Painted Curtains

I had these curtains since 2006, at different times and in different homes, they have been my living room curtains and my bedroom curtains.  Seven years and three apartments later, they were faded, and dingy.

I had been searching for about 8 months for curtains, and I couldn’t find any that I liked and I couldn’t justify spending $50.00 plus on new curtains.

Materials Used:
  • Curtains
  • Dye
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Brushes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Old table cloth or painting mat

I decided to upcycle my curtains. I hated the color of them. I’m one of those people who has a winter bedding set and a summer bedding set, both are in a neutral pallet, I wanted curtains that would work with either set.. My winter set is a masculine brown, tan and blueish-greenish-grey (I really can’t decide), while my summer set is cream with grey and black stitched scroll designs.

I found a few tutorials on how to paint them, and thought that it was a much more inexpensive way to accomplish what I was looking for.  So  first I dyed them with Rit Dye.  The color I chose was called Titanium #599.  To get the color I used 1 package each of Kelly Green, and Black and 4 cups water.  I followed the instructions for dying in a washing machine.  The directions were pretty easy to follow, even for someone like me, whose first attemp at dying turned out badly!  The results were a medium grey, which I’m really digging now.  I didn’t use the pretreatment soloution, maybe If I did the color may have been a little more even, because in some places you can see the fading more than in others.  But it works for me.

The paint I chose to use was Deco Art Americana in Bluegrass Green.  I purchased a large stencil (Iron Lattice) from Hobby Lobby.  I tried using a sponge brush to paint. It seemed like using that caused too much paint to end up on the brush, and then bleed under the stencil.  I switched to a round stiff bristled brush which I found works better.
Because the curtain isn’t a perfect rectangle, and I had to fidget with it to get it as straight as possible.  I also found that when I started a new section, if I laid the the first row of the stencil directly over the last row of the most recently painted section, it lined up the best.
Once I painted the whole curtain, I decided that I wanted to paint the edges, where the curtain was hemmed and sewed.  I did this because I made a mistake and needed to cover it up.  I left the tabs at the top the new grey color.  I also liked the extra color. It completed the curtain.
What do you think? Have you tried to paint fabric?  How did it turn out?  Let me know your thoughts below.

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