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How to Make Curtains – Trailer Reno ORC Week 4

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Week 4 of the One Room Challenge is upon us! Last week was all about me learning how to make curtains for the trailer. We actually finished a lot in the trailer last week.

How to Make curtains

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What We Finished

When we left off in Week 3 I was able to finish painting the kitchen and living room area of the trailer. But I wasn’t able to do the cabinet doors or the lower cabinets.

Inside of trailer painted but missing doors

I decided to hold off on painting the lower cabinets for now. I can’t decide what color I want them. The color I chose in our mood board didn’t end up working. So I have to choose a new color.

dropcloth curtain on trailer window, cabinet doors missing

I was able to finish painting all the cabinet doors though and got those up. They look fantastic and it’s such a relief to be finished with that part of painting!

drop cloth curtain on trailer window, cabinet doors

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John put up the LED lights we bought and they look fantastic! The old one’s were really yellowing and stood out with the new paint. The new lights are also so much brighter, don’t use as much electricity, and don’t run as hot.

Installing new lights

I also was able to make the curtains for the 5 windows in the front half of the trailer.

Drop cloth curtain with new lights

How to Make Curtains

I’ve never made curtains before. I don’t actually really sew. But I wasn’t to give it a go!

drop cloth curtain behind couch

I used for the curtains. Drop cloth is cheap and easy to work with, it also cleans up nicely.

I prewashed the drop cloth before making the curtains. Now I know it won’t shrink and I can wash the curtains anytime I need.

drop cloth curtain over dinette

I used the old curtains as a template. They were lined with some nice black out fabric. I reused that black out fabric by ripping the seam in the old curtains to detach the black out fabric.

Close up of a ripped seam

Sewing the Curtains

First, I laid the old curtain on top of the drop cloth, then cut out the drop cloth accounting for my seams.

curtains laid on top of drop cloth

I wanted the pockets for the rods to be bigger than the old curtains, but I cut a couple a little too short. It ended up being fine, but I should have accounted for a larger seam.

Once the drop cloth was cut out, I cut the lining to size as well. Then, I laid down the old curtain, laid the drop cloth on top, then the lining and pinned the sides in.

drop cloth pinned to lining

I used the old curtain as a template to make sure I wasn’t going too short. Then I would sew the sides, lay the new curtain back on top of the old and pin the top and bottom, then sew.

drop cloth with top pinned

For the second curtain, I used the new curtain I had just made as a template. New curtain goes down, then drop cloth and lining for second curtain, pin sides, sew.

drop cloth pinned and ready to sew

Then I laid the curtains next to each other to make sure the height was the same, pin top and bottom, sew. I figured it was more important for the height to be exact than the sides, since when the curtains are hanging next to each other, you’ll be able to tell if one curtain is too long or short.

two drop cloth curtains laid out side by side

Overall this worked perfectly. Like I said above, I made two curtains just a tad too short. But I was able to move the brackets down a bit and it’s fine!

close up of edges of two drop cloth curtains

Decisions We Made

We finally picked out the flooring! This is the I picked up this week. We wanted dark flooring because we figure they’ll be dirt in the trailer and sand because we plan on doing lots of beach camping.

Grey Ash peel and stick vinyl from Home Depot

This way the dirt will blend in with the floor. So we went darker than we were originally expecting.

peel and stick subway tile white backsplash

I also ordered this and this wallpaper. This is different wallpaper than in my original plan. I changed it because the other wallpaper I chose was expensive and I didn’t love it. I think this one will go better with the white we chose too.

Cream colored wall paper with lines that made scallops

What’s Left?

We need to finish the floor, wallpaper, and backsplash. We’ll be working on the floor this week, be sure to follow along on Instagram!

We also have the shower to finish. John has to work on some mechanical things and we have to decide on the paint for the bottom cabinets.

Then it’s all the decor! I might be making some rugs, and I shopped my moms house for decor so I’ll probably have some mini decor DIYs!

Check out the Other ORC participants

Don’t forget to check out the other blogger’s room transformations.