Friday, October 11, 2013

DIY Striped Curtains

My love for striped curtains started months ago and took me just as many months to finally get some hung. It was definitely a process. Thankfully in the end, the decision to go with the stripe curtains won and I am loving the end result!

DIY Striped Curtains

I checked out a LOT of online tutorials (one of the best things about blogs) and found this one by Beckie at Infarrantly Creative to be my favorite and the most helpful. In fact my curtains turned out almost exactly the same.

I used some gray paint left over from our birch tree stencil that I used upstairs in the hallway.

I thought that I would outline the process below for those simply interested in seeing how these were done. However, if you are thinking of creating a set of your own be sure to check out Beckie's tutorial for tips that I won't be going into detail on below.

First, I grabbed one package (which comes with two panels) of Merete curtains from Ikea.

Turn white curtains into striped curtains
I measured the hem for each curtain and used the hem tape that came included. I gave them a good iron and hung them to test the length. I didn't actually wash them first (because I was trying to save on time) so I left the length slightly longer so that it would account for any shrinkage down the road. 

Honestly, I have had some bad experiences with washing other types of curtains and probably will never wash these because of that (but I have been told by others that you can wash these type of curtains.) The vacuum and spot cleaning will work great for me. I do wish that I would have shortened the hem just a little because having the bottom section painted makes the curtain stiff. I was able to fold it under a little on the bottom. 

I had almost a full quart of paint leftover from a previous project and was hoping that it was enough paint (it wasn't, more on that below!) since I was only going to do two panels. The color was Pewter Gray by Berh. Beckie used a flat paint in her tutorial which I would have chosen if I was starting new. However, since I used paint that I already had it was a satin finish.

DIY painted striped curtains

I put the little ones down for naps and laid a tarp out in the living room.

painting striped curtains

I grabbed some supplies like a long, level from my dad's tools and some handy, dandy frog tape.

using frog tape to make striped curtains

I figured out my measurements based on wanting five painted stripes that started just under the grommet. I've seen other painted curtains and I always like the ones that are painted at the top or just under the grommet because the color really draws your eye up.

creating striped curtains

Once I had everything taped off I marked my non-painted stripes to help me remember not to accidentally paint those. 

Next, I started painting one row at a time. After a few rows I would remove the tape.

painting striped curtains

After the first panel I decided to try and hang the finished product so that it could air dry hanging up. I mainly did this because the little ones were going to be waking up from their nap soon and these woudn't be safe on the floor. 

Once it was hung that is where I saw my mistake (and was too stressed to remember to take a picture of it.) I thought that the paint was soaking up really good but I will say that I also was trying to "save" on paint to make sure that I had enough for both panels. 

As soon as the curtain was hung and the light was shining through I could see all of the thin spots. Not exactly the look I was going for. It took me the rest of the time until dinner to stand there hand painting the panel to try and fix the light spots without messing up the lines, even if it meant having to buy more paint later.

That is actually what I was doing here when I posted that picture to Instagram weeks ago.

Live & Learn & Blog about it to help others is my motto! :-) So don't try to skimp on paint when you are doing this project.

I headed to Home Depot to buy a gallon of this same color to ensure that I had plenty of paint to finish this project.

The second panel on day 2 went much better. I repeated all of the same steps but after I finished a stripe I went back over it right away to make sure that I had a solid finish. The stripes still turned out clean and smooth and I didn't have to touch up one single spot on the second panel. Phew!

DIY striped curtains

I would estimate that it took me roughly 4-6 hours to complete two panels from start to finish. The cost was roughly around $30.

For this stay at home mom it was worth my time to save on cost (work within my budget) and tackle these on my own. 

DIY striped curtains the final project

I love the finished product, just please don't ask me to open up an etsy shop selling these beauties because making a lot of them would not be my idea of fun. :-)

new curtains in the living room

Although I do now have plenty of paint for another set of panels if anyone wants to purchase the paint from me and tackle this project on your own! ;-)

new striped curtains in the living room

What do you think...is the time and effort worth it? 

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29 comments:

  1. This turned out great! =D Just to clarify, you could still wash them without fabric medium?

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    1. Yvonne,

      You are definitely right! That is what I have heard also.

      ~Sarah

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  2. So I'm totally thinking why haven't I done something like this yet?! I'm inspired! And I've been in a mood to change things up a bit at home lately... thanks for sharing. -becca

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    1. Becca,

      I would totally be willing to donate my extra paint to a great friend if you happen to be interested in gray!? :-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. I found you from Living Well Spending Less Link Up. I love the DIY curtain tutorial. They look great. Those are the colors in my bedroom. I'll definitely keep this post in mind when I need some curtains.

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    1. Melanie,

      I am so glad that you liked them! Thanks for stopping by. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  4. What a neat idea! These look so wonderful! Definitely going on the To-Do list. :-) Pinned!

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  5. Beautiful curtains! I love how they came out! I've had the same curtains up in my home for a few years (!) now, so I will have to try out this project!

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    1. Thanks so much! They were a lot of work but I am so happy how they turned out. You should totally try it...it will be so worth it! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  6. They look awesome! I can't believe how much the finished look resembles a designer's costly curtains. Nicely done.

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  7. Absolutely love these! Great job! Just found you via Blissfully Ever After! New follower! Hope you'll join me over at my place! Enjoying looking around your blog! Have an awesome weekend! XO -Kennesha

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    1. Thanks Kennesha, I look forward to checking out your blog! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  8. Stopping by from the link up! Loving the curtains! I think they turned out awesome and will be pinning for my bedroom remodel!

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  9. I <3 those curtains, totally worth the sweat equity! Thanks for doing and sharing so we can learn, love your motto, lol!

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  10. Absolutely love these! may have to update my curtains! featuring tonight on the blog.

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  11. You did a great job! Could never tell they are DIY - well done

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  12. that looks amazing! I love the pop of turquoise on the shelves, too, and the green from your plant. it all works so well with the gray stripe.

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    1. Thanks! I'm doing my best to keep that little fern alive. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  13. I love these curtains...how wide are the stripes? I want them to look just like yours!

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    1. Hilary,

      I think they were about 9 3/4 inches each. You may want to adjust that number a bit depending on how high your curtains are hung and how long they are. I hope that helps!

      ~Sarah

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  14. Did you add Textile Medium to the paint? Seen another blog that used this to prevent the paint from cracking on the curtain. Did you have any cracking?

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    1. Great questions, I didn't add any textile medium and haven't had any problems with cracking.

      ~Sarah

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