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DIY Floor to Ceiling Curtains

As much as I look forward to spring, I always see winter as the perfect time to tackle some indoor projects. I’ve been working on so many things lately that I’ve fallen behind on my posts. Here’s a fun DIY floor to ceiling curtain post for those of you who are looking to update your decor on a budget.

As you can see  from the picture below, my patio door didn’t have much character with these boring vertical blinds; they might have been hot in 1990, but they’re just not my thing. I’d been looking at fabric; but the cost of making curtains, depending on the fabric, is often more expensive than buying them. I wasn’t having much luck finding any pre made curtains, either. After spotting a great clearance deal on a black and white floral table cloth at Target, I ended up with a combination of both.
patio door before painting trim

I found two rectangle table clothes at Target on clearance for $6.97 each. I really wanted to draw the eye up by hanging the curtains as close to the ceiling as possible, which meant that I had to add some length at the bottom .  I ended up using a decor weight black fabric with a white pin stripe that I’d found at Goodwill several months ago. I really like the character and softness that the curtains add compared to the vertical blinds. Also,  I’ve been gradually painting the dated looking golden oak trim to a more fresh and timeless white; which really brightens up the space. That change alone  makes such a difference.

table cloth curtains 2

This is really a quick and easy project, even if you don’t sew. If you do have a sewing machine, simply hem three edges of your “extension” fabric to fit the width of  your table cloth fabric; then with right sides together, sew raw edge of the extension fabric to the bottom end of your table cloth.  If you don’t sew, you can easily do this with Stitch Witchery and a hot iron. Check it out at Amazon.  Dritz 222 5/8-Inch by 20-Yard Stitch Witchery, Regular (affiliate link). I ended up using my sewing machine, but Stitch Witchery works fabulously for no sew curtain hems.

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I used two packs of these ring clips from Amazon to hang the curtains. I almost think I would like another pack just to have a few more hooks on each curtain.  Levolor Classic Clip Rings, Set of 7, Satin Nickel, Use With Rods Up To 1-Inch Diameter (affiliate link)

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I’m really happy with the updated look and the softness the curtains bring to the space. The floor to ceiling curtains make the room look larger and bring a certain elegance to the space.  In the before photo the patio door wall was a grey beige that had a slightly pink or lavender tone in certain light, you can see that in the photo below. I ended up painting the wall Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore) which is a really lovely neutral color without the unpleasing pink undertone.

Tablecloth curtains

Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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