Well truth be told, this DIY turned out much tricker than I expected. I ended up trying five painting methods – fabric spray paint, fabric paint, regular spray paint, fabric paint then regular spray paint. The last method looks the best but isn’t exactly the most durable – these curtains can never be washed. That coupled with my antique family heirloom rug, there is definitely no red wine allowed in my studio.
But in the end, despite all the bumps and curses, the results turned out pretty great! I’m in love with my gold striped curtains and how they instantly glam up the white space.
- Plain white cotton curtains
- Fabric paint
- Paint brush
- Gold spray paint
- Painters tape
1 Iron your curtains to get out the wrinkles out as much as possible.
2 Measure your curtains and divide the length by how many stripes you want. I made 7 10″ stripes… well the 7th stripe is actually more like 13. I made a mistake when measuring. (always measure twice!). Starting from the top, measure each edge at 10 inches and two in the centre, making pencil markings on each point. This will help ensure you get a straight line all the way across.
3 Cover the entire top 10″ stripe with painters tape. Leave the next 10″ open, then cover the next 10″ with painters tape. Make sure to carefully measure each stripe as you go.
4 Cover every other strip with a hefty layer of fabric paint and allow to dry entirely. When dry, take it outside and lay the curtain flat on a large piece of cardboard. Spray paint each section and allow to dry completely before bringing it inside.
5 I originally tried applying the same measuring method to the second curtain, but for some reason the stripes didn’t perfectly match up. Instead, hang your finished curtain panel with your plain curtain panel. Line them up as best you can then make pencil markings along each stripe to indictate where each stripe is. Use these pencil marks as a guide to lay down your painters tape. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
6 Phew! You’re done! Hang and enjoy.
When I first did these I said I’d never paint curtains again. But you know what? I probably would. I mean, where else are you going to find gold striped curtains? And now that I know to stick to one painting method and not try 5 until I get the right one, it will go by much faster the second time around.
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