When I was ready to do the curtains for Garrett’s room I knew I wanted something to highlight the room but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I decided to paint my own curtains to match the stripes on the wall. I found this tutorial from Infarrantly Creative
to get an idea of how to do it. Now I’m going to show you how to paint curtains my way.
I went to Ikea. I purchased the Merete Curtains
for $24.99 a pair, they perfect! They are EXTRA long so I had to hem them. They come with an iron on tape, but I went ahead and cut them and sewed the hem. First I decided on the width I wanted the stripes, I just eyeballed what I thought was right. The Red stripe was 12”, dark grey 2” and the light grey 6”. I took a ruler and measured across and taped with my favorite painters tape, Frog Tape. (If you want to know why I use Frog Tape see here
) Once the tape was on I took the ruler and scraped it across the tape to get any gaps sealed.
I took out the paint I used on the walls and painted the first stripe with a sponge roller (Yes I know my roller head is shorter than the roller but we had a ton of rollers in the basement and I wanted to use what we had on hand.
I hung it to dry on my banister to dry for about 35-45 minutes.
After the red dried enough, I painted on the light gray stripe. I used the tape as a measure for the dark grey stripe in between.
In hind site, I would have mixed in some fabric medium with my paint. The fabric started to pucker and draw up a little from the red paint, making taping a little more difficult.
I let it dry and luckily I have a steady hand so I freehanded the last stripe. Then hung them to dry. I was still a little worried about the puckering, but it came out when I ironed them. I still would use fabric medium next time at a ratio of 2:1 paint vs. fabric medium because they are a little stiff.
I hung them up and I am so glad that I did not just wimp out and not do this, I think they really added to the room! I hope you will try to paint curtains now for your home!
If you want to see the other projects in the room, there is How to Paint a Ceiling Fan, How to Stripe Your Walls, and How to Paint Metal Accessories, The Final Reveal.