11.13.2010

painted curtains.

Yes, you heard me correctly. I have agonized over curtains for Avery's room for about 7 months now. I just couldn't find anything I really liked, that were cool and sophisticated and could grow with her. I think I brought home at least five curtain options to try out. I'd hang them up and hate them so back to the store they'd go.
 Since I can't sew and I love to paint I decided why not paint her curtains. I bought a 2-pack of plan white sailcloth panels from Target for under $20 so I figured if it didn't work out I didn't lose a lot of money.


What you'll need:
- painter's tape 
(the fatter tape is better so when you are rolling on the paint you don't have to worry about getting the unpainted area by accident)
- measuring tape
- pen

I used an ironing board to measure and tape, i was a good height to stand at and work from.

  

I decided on big horizontal cabana stripes. Since I'm no mathematician I wanted to keep it simple. My panels are 84" long so my stripes are 7" each (making 12 equal stripes...6 painted, 6 unpainted; just in case you couldn't figure that out...hehe)


 Here is the panel all taped off. I measure 7" down and made a few small dots across then followed the dots with the painters tape.
 You need to decide if you want the top stripe to be painted or unpainted then work your way down from there. In my "professional" opinion start with a painted strip. It draws your eye up. Doing that will make your bottom stripe unpainted so if your stripes are a little off no one will notice because it will be down the bottom.


Don't forget that you need to account for the thickness of the tape as part of a stripe. That is why some lines are wider (the ones that will be painted vs. the thinner ones which will remain white.)


Now you're ready to paint! I used regular wall paint (the same paint we painted Avery's crib in and the same paint I painted her free table with!) You could obviously used fabric paint they sell in it little spray bottles too for easy application.
If you are going to roll in on like me use a thin foam roller. A regular roller will collect to much paint as it has a thicker nap.


Here is the panel after rolling on my stripes. I needed 2 coats as the fabric absorbed the paint. After they were hung I saw that I still needed to do a few small touch-ups which I only noticed when the sun was out and came through the curtains.


 A close up of a stripe. I painted on the floor so I could lay the panel out flat.Make sure to put a drop cloth underneath so you can roll off the edges and just in case it seeps through.
After you're done painting pull the tape off immediately. If you let it sit then peel when it is dry, it may pull some of the paint off (same goes for painting walls!)


I will admit I was a little nervous because I wasn't sure if I was going to have any paint that decided to sneak under the tape. So after a quick prayer, with my fingers crossed I started pulling...ahh a clean crisp line!!


Here is the panel all done. As you can see I didn't iron it first. I can't iron to save my life, the husband does all the ironing around here. I figure the wrinkles will work themselves out in time. I do have a steamer if I really want to get fancy.


A close up of the finished stripes. I let them dry over night. They are a little crunchy (as in stiff but they will soften over time)


A close up of them hanging....

and now for the finished product which I couldn't be happier with....



I just love them and so does Avery (she told me!) 
I think they look expensive and stylish and totally the look and feel I was going for. 

You can obviously paint may different patterns and styles on curtains or even use stencils. I definitely think I'll be doing this again and you can't beat the price! Don't be afraid to have fun with it!

70 comments:

Karen said...

Love love love!!!!! SO glad you found something that worked :) What a great idea!!!

Anonymous said...

They look great! I'd offer a couple of tips: wash the curtains first to help get rid of the coating on the fibers. And, use an additive that turns normal paint into fabric paint. Then they'll be washable.

Risa West said...

i have been thinking of doing the same thing and so i googled and found this... now i've convinced the husband. thanks so much and thanks to anon for the tip on the additive

casey at loft and cottage said...

They look brilliant! What an impact they must make in that room. Thx for your tips about starting at the top with the paint and your measuring ideas (my weakness!). I will have to try this soon.

Amanda said...

how in the heck did i ever miss this?! i absolutely love them. and i'm so mad at myself for sewing my son's striped curtains for his room. ok, let me be honest here and correct that. i'm so mad at myself for sewing A curtain for my son's room. i'm getting around to the second one. soon. i think. i hope. painting would've been so much easier!

question: what is the name of the gray color you used? it's like, um, perfect!

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

Hey Amanda! You're to funny. I can't even figure out how to thread my sewing machine so I figured I'll paint them! I'm actually going to do it again in our office!
The grey is really an awesome shade it is by Behr (from Lowe's) and called Creek Bend.

Amanda said...

ahhh! i'm so glad i checked to see if you commented back. :)

i finally completed my son's curtains (sewing wasn't quick at all) and will photograph them to share IF the sunshine ever decides to grace Ohio with it's presence again. dang Spring showers.

i'll have to check out that paint color. although i think either the brand or the store may be off. hubby works for Home Depot... who carries Behr paint. so i am the supportive wife who only buys Behr paint. ;) if it is indeed from Lowe's, thank goodness for color matching because it looks like an awesome shade. :) thanks SO much! yours look great.

Lindsay said...

Where have you been all my life? This is fabulous.

Anna @ Take the Side Street said...

I think these look fabulous, and I love the color. My mind is currently going a million miles an hour from room to room, trying to find a place where I could do this! Haha :)

Inspire Me Heather said...

Your curtains are gorgeous! I used your tutorial to inspire mine and they turned out ok... oh and I linked you to my stripes post too - so I can keep ya!

jess said...

These definitely look like something that could have come out of a catalog. I love them! I found you through Ucreate :)

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I just found your tutorial at Inspire Me Heather and I'm SO glad I did. I love this idea and I'll definitely be stealing:) Looking forward to following along with your future projects.

lestra said...

I tried this once before and the paint came out really "crunchy". Did you wash it a couple of times to soften it up? I absolutely love it by the way!!! I'm now a new follower!!!

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

Hi Lestra-
Glad you found me!
The curtains are a little stiff but not to bad. I actually was lazy and didn't was them. They are pretty much stationary though so I didn't mind. I think if you look at other comments about them somone else gave a tip on how to paint them a little easier.
Hope that helps!

ailie said...

These curtains are so fun, and exactly what I am wanting to do (only with stripes in mustard yellow). One question . . . can you wash them?

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

Hey Allie-
I think they should be washable..I used regular wall paint as it is what I had but you could use fabric paint.
Also someone commented saying you can use and additive to make regular paint washable...how cool! Good luck!

Ashlee said...

i have a list of weekend projects for my new house and this is definitely going on it! Very cute and easy. Where did you get your plain white curtains?
-ashlee

@ ashleewray.blogspot.com

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

Hey Ashlee I got these curtains at Target....Ikea also sells something similar...good luck with your project!

Jen @ lil Mop Top said...

I am so glad I happened to see this on pintrest tonight. I was going to paint my curtains too and was wondering if painter's tape would work. now I know! :) They look great!

Sarah said...

Obsessed! Great idea!!

Carrie said...

Hello! These are fabulous! I'm getting ready to start my curtain painting adventure. What is the additive to make the paint turn into fabric paint?

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

HI Carrie-
That is exciting that you are going to try them out as well!! I don't know what the additive is that the reader commented on. I didn't use one. My stripes are a little stiff but I don't plan on ever putting them in the wash...just a light vacuum if needed. I would maybe ask your local paint or hardware store.

Good Luck!

mrs. r said...

I cannot wait to do this! Thanks for doing the math for me. (So not my forte.) I am wondering though, for the same size of curtains as you did, how much grey paint did you need?

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Looks great, love the color too!

Crystal said...

FANTASTIC! I've been debating making my own horizontal striped curtains, but you may have pushed me to actually do it! Well done!

Megan said...

I dig your style! I'm your newest follower.

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Oh my gosh -- this is STUNNING!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Love the curtains! I have also heard that you can iron them from the back with light heat and it will set the paint so it can be washed. Hope that helps. I am in the process of making mine out of drop cloths :)

Anonymous said...

When I saw the name of your blog and how you do things I thought maybe I have found a long lost sister!!! My friends always think I am crazy then love the finished product.
Pat

Anonymous said...

The brown curtains are awesome. what color brown was that? Was the paint from Lowes?

Amy P. said...

Is that chandelier DIY???

Anonymous said...

Sorry if I missed it... what's the paint color on the walls? Love it!!

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

The wall color is Sparkling Wine by Ben Moore...

Anonymous said...

Hi! Came across these on Pinterest and LOVE LOVE LOVE them! Any recommendations on how to keep your lines straight when taping?

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

Hi...I don,t totally remember how I taped off the lines. I believe I mad a few pencil marks when I measured one on either side and in the middle then just lined the tape up according to the dots...it stayed straight working in small sections. Hope that helps!

Julie said...

Fabulous! And so inspiring. Thanks!

Karen said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I pinned it a couple of weeks ago and made them this weekend! They came out awesome!! I'm so happy with them and just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for the tutorial! :)

Gloribell said...

Hi! I love this idea. I just pull down my curtains to do this. I hope it turns as beautiful as yours. Do you have a FB page so I can follow you there?

Nancy@OwensOlivia said...

Great job on your curtains!! I found you through Through the Front Door. She posted our curtains there. It looks like yours came out great. Mine did too! I had a few bleed spots, but all is well. I really like horizontal stripes, and they seem to be the new design for 2012 among blogs. We'll see. Have a great weekend!

Alice /// VESTIGIAL WINGS said...

I love stripes, this is a great DIY!

Kristin said...

These look awesome!! I tried to make my own last night, but they turned out terrible! I was hoping you could give me some pointers. What brand of paint and shine level did you use? I ended up with an eggshell paint and primer combo, but it did not cover well and I had A LOT of bleeding. Not sure what went wrong, but I'd love to try again!

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

Hi Kristin-
Hope you see this...I didn't have an email to reply to. I just used regular interior paint (Ben Moore) because it was what I had and the color I wanted. Sheen was eggshell. The key is good painters tape. I used the blue one but I know many people rave about frog tape (the green one obviously) I pushed it down really good and dragged my nail across the edge. Also the key to painters tape is taking it off before the paint dries. I did 2 coats so as soon as I finished my second the tape came off and make sure to peel angling the tape towards the painted area (otherwise it may pull some paint off but that is why you do it what the paint is still wet) if you got a lot of bleeding you may have had to much paint on your roller. Definitely try it again and read all the comments here there is more helpful info from other people!

MeLiNdA HiEtT said...

Woooohoooooo!!! So excited!!! it worked!!! I made black and white striped curtains for my bedroom using old panels that I had stored away...Thank you soooo much for your UH-MAZING tutorial!!!

Anonymous said...

These are perfect! I've been drooling over the crate & barrel version of these!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have been searching unsucessfully for horizontal striped curtains. I can't sew, but this I can do! Can't wait to see how they turn out!!

Caroline said...

Love these! I tried it myself this past weekend. It looked great on the ground, but when I went to hang them up and the sun was shining through, you couled see the paint strokes. Would you recommend I get some type of liner? Or would you re-tape and try to do another coat of paint?

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

Hi Caroline...I would suggest doing another coat. I had a few spots in places as well and just touched them up. I guess lining them would be a good idea as well...good luck!!!

Anonymous said...

I Love the chandelier! Where did you get it?

jamie @ [kreyv] said...

I love these and just painted some curtains for my dining room! I'll be linking back to your tutorial when I feature my curtains tomorrow on my [so cheap, so easy] series. Thanks for the great idea!

Jamie

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

I made it! Check out my DIY section for the how too!

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

Thanks Jamie! Can,t wait to check your out!

Anonymous said...

They came out great! Love the color!

Anonymous said...

I just love this! I'm going to be doing them and went to target to get the curtains. They did not have the sailcloth panels so I'm wondering how long ago you got them? Did you say that Ikea has similar ones?

Lauren

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

Hey Lauren
I got mine at Target about 2 years ago...did you check online. I do think Ikea has something similar...good luck in your hunt!

Anonymous said...

Courtney - I want to try this today but my husband is skeptical and thinking you may have used something other than latex paint. Did you use latex?

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

Yes I used latex paint...they are a bit crunchy but stationary so not a huge deal...if you read through the comments on this post there is a lot of helpful information...good luck!

Meg said...

Hello! Just found your blog through Pinterest, LOVE the curtains, but I'm kinda curious about the shel silverstein wall art I see! Do you have a post on that? thanks!

- Meg

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

Hey Meg! Glad you found me! yes I have a post on the book wall! Here is it in case you haven't come across it yet: http://www.reckless-glamour.com/2010/10/creative-wall-covering.html

Mari Echeverria said...

Have u washed ur curtains? If so has the paint lasted?

cassie glover said...

i love the curtains..... but i also absolutely love the shel silverstein wall!!! never thought of that, but its awesome!

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

Hey Mari- no I haven't washed mine...sorry

Anonymous said...

Forget the curtains! How'd you do The ceiling fan!!!! Must must have!
Could you email me?
Cheribaby2215@yahoo.com

Thank you!!
-Cheri

Ps, I didn't know how to post any other way besides anonymous!

doordiy said...

Beautiful curtains, especially as a backdrop to that beautiful coral chandelier! Thanks for the great guide. I recently painted my own gray/white curtains and just love how they turned out. What a cheap way to dress up plain curtains. Just wanted to let you know that I featured your curtains as inspiration on my curtain blog post. Thanks for sharing!

doordiy.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/earning-our- stripes/

-Julie

Carolyn OConnor said...

This is so cool! I have white panels down in my studio, and they would look awesome with a face lift! thanks for the idea!

becca said...

LOVE! So doing this, thanks!!!

Hyphen Interiors said...

Excellent post! I linked to your post in a post on my blog via your image! http://www.hypheninteriors.com/2012/09/20-things-you-can-paint.html

Amber Warlock said...

Hi Courtney,

I love the curtains and plan to do them. I am wondering about the light above and definitely the poem-covered wall. How did you do that wall? I love it.

Courtney @ reckless-glamour.com said...

HI amber-
I didn't see your email to reply so I hope you see this...if you go to the DIY link at the top of the blog you will see links to bother the book wall and chandelier projects...good luck!

Anonymous said...

Y'all I am so excited to make these for the office in my new home..yay!!!

Vanessa @ahouse-2-home.com said...

You did such a great job. It really does give it an expensive look. Love the colors too!

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