9/9/11

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
-pencil
-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!


Linking up here:
  http://homestoriesatoz.com , tator tots and jello, be different act normal

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11 comments:

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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  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

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

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  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

    Cindi
    http://www.handmadeintx.com

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  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!

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  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.

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:) Samantha

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