Happy New Year, everyone! I showed you my DIY stenciled drop cloth curtains here and how I added grommets here. I have been wanting to move the curtain rod up higher towards the ceiling for a while now, but wasn’t able to decide how I wanted to add length to them. It is easy to add length to existing curtain panels, but you want to make sure the texture and colors of the additional piece will mesh with the existing panel and your ‘theme’. Hanging curtains closer to the ceiling makes a huge difference in a room’s impact.
Since I have been working on making more stenciled drop cloth curtains in our master bedroom, I already had some leftover drop cloth fabric available. As I have mentioned before, I do not sew.. at all.
So, I used the hot glue gun to make the drop cloth curtains longer. I don’t plan on washing these, as I did not use textile medium when I painted the curtains initially. I usually do a good shaking them out and occasional vacuuming with my handheld vacuum when they need cleaning. Here is my before and after:
First, I moved the curtain rods up to the top of the wall, about 1.5inches from the ceiling. Then I re-hung the curtains and measured how much more length I needed to add. I was going to use the cornice I originally had (as the piece to add length to the curtains) hanging above these windows before I moved the rod up. These ‘cornices’ were actually king size pillow cases….. When I added 1 of these white pillowcases to the bottom of a panel, I didn’t like the look, so I used the drop cloth fabric instead. I layered the drop cloth and pillowcase.. not a must but I did.. it made the measuring 10 times quicker. When I cut out each section of drop cloth in the width of each panel and the length I needed(making sure to leave and inch or so extra for hemming), I ‘hemmed’ all of the sides with my hot glue gun. Then I attached the new strip to the bottom of the existing panel. I have done this previously and liked this look. Before we frosted our side windows at our front door, we used a curtain on a rod, and I added the brown and white portion at the bottom this same way. That fabric wasn’t as thick so that worked great. For the drop cloth, it is a little thicker, so I needed something to hide the space where the 2 fabrics hooked. Off to the fabric store I went. I chose 2 different ribbons- light turquoise and dark turquoise in different widths. I hot glued the thicker of the 2 on first, placing it over the seam where the old panel and new section joined. Then I hot glued the thin strip in the middle of the thicker one. I left excess ribbon on each side to wrap it around and glue it to the back of the panel. I did the thicker one first, then the same with the thinner one, like below.
Here is my before and after again.. And yes, I am *almost* finished with my fireplace and mantle makeover.A lot of people have asked me about the thickness of the drop cloth curtains. They are actually thicker than most curtains (I use the 8mm thickness of drop cloths), in my opinion. My son has the plain drop cloths hung in his room and it is not as dark as blackout curtains, but it is very close. Of course, stenciling them makes them let in even less light. For us, these have been a great alternative to blackout curtains at a way better price!
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