Thursday, September 1, 2011

Custom Curtains with Paint

You may have seen the post I did on my grandson, Yosef's room. I took an inexpensive white vinyl shade and painted horizontal stripes with latex paint.  I guess it was a little bit TOO inexpensive because when it was pulled down one day, it ripped. Here is a picture of what it looked like before the rip:
I wanted to try and paint similar stripes using fabric curtain panels this time. I bought two navy blue curtain panels on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond. The first step was to layout where I wanted the stripes.
I used masking tape to tape off my sections and  8 1/2" x 11" sheets of paper to keep the size consistent. Once the taping was done I rolled on the latex paint using a small foam roller.
Because I was painting a light color on a dark fabric it took many coats of paint to cover.  If I were to try this again, I would go with a light colored curtain.
I painted on a rainy day, so a hair dryer helped to speed up drying time.
When I got to the top stripe, I used grosgrain ribbon instead of paint for a crisp, white line. This PeelnStick product made it so sewing or ironing required!
I picked up a white curtain rod from WalMart and painted it orange. The fun solar system is from a local toy store. I tied the planets onto an orange embroidery hoop found at Michael's crafts.

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