I love the simple look of striped curtains; graphic, bold, clean lines. So where to find a set of striped curtains to match our colors and decor? Make 'em, natch! Like any good blogger, I've done my research (code for stalking a long list of other drool worthy blogs) and painting fabric is apparently not that complicated. Score 1 for the new painted curtain plan. Whenever I need simple curtain panels, I head to Ikea; for this project, I opted for the Ritva panels- I thought the fabric was a little more textured/ interesting than the simple cotton they also had on hand, and I liked the clean top of these more than the other choices with grommets.
- White curtain panels ( such as the Ritva from IKEA, $25)
- Painters tape
- plastic drop cloth
- foam roller
- ruler/ straight edge
- latex paint
Step One: I googled around and found that the only reason to wash the curtains first was to remove any sizing that might get in the way of the paint soaking into the fabric. A way to test is to drop some water onto the fabric and if it beads up... you'll need to wash it. If the water drop soaks in, then so will your paint and you're good to go! I just dove in with painting. Lay your curtains out onto a drop cloth first as the paint WILL soak through onto the surface below.
Step Two: Iron. (I skipped this step, but I wouldn't be a responsible blogger if I didn't tell you that it would be the best way to go...)
Step Three: Measure twice. My curtains needed to be 92" long so I figured a stripe that was roughly 9 1/4" would look perfect.
Step Four: Tape your lines. You folks are smart, so I won't go into detail for how to tape... but go slowly, and really press the edges of your tape into the fabric as best you can. (I happen to have a tool in my arsenal called a bone folder for making sharp creases in paper.)
Step Five: Roll on your paint. Move in small increments and roll your paint until the fabric seems saturated. I used the same paint color we have on our nightstands.
Step Six: After the paint has dried a bit, remove the tape.
Step Seven: Hem if necessary... I sewed my hem because I wasn't sure whether a ironing/ hem tape would work with the paint.