It’s true, I tried it. I was reading a magazine while Ryan and I were in Florida and read about a lady who painted her drop cloth curtains, and they looked great. If you google painted curtain images, it’s amazing how many pictures you will find. So, I was on a mission.
I orginally fell in love with these curtains…
But at $99 a panel (enter gasp here) it just wasn’t going to happen. I started looking online for different stencils I liked and end up finding this one..
I liked that it looked like it would be easy to paint.
Let the work begin.
First, I used Saran Wrap to lay down a barrier between the fabric and my wood floor. I have learned from other projects that paint seeps through drop cloth quite easily.
Gotta love that painters tape to help hold everything in place:)
I used the cheapest white paint I could find and a small foam roller.
Yes, this is how I usually look when I’m doing projects. No make up and comfys.
I bought this stencil to also use for some Whimsy crafts. I got it from StencilEase and upgraded to a little bit thicker stencil for durability. I think it was around $25. Not bad for being able to use it again and again.
I just overlapped a couple of the ikat patterns when I moved it to make sure everything lined up.
It really used a lot more paint than I expected, and you had to push quite hard to get it to soak in evenly. This project was definitely a labor of love, but oh so cheap. Cheap wins every time.
Plus I had a GREAT cheerleading squad:)
Once I was finished I actually hung them on the rod to dry. They were quite wet on both the front and back so you have to transport them carefully:)
The first panel took me about an hour….but once I got it down I got it to about 1/2 a panel. Really, that’s not bad…it was just the aching shoulders and back that were a bit of a bugger.
But, I think the results were worth it.
Here’s the before…..
My $10 drop cloth curtains that have been up for a year now.
I love how subtle it is but still adds pattern..
Once again, my fear of color wins:)
See that fun sign on the mantel? There will be a post on how to make one of those too:)
A couple of things to know about the curtains.
1.) I used a gallon of paint on 6 panels, it takes more than you think.
2.) I did not add the fabric additive you can add so they are washable, but I never wash my curtains..eek!
3.) They are a bit stiff, but we never closet these curtains. I do close the ones in my living room, and they close, just a bit stiff:) It doesn’t bug me but it may bug some of you??? They don’t look stiff at all. It’s our little secret:)