I think it’s unanimous.

We all want to wrap ourselves in smocked burlap curtains and go out on the town.

But first a little clarification.

This is what the curtains in the dining room used to look like.

I know I am stating the obvious, but this picture was taken at Christmas.  Notice the curtains…..which used to be dropcloths.

I had dropcloth curtains for two years.  I loved them.  I mean….how can you not truly heart a ten foot curtain panel for $9.99 from Lowe’s.  I didn’t even sew them….just clipped to some curtain rods from a discount store and draped them over stationary tie-backs.



Did I mention they were $9.99?

If you want to add dropcloth curtains to your home and you need encouragement….please e-mail me.

If you want to know more about burlap curtains….see below.

After two years of drop cloth curtains….
…..on Christmas morning, I opened these….from my mother.  Is she a rock star, or what?

She bought them here.

Then, I hung up the burlap curtains and retired my dropcloth drapes to my dining room table for my next painting project.

Here are my old curtains on my dining room table when I was painting letters for my typography project.

I truly think they were happier with paint on them.

Now my dining room looks like this.

Simply stated, I didn’t make the curtains.

I wish so much I would have thought of it.

I might have tried if I had.

If you want to try….I found this great idea on Pinterest.

If you try it and works on burlap, let me know.

I do have some other curtains in this house that would thank you.

PS  I am going to Haven.  If you are going….e-mail me and let’s party!

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  1. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Your mom does rock!!..Rocks to the smock...I so love them..I was hoping that you were NOT going to say that you made them..if you did, I would have to give up the idea of ever owning them...or get charged a bazillion dollars to have them made.. They were made for that room..and Yay!!..cannot wait to meet you at Haven!!..

  2. Image for SheilaG SheilaG

    Love those curtains!!! I'll be at Haven, my first conference. I'm nervous about it b/c the more people around the quieter I get- I may be mute at some point! :)

  3. Image for kim kim

    Thanks for the info on the drapes. Love them and what a sweet mom you have. I don't plan on attending Haven, but live near Atlanta. May have to meet some of y'all if there is time.

  4. Image for it's robin with an i it's robin with an i

    Thanks so much for visiting it's robin with an i. I am your newest follower. Those drapes are amazing.

  5. Image for Michele Michele

    Your mother does "rock". She really knows what you like. Your home is fantastic, so are your new drapes. Thanks for stopping by my blog post "large icecube" Have a great weekend. Michele ps, yup some of us would wear burlap if we could ;)

  6. Image for Rita@thissortaoldlife Rita@thissortaoldlife

    You're the rock star for sharing the source and the hugely marked-down curtain panels. I almost had to jump on them, but since I don't know exactly where/how I would use them, I'm going to pass. (And might regret it, but have too many impulse purchase regrets in my past...) Alas, I will more likely end up with the 9.99 drop cloth beauties!

  7. Image for Jillian Jillian

    Either way it looks great! Hard to beat 9.99 when you need such large curtains. Recently I've been shopping for curtains with an 84" length, I can't imagine how expensive they would be any larger!

  8. Image for Lynn @thevintagenest Lynn @thevintagenest

    I love Soft Surroundings! Buy clothes, etc. from them and most favorite thing.....my master bedroom dust ruffles. It was pricey but oh so beautiful!!!! xoxo Your smocked curtains are to die for! Yay for Mom

  9. Image for Laura Laura

    I love your new curtains, but am really thinking of those drop cloth curtains. Been looking for something temporary for my mother and I think those may do it.

  10. Image for Kolein Kolein

    Honestly, personally, undoubtedly I would be a little itchy if I were wrapped up in burlap. But my eyes and creative heart NEVER tire of drop cloth! I can send the adoption papers over to your mom if she wouldn't mind having me. I'm 48, can cook, bake, clean like a wizard, put fresh flowers in all the right places in her home and maybe make her giggle a bit once in a while! Will she have me? OH and I'd have to live here, in my town. You know what with having a family and all! And I read that you were going to Heaven. Haven. Oh Haven. hee! xo your friend

  11. Image for Gwen Gwen

    I've been planning to make these for three years...obviously, I'm still in the planning stages... I've just got to get some fabric! I saw some Silk Dupioni Smocked curtains in a swanky store and I've never been able to get them out of my mind! Yours are GORGEOUS whether you made them or not!!!

  12. Image for bj bj

    One of the prettiest dining rooms I've ever seen and now, it is sporting these amazing drapes....just love them and I know YOU just love your mom. :))

  13. Image for Laura Laura

    Thank you for the details on the smocked curtains! What a wonderful gift your mom got for you. I am seriously, seriously of thinking about purchasing a pair for my dining room. Do you think they would go with walls that are painted in a yellow gold color? I know it's hard to make an opinion when you can't see my paint color in person (here's a post on my blog that shows the color: https://sweetpeasamplings.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-time.html ). I'm getting ready to redo the entire downstairs and I just love your curtains!

  14. Image for Heathahlee Heathahlee

    Your mother is most certainly a rock star. :) I do love me some drop cloths, though. I made one into a bed skirt and I love it. I have enough leftover to make some sort of window treatments for the two small windows in the room. Woop!

  15. Image for Sheila Sheila

    Your dining room is beautiful. The drop cloth curtains looked good but the smoked burlap looks absolutely fabulous!!! Your mom was so sweet to do that for you. Count your blessings that you still have her. I lost mine about 2 years ago to alzheimers. That is one cruel disease. Lost my Dad one year ago this month to cancer. I really do miss them both. Enough of the sad stuff. You have a beautiful home. Enjoy Haven. Have a great week. Sheila

  16. Image for Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    Stunning look, no mater who thought of it....lovely. What they call burlap in the US, is definitely not what we get out here. Took me awhile to figure that one out, the strong tar smell,, rough woven, raspy, fabric that goes under the name burlap in Canada does not resemble the fabric you have, LOL. When I first saw projects created with burlap, I couldn't understand...now I know. Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  17. Image for CAS CAS

    The drapes are beautiful. It looks like the jute fabric is much finer textured than burlap. Is that the case? Is there the smell that is typically associated with burlap? I've read that Joann's Fabrics has some washable burlap. Have you ever tried that? Can you tell I have a love-hate thing going on with burlap? I just love all the wonderful trendy things people are doing with burlap, but I think it stinks & is so stiff & scratchy. I just can't imagine it on a pillow or even being able to ruffle it like I've seen on some table runners. Any insight would be appreciated....lol! CAS

  18. Image for anne anne

    Those curtains are gorgeous.What a fab gift.Out of my price range.I am way too frugal to spend that on curtains.But they look perfect in your dining room.

  19. Image for Lorrie Lorrie

    I like the smocked curtains, indeed I do. But I also like the simple look of the dropcloth drapes. I have style ADD. I tell my husband that I think we need (ahem) several homes so that I can decorate each one in a different style because there are so many great ways to put a home together. I, too, read that you were going to Heaven. I am, too, but didn't know that you could plan a trip there. Then I re-focused my eyes and read "haven." I'm glad, because although Heaven is going to be wonderful, we'd miss you here.

  20. Image for Cindy Cindy

    You lucky girl, those are absolutely gorgeous! I saw them in one of you last posts and was mesmerized by them. I would love to try the smocking, but first I must finish my slip covers, perhaps something like that could be in the offing, though. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Cindy

  21. Image for Becca Becca

    Clearly, your Mom rocks! I would have squealed had I opened such an amazing gift! They truly are exquisite in your fabulous dining room! And, glad that your drop cloths are happy with paint on them now. :)

  22. Image for Maury @ Life on Mars Maury @ Life on Mars

    So I'm only like 4 months behind, so that's ok right? Of course, I only "met' you like a few weeks ago, but still. Those curtains are awesome! So pretty. Oh and I'm going to haven! I can't wait to meet you for real!

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    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say excellent blog!

  25. Image for Pat in AZ Pat in AZ

    Noticed a huge difference in the crown molding over the windows between the first and second pictures. The draperies are lovely, but I also loved the look of the drop cloth draperies. I tried them, but they didn't look that pretty. I am wondering what the difference was. Did you wash them first to soften them, by any chance?

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