Budget Friendly Cottage Curtains

Cottage Curtains

Hi Friends!Well, our cottage reno’s are under way, and wow thank you so much for the love from my post telling you about our crazy adventure and fixer upper! You can read that here if you missed it. I will warn you my reno pictures will be “as is” as we have just enough time to snap a picture and move on. Know-what-I-mean? Bad blogger move, but “keeping it real”

I needed a little curtain or something in the kitchen window, and with very little budget  I decided to use an Ikea tea towel. I’m trying to save on the little things so I can splurge on the fun things, I did the same curtain treatment in our home bathroom reno (read that here) and we love the function of it. We don’t really need “privacy” here but thought it would warm up the room a bit and it does close and provide some privacy if my guests want it.

Here is what we started with

Cottage Window Before

All you need to make Tea Towel curtains is a tension rod, a set of any Tea Towels and clip rings.

I had the rod and bought the clips at Fabricville in Moncton for 4.99. The T Towels were 4$ for 4 from Ikea.

All you need to make cute affordable cottage curtains

5 mins later and here’s what we have when done, easy peasy.

Affordable Cottage Curtain

I know I need to iron my curtains, but, again keeping it real, I will do the ironing when I find the iron. :)

We are in reno chaos so its nice to get a few little jobs done. Sunday I painted – ALL DAY. Lots of projects to share. You can follow along on Instagram or Facebook as I share pictures there, and I will be posting more up cycled and renos as we work on them.

Tell me, whats your favourite window covering cost saving tip?

I have a lot of windows to cover!

Hope you are having a fabulous long weekend

Thanks for popping in!


ps…for those that have inquired, our cottage is now fully booked for the season (thank you all SO much, we are so grateful) however, we will be offering Paint by the Sea Workshops which will be posted online in the next week. I’m pretty excited to paint with people here :)



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  1. I like this idea and may do the same in my bathroom which looks out onto our deck. I have used pieces of muslin fabric that I found in the attic and the curtain clips for the curtains in the bathroom already but I need a ‘cafe’ length especially when we have guests and I still want the light to come in at the top. I also have muslin curtains on hooks in the kitchen and dining room windows to help block the sun on hot days. ;) Now, to find tea towels.

  2. OMG, I’m just visiting after seeing your FB post on the Haven Maven page and I did the exact same curtains in our Blue Cottage! See? :) http://www.dagmarbleasdale.com/2014/09/wordless-wednesday-linky-dish-towel-curtains/

    I absolutely love them because they are inexpensive and let in so much light but give us the privacy I want. I hope to meet you at Haven! Please say hi if you see me!

    My $1 dish towels have the blue stripe in the middle.

    • Hi – thats so funny – I love the simplicity and function of them. Please seek me out and try to say hi, looking forward to meeting you in Atlanta! Cheers, Wendy