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DIY Outdoor Curtains and Screened Porch for Under $100

How to protect your porch from bugs using this quick and cheap solution for DIY outdoor curtains. 

If you’ve been following along on my Instagram Stories, you probably already saw this post coming.

I love it when a light bulb moment ends up working out even better than you could have imagined! For the past year, we’ve slowly been working on sprucing up our back porch.

This is where we left off a few months ago after limewashing the brick and painting the doors this winter:

limewashed brick back porch with haint blue ceiling

But one thing we always battled were the bugs in the summer, especially at night. But we didn’t want to go through the expense and labor of adding screens because we really loved having the space feel open and be a part of the backyard.

I was in IKEA a couple of weeks ago though and discovered these mosquito net curtains for $5 per pair. And it hit me… outdoor curtain screens!

DIY outdoor curtains using Scotchgard to weather-proof them

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The grand total came to under $100 for 6, roughly $16 each.

I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t yellow and turn gross in the rain and sun, so it was worth spending an extra $10 on two bottles of Scotchgard Heavy Duty Water Shield and spraying them down to make them weather-proof.

Fingers crossed it works! But considering it’s designed to protect fabrics outdoors, I’m really optimistic on this one.

how to hang curtain rods without damaging your walls

I picked up 6 tension rods at Walmart for about $6 each, and Robert and I hung them up as high as we could, close to our porch ceiling, using Command hooks. It was super quick and causes no damage at all, so if we ever decide to take them down, we won’t have to worry about any screw holes to patch.

back porch outdoor curtains with haint blue ceiling

I cannot believe how elegant and luxurious our back porch looks now! We have the freedom to open and close them as we need to so that as the bugs start swarming onto our porch in the evenings, we can just close them.

mosquito net outdoor curtains on back porch with haint blue ceiling

If you didn’t want them blowing in the breeze, you could even loop ties to the corners of the panels to secure around your porch posts.

screened porch with DIY outdoor curtains

Our porch looks bigger now! I’ll be sharing more of this space with all of our decorating sources tomorrow, but I had to share this trick with y’all because it’s seriously one of my favorites ever.

Have you used any other great money-saving ideas in your outdoor spaces? Or have solutions for combatting the creepy crawlies? I’m convinced the state bird of South Carolina is really the mosquito.

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    1. Hi Monette! They’re linked in the supplies list. On IKEA’s website, they’re called “Lill”.

  1. WOW!! So luxurious looking…very high end….and the practical-ness is perfect! We live in NW Arkansas and I would love to do this, but, truly…we don’t sit outside in the summer coz it’s just to dang hot and muggy…..but!! I might try this on our home in Calif….we get such a great breeze that those curtains would billow so romantically!! Thanks for sharing!!! Great Job! love everything you do and share….a gal after my own heart!!

  2. I love it!! I also like the furniture. If you don’t mind, would you tell us where you got it. You are so talented!

  3. Reminds me of a breeze way, which I hung gauze curtains over the crank out window, think Florida!
    I loved how cozy it made everything!!!
    Great idea!!! Love the elegant look!!

  4. I loved how this turned out! The commando hooks – so clever and easy!! It really dresses up the space. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  5. Try this Mosquito Spray Mix – Bottle of Blue Mouthwash – 3 cups of Epson Sale – 3 stale 12oz. cheap bearT
    My sister does this every year and it works for her – sprays yard and around front door.

  6. I really love this idea! I want to put curtains on my lanai, but outdoor curtains are pretty pricey, and my posts are metal, so I didn’t want to have to put holes in them. Putting this on my to-do list, thanks for coming up with a great idea!

  7. Wow – that’s gorgeous!! I’d love to see a photo of your deck at night with the lights on!

  8. Ingenious! They look very luxurious and high-end. I love how the porch feels so cozy. A great inexpensive fix!

  9. I’ve used these IKEA curtains on my screen porch for years. I use them to soften the corners, hanging 2 panels in each corner for fullness. Love the way they gently blow in the breeze. I didn’t spray mine with anything, just wash them every spring and re-hang. They look as good (and white) as the day I originally hung them. Sure can’t beat the price!

  10. Thanks for the share. We were going to screen our porch this summer but realized it was going to darken our house even more. I have sat on the porch all summer thinking about what to do but was unsure. I had seen pictures on Pinterest of sheers and liked the look. I love the way it looks on your porch. I think I will be making a trip to Ikea. Did you spray them once they were hanging or before hanging? Thanks again.

      1. This is such a smart and pretty idea. Thank you for sharing. I’m wondering….when you wash the curtains, will the waterproofing wash off? Also, did you just have to spray one side of the panels or did you do both sides? Thank you and Have a Blessed Day.

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