Monday, December 3, 2012

Striped Curtain Tutorial

Checking another home project off my list

And I've been wanting to do this one for some time now. 

I initially shared my love for striped curtains with you back here when I was putting together some ideas for a friend.  

I've had these plain white curtains from Ikea for years,so I thought...why not give them a little upgrade?  Even if I messed up horribly, I wasn't using them anyway. 

What You'll Need:  
2 plain curtain panels // 1 qt flat paint // painters tape //  small foam roller // fabric medium // measuring tape or stick // large drop cloth 
Optional:  stitch witchery for easy hemming // ironSide note: I either buy a LOT of paint from Home Depot or the sales person's name was also Kim (see pic in the upper right corner)

I had to hem my curtains so I used stitch witchery instead of sewing them.  
I usually do my best crafting with a little drink by my side :) 

It's important that your curtains stop just above the floor because they will not bend at all once paint has been applied.  This is what a stitch witchery hem looks like.  Super easy.

Make sure to carefully map out your painting plan! 
Unfortunately, if you mess up on a stripe...there's really no turning back :( 

I had 91 inches of total length.  So I thought the easiest plan would be to do nine 10 inch stripes with the bottom one being 11 inches.  It's also important to make sure you measure the space in between each set of tape lines.  So the total area for paint, from tape edge to tape edge, is 10 inches.  

A foam roller works best.  
I also made sure to run my finger against each tape edge right before painting to make sure it's completely sealed to the curtain. 

One stripe down, lots to go!  I should add knee pads my list above. 
Doing this on hardwood floors was not so easy on my knees! 

I would recommend removing the tape pretty quickly after finishing the stripes.  
I think it helps to eliminate bleeding under the tape. 

Let each curtain dry for 24 hours before hanging. 

Here's the final product...what do you think???
{this is our office btw - forgot to mention that earlier!}

I'm pretty obsessed with the final result.  
And I probably saved myself around $200 by doing them myself! 

{All of these pics were taken with my iPhone so sorry about the quality.  
I cannot wait until I get a new camera!}

Out of the 5 things on my to-do list, I've completed two! 
Pillows, done  (will post pics soon).  Curtains, done.  
Next up, I'm going to tackle hanging the mirror and then the DIY ottoman. 



  1. Kim, your curtains turned out GREAT!!!!!! Super impressed!


  2. Wow, you did an amazing job! Love the stripes and what a lot of work! Love the Corona by your side as well, ha! So glad to have found your blog! I hope you are enjoying this holiday season! If you get a chance, I would love for you to stop by and check out my post on some Christmas style and one of my favorite LBDs! Have a great day!

    xo Grace

  3. LOVE THEM & the office!

  4. Looks amazing! Mom

  5. They look amazing! Love the color you selected! Such a room changer right?!


  6. Hi, found this on Pinterest! Do you remember what brand of curtains you used? Ikea....merete? I really want to try this!!!


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