Dalmation Curtains

I’m not sure why finding the ‘perfect’ curtains is always so difficult. Despite searching high and low, I just couldn’t seem to find something that I loved.  SO, for our new home, I decided to stop the madness and just make my own. The other day, I posted some of my inspiration photos, and I just couldn’t stop thinking about these “dalmation” curtains.

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I clearly need a photographer in my life. My photo isn’t as bright and pretty as the one above, but you get the idea. We’re still working on the living area, but I think these certainly improve the room quite a bit.

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Please excuse all of the TV/DVD player cords – it’s a work in progress!

Here’s how I did it:

Picked up some canvas dropcloth from Lowe’s. Yep, seriously. Dropcloth.

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The tools:

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Step one: Spread the dropcloth on the floor.

(Pax seemed to think we brought home a new bed for him)

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Step two: measure out 4 foot panels and used the chalk line to mark them off. So, the 9’ x 12’ dropcloth ended up being three separate panels, each 4’ x 9’.

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There will probably be some “imperfections” in the material, and that’s OK. It’s canvas dropcloth, after all. One of ours had a seam practically in the middle of a panel, but I didn’t let that bother me too much.

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Step three: wash panels in the washing machine. You don’t need to do this step, but they smell a little like…canvas dropcloth if you don’t. ;)

 I did two at a time, and when the first two were done and I took them out, I realized that the cut edges had frayed quite a bit and tangled with each other. I may or may not have freaked out a little. BUT, after cutting them apart, I realized that it hadn’t frayed too bad and they were still about the same size. Plus, the fraying gave them a little character! Bright side. Because I didn’t want them to shrink any more, I did not dry them. Instead, I just hung them over shower curtain rods…and every single door in our home. It looked like a haunted house for about a day, but that’s alright. At least they dried and didn’t shrink!

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Step four: iron! Since I didn’t dry these, they came out just a little bit wrinkled. So, I ironed them. Easy enough, right?

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Step five: paint! I laid my panels out on a non-canvas dropcloth in a low-traffic place (our guest bathroom floor) so they would have a good amount of drying time and so that I wouldn’t have little black paw prints throughout the house.

I mixed black matte fabric paint and a little bit of water.

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You’ll want some small spots and some larger spots. I picked a couple “shapes” (if you can call them that) and tried to repeat those.

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*Note: do not paint the spots too big, or it will end up looking like a cow hide, and that is not cute. Also, I preferred that the spots look a little lighter than pitch black (more on the gray side), and I made the mistake of mixing up a new batch of paint/water for the second panel. The paint did not come out like the first one…and the spots were entirely too big. SO that became a “test panel” that I used to make sure the paint was coming out the color I wanted. You live and learn, right?

Step six: Ask your fiance to put up some curtain rods. 
photo 2-1Step seven: Hang those babies up! After they’re dry, of course. I used the clip rings below that I got from Lowe’s. 
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              photo-2Again, please excuse the mess of cords behind our Yucca plant. We haven’t quite figured out how to hide those just yet.

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Let me know what you think! And let me know if you decide to make your own curtains. I’d like to see how they turn out!

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2 Comments

  1. Such a cute little space :D

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