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DIY Black and White Striped Kitchen Window Awning from a Drop Cloth

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*2021 Update- Wow! My style has changed. Check out the post below for a look into our current home and the projects we’re working on.*
My French Country Cottage Inspired Exterior Reveal!

As we started to tear down our kitchen wall and make it more open, I knew I had to make the kitchen flow with the rest of the neutral house. Even though my kitchen looked very much red and yellow, it was an easy fix.

The first thing I started with was replacing this red buffalo check country style curtain into more of a chic french kitchen window awning cafe look. I originally saw the idea from a different blogger and adapted it to fit my own style. And by adapt, I mean I messed up a ton so it didn’t even look like the blogger’s tutorial. 😉

Before

diy kitchen makeover on a budget
diy kitchen makeover on a budget

1. First, I measured the length of the window to figure out what size drop cloth I would need. Then I took out a good piece from my pile of leftover drop cloths and picked a piece that fits!

diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning
diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning
diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning

2. After I had the right size I sewed a pouch for the curtain rod to go through (not sure if it’s called a pouch haha).

diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning
diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning

3. Then I hung up the curtain to see how long I wanted it to hang over the tension rod. The curtain rod gets hung up like normal, and the tension rod goes to the edge of your cupboards further down…give or take.

diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning
diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning
diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning

4. I cut it for the size I wanted then hung it up to see if there needed to be any adjustments. Obviously, there were. I’m a great cutter clearly. 😉

diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning

5. After I got the size right, I started to add the outline for the stripes. I used masking tape to make the stripes and a tape measure to get them as evenly spaced as I could.


diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning

6. Then I started painting with leftover paint from our entryway front door makeover. Be really careful with painting! I accidentally dripped onto a part that wasn’t going to be painted. If this happens, you can paint it white (thanks mom for the idea!), but I ended up cutting my awning pretty much in half. This worked for me because I started off with my awning extra long.

diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning
diy drop cloth striped kitchen awning

7. Not much left now! Once it dries, remove the tape, hang it up, and admire your handiwork!

diy striped kitchen curtain awning french style

I’m usually not a very patient person, but I did try to actually do it right by measuring stripes and all that technical stuff. Though it didn’t turn out perfectly, I do think it turned out better than if I just free-handed it…which is what I usually do!

diy striped kitchen curtain awning french style
diy striped kitchen curtain awning french style
diy striped kitchen curtain awning french style
diy striped kitchen curtain awning french style
diy striped kitchen curtain awning french style

I did think about editing out my scratched-up countertops from a paint job gone wrong and the hole above my sink that you didn’t know about because there was a plate that just happened to be there…but I thought hey, this is real life!

Also…in all of these photos, I am just now realizing that the window is only half painted. Whoops. Better make a mental note of that.

Before
diy kitchen makeover on a budget

Afterdiy striped kitchen curtain awning french style

I bet you can guess what my next project is. If you guessed cover that hole…you are right!

*Update- We sold this home!*

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Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making mychicobsession.com a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.