Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tablecloth or curtain?

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Since we bought our home this past fall, I've been slowly decorating it, room by room. Our family room's extremely large windows have been tricky for me- they were so big that finding coverings I loved were really expensive, and I have a hard time justifying spending $300+ on curtains. Alas, I gave in and bought some from Anthropologie, but when they finally arrived and we hung them, they just didn't work. For one, each panel was only about 50 inches wide, which meant I'd need a total of four panels, bringing my grand total to about $500 even with my discount. NO THANK YOU! I looked and looked for reasonably priced curtains but nothing was popping out at me, and the cost to buy fabric I loved for that space was pricey as well. Then I remembered our fabulous DwellStudio tablecloth from Target. It's 60 inches wide, and 104 inches long, and cost only $20. I decided to order three more and just try them out as curtains. For a grand total of $80 you can't really go wrong, especially after sending back the much pricier Anthropologie ones. The tablecloths arrived, we hung them, and we ended up loving them! They add such a light feeling to the room, and really add to the space rather than take it over and close it off. The best part about using tablecloths is that they're already hemmed on each side, and it's so easy and cheap to change them out when the mood strikes.

We're so happy we our makeshift curtains, and I can't believe I hadn't thought of this sooner, especially with the huge windows in our master bedroom.

If you'd like your very own bird tablecloth curtains, you can click here to check them out at Target! They also have an 84 inch length for those with shorter windows (or tables! ha!).

Happy decorating!

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51 comments:

  1. I had to do the same thing once- and I know hey? How thrifty are we?! :)

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  2. Brilliant! That is such a good idea! Well done :)


    Talia Christine
    http://taliachristine.blogspot.com

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  3. so clever! i'll take this idea for mine, too.

    and target?? it still looks like anthro!

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  4. I love it! I have the dish rag version.You just made my curtain options open by so much! I still can't seem to find the perfect not 902 dollar curtains.

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  5. what an amazing idea. I love them! The design is so cute. May have to think about this soon as our curtains are driving me mad.
    x

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  6. I couldn't even tell when I saw the comments that they were Target, I swear they look SO amazing, the colors are unbelievably pretty. Love them! Oh and that little pillow is so beautiful, I cannot get over that gorgeous yellow. :D

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  7. What a great idea (and such a pretty pattern!)

    When we finally get around to sourcing new curtains for our home I'll know to widen the search!

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  8. Those are lovely! What a great idea - I just washed our tablecloth we never use, and couldn't think of what to do with it! Genius!

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  9. wow thats a awesome idea! i have the same table cloth and never thought of doing anything like that:) looks great!

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  10. OMG Love them! Such a great idea!
    I love that they totally look like Anthro but were only a fraction of the cost! Fantastic!

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  11. BEST CURTAINS EVER.

    I love that you posted this because I have been on the hunt for new curtains for my bedroom, and I've had the worst luck. They're SO expensive. This is super clever, I'm totally doing this! Thanks, sweet lady <3

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  12. I LOVE THIS! And I'm cracking up because I bought the same tablecloth months ago at a really good clearance so that I could use it for something. (It was the round one though.) Then I was hunting around in the DwellStudio stuff online just days ago and had the same idea for my own master bedroom with the rectangular panels. I'm cracking up that you picked the same thing. (P.S. I have officially come out of lurkdom to say hello. Hello!!) Love your blog!

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  13. i did the exact same thing with the exact same table cloth! i'm about to do it again with their new mustard and grey patterned table cloth for my studio :)

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  14. What a great idea Danielle!!! They are super pretty!

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  15. i can't believe those were tablecloths! I have never seen tablecloths as cute as that! very resourceful!

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  16. Tablecloths as drapes is a genius idea! i've been on the hunt for some since we moved in to our place a year and a half ago!

    I don't plan on being here that much longer, but my next place I will definitely have to try out a tablecloth! Thanks!

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  17. I Love them. Those would very much fit in my home. :)

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  18. That was an absolutely brilliant idea! I'm a big fan of anything with birds so I think they're gorgeous!

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  19. Very cute and ingenious of you!

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  20. How clever! They look incredible! I'm definitely going to check out that tablecloth... my guest room doesn't have curtains yet, this might just be the perfect solution!


    <3 MuffinLovesBiscuit

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  21. LOVE this idea! We are in need of new curtains for our living room and they are just sooo expensive. Thanks for the fantastic inspiration. I was planning a trip to target tomorrow anyhow!

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  22. Love it! Glad you found exactly what you were looking for! My sister once used shower curtains from IKEA as window curtains. You never know what you'll find if you approach housewares (ETC!) with an open mind.

    Alison :)

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  23. They are great! They look like they were made to be curtains.

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  24. They are great! They look like they were made to be curtains.

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  25. Great idea and awesome curtains!! I have been trying to get creative for our 95 curtains and can't find anything neat in that lengthn. I think I am going to have to make some with that fabric tape as I don't sew. EEK. Yours looks great!

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  26. What a fantastic idea and that print is gorgeous.

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  27. so lovely, danielle!! the pattern is to die for!! I love repurposing things around the house!! <3

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  28. So very clever and pretty! I LOVE the fabric. I bought one of the same tablecloth but I am using the fabric to make a dress! Amazing job!!

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  29. such a cute idea!! brilliant and not 300 bucks! :)

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  30. Crazy cute and awesome idea. Very inventive mama :)

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  31. I love the curtains/tableclothes. It's crazy how an item can be more or less expensive depending on the marketing, when it's all the same amount of fabric.

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  32. Awesome! Last Summer I bought two comforters at Target in this pattern so I'm super in love with those curtains! Great idea! I have a few larger windows in my home that this would work for.

    Brittany @ theawkwardowl.blogspot.com

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  33. hmmm I'd say make them into bed sheets and pillow cases! If they're not big enough just have the top with the bird fabric and then on the sides stitch another coordinating fabric to it.

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  34. They look great Danielle!
    I love when getting crafty pays off.

    Have a great week friend!

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  35. They look great! I love that print.

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  36. Very pretty! I made our kitchen curtains from a vintage sheet - total cost £1!

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  37. this is such a great idea!! i have that same tablecloth and i love it.

    ~Andrea @ http://hecallsmewifey.blogspot.com/

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  38. i was just having this problem!! curtians cost major dollar!! and of course i have super expensive taste....i'm soooo stealing this idea!! but not with the birds.... a little too Ornithophobic for that..

    [thats the fear of birds]

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  39. I love that print... super cute!

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  40. These are absolutely GORGEOUS!

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  41. Love these! I've been known to use Marrimekko shower curtains as regular curtains as well ;)

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  42. Turned out great! How cute are those!?

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  43. That fabric is awesome! And I'm all about breaking the rules of what a fabric item was meant for!

    I had a bunch of white space above our couch and instead of spending a fortune on some large art piece to hang above it, I stable gunned 4 pieces of wood together and covered it with large piece of fabric from Ikea that was meant for curtains. Total cost of project? About $7!

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  44. I love it! They look so great as curtains!!

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