Crafty How To: Painted Curtains

When I did a 'make-over' on my husband's office, one of the biggest changes was the drapery. The room had a naked window. And it was in need of some help!

So, inspired by these two images,

Source: thenester.com via Anita on Pinterest

I decided to create some bold black and white curtains.
Have you seen my Black/White board on Pinterest?  I have just been waiting to include something like this into my home:)

I knew I could probably sew stripes onto neutral panels. But for some reason, I wanted to paint.

Here is what you need to create your own painted curtains:
-curtain panels
-tape measure
-drop cloth
-paint & paint brushes
 These panels are perfect- only $30 and a great linen color. Plus I love how the rod pocket on top can be used to create 'pleats'. 

The math, measuring, planning part is not my favorite thing to do, but it is a must. I made my stripes 4.5 inches wide.

I tried using a chalk-line to draw the lines, but it kept leaving blue dots all over my 'white stripes'. So I ended up drawing a tick mark on each side and then used a straight edge to connect them with a line.

Finally I painted. North Texas has had 60+ days of horrendous heat, so I chose to paint inside in my house. I used newspaper because the fabric is porous. But use a drop cloth instead- the newspaper stuck to the back of the curtains and I had to pick it all off later. Ugh.

The whole thing took 'two naptimes'- so about 4 hours. It kind of reminded me of my stenciled wall paper. project. It's a fine motor skill project that requires a steady hand. You could also try using painters tape and then using a paint roller to apply the paint.

When they were done, I hung them using the 3 Rules. I think they made a huge difference in the room.

Have you ever painted fabric? Curtains, linen lamp shades, a couch? Sometimes painting just seems more fun that sewing!

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  1. love those curtains - they look fantastic!
    really liven up the space.
    cheryl xox.

  2. Yes! I love how bold these are, and they are perfect with your wall color and other decorative accents! Great job!

  3. They turned out great! Totally transforms the office. And, even with painter's tape, you'd have some bleed thru because of the fabric, I think.

    I have painted fabric, but not drapes . . . yet. You've inspired me though! I feel a trip to Ikea coming on.

    Dropping by from Tatertots & Jello.

  4. Those look AWESOME!! I am hooked on black and white stripes :)
    Great job! Just popping in from TT&J.

  5. Looks fabulous! I love horizontal stripes! Now what are these three rules?

  6. Thanks for the curtain love!!! It's always fun to see what you can do with things from Ikea.

    Stephanie- those three rules are: 1. Raise them up high, 2. Make sure they touch the ground, 3. Hang them on the far sides of the window.

    :) Samantha

  7. I love a good striped curtain! They look great. And I love how you measure time in naptimes. Me too!

  8. Wow! Black & White is such a classic statement. Love the look you achieved. Thank you for sharing this tutorial.

    I would love it if you would add this to the Lone Star Showcase #3 over at Handmade In TX


  9. Hi there! I stopped by from Beth's blog where you were featured. I have a really stupid question for you! I want to do stripes, but I want them to match my wall paint. Could I use wall paint to do stripes or would it make the fabric too stiff? I would love your thoughts! Your curtains look fabulous!

  10. Your curtains are gorgeous! I love the graphic black and white. You were brave not to use tape...I don't think I have a steady enough hand. :) Great blog.

  11. What kind of paint did you use?


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:) Samantha

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