DIY Ruffle Drop Cloth Curtains

So, just warning you… This is another curtain post.
I am a bit of a “phasey” person and my phase at the moment is window coverings.
I have a favorite window in my house back in my bathroom.  It’s a big 4′ window that opens to my backyard.  When we built the house, I loved the idea of having a window that big in my bathroom.  I LOVE natural light and what better place for it.  My original plans for this window were shutters… Until I had them quoted :-/.  They were more expensive than the windows. No, thanks!
I ended up making a roman shade for it that has been up since we moved in.  It was a temporary 2 year fix.
I recently ran across some cheapo wood brackets at Lowe’s and my head started spinning!
I love the way my ruffled curtains turned out in the laundry room and knew something similar would be great in here too.
Here is how they turned out…
DIY Dropcloth Curtains
Let me show you how inexpensive these were to make!
I found these brackets for around $2 at Lowe’s.
I also used the a set of finials from Lowe’s for around $3.  These are the same ones we use on the apothecaries and photo displays.
I also used a piece of wood closet pole.  You can by this by the foot for around $1 a foot.  You can also use dowel rods if your window is under 4′.
I stained all of those pieces with a dark mahogany stain.  While they were drying I started on my curtains.  For this window I used this drop cloth.
It was around $12.  I cut the bottom foot or so off and used it for my ruffles.  I used the same method I used on my laundry curtains for these.  You can find those directions HERE.
Once everything was dry, I used anchors and drywall screws to attach the brackets to my wall.  I hung the panels up and the screwed the finials into both ends.
Here it is all finished…
DIY Dropcloth Curtains
See the big scrolly thing there on the left?? Well… That’s my next revamp.  I have big plans for that wall right there.  It just took some ruffles to get me inspired… Whoop!!
Happy Friday!


  1. Renee on February 24, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Can you make them for me

  2. Rhonda Siskey White on July 6, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Hi! I know this post is old but I was wondering what paint color was used on the walls? I love the look of this bathroom and wood love to see what the rest of it looks like.

  3. Lindsey R Hines on February 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    i have pretty much the exact same window layout in our bathroom over our tub and it's so bare and lonely!! wonder if you could die the drop cloth if you wanted to add some color!? If so, what would you suggest?

    Thanks!! I love reading your blog!!

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  4. Susan @ on February 19, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Whitney these curtains are sooo beautiful. I made rods years ago that were similar but I love your finials on the ends! The ruffles are fabulous!
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  5. Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures on February 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm


  6. Bee happy on February 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    These curtains are so adorable, they look beautiful in your bathroom. Love the tiles by the way.

    Bee happy x

  7. Jill @ Blessings of a Lifetime on February 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm


    You are just too talented — why don't you share some with me?!? The Good Lord knows I could use it!

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and fantastic talent. You are such a blessing to all of us here in blogland!

    Cheers, — Jill

  8. Frugal Jen on February 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Those are great!

    I was in my paint everything black and distress mode now I'm going opposite with cream and white. Get great inspiration from you girls!

    Do you have suggestions to update and which pieces make the biggest impact?

  9. on February 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    LOVE these!! I think I may have just found a solution for my bathroom…if they turn out decent I will send you a pic of the final product. I already have a couple drop cloths, I have used them for pillows before.

  10. Lori Katies Rose Cottage on February 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Oh my gosh Whitney ~
    I just pretty much adore
    your curtains !!!
    I want some just like that for my
    bedroom ~
    You gotta love drop cloths
    and ruffles !!!


  11. Ashley on February 18, 2011 at 3:50 am

    I am going through the exact same phase right now!! I just bought a third set of curtains for my great room, I think these ones will work for sure, but if I change my mind, I now have options…. oh phases, if you only didn't cost money!! lol

    The ruffles are cute!!

  12. c-Mo Love! on February 18, 2011 at 3:50 am

    C: love it!

  13. Jodi on February 18, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I just love those ruffles. I have never used drop cloths, I will definately try that! I have to make a trip to Lowes!

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