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Friday, April 25, 2014

Canvas Drop Cloth Curtains




From Home Depot canvas painter’s drop cloth,

to bedroom curtains in an afternoon.


  Making tabs for the curtain rods.


Well, you all know by now that I love

A bargain,

Handmade and homey items

And

One of a kinds.


My new favorite fabric is paint’s drop cloth,

but don’t spread the word.

The moment they know that you have discovered new uses 
for their products, they raise the price. 

Have any of you noticed that?
 

Using up some of my old handkerchiefs. 
These came from that Goodwill grab bag I thrifted a while back.


Digging into my button box, I found lots of decorative buttons to use.

I made these while I was waiting for our bungalow to close and for us to get the keys.


Now that the bedroom is painted and the curtains are up . . .
they just put a smile on my face :)


We have some friends coming over tomorrow to help us move
some of the big stuff,
and to get Steve's workshop emptied and moved.

After he has his tools at the new place,
he can start the bathroom project.

I know that in 1905 the people that lived in this house
had one of those cute little toilets in the backyard.
I like vintage, but I don't want to go that far, LOL.

Have a lovely day . . .
and do something fun!

Connie :)


48 comments:

  1. The curtains are awesome. I was looking for the canvas drop cloths at Wal-mart but all they had were the plastic kind at the ones I go to. I should have looked at Home Depot. It's a much cheaper way to buy that fabric and I agree we need to keep that quiet...lol

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    1. Hi Ann, thank you for your sweet comment. Canvas drop cloth is wonderful. Each brand is a little different, some are browner, some are whiter, and they all have different weights and different softness after washing, but they are all GREAT!

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  2. Fabulous project! And all the best in your new home!

    Helenxx

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  3. Great idea....I'm headed to Home Depot on Saturday !

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  4. Those curtains are darling,Connie! I just love how they came out. Yes- I have wondered when we are going to get raised prices on drop cloth...lol
    Have a great weekend. You will soon be "home"!!! xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana, we still have the bathroom to do and then all the windows. It's a lot of work, but it will be a wonderful new home, someday, LOL :)

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  5. Your curtains turned out beautiful, Connie!

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  6. Those curtains are the Bee's Knees! I just love the fancy tabs. The 'kerchief and lace remind me of a petticoat... adorable!
    Pat

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    1. Hi Pat, now that you mentioned it, they do look like a petticoat, thank you. That makes me like them all the more :)

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  7. What really cute curtains Connie. You are so very creative with your sewing machine....and then to find time to make them while painting....I am pooped!!! Good job though, wish I could come see your sweet bungalow. Those potty's in the back yard.....that sure is vintage!!!

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    1. Hi Louise, I love vintage, but an out-door potty is going too far, LOL.

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  8. You have outdone yourself, Connie!!! These are just lovely.

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    1. Hi Ginny and thank you so much :)

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  9. Connie this is all so exciting for you both! I have just enjoyed catching up on your last few posts to find you are working like a beaver on a lovely new home! I can't believe the transformations you have made, its amazing the difference a coat (or 5 - so much hard work!) of paint makes, everything looks so much lighter.
    I love the new curtains too - so clever, and so satisfying knowing you have made something lovely and unique for a fraction of the price of bought ones.
    Keep up the good work, you're doing great! Hope your backs hold out!
    Gill xx

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    1. Hello Gill, we are working away, and it is so much more work than we ever imagined. Buying a fixer upper at our age is a challenge, but we are up for it, just on a slower pace than you younger folks :)

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  10. Your new curtains are really cute! Projects like that are so rewarding when you create them with unexpected materials and so much creativity. :-)

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    1. They were fun to make and I enjoy having "one of a kind" touches in my home :)

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  11. Connie your curtains are adorable!! I too, love drop cloth fabric but I haven't made any curtains. Your mis-matched buttons are too sweet and unique and I especially think the added white hankie made the curtain. Glad to see you are moving right along with everything! Ken and I feel we are turning the corner here with the cottage....I believe I may be able to show some pics in about 4 weeks. Keep us updated!! Blessings~~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, it certainly is a job and we are going to have to do some of our work after moving in. We have the tools moved now to start on the bathroom, but we also have a lot of weekend events coming up, that will slow us down. Then a lot of the work will have to be done after we move in, like replacing all the windows. It's going to be a on going job, but very worth it in the end :) I am looking very forward to seeing your photos :)

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  12. Love, love, love the curtains you made!!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy, thank you so much . . . they were fun to make and those old handkerchiefs and my button box sure came in handy.

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  13. Your curtains look lovely Connie. Good luck with the move x

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    1. Hi Tania and thank you so much :)

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  14. These are just precious.....

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  15. Connie, I love the curtains! And yes, even the thrift stores mark stuff up when it becomes popular! Well now that the tools are moving the real changes will begin....no outdoor restrooms for you my friend!

    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol, I certainly hope not, LOL.

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  16. Cute curtain - I actually love the texture of drop cloth.

    It sounds like things are coming along on the new house.

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    1. Hi Carol, they are coming along, but we never expected it to be this much work. The painting was murder, only because every room needed up to five coats. Two primer and three paint; that old dark paneling was a mess. It was like painting five houses, LOL. The only thing left to paint is the porch and trim and then staining the fence when we get it built. We are starting on the bathroom on Saturday, so when it is none we can move in and work on the rest after the move :)
      Then there is the outdoor projects. I've been digging up flower beds and spraying for dandelions. I'm afraid that when the dandelions are dead there may not be much left, LOL.

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  17. The curtains are adorable, great bargain I am sure. Please don't spray the dandelions anymore, it is one of the first things the honeybees need to eat in the spring, and we know how threatened the honey bees are. The spray kills them.

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  18. Hi Carol. Looks like your new home is coming along just fine. I love these curtains you made.

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    1. Hi Becky, and thank you . . . Have a great day, Connie :)

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  19. I love love love 'em! But I promise not to,tell the canvas industry people.

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    1. Thank you . . . shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh we can't tell a soul :)

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  20. Love your drop clothe canvas curtains! What a wonderful use for something so practical! Way to go Connie!

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    1. Thank you Brady . . . they where really fun to make :)

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  21. Hi Connie,

    Great curtains! I buy painter's drop cloth too. My plan is to make bunting and prayer flags. Of course, that's on the list of what I'd like to do. I can not wait for retirement!!!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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    1. What a great idea . . . it is my new favorite fabric :) I hope that you post them, when you complete your projects.

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  22. I'm with you, Connie -- vintage is wonderful, except when it comes to plumbing! Love what you did with the dropcloths. Can't wait to use that idea somewhere!

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    1. Hi Jean, I'm delighted that you like the drop-cloth curtains and that you want to give drop-cloth a try. Check out my front porch slip covers. This fabric is great for many projects :)

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  23. I'm going to have to check out the drop cloths at the hardware store next time I go. One of the houses we looked at had curtains that looked similar to that and they were very practical. I like the way you made the loops and put a variety of buttons on them. I collect buttons and have lots of jars and tins full of them, so that would be something I could do.

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    1. Hi Ruth, it's a great way to display your buttons. I have had it in the back of my mind for years, to find the perfect dressy jacket and cover the lapels with a variety of antique buttons . . . I think it sounds fun :) I do have a straw hat that I have hot glued buttons around the brim . . . I have ladies commenting on it every-time I wear it, sewers and quilters like it the best, so I love to wear it to quilt shows.

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