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.
Disclosure; I received a free Rug from Home Dynamix in exchange for including their product in a blog post.
Let me show you some pictures before my modern farmhouse home decor “refresh.”
There are a few things to notice; or shall I say a few things I don’t like about my living room.
- 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.
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!
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. Let me show you what I’m talking about with a couple affiliate links below;
Save those old pillows folks! Now, just to be transparent, most of these covers do ship from China. They might take a few weeks to get to you, and won’t be stellar quality, but for $3, they do just fine.
Now that we have covered the floor with a rug, and the couch with a few pillows, we need to cover those windows with some DIY DROP CLOTH CURTAINS. That leads me to my last number……
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.
- 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
Above is an affiliate link to the hooks very similar to what I used.
I used 10 rings per panel. Pictured above is 20 rings for almost $11.
Below is the process I used to create these DIY drop cloth curtains:
- Purchase the Supplies
- Iron the Drop Cloth
- Insert the rings on a rod and attach the fabric with the clips.
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.
I love the way the curtains add “just enough” to make the windows and the wall look finished.
To see more of my modern farmhouse kitchen update click HERE.
To see more about the DIY Bakery Sign click HERE.
To see more of my chalk painted kitchenette makeover click HERE.
To see more of this TV Stand update click HERE.
My kids love this rug. They fight over who gets to “play on the rug.” It really is the little things sometimes. Sigh…..
I hope this post has given you some easy and budget friendly ideas on how to “refresh” your living room. I love finding easy and cheap ways to decorate spaces. What are your thoughts on the drop cloth curtains and how do you decorate those spaces that you aren’t entirely excited about?