Ladies, I am very pleased that I have finally made some progress on my back patio!
Are you tired of hearing about it yet?
I am so laughing that it has taken me all summer to work on my back patio. Back in the “before working full time” days, I would have knocked this patio out in a couple of weeks!
But noooooo…it’s only taken me about 10 weeks to finally get ‘er done!
I have affectionately labeled this projects as, “The patio that has kicked my tail!”
I was close to raising the white flag, but I didn’t give in.
Thankfully, I am finally lovin’ the almost-finished project.
I am hoping to share the final “reveal” on Friday.
Today I am going to show you the curtains I made for my patio from drop cloths.
No, big surprise there! If you have read my blog for any time at all, you know my love affair with drop cloths. I even wrote a post about me being a “drop cloth connoisseur”.
Why do I like drop cloths? They are cheap, durable, already hemmed, and pretty!
I have drop cloth curtains in my kitchen….
Drop cloth curtains in my den…
A chair with a drop cloth slipcover…
And now drop cloth curtains on my back patio!…
Somebody stop me! :)
To hang my curtains, I purchased 1/2 inch metal poles from Lowe’s. A five foot pole cost only about $1.37 or so. I had to buy two 10 foot poles that were less than two dollars a piece. I cut the 10 foot pieces into two 7 foot pieces for both sides of the patio.
I think it was less than 10 dollars for all 6 of these poles…
I spray painted the poles with KILZ spray primer (which is already white) and then put a final coat of white spray paint on top.
I also bought some little hooks to hold up the poles. They were .67 cents a piece. I bought 8.
My hubby helped me screw the hooks in the wood and put the poles up. I spray painted the hooks white so they wouldn’t show up as much. (Please pay no attention to the dirty spider webs.) :)
I washed and ironed the curtains before hanging them with black ring clips from Lowe’s…
I have a total of 5 of these curtains on my patio! The drop cloths were less than 10 dollars a piece at Home Depot. (Remember, Home Depot drop cloths do NOT have seams down the middle, Lowe’s drop cloths do.)
Here’s a run down of the price of my patio curtains:
5 drop cloths -$50.00
5 sets of ring clips – $25.00
metal poles – $10.00
hooks – $6.00
primer and paint $6.00
Grand Total: $97.00
That sounds like a LOT of money to me, and if I wasn’t working full time, I may not have been able to afford these.
But compared to the Ballard Designs curtains that I love…
(that would have cost over $500.00 for 5 panels), I am thinking I did pretty good!
Now I can pull the curtains out for some extra shade on the patio…
Or I can tie them back…
I will show you the rest of the curtains on Friday.
Tuesday, I will show you a furniture re-do I finished this weekend for the patio.
If you want to see all of my posts about drop cloths, just click on “drop cloths” in the labels in my side bar.
Have a blessed day!