Hey Refunkers! I have taken this last week off from blogging for Labor Day travels, but I am back in the saddle, and ready to get back to refunking! I am kicking this week off with my painted striped curtains that I made for my hoarding room redo.
I have been swooning over modern, striped curtains lately. I knew I wanted dark gray stripes so I looked on the web for premade curtains. No luck. I then looked for gray, wide-striped, fabric. No again. Nuthin. So I took matters into my own hands and decided to paint some myself. If I can paint furniture and walls, surely I can paint some curtains, right?
I started out with this curtain from Target for $9.99. I just purchased one because it’s a small window.
I first took the curtain out of the package and ironed it. Since being self-employed I realized I couldn’t find my iron anywhere. Clearly I don’t work in finance anymore.
I then laid out the curtain and measured the width of the stripes and marked them with a gray piece of chalk. And since I am painting with CeCe Caldwell’s Pittsburgh Gray, you would never see my chalk marks every 12 inches.
The curtain was 84” long so had 7 even stripes that were 12” wide.
I taped off the stripes using my favorite painter’s tape, Frogtape. It never fails to provide a clean, crisp line.
I also marked an “X” on the stripes where I wanted to leave the curtain white. This kept me on track and helps me not get carried away painting the wrong stripe. (You can’t really tell I ironed the curtain in this picture, huh? I guess my ironing skills are a little rusty!)
I used two samples of Pittsburgh Gray, the darkest gray in the CeCe Caldwell line of paints. I simply poured the paint onto a foam plate (paper plates soak up paint so I prefer the styrofoam plates for painting. Hey, I am using Eco-Friendly paints so it balances out, right?)
I also used cheap foam rollers from Harbor Freight. I think they cost me $1.99.
I put an old sheet down under the curtain to prevent bleed-thru and I got to painting!
I let the paint dry for about 30 minutes and then I had to run to the grocery store, so I draped the curtains over my dining room chairs while I ran my errand. Mainly because my dog ran across the curtain and left some paw marks on the tile. I was sure she would have a painting party while I was out.
Dude, my dining room is a pigsty.
When I got home I had to pull the Frogtape off, just to see it’s clean, crisp, perfection of a line. Ahhh! There is something so rewarding about a perfect line!
And here are the curtains all hung, ready for guests to enjoy in the new guest bedroom.
There are a few tiny spots where I didn’t apply the paint thick enough, but I’m okay with it. It was my first try at painted curtains and I will know to paint two coats the next time around. It’s just my guest bedroom so at least I won’t have to look at it and be annoyed everyday. If it bothers my houseguests, then they can just go home! Ha! Just kidding! (unless you are my in-laws… Again, to my sister-in-laws, Shirley and Judy, if you are reading this that was a joke too. )
Now I want to use the same technique and paint some curtains for my formal dining room. I just have to find curtains that are 99” long. Or bust out my sewing machine (that is still in the box from Christmas, by the way…) and make some myself.
I am not quite ready to reveal the full guest bedroom redo just yet. But what do you think about the sneak peek at the curtains?