Saturday, May 22, 2010

Drop Cloth Window Coverings


I love to change out my draperies for the seasons. Oftentimes, I just move them from one room to another just to get a fresh look. I decided I wanted something light and airy for spring and summer. But, I didn't want to buy anything new and I didn't have anything in my stash that would work. Then I remembered that I had seen canvas drop cloths used on some other blogs. My husband had three drop cloths still in their packages in our basement. It was fate!

Here they are (sorry for the poor picture quality - it is quite cloudy here today):

They are paired with canvas faux roman blinds that I made several years ago. The blinds can be lifted up and buttoned at different levels. I saw some of these on the Martha Stewart blog. Martha's had button holes, though, and I don't do button holes. So, I just made loops instead.

This is how they look when they're down:

Then I just put the bottom loop through the top loop and put the top loop over the button

They were very inexpensive and easy to make. Being as my home was built in 1939, the window sizes are not the dimensions of today's standards and most blinds would have to be custom ordered. So, this worked out great. They're neutral enough that they go with whatever draperies I decide to use.

Here's another photo I thought was silly, Bubba needed a chair at the window so he could watch my husband mowing the lawn :)

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  1. Love your new drapes! And those blinds are totally stylin'. You've indeed achieved the airy look you were after, so pretty!

    LOL on Bubba. They always get what they want, don't they?

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  2. Love them! They look great...I might have to make some:)

  3. I love your new drapes. I just made some recently as well. I really like your blinds, what a great idea!

  4. Hello my fellow Minnesotan! I love the drapes, too! They look so crisp and new. What a great idea and execution. Just got through looking at all your fun posts. Love what you've done with things! Great transformations. Thanks for leaving such lovely comments on my blog! Have a great weekend.

  5. OH my goodness. They look amazing. I wish that I would have seen this in my old house. I hated the window coverings that I had. Great job.

  6. These are really fabulous! Love the crisp springtime look, gorgeous!

  7. what a great idea for the roman blinds. And the drop cloths look great

  8. great window coverings. Love, love, love the easy faux roman shades.

    great idea. thanks for the close ups and how to-s ...

  9. Well done! I especially like the roman shades. Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link.

  10. Your Roman shades are marvelous!

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  11. The drapes look fabulous! I love the shades. Gorgeous! You did a fantastic job! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  12. Wow, Jane! They look great! What a good idea! And the shades are fabulous. I've always been a little scared to attempt them, but your version looks easy! I scrolled down and had a peek at some of your other! I love the use of white in your home...something I can't do with 4 cats so I have to enjoy it on other blogs! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet offer of yout clay cooker...but I really have filled the space I saved for them. :-( I am trying to control my thrifting urge without much success! lol I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  13. Wow...your roman shades look so nice! good job moving around your drapes for different seasons. Sounds like a lot of work to me, but I'm sure it is nice for them to get some different scenery!

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