye out for the perfect comforter. Since we've gone bold with the walls, I think I'm going to look for something light and airy feeling. Here's a pic with no bedding... do you have any comforter suggestions?
Pinterest. And some fun throw pillows will really make things feel more fluffy and inviting. And we still need to tackle the opposite side of the room. I'm looking for a low/long dresser, and a couple chairs for a little seating area! Our master bedroom is slowly coming together!