Modern Farmhouse Living Room Refresh With DIY Drop Cloth Curtains

2 Materials
$15
10 Minutes
Easy

This little project has been a long time coming. I feel like I’ve been knee deep in projects, and none of them included that area of our home where we spend the most time; the living room. I also knew that I needed curtains to really pull this room together, but I didn’t have a lot to spend. What do you do when you need to update a space without much money? Keep reading to find out how I gave my modern farmhouse living room a new “refresh” with a few great items and some DIY drop cloth curtains.
WHERE DO WE START? LET ME SHOW YOU SOME PICTURES BEFORE MY MODERN FARMHOUSE LIVING ROOM “REFRESH.”
There are a few things to notice; or shall I say a few things I don’t like about this space.
  • Lots and lots of carpet. I wish we had the budget to put down a solid surface floor, but that will have to wait for another day and another dollar.
  • Lots of dead space around the windows.
  • The greenish brown couch (not my favorite, but with two little ones always spilling stuff, it works).
  • The light beige carpet seems to blend in with the color of the couch and the color of the walls.
Where do I go from here?  You know the old saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?”
I’m being a little over dramatic, but if the problems listed above were my lemons, here are the ingredients below for my lemonade.

RUG- My husband didn’t understand why I wanted to lay a rug over carpet. After I put it down in front of the couch, he was amazed at the difference it made the room feel. A rug is the most inexpensive way to cover up a floor that you don’t like. It also helps “define” a space.  Laying the rug in front of the couch really seperates all the beige colors and adds a little contrast.  As silly as this sounds, it really makes the space more eye appealing.  This particular rug is from Home Dynamix and it’s from a line called the Luminescence.  I love this brand because it’s a) beautiful b) soft and comfortable and c) affordable.  What more could you ask for in a rug!

THROW PILLOWS  Pillow can be expensive……that is,  if you don’t know where to look or what to buy.  You can always find discount pillows at places like TJ Maxx or Home Goods. If these options are still too expensive, consider buying pillow covers.  You can find awesome pillow covers on amazon for as low as $3. Yes, you saw that right, I said three dollars. 

CURTAINS Curtains can make or break the look of a room. They can elongate a low ceiling, cover up an unsightly wall, and make a boring space just plain pretty!
I HAD ONE PROBLEM WHEN FIGURING OUT CURTAINS FOR THIS SPACE; BUDGET.  I HAVE 9′ CEILINGS, SO IT’S HARD TO FIND AN AFFORDABLE CURTAIN IN THAT LENGTH. SOLUTION; CREATE MY OWN DIY DROP CLOTH CURTAINS.
I thought about dedicating an entire post for these DIY drop cloth curtains, but when I realized how easy they were, I knew I wouldn’t have to enough to say for just one post.

SUPPLIES:

CANVAS DROP CLOTH
These come in all shapes and sizes. It just so happens they come in 9′ length, which makes them perfect for curtains.

CURTAIN RINGS WITH HOOKS
I used 10 rings per panel. Pictured above is 20 rings for almost $11.

Make sure you attach the fabric evenly with the clips, or it might hang a little funny. I started by clipping the ends first, and then worked my way to the middle.
THAT’S IT FOR THE DIY DROP CLOTH CURTAINS!
Now you can see why I couldn’t justify dedicating an entire post to this subject.

Suggested materials:

  • Drop Cloth  (Home Depot)
  • Curtain Rings with Hooks  (Home Depot)

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  • Nfi20623124
    Nfi20623124
    on Nov 8, 2017

    It became a lovely room. Have you thought about a pop of color in the room? Perhaps a red cushion on the sofa among the other cushions or a cushion similar to what you have with a red design on it. You could tie that in perhaps with a red object on the breakfast set or counter top. The pink cabinet to the left would be beautiful in a red color. Works beautifully with the gray, also. Just a thought. You've done a great job.
    • Lindsey
      Lindsey
      on Feb 25, 2018

      that's a great thought! I'll have to think about that. Thanks for the advice.
  • The32665805
    The32665805
    on Feb 23, 2018

    what is the grey/blue color on your walls, please?

    • Lindsey
      Lindsey
      on Feb 25, 2018

      Hi there!
      The gray color on the living room walls is Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore. It's a great neutral gray color.
  • Rud29568416
    Rud29568416
    on Jan 22, 2019

    Just Love the look I will for sure try it. What I am looking for. Can you dye them?😀


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  • Susanroy36
    Susanroy36
    on Nov 12, 2017

    Really good job! I used huge drop cloths to make cozy separate rooms in an unfinished basement. Your initiative cozies up your space so nicely!
  • Judith A
    Judith A
    on Sep 3, 2018

    love your space

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