Behold…The Drop Cloth Curtain!

Hey there!

Over the weekend I was at Home Depot getting some supplies for a paint project I was working on.  I was in the paint prep aisle when suddenly these beauties came to mind:  

The Lettered Cottage

I’d seen these a while back at The Lettered Cottage, and loved them!  Yes, those are curtains, no big deal right?  Look closer.  They’re made from common home improvement store drop cloths!  Yup the stuff you throw on the floor to catch drips and messes, is actually made out of lovely canvas that when hung up looks like linen!  

They come in various sizes, I chose the 9×6′s.  At under $10 each, I just couldn’t pass them up.  I mean if I mess up, I can always use them as actual drop cloths, right?!

They come already hemmed (yes!), so I just threw them in the wash and ironed them (not fun, but for only $10, totally worth it).  
I bought some clips at Target for $5 a pack (2 packs).  They didn’t have silver to match the rod I have, and my impatience got the best of me (as always), so I got brown ones and sprayed them in silver with paint I already had:    
                   , drop cloth, curtain, diy
Laid them out, sprayed, after they dried, flipped them over and  painted the other side.

I wanted them to look a little more ‘custom’, so I folded the top down 15″ and created a faux ‘valance’ to sort of frame them.   They’re 9 ft. in height so there is plenty of room to experiment!


I chose not to add any embellishments because I like the simplicity they offer as-is for my particular space.  However, you can certainly sew on some trim, or even paint a nice pattern (it’s canvas!), the possibilities are endless!

Here’s the cost breakdown:
(2) 6×9 canvas drop cloths $20
(2) packs of curtain clips    $10
Total Cost:                         $30 :)
I love my new drop cloth curtains!  I plan on getting more for the kid’s playroom (which you can see a little of there beyond my living room), and getting more creative with those.  Can’t wait!
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Barbara is a lover of all things creative, simple, and budget friendly. Chase the Star began in 2012 as a creative outlet and to chronicle her DIY and crafty adventures. She is a working mom and wife residing in sunny Southern California.

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  1. Perfect!

  2. They look beautiful! I have GOT to get me some drop cloths! I’m in love with linen, and this is such a nice, inexpensive alternative.

  3. Your curtains look beautiful!!!


  4. Your curtains look lovely! Nicely done!

  5. They look great, drop cloths are my favorite fabric. You cant beat the price and the versatility.

  6. Barbara, your drop cloth curtains look fabulous!!!

    Hugs, Tanya :)

  7. Love it! Love mine too. :) Can’t beat the price either!

    ~Ellie @

  8. I need to try this too… Love that look! How much light filters through?

    • Rhonda, I get plenty of light in the day time, and it offers plenty of coverage at night, surprisingly! It’s really a great ‘fabric’ to work with! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Love this idea!!!!

  10. those are fabulous! I think I’d use something different than clips; my concern is, the fabric would slip out of the clips.
    well done!

    • Thanks! Surprisingly they hold really well. The material is pretty heavy so it grips nicely, but not so heavy that they slip off. But you can definitely sew on some tabs or fold it over and slide a rod through it. So many options! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. They look fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Pin It and Win It!

  12. I’m LOVING this! They’re perfect! XO, Aimee

  13. So cute and I love the mini valance part the best … so much better than Layla’s (oops, don’t tell her I said so ) …

    I’m pinning because I want to create a similar faux valence in my bedroom!



  14. I love drop cloth curtains too- I made some ruffled ones recently for my office. Yours are lovely! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  15. Ah I love this!! I NEED some curtains and was considering buying canvas and making my own… so this is perfect!! I was at Lowes today, should have looked!

  16. Hi! I’m visiting from Saturday Nite Special. Your curtains turned out so adorable. Great job!

    {my simple messterpiece}

  17. They look just gorgeous. Well done.

  18. Great ideas – thanks for sharing!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  19. I saw this when I was going through your Pinterest boards. I LOVE them! I have these 2 massive sliding glass doors side by side & curtains are so expensive! You rock, Barbara!

  20. Donna Trull says:

    What a great idea! I wonder if you could dye them another color, like with Rit dye. Or can they be bleached lighter? I could really use some of these in my bedroom but in a light white color.

  21. The new living room curtains shown here are wonderful have a look at it

  22. Love it ! just repainting my kitchen . maybe this would work ? hum…
    my tip.. myo spray starch..
    I mix 2 T of Corn starch in a microwaveable measuring cup.. with 1 cup water.. cook & dissolve. (cooking it a bit is SUPPOSE to keep it mixed .. but I have found I need to shake it before use anyway. )

    pour mix into a spray bottle & fill with water.. total water about 2 cups.. .
    but try it out & see what stiffness you like tho..
    ( had a spray bottle of lavender for ironing & broke the top, so added it instead of plain water..
    lavender keeps the months away too: :-)

  23. These are amazing! What a great idea!
    What brand of drop cloth is this? I have a new house that has a 20×30 screen porch that needs some privacy since it’s off the front of the house. I think this would work wonderfully!

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