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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Painted Curtains



Sometimes the right colour or pattern eludes you when looking for curtains.  Pre-made panels don't come in a plethora of colours or patterns.  The super easy solution to this problem is to do-it-yourself.

I started my project with a simple IKEA panel.  Determine how many stripes you want as well as what size each stripe will be.  Beginning at the top, start to measure down the curtain marking off the area for each stripe to be painted.  My stripes are each 12".


Using your marks to keep your line straight simply lay your tape across the width of the curtain.  I used my trusty Frog Tape for this project.  Once you have the tape in place smooth it down to ensure that no paint can seep underneath it.

Apply a generous amount of paint to your roller and begin to paint the taped off area.  If you are using a darker colour give the area a quick second coat just to be sure the area is evenly covered.  Tip - Use a flat or eggshell finish.  Just like with walls, glossy paint will highlight imperfections (not that you would have any imperfections).


Once the painting is complete remove the tape.  Make sure the paint is completely dry before hanging the curtains.  Hello easiest diy ever!

One more look.  Now off you go and paint some curtains for yourself.




50 comments:

  1. They turned out great! I've been wanting to try this forever! Glad to know its so easy!!

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  2. I have a stripe obsession lately...but I don't think I'd do well with fabric and paint...seems too risky for my messy self! I'm impressed with your lack of spilling!

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  3. Whaaaaat?! How did you KNOW that I tossed and turned all night last night trying to come up with a good way to get navy horizontally-striped curtains for my living room -- and without using drop cloths? Then I wake up this morning and here you are, solving all my problems! I mean SERIOUSLY, Carol.

    Tomorrow night, please find a way to pay off my mortgage.

    These curtains look AWESOME.

    PS - The internet is happier when you're blogging.

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  4. They are fab-u-lous Carol! I want to see the rest of the room now.

    Would you suggest any kind of protective coating for the paint?

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  5. These are super chic! I would totally do this and everyone would think I'm insane when I tell them their painted! I don't care. Fabulous is fabulous no matter how it's done!
    Kelle
    xoxo

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  6. superb job! are they black and white? loving the stripes.

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  7. They look fabulous! You make it look so easy. :) Does the paint make the fabric stiff at all?

    (welcome back, by the way!)

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  8. Wow! They look wonderful! I'm keeping this one for my DIY files!! I recently painted an Ikea flatweave rug and I love it!!

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  9. Awesome Carol! I have been searching for the perfect curtains for months. I'm also wanting to go with color, but I've been afraid of my constantly changing tastes. This way I could get my color and pattern (stencil?) without a HUGE financial commitment.

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  10. Carol, they are stunning! Love the stripes, so elegant.

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  11. AMAZING;) and so simple!
    Thank you for sharing this DIY!
    Lovely greetings...

    http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

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  12. Wow, I never thought of trying that. They look great. I have just the project where I can try this. Thanks for the idea.

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  13. i feel like every comment I say is "AMAZING." Your projects blow my mind

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  14. Wow, that looks like a picture from a magazine! I had NO idea that you could paint fabric with latex paint! I've been searching and searching for a shower curtain like Kate Spade's. Oh dear, another project in the works...THANK YOU!
    Camille

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  15. nice one! At first I thought the top photo was your inspiration photo--how fab that it's the "after" of your own project!

    Heather

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  16. Wow you make it look so easy!! Love the stripes.

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  17. Hi found you through Haus and glad I did. Wow you make this look like a kid could do it but I know better:) I am very impressed, they came out just beautiful! Very professional. Glad to have found stop by if you get a minute to say hello!

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  18. So freakin cool! I've always loved the look of horizontal striped drapes, and you've provided a way to have some of my very own :) Yours look awesome!

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  19. amazing!! I think i have to do this for our master curtains b/c I can't find a stripe or a chevron thick enough for my liking...did you add a fabric medium or just go crazy w/ the paint? They look great!

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  20. You go girl - these are awesome! I would love to try this project but I don't know if I'm that motivated - maybe someday.

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  21. Good job Carol! Easier than sewing on panels like I did!

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  22. Wow...can't believe that's painted ;) They turned out soooo good!!

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  23. OH my goodness.....wonderful job!...Thanks for sharing!

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  24. They turned out really great! I think the hardest part woud be getting them straight with measuring. Great project.

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  25. You are SUPER smart (and I say that with some SNL humour!!!) LOL unbelievable girl!

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  26. Very impressive! They turned out beautifully!

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  27. What a fantastic idea thanks for the tutorial they look fabulous

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  28. It turned out so rad!!! Thanks for the inspiration, girl...I desperately need to try this!

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  29. ahh...beautiful! You did an awesome job, Carol! These rock!

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  30. Fabulous! I will probably try that in my next room... it seems easy and like a great solution.

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  31. They look so great! And they fit the space perfectly!! Love it, Carol, great job.

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  32. These look great, have to try this!!

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  33. They turned out great! I am always facinated with how these paint-on-fabric projects turn out! A must try!

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  34. Saw you over at Centsational Girl and had to stop by and check out how you did those curtains. Awesome idea. I must try this one. I am your latest follower. Hope you will drop by and say hi.

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  35. Saw this on Pinterest and they are so cute!! You did a great job! I am wondering if the paint makes them feel stiff?

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  36. really? You amaze me. I love this idea!

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  37. Those look so great! Well done, girl. (Oh, and I saw this project of yours featured on Centsational Girl: Best of the Blogoshpere. Congrats!)

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  38. Seriously, was that as easy as it looked!!! They look great, and of course I think there is nothing more graphic that large horizontal stripes!

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  39. Hi Carol, I love this project! I'm pleased to feature it in my favorites today. Please feel free to stop by & get an "I Was Featured" button if you wish. And do come back next week - I'd love to see what you're up to!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  40. Did you have any trouble with the paint seeping under the edge of the tape? Did the paint make the fabric stiff?

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