diy painted curtains

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I’ll be honest.  This is one of those projects that if I had to do it over again, I would just…  well, I wouldn’t.  I would buy curtains.  I love, love, love the way that they turned out, but let me tell you — getting this project done in my teeny tiny Manhattan apartment was a challenge, to say the least.  But in the true spirit of DIY, I’m here to tell you all the dirty details of how we got it done.  And so, without further ado, I present to you:  DIY Painted Stripe Curtains.

I sewed curtain panels from simple muslin material, and decided how wide I wanted my stripes according to how tall the panels were (this will take a little math on your part).  Then, I taped off the areas that I wanted striped.  Keep in mind that when the tape is down, some stripes will look wider because you’ll have to allow for the width of the actual tape.

I laid the taped panels on a dropcloth (which was actually a dollar store plastic tablecloth) and started painting.  The paint I used was a color that we had previously used on our walls, so it was straight-up Benjamin Moore.  I mixed in a bit of fabric medium (found at Michael’s Crafts) so that the paint wouldn’t stiffen or crack when it dried.  Lots of online tutorials say to use a roller for this part, but I found a paintbrush to be much more effective and just plain faster.

Okay, dudes.  Now paint.  Paint like your life depends on it.  I had six panels, and I ended up having to split the painting over a couple of days because the project started taking (waaaay) longer than expected.  Let the paint dry a bit and pull off your tape.

Phewph!  We made it.  I mean, they’re lovely.  Really.  I absolutely think they’re great.  But I’m not saying there wasn’t a point in the project where Mr. Lovely had to literally come and hold my face in his hands and be like, “Dude.  We’re gonna make it.”  Curtains!  xoxo

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  1. They’re lovely! Great color combo. And yay for husbands who talk their wives off the ledge. My husband usually just shakes his head and wanders away bewildered!

  2. AWESOME!!! I have always wanted to try this – you are so brave and they turned out FABULOUS!!! YAY!

  3. I love them! And Jenny actually did try to talk me into painting striped curtains earlier this summer and I was too chicken. 😉

  4. Chelsea . . . I get a kick out of your willingness to tackle anything . . . everything . . . never giving up (yea Mr Lovely) . . . and loving the results . . . you go girl . . . don’t quit taking the challenge !!

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    1. They were definitely a challenge, Michelle! I was almost ready to scrap them too but pushed through. They’re not perfect, but we’ll call it a learning experience. 🙂

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  7. I love these. Do you make these to sell? If yes- let me know the price. I would need 4 panels. Thanks!