Â Let’s rewind shall we?
I showed you our outdoor living in this previous post.……
Â And many of you wanted details about our area and how we achieved it on our budget.
But the week wasn’t over and we were still busy in freshening up our pool area.
Last year I made cabana curtains out of drop cloths.
I told you all that I had a few issues with them.
They were minor and luckily because they drop cloths are inexpensive it wasn’t too costly of aÂ lesson.
What I learned…….
#1. I used too much fabric.
#2. I bound them too tightly when they were gathered.
#3. I made them a tad too long.
These three things were big issues in outdoor curtains because of one major reason.
And no matter how much bleach I used….the mildew would not bleach out.
Too much fabric created held moisture in ….MOLD.
Binding them tightly kept moisture in the folds…..MOLD.
The longer length kept the bottom of the curtains on the ground where moisture could seep into the fabric…..MOLD.
So, I had to take the curtains down after summer and use them for what they were originally created for.
And it just wasn’t the same look.
I missed the curtains.
They provided shade…..a little bit of protection for the furniture….and shelter from light rains so the cabana could still be enjoyed even in summer showers.
So, I started over.
Ok….WE started over.
We used hooks to loosely gather the curtains when they weren’t left billowing.
Want to see what billowing looks like?
All together now.
But when they aren’t billowing, the hooks are perfect.
And the look was back.
See the shorter length?
How I used less fabric…..
This is what I mean by less fabric.
Before I felt that I had to completely have each panel meet….like an interior curtain.
But I really just needed a panel.
Something to “cut” the glare of the sun.
Offer shade or shelter from light rain….
At least I am thinking that is what I need.
Hopefully, I won’t find out differently by the end of this season.
This cheap lesson could start getting costly if I have to make new drop cloth curtains every year.
But I do think we have worked out the kinks.
Tell me what you think.
If you were sitting in our cabana….does it offer you the privacy, shade, shelter that you would want in a cabana curtain?
This has been a really neat inexpensive way to add a little glamor with function to our cabana.
Like the look?
Like the curtains?
Isn’t it cool that they were drop cloths?
I didn’t even know other people were using them for slipcovers when we did them last year.
HGTV had used them one time for interior curtains and I thought….
Hmmmmmmm….wonder if that will work for the pool cabana?
Learned from it.
Tried it again.
Let me know what you think.
And now, we’ll rest ; )
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