Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tarps as Window Treatments?!

Yep.  I used picnic tarps.  Hey, it's a Spiderman room, we aren't exactly going for the classiest decor award here

Do you know how much curtains cost???  It's really hard to find them for under $10 a panel.  Even if I were to buy my own fabric and make them, it would come to about $10 a panel... and that's using the cheapest fabric around (with a coupon).

These were $4.99 each at Home Depot!  I've either hit rock bottom or I've struck gold in finding and using these.  Maybe a little bit of both :)

I'm not going to pretend that this is the most luxurious fabric ever.  They are a little, um, stiff.  The red side feels like fabric and they are backed with a silver plastic-type material.  But they fit our needs perfectly for now! 

Another update to the room:  trim!  My amazing husband put chair rail and window trim up.

All the windows in our house looked like this.

And then I saw a post at House of Hepworths for how to fix these eyesores!!!  So easy and soooo much better.

One more pic of the room so far
the wall color above the chair rail is Sherwin Williams Online; below the chair rail is Sherwin Williams Web Gray

I feel like this room redo is dragging on forever!  More to come.  Hopefully we'll have it all wrapped up in another week or two.

What do you think?  Are you going to go tarp your windows?
Blessings,
Jamie
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68 comments:

  1. that was GENIUS! and the color is perfect!!!! LOVE it, jamie!

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  2. That such an awesome idea! I was thinking about using a shower curtain for the window in my bedroom, but if I can find one of those here, I might have to try it instead.

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  3. Great idea!!! I have used shower curtains before, but a tarp is genius! Do they come in all colors?

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  4. They definitely work the room! I'm all for using whatever fabric works. Dropcloths work great for lining bags to give them a little more stability. :) Love the curtains... kudos!

    xxoo,
    Liberty
    www.libertyoriginal.blogspot.com

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  5. I have used shower curtains, tablecloths and sheets to make curtains, but I have never thought about a tarp! Very creative! They look awesome in the photos. I never would have known they weren't fabric of some sort!

    {Found you via Eisy Morgan--New follower!}

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  6. I'm not worthy!! You are such a clever girl!! You have the coolest ideas! They look great and perfect for a messy little boy's room ;)

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  7. What a great idea. I've never noticed those before but will definitely check them out!

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  8. I am your newest follower! I found you through Show & Share at Southern Lovely. I absolutely love this idea! Curtains are very expensive. I love this inexpensive way of making them!! Thanks for sharing!
    Jill
    twoyellowbirdsdecor.blogspot.com
    I would love if you stopped by and said Hi:)

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  9. That is a great idea and they look perfect in that room! There is no way you could have made anything for that price. Great idea.

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  10. Pure genius! They fit the room perfectly and who cares about the stiffness -- they just look great!

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  11. I think that's an awesome idea. Very reasonable alternative. Would love for you to link up to my Fall into Fall party going on right now.

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  12. Oh what a great idea and use of a tarp. When I bought a tarp I decided to use it as a water slip and slide in the back of my apartment it turned out great but this is better!

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  13. Great idea and the probably will wash up easily!!

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  14. I say you are one smart shopper! Great idea!

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  15. Wow I'm surprised at how well these hang. They look great in your window.

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  16. That is such a great idea! I love finding less expensive ways to do things!

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  17. Such a great idea. They certainly add color and character to your child's room.

    Kara
    Auntiekarascrafts.blogspot.com

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  18. My mom did the same thing in my room when I was growing up! They worked great... and she let me and my sisters pick out the tablecloths. I had forgotten about it until I saw your post. Thanks for sharing!!

    www.bluejeansncoffeebeans.blogspot.com

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  19. WOW, you struck gold! What a great idea and I agree curtains can cost a fortune!

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  20. Necessity is the mother of invention!
    I think you are a genius! When we were kids our folks couldn't afford window treatments, and they sold plastic "drapes" somewhere at that time. We had them in the livingroom, along with the wood looking linoleum. The rest of the windows got pull down shades. As time went by things got better.
    Hugs!

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  21. I think they look great! I've never seen those, great idea!
    Debbie

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  22. They look great... especially for a Spiderman room. And you sure can't beat the price!

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  23. Brilliant idea, thank you for posting. Ps, the chair rail looks really good, too.

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  24. WOW! I've never heard of picnic tarps before but what a great idea for curtains!

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  25. Great idea - and they look great!
    -Shelley

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  26. Awesome Idea! I always walk by the tarp and painting drop cloths. I guest I have to run by Home Depot here in Secaucus, NJ.

    Now, small question. Does it block out the sun and does it keep the room warm in the winter? It was a cool 40 degree last nite and I wish I had some heavy and cheap window panels.
    thanks for sharing!

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  27. that is great! i love that idea-if it's cheaper and it looks good, i'm all for it!

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  28. These look great! What a fabulous idea!
    I'd love for you to link up to my very first Fresh Friday Link Party!
    http://www.releasemecreations.com/2011/10/fresh-fridays-link-party.html
    -Maureen

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  29. A great idea to inexpensively add curtains to any room.

    Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  30. Super Smart! Especially for a kid's room! I bet the texture of the tarp is fun too.
    Christina
    www.inspirationforcelebration.com

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  31. Awesome idea..and I love the color! I hope you will link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2011/10/sweet-saturday-v11.html

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  32. You definitely struck gold! Brilliant idea and result. Thanks for linking up at this week's BFF Open House!

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  33. This was really cool how did you make the top part can you send me a tutorial or post one.
    www.feedingnineonadime.blogspot.com
    www.ladybugswithzoi,blogspot.com

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  34. Love the curtains - the folds are great too. I'm following and link you under Creative... on my blog.
    - Joy

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  35. that is brilliant and I think it is perfect for a spidey room! It may have been from necessity, but I think it looks planned and is fantastic!

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  36. great idea and awesome window insulator at the same time!

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  37. Ahaha! Picnic tarps! It's perfect! Hey, they look great! Seriously good (and thrifty) idea!

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  38. I love how your spidey room looks clean and sophisticated -- and not too "themey." Love the picnic tarp idea! I'm currently all over the drop cloth as fabric idea these days ... less than a $1.00 a yard works for me!

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  39. They curtains look great!! I'm tempted to put tarp curtains in every room in my house since I have two toddlers!! Tarps seems very durable and easy to clean.

    New follower here via the blog hop.

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  40. Tarps??? No way! They look awesome! I love it! The red is a great pop of color to the room. Great idea!!

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  41. Wonderfully creative. The look perfect. Stopping by from the Creative Bloggers party hop.
    Hope you stop by for a visit.

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  42. Those curtains are fab. Wouldn't have thought they were picnic tarps--great idea!

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  43. I LOVE creative solutions like this. Great idea!
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  44. You always have the most clever ideas! You are a rock star in my book!
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!
    Hope you stop by and enter my current 500 follower giveaway @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/11/one-artsy-mama-giveaway.html

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  45. I think its a great idea for a kids room!

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  46. I will so be using this tip!! I just did 6 curtain panels and was looking all over for frugal options. I wish I had seen this post then!! I'd LOVE it if you'd link this post up to my tuesday link party {totally tutorials tuesday} http://measuredbytheheart.com/2011/11/totally-tutorials-tuesday-111.html
    Thanks!!

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  47. This is genius! You are so creative to think of this! I love the bright red color! I am SO happy to have you share this @ Show & Share! Love your support each week!

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  48. LOL - hi Jamie, I'm laughing because I just left a note on the blue dresser and here you are again with these curtains! You have such great ideas - I'm taking notes since my boys are younger than yours! Hope to see some these at Tuesday's Nursery - it's once per month so I'd say you have a year's worth of posts! LOL! Enjoy! Nan

    www.PlayfulDecor.blogspot.com

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  49. These are awesome! Thanks so much for linking up at last week's {wow me} wednesday. :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

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  50. Um, ya, you are freaking awesome. That's all.

    Oh, and I totally featured you this week at my Hookin Up with HoH link party!

    Feel free to grab a button if you'd like.

    xoxo

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

    And PS, I love every single thing about this room makeover. I may have to copy you when I do my son's room.

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  51. Thinking outside the box is always a good idea~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!!

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  52. A tarp? Way cool! The room is looking great! Thank you for linking with air your laundry Friday!

    xo,
    Jami

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  53. i want to replace my windows altogether. i hate to do it - my house is only 18 years old or so. but they windows are HORRIBLE. cracked, split, half rotted cedar. they look horrible in their deep golden colour. we've been working on painting them but the screens, the hardware, ugh. it's just all bad.

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  54. Jamie, this post was a huge hit on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17. I can't believe how incredibly those curtains came out. I'm spotlighting your post on my Facebook page today.

    Jenn

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  55. Really - you don't say! They look fantastic, very clever of you too!

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  56. Low-cost treatments can be made appealing with the help of a little creativity. What you did with the room fits the Spiderman theme. :-) I plan to use a bed sheet and some coffee sacks to improve the look of my windows.

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  59. Wow. You are so creative. That's a really nice window treatment. Window shades are also attractive looking. It would be great to have them in your homes.

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