How to Paint Curtains

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This project is a repost from a few months ago, but I thought it would be perfect for our upcoming “Make It” challenge taking place tomorrow.  I found inspiration from all over Pinterest and so I finally scheduled in some time to tackle this project and so now I get to share how to paint curtains with you! It is somewhat simple, but does take a little patience, but I think anyone could do this….if I can, so can you!

Here are the DIY painted curtains I made from drop cloths

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Here was my inspiration….

Source: Dear Lillie

This is how you can make your own:

Supplies Needed:

2 canvas drop cloths {I believe mine were 9 ft tall by 60” wide}
Blue painters tape
Latex or acrylic craft paint in the color of your choice
Fabric Medium
Foam Roller {I used the 4” size}

Long Trim Piece {or anything to help you make a straight line} 
Ruler/tape measure

What you do:

Step 1: Lay your drop cloth out flat on a solid surface. Although the canvas is thick, you may want to lay a plastic drop cloth underneath it to protect any paint from leaking through.

Tip: Since you are using canvas drop cloth and this is actually used as a “drop cloth” when painting walls, my Hubby said I didn’t need to use a plastic drop cloth underneath because the paint really should soak through. I followed his though and he was right….a little soaked through in a couple spots but it was minimal and something I could clean up with Basic H with no problems!

Step 2: Tape down the outer edges of your drop cloth and make sure it is pulled tight and there are no wrinkles or bumps in your material.

Step 3: Using your ruler measure out your stripes. I measured 12” from the top and then measure an 8” stripe and then measured 12” in between each stripe.

Step 4: Using a piece of trim or something long and sturdy enough to help you make straight lines across your drop cloth, draw the stripes.

Step 5: Once all stripes have been measured and drawn, use your blue painters tape to tape off your stripes.

Step 6: Mix up a mixture of 3 parts latex paint to 1 part fabric medium in a paint tray and roll your paint mixture onto your drop cloth. I applied two coats of paint.

Step 7: Before the paint dries, remove the painters tape to reveal crisp straight lines.

Step 8:Step back and admire your work J

I love the transformation!

What about you? Do you think it made a difference? 

Have you painted curtains before?

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Jennifer is the founder and author of Blissfully Ever After, a lifestyle blog featuring the hottest and latest DIY projects, home decor trends, stylish crafts, easy recipes, budget living advice, and health tips. A former 9-5 corporate worker turned savvy Mom and Housewife shares her secrets of creating a blissful life {even on a budget}! Your one stop shop for all things crafty, life, and home!

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  1. says

    I LOVE your curtains! They look so high end and I love that you did all of the work on your own! I love that nursery! I am feeling inspired! I can’t wait to start planning mine!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  2. says

    Your curtains look amazing! This is one of those projects that I have wanted to do forever but just haven’t gotten around to yet!! I will definitely be coming back here when I finally get around to it haha! Thanks for hosting the linky party!

  3. says

    I am SO excited you did this post! I have been trying to find an easy tutorial for painted curtains. I was even tweeting Mandy the other day trying to find out how she did hers!

    • says

      hahah Katie that is funny! Mandy and I seem to be on the same page with our decorating ideas {great minds think alike, right?}. Glad you found what you needed and be sure to let me know how your turns out!

  4. says

    Your nursery is so cute! We must always think alike because I just painted curtains a few weeks ago too! Aren’t you shocked how much paint it took? LOL! Yours look fab!

    • says

      Thanks, Mandy! I know…seriously, we do!!! Yes, it took a lot of paint. Did you use latex or acrylic? Where did you put yours curtains?? I need to go check them out!

  5. Mandy says

    Hi there!
    They look great! Just wondering if using a foam roller makes a big difference? Does a regular roller put on too much paint?

    • says

      Hey, Mandy! You know, I chose a foam roller because I think it does absorb a little less paint than a normal roller and it is what I had on hand in a 4″ roller size. I tend to use foam rollers for almost all of my painting projects and the results always turn out great. Good luck!!
      xo, Jennifer

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