Easy Drop Cloth Curtains

Easy Drop Cloth Curtains



This world is full of unsolved mysteries.

Who built Stonehenge?

Was there really a Lost City of Atlantis?

Is the world going to be inhabited by aliens in the next century?

Where did the Don Draper we all know and love disappear to during the last season of Mad Men?

AndΒ what ever happened with those ruffled drop cloth curtains?


I know it’s been a cliffhanger.

Exciting and drawn-out anticipation.

Plenty of sleepless nights and hair-raising consternation.

Weeks of mystery and intrigue and unanswered questions.



Will she keep the ruffle?

Will she will she add one ruffle or two?

Will she ever iron those drop cloths and cut those hanging strings?

I know….I understand.

It’s scintillating content like this that’s kept you on the edge of your seat.



And in the end?


No ruffles.

Just drop cloths.

Plain ordinary ruffleless drop cloths.


I intended to make them.


You see a friend made a suggestion.

She suggested ruffling the drop cloth ruffles with dental floss.

I was 10 yards of extra-strength Oral B away from an amazing drop cloth ruffle.

But in the end I just went old school with plain drop cloth curtains.


Maybe one day.

Maybe I’ll be adventurous and carefree and throw caution to the wind and decide that ruffled drop cloth curtains are so 2013 and whip out a container of dental floss and sew my way to a ruffleful existence.

Maybe Don Draper will dump Megan and figure out how to run Sterling Draper Cooper Pryce without Pete Campbell.

Stranger things have happened…..

Β ….just ask all those aliens applying for travel visas πŸ™‚


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  1. Sometimes, simpler is better! Your non-ruffled curtains look perfectly content hanging there and I wouldn’t change a thing. Love the simple Fall mantel of white pumpkins as well. Everything is simply beautiful!

  2. I like your non-ruffled, ordinary, drop-cloth curtains. They fit your room perfectly. However, I almost missed them entirely! I kept getting distracted by the gorgeous,fireplace. Good grief girl! Be still my heart… that room is stunning.

  3. I agree. They look marvy.

    And again I giggle.

  4. PS

    The other day my blogless hubs brought in drop cloth kinda talking to himself and me at same time (you know how they do that) and said something about how great dropcloths are – so hardy and versatile……………apparently he was so deep in thought he didn’t notice my eyeball it for other even MORE versatility.

    Haha. Don’t they know yet that NOTHING is off-limits to design?

  5. Loove them!!! I have been thinking of making some for this country house way over her on the other side of the planet!

  6. Has there been a book published on 1,000 ways you can use a drop cloth?….Love your gorgeous bedroom…and you know how much i love your painted floors!!….

  7. What? It is Tuesday, isn’t it? What did you do with the ruffles? Are they in wait for another time? You’ve given me too much to peruse and ponder this early in the morning.

    This is a room of dreams, KariAnne. A bedroom for forever and ever.β™₯

  8. I love it old school. Ruffles would’ve been too much. LOVE your room! Nice job.

  9. Perfect just the way they are, in your gorgeous bedroom πŸ™‚ Now, about that Don Draper question…………………………………………

  10. I’m in love

  11. Stunning room!

  12. I was just thinking about those curtains the other day. Even with out the
    ruffled edge…super pretty. I love your bedroom, it looks so peaceful.
    Have a great day. Susan

  13. Good oral hygiene is so much more important than ruffles any day of the year – just ask Don and his fabulous pearly whites.

  14. I applaud your restrained choice of the classic style panels for this room. Not every feature in a well balanced design should be a star. Good supporting roles are just as important……just ask Megan and Pete.

  15. I like them, Karianne! I’m glad you gave us the update on that. I liked the ruffle idea, but this is so much easier and I’m all about easy! : ) I actually will be doing dropcloth panels for my daughter soon. I’m pinning this so I can show her how they can look.

    P.S. I love this room! Your floor is great!

  16. I think don doesn’t know what to do with a woman who can’t be intimidated, he also needs to quit smoking! πŸ™‚

    This drapes are perfect. In my opinion.

  17. Mmmm thank you! This is too funny!!! You know after everything was said and done I took out all my ruffles. yes ma’am! They just overpowered our short ceilings… and now they sit in a pile waiting to be hung or adorned or something. But first things first, apples are ready so we are in the midst of apple sauce making! πŸ™‚ However I did need to let you know your room is simply lovely! It reminds me of a B&B we stayed in once… warm yet elegant and inviting! Have a wonderful day my dear friend!

  18. I do prefer the curtains plain rather than ruffled. I’d forgotten all about using drop cloths as drapes – thanks for the reminder. This is going to be one of my winter projects πŸ™‚

    Have a happy day!

  19. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers :

    I think you made the right choice. Your bedroom is beautiful!!!!!!

  20. I love these! I think you did a wonderful job and I don’t think your room is the “ruffley” kind! Very pretty mantel!


  21. I like your curtains…they are simple. More importantly, IMHO, they don’t take any attention away from your fireplace, and that stunning medallion. πŸ˜‰

  22. Your bedroom is beautiful! It looks so calm and soothing! You would never know your curtains were made from drop clothes!

  23. I love simple dropcloth curtains! no ruffles here either…just plain

  24. I think your panels are perfect in your gorgeous bedroom just as they are! Love your fireplace too~ simply stunning!!
    Thanks so much for the shout out for my ruffled panels too~ you are so sweet πŸ™‚ I love seeing all the photos from the conference and some of favorite bloggers all together ~ looks like it was so much fun!!

  25. Ohhh that devilish Don Draper. He needs a good spanking, and I am just the gal to do it. πŸ˜€ I kinda gotta agree with you, the unruffled version seems to fit this room better. Beautiful planters filled with those fall stems. Is that dogwood stems? Perty!

  26. Your bedroom is gorgeous and the curtains came out great. I love the fireplace with the urns and the piece over the fireplace mantel.


  27. Easy peasy)

  28. What a beautiful room! I think the drapes are perfect just as they are. And why spend time adding ruffles to already-perfect panels, when that time could be spent on some new project? LOL, that is my take on things—-get this project done so I can do something else! And don’t mess with perfection. Not that a single one of my projects has ever remotely approached perfection, but more along the lines of “git-er done”. Which explains, in large part, why my home is nothing like yours. Sigh.
    Anywaaay, I think that room is sheer perfection, lucky you, a beautiful fireplace in your bedroom!!!

  29. Call me plain Jane/Jean, but I like them the way they are. Your bedroom and your photography is beautiful!

  30. Oh my goodness Kari!! That room is beautiful!! I am in chair envy- as I can tell x4. But most happy that I am seeing the color you chose. I am wanting to redo my room but can’t choose the color!! I want to redo my floor like yours!! Oh I am feeling a little like the Single White Female here… πŸ˜‰ Love Love!! Thank you for sharing and your witty way of writing. ~ Lori

  31. WOW!!! I don’t know where to start. Let’s see I loooooooove those chairs. I mean really they are perfect. You made a great choice on the curtains, they look amazing. Then the fall fireplace is so simple and beautiful. Ahhhhh a fireplace in the master…..One could only dream.
    Have a Great Week.

  32. Beautiful room! I love the curtains the way they are. I am going to try this for sure!!

  33. Perfect! They look absolutely perfect!

    Ohhhhh, your mantel/fire-place is looking all glorious, in every single detail! It’s absolutely delicious!

    You know, I actually did wonder about your drop cloth curtains. I’m so glad you decided not to leave us all out there, hanging on the edge of our seats.

  34. KariAnn, The bedroom is Gorgeous! I love everything and the curtains are perfect.

  35. I ADORE this room!!!!!! It is so gorgeous!!!! Straight out of a magazine… πŸ™‚

  36. Ruffles are overrated. You room is gorgeous just as it is. Sometimes we just cannot leave well enough alone. I do have a question, if you have time. I used a Home Depot drop cloth for a tablecloth and it came with several seams. Worked out fine, but I don’t want that for drapes. How do you know how to pick the packages without seams. Please, share the secret. Thanks

  37. You live here—? You’re unbelievably talented, oh my! The curtains are perfect. As is Don.

  38. Absolutely gorgeous… as always! Glad to hear you did wonderfully at the SBC. Hope I can see you next year!

  39. It still looks great! And HOLY SMOKES, I love that room. Who has a fireplace like that in their bedroom anymore?? YOU, of course! πŸ˜‰

  40. With that fireplace, no one is looking at the curtains! You can sew ruffles when Winter proper arrives, and there is nothing else to do πŸ˜‰

  41. I love it when you bring Don Draper into it πŸ˜‰ I’m still scratching my head wondering what the heck he sees in her?!

    I like them plain – or ruffled – either is good! That room looks so inviting – like I might never ever want to get out of bed EVER if it was my room!

  42. I have to agree, I love the nonruffled look. I am not big on ruffles anyway. I do love that BEAUTIFUL room.

  43. Simply gorgeous room! As usual your impeccable style is amazing! LOVE the urns on the hearth! Heard the earrings did a great job at the conference!! Maybe you can take them on a lecture circuit!!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  44. Oh yeah, the good ole dropcloth is perfect for every basic home decorating need.

    I like the 4 foot wide panels that are 12 foot long, for instance, to cover the plain daybed when I have the parrots out playing on the sun porch…..snatch it up and wash it so easily.

    Then I made slip covers for a wingback chair, much more serviceable than muslin as a pattern for the expensive fabric to come later….which I never got around to making, because I liked the drop cloth so much.

    Then the wide drop cloths perform well as covers for the bed when you have kiddies or doggies on the loose. Once the need for that is over, they make great bird cage covers.

    Ever notice how they hold paint? Put down a clean plastic tarp to avoid staining the floor, and make a floor painting on your drop cloth. I mean, were they not MEANT to absorb paint? And all those old style floor cloths started as simple plain fabric anyway, so I mean why not?

    And, I hope that Lowes and Home Depot do not raise the price on this very cost effective problem solver. The supply of real fabric drop cloth in my local store will go down quite a bit now that you have called attention to their great curtain look!

  45. That is your bedroom!?! My mouth dropped open when I saw the picture. And yes, sorry, the curtains are awesome, but the BEDROOM???? That needs to be in a magazine!! Gorgeous!

  46. Oh my, your bedroom so gorgeous!!! I was so taken by it’s beauty, I forgot what the post was about it! ha! …I think I prefer the simplicity of the curtains with no ruffle.

    Oh, and my SBC post is up, and I’ve linked back to you! πŸ™‚

  47. This bedroom is gorgeous! I love the curtains and how clean and fresh everything looks!

  48. I think they are beautiful, full and elegant – no ruffles needed. Your room is a haven.

  49. I have to echo the other commenters on how BEAUTIFUL the whole room is! So much attention to detail! I am intrigued with the mailbox on the wall–what is the significance, if I may ask? Wondering because I have just inherited my grandmother’s hanging glass mailbox which is so quirky & unique that I am wondering what to do with it….

  50. Absolutely STUNNING!!! Do you rent out that room? Put me down for two nights sometime in early December.

    What color did you use on your bedroom walls? I have a bedroom that right now is sporting a purple, gold and red color palette. It was a whole teen theme back when my daughter was a, yes, you got it, teenager! πŸ™‚

  51. Who needs ruffles? I’ve looked at several curtain tutorials, too, but my favorites always gravitate to the most simple – like tablecloths hung from curtain rings-totally no-sew! I must admit, though, Pinterest has made me want a sewing machine in the worst way!

  52. They had me fooled! They look nothing like drop cloths. I do hope you get the urge… the uncontrolled impulse to make ruffled curtains one day… and then share them with us!
    Love the soft serene bedroom… so Thistlewood!

  53. I knew we were kindred spirits, BFF’s who hadn’t met (til last weekend), alter egos, whatever you want to call it! I have plain drop cloth curtains that I have been planning on ruffle’ing but haven’t…yet. Of course, mine aren’t in a gorgeous bedroom complete with fireplace… guess I better work on that!

  54. πŸ™‚ I like them plain too – and this way you can always add that ruffle – you know if you need another fun blog post to write about it!!! Love to read here!

  55. Karianne, your bedroom is just gorgeous! I love the bright pop of Fall among all the neutrals. As much as I love ruffles I adore your simple panels. I did the same thing in my bedroom. Kept the panels simple. But the bed? Ruffles galore!

  56. They look beautiful, Karianne! Your entire room looks absolutely gorgeous.

  57. Ok if they were mine they would be ruffleless because I am lazy and can’t sew but yours are amazing even if they are ruffleless…………..

  58. Your drapes are wonderful- with or without the ruffle! You are so gifted! You can make a drop cloth look good! Your room is gorgeous! It’s a haven I would love to retreat to!

  59. Aaaaahh….. So simply delightful! The room is gorgeous and the addition of these neutral drapes just add more texture and a timeless, classic look! ~ Sue

  60. KariAnne you don’t need ruffles in that GORGEOUS bedroom!! Love your fireplace!

  61. The curtains perfectly complement your beautiful bedroom. Sometimes simple is best, especially when you have a room this lovely!

  62. to ruffle or not is a big debate…love what you did with my fave painting surface

  63. I love them just the way they are! However, I must say above the mantle took my breath away! I came over from Kim’s at Wow Us Wednesday and am so glad I did, I love your blog and can’t wait to come to read more.

  64. Stifling a giggle here. NO, really I am.. straight faced here πŸ™‚ They look wonderful. Luv the Fall fireplace Karianne. Lush pumpkiness and bright foliage!! Luv it.
    Cheers, Gee

  65. Ok…..you actually have a working fireplace in your BEDROOM, Karianne….?????? Be still my heart!!!! What an absolutely beautiful room — with or without ruffles!!!! πŸ™‚ But alas….I could never sleep there. I’d be lying awake all night long sighing and gazing about the beauty around me. lolol!

    xoxo laurie

  66. I love your bedroom. The fireplace is fabulous. I love the wall art above the mantel. The large urns on each side of the hearth are soooo cool. Love it!

  67. Love your drop cloth curtains just the way they are. Not too simple for me, I would do the same thing. Your bedroom is just amazing, love the size and the monotone of white-ish color.

  68. Stunning bedroom! I love all the magazine white all over and your drop curtains are perfect there. I too have them, but I don’t like my bedroom, we’ll revamp it next year, first on my list. Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration.
    Big hugs,

  69. Wow, I’m loving the bedroom! I don’t care about the ruffles…I can’t get past how beautiful everything looks. Just amazing. My hubby is getting curious why I keep asking to go to Home Depot for more drop cloths…he asked me “Aren’t we done painting?” Yes…but I need them…
    and while we are there you can buy some things too!
    The bedroom…took my breath away…embarassed to admit it…but yes I did drool. Just lovely. I can’t hardly stand it! Hahaha…

  70. I agree with Debbie who commented above. Who cares about curtains when you have that amazing bedroom?

  71. Oh, those curtains are just plain perfection! But would you really mind very much if I just sneaked into you bedroom and sat by the fire for a little while? Maybe you could let me know when you will be on vacation just so I don’t scare the kids, ya know.


  72. I think they would look so much better if there were some drop cloth pillows on those chairs …


  73. Thank goodness you finally told us! I really was wondering. I decided against the ruffle on mine too. It sounded lik a lot of work!! Your room is gorgeous! Looks very serene and calm. Love it! Traci

  74. Your curtains look lovely just as they are, but I LOVVVVVVVVVE your bedroom, it’s so gorgeous!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

  75. I love ’em. Ruffles are so 1980’s, Laura Ashley anyway.

  76. I am seriously in love with your bedroom!! Absolutely beautiful…old school drop cloth curtains and all. Love this post!

  77. Bethanie Henry :

    Honestly, the other day I thought, “she never said what she did with those curtains!!!” I made some (unruffled) ones a few weeks ago…I absolutely love them. I figure that if I ever decide I dont like them anymore, I’ll throw them on the floor and paint a room…until then, I smile everytime I walk in because I love how they just blend so well!! Love getting inspiration and a laugh from you everyday ! πŸ™‚

  78. Ruffle or no ruffle, your bedroom is GORGEOUS!! LOVE that fireplace & the little touches of fall in the room!!

    I must admit, I am kind of intrigued with the dental floss idea! I would have never thought to use it!

  79. Your bedroom is amazing! I love the coziness of it, even though it looks much roomier than mine! πŸ™‚

    PS – I just made the switch to a WordPress blog – I hope you’ll come visit me over there!

  80. Ruffle shmuffle … your panels are fabulous … keep the dental floss in the bathroom where it belongs! I’m LOVING the fall touches in here, too … incredible and so inviting!

  81. Gorgeous as always, KariAnne! The panels look wonderful in this space!

  82. You are one lucky lady! I love the beach too, I only get to visit every few years. Beach for me is at least 6 hours away. Thank you for sharing.

  83. Karianne I am a drop cloth girl too.And mine are a new sew :-).Since I don’t have a machine that is how this girl rolls πŸ˜‰ BTW your room is drop dead gorgeous!

  84. Beautiful room! Love the curtains and the chairs that sit at the end of your bed are to die for! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  85. I actually like them better without the ruffle. πŸ™‚

  86. LOVE them! Sometime less is best….your room is beautiful πŸ™‚

  87. so pretty. i love those drop cloth curtains!!!
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  88. Your curtains look amazing and your room is absolutely gorgeous!! You have decorated it so beautidully.

  89. So so pretty and the pictures are gorgeous! Do you shoot in manual mode? I’m thinking you do. Do you adjust your white balance? If you do, please share the secrets!! πŸ™‚ I am learning manual mode and am getting more comfortable but haven’t ventured to the white balance yet and I need to. Nicely done! What a great place to end the day πŸ™‚

  90. What a glorious master bedroom you have, KariAnne–I love the seating area at the foot of the bed, the desk and chair are gorgeous, and the curtains are lovely! What a lovely place to retire for the evening.

  91. KariAnne, I was inspired by your ruffled drop cloth curtains, that I had to make own version. Thanks for the inspiration!!


  92. WOW, this room is just gorgeous. I keep going to Lowes, picking up the packages of drop cloths and putting them back. You might have just inspired me to go for it. Glad you didn’t go with the ruffles….looks elegant the way it is!!
    Marianne πŸ™‚

  93. i’m literally crying at your pics. Your home is amazing and your passion is obviously reaching me! I feel a little silly or crazy but wow I cant stop looking at your site.

  94. I like them without the ruffle. Made my first drop cloth tablecloth this past fall. πŸ˜‰

  95. This is my favorite bedroom in Blogland, hands down. I love every single inch of your home. Ruffles: so not needed. Save the dental floss. I could LIVE in this room, seriously. XO, pinky