DIY Painted Curtains

I took my cue from some fantastic Pinterest curtains and decided to add some painted detail to my plain white Ikea Matilda curtains.

This project stemmed from my desire to fix a major curtain embarrassment we had going on in our living room. You see, my lovely husband hated how long the Ikea curtains were when we first hung them up. He has something against curtains that puddle on the floor. He took matters into his own hands, and this is what we ended up with:

Yep, it was a bad case of high water curtains. I love my husband dearly, but that was definitely a momentary lapse in judgment. The sad thing is, the curtains have remained that way for almost two years!

Anyway, I picked up the replacement curtains at Ikea a couple weeks ago and hadn't hung them up yet. When I finally got around to it this weekend, I thought it was a good opportunity to try this painted curtain idea I'd seen on Pinterest.

I went back and forth on how I wanted to paint them before finally making a decision. I considered doing an all-over stencil or painting horizontal stripes, but I wasn't sold on either one. I just wanted a look that was a little bit more tailored and custom-looking than the plain white curtains. In the end I decided to paint a large stripe across the top and bottom. The top stripe is 8 inches and the bottom stripe is 10 inches. The goal was to have the stripes line up with the top and bottom of the window. 

Do you hang your curtains floor to ceiling? The interior design experts say hanging them this way makes your ceilings look higher. Our 1970s house has pretty low ceilings, so we love to hang the curtains as high as possible.

We started by taping off the curtains with regular painter's tape. I used a smooth foam roller to apply the paint. I don't know if this would be recommended, but I used regular interior house paint. I had some leftover paint from when we repainted our interior walls, and I wanted the painted strip to be the same color as the wall. It's Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, by the way. Is this the ideal paint for the job? Probably not. Was it free? YES. That's all that mattered to me. Haha!

I'll be honest, this was not a fun project. First of all, it was pretty hot outside. It was tiring and uncomfortable to crouch and kneel to paint the stripes. My knees and back were not happy with me, and my palms were raw and red from the ninja grip I had on the paint roller. Then the Texas mosquitoes joined the party, which just added to the fun. Miserable working conditions!

About four hours after I first lugged the curtains outside, I was finally finished. Thank goodness I really liked how the result or I would have been fed up with myself for spending that much time on this project!

The curtains aren't perfect, but they add that tailored detail I was looking for in our living room. The painted sections are a little crunchy to the touch, in case you're wondering. The thing is, who really goes up to your curtains and touches them? As long as they don't look crunchy, you're good to go. I think they look perfectly normal, and I don't think visitors would even know they are painted unless they examined them very closely. 

For reference, here's a before picture with the plain curtains:

Here's the living room today, with the new painted curtains:


The husband was pretty skeptical about this project, but he agrees with me that the new detail on the curtains adds a lot to the room. It's a great reminder that little details can make a huge difference.

So, what do you think of the painted curtains? Would you ever try it?

* Embracing crunchy curtains... *

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  1. Congratulations for such an awesome job here! I'm so impressed. I wish I could do this too in our home at rancho palos verdes california

  2. I know this is an old post but WOW! I found this tutorial on Pinterest and LOVE how your curtains turned out.

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