Because you asked 4

 Let’s rewind shall we?

I showed you our outdoor living in this previous post.……

 And many of you wanted details about our area and how we achieved it on our budget.

So, I told you about the fireplace here.
Then I told you about the shower hut here.
And last up was about the pool furniture.

But the week wasn’t over and we were still busy in freshening up our pool area.

Today…..pool curtains.

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 a  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.

Drop cloths.

: (

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?


Yeah… too.

This has been a really neat inexpensive way to add a little glamor with function to our cabana.

Whatcha think?

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?

Did it.

Liked it.

Messed up.

Learned from it.

Tried it again.


Let me know what you think.

And now, we’ll rest ; )


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22 thoughts on “Because you asked 4

  • May 8, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Yes, I love them.

  • May 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Saw your link-up at TT&J, I love your cabana! This is one fantastic outdoor area!

  • May 8, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Excellent work, they look so cabana-ish!! Next thing I know you will be making billowing roman shades!! Lol!! You have put in a tremendous amount of effort since you got back from vacation and the results are awesome!! The painted furniture looks great and I love the stained adirondack chairs, now new curtain panels…..I’m impressed! You have done a superlative job making your cabana area look new again!! I’m proud of you!! Take care, VBg
    PS and you have made me laugh while you were at it!! Thanks, I’ve needed some cheer.

  • May 9, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Love the look! I have seen other people use indoor curtains or sheers outside and had them puddling on the ground and it looked beautiful. Never would have thought about them getting moldy. Duh! Anyway, really like the way the cabana and your furniture turned out.

  • May 9, 2011 at 2:41 am

    @0e2106f66b0f28685751bb48459d7ea9:disqus , I love that you stopped by! Glad you love them! Love, Me

  • May 9, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Thanks for stopping by! Don’t be a stranger……in other words….come back! Love, Me ; )

  • May 9, 2011 at 2:42 am

    ; ) I love that you get my billowing humor! ; ) Love, Me

  • May 9, 2011 at 2:44 am

    @4f7fb178b85c26a869b581b3a241d813 …..DANG….You are so sweet to me! I am going to think you are a relative disguised with a “pen name”! Wait a minute….my relatives aren’t that sweet ; ) I love when you stop by….BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN I’M TACKLING THE ROMAN SHADES YET! Still scared….Love, me

  • May 9, 2011 at 2:45 am

    @51567e460b562c98d8edc082cf2635cc , it may not work that way for everyone…..but with the amount of fabric I used last year and the way drop cloths soak up the water….the longer length just didn’t work for my curtains. you are so sweet and love you stopping by! Love, Me

  • May 9, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I bought some to use in the same way around our patio. I never got them up. You have inspired me to get with and get ‘er done this year.

  • May 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Aah…billowing…yes yes yes! GREAT! I’ve been wanting something like this for my screened porch. They probably wont billow but will sure up the coziness. I don’t want them too long either because of one certain little fur baby. Your beautiful.

  • May 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    First of all, I could only dream of even having a pool and an area like that!!  It looks so wonderful and so inviting.  And, I love how you have posted on how to have a place like this within your budget.

  • May 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Love the curtains! May have to try that just for the look.

  • May 21, 2011 at 12:57 am

     Oh, yeah,  love he billowing…. Beautiful!

  • May 23, 2011 at 2:15 am

    I can just see you sitting there sipping pina coladas behind your awesome pool curtains. The fact that you didn’t quite get it right the first time but tried again is double thumbs up. Fantastic effort!

  • May 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Your Cabana and pool look gorgeous! I could definitely spend some quality time there this summer. 🙂

  • May 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    This is exactly what I needed. I had an idea but didn’t know exactly how to go about it.  I love what you did – drop cloths – GENIUS!  thanks – I have a project for Memorial weekend now.  :-) 

  • June 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Love your cabana!  I like the new curtains and am jazzed that you answered all my outside drop cloth curtain questions in this post.

  • July 4, 2012 at 8:29 am

    What a splurge of vacation,I’m sure I will love to stay in these place because I wanted to have a full weekend vacation to cope up with busy schedule.


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