Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Deployment Project # 61...Painted Curtains

This was a FUN project to take on.


I am currently giving my kitchen a makeover.


After months of searching for the perfect shade of beige for my walls, I finally found it at Benjamin Moore. It's called "Brandon Beige"

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I repainted my walls, and saw THESE curtains over at The Nesting Place.

I didn't want to hunt and hunt for striped fabric that matched perfectly AND was in my budget. ( I did find one fabric with stripes, but it was over $25 a yard, and I needed 5 yards of it).
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So, I went to my local Target and bought 5 solid white curtains, and spent about $45. You will see why I needed 5 panels in just a bit.
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I measured each stripe to be 8 inches wide and taped it off with painter's tape.

Then I used the exact same paint that I used on my walls and filled in every other stripe.
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Of course, for 2 days I had a curtain taking up my entire floor space in my kitchen....
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I wanted to hang my curtains higher than 84" but the panels only come in 84", so I bought a 5th one and used it to make each curtain a little longer, and sewed on the extra fabric to the bottom of my painted curtains.  

See, you can't even tell, can you?!?
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I never thought I would like drapes in my kitchen, but I am LOVING how they look!!
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So, here is what they looked like BEFORE....with valances and pale beige walls...

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And here they are AFTER...with the Brandon Beige on the wall and the new curtains!

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I LOVE my painted curtains!!!!!!

More to come on the kitchen reveal...still waiting on a few finishing touches....so stay tuned!




44 comments:

Pine Tree Home said...

You would never know they were painted. Beautiful job. Hows the texture of them with the dried paint? Are they stiff? Love the DIY solution.

elisabeth said...

oh goodness, those look so awesome! they remind me of michelle's entryway at "three men and a lady". i have seen where some people, if they need plain white drapery panels will buy the white twin flat sheet's at walmart. i think they are around $5 each for the flat sheet and they are around 90 inches long. i am pretty sure they come in a variety of colors, too, if you need any in any other rooms.

Mandy said...

I would have never guessed that you painted those!

Holy cow!

They look incredible!!
Great job, Paige!

Jessica said...

They look so good!

Dutchie said...

They look fabulous! What a great idea..

-Kasey said...

What a neat idea! Sure beats going out and buying striped curtains [which would cost to much vs painting them]. Looks great! :)

Nicole@ Black Cab Designs said...

Great job! I would never have thought to use paint!

Kelli said...

I love those curtains! They change your space completely.

Amy said...

I really, really love that! You did an amazing job.

Ashleigh said...

Oh my goodness! Those look amazing!!! Who would have thought to paint them?!? I love it! I think I may use this in my dining room! THANK YOU! :)

ugagirl30 said...

So glad you posted this b/c I have been searching high and low for fabric like the nester's so I can have pretty striped curtains too. These look fabulous!

Jessica @ Me and My Bucket said...

Love it!! I've seen something similar but she used fabric and fusible web, but it seems rather time consuming and a lot of cutting perfectly straight lines. Your version is FABULOUS and easy!! Does the paint stiffen the fabric??

Cincy said...

Great job. I love this idea and I have some already that I am going to paint. Yah!

Attempting Aloha said...

Great job! Does that paint have a hint of green in it? It looks so perfect!!

Aloha,
charlie

Holly Austin said...

I absolutely love how these turned out, great job!

pk @ Room Remix said...

I love your painted curtains too! They take the dining room to a whole different level (in a very good way) and I would have never guessed they were painted!

Thanks for the comment and recommendation on the stonington gray that you used in your bedroom. hope you'll link it up to the party on Friday!

the cape on the corner said...

it's amazing how much bigger the space feels with those bigger curtains! great idea, and looks seriously fantastic. ading that color to my new favorites!

Michelle said...

I can't believe you painted curtains! These look amazing! I can do that! I thought you sewed them and I was sad cuz I'm not a sewer. Thanks for sharing. I'd love for you to link this up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

.:+Pearlofafrika+:. said...

wow! you did a great job. I like how you painted the curtains with the same paint you used for the walls. What a wonderful idea.

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

Your post rocks so much that I featured it at this weeks link party: Hookin up with HoH #35!

Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

~Allison @ House of Hepworths

Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki said...

Those really change the look of the room! I couldn't even tell they were painted at first! I'm your newest follower!

Laura said...

Beautiful! How's the texture on the fabric? Can you tell it's painted if you look up close in person? Great job!

amy anderson said...

awesome! I have been contemplating going the same route and you have inspired me!!

I have read that if you will add a fabric medium (in a craft store with the other small paints-you may need several? but unsure) to the paint (and I am guessing you can add to all paints?) it will help the paint go on fabric easier and not stiff. Also, I believe its washable.

They look great!!!!

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

Popping over from HOH ... holy cow. I so bookmarked this page -- you just solved my living room curtains problem!

Amber said...

I have coveted the Nester's curtains...what a great solution! I always wondered what painting fabric would feel like. Do you think they're washable? Is the fabric stiff?

Spunky Junky said...

I totally dig your curtains. I have been wanting to paint a room slate or gray and you have inspired me...and those curtains are awesome. Good Job Chicka! I featured you on my weekly wrap up at Spunky Junky

halsey

Tausha said...

You Rock! So doing this tomorrow! Love it! Also-I so appreciated the comment that elisabeth left about walmart sheets. Guess I am heading there tomorrow.
Thanks for the inspiration!I Hope that you and your sweet family enjoy this much needed time with your cute husband. Tell him that I am thankful for his service and sacrifice that he makes for all of us to enjoy our freedom. Make lots of memories!Please, stop by sometime and say hello! Have a wonderful weekend!

Katie Rush said...

These are amazing! Are they stiff at all from the paint?

Kristin @ Daydream Designs said...

These turned out great! Awesome job!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Gorgeous! You've got my head a-buzz with ideas for my master bedroom's windows...I'm putting your curtains in the PoPP Spotlight. Thanks for linking up.

Brandi said...

WOW, your painted curtains are gorgeous!

Brooks & Dana Tucker said...

I love this idea! My husband and I own a decorative painting company and we are always looking for ways to incorporate creative paint projects into our work. This is definitely a home run. Great project!!

Dana Tucker

Autum said...

These look amazing! I started doing the exact same thing last week, but only got one panel painted. I removed the tape pretty much immediately after I got the stripes on, only to notice there were places that needed a second coat. Did you put one than one coat on yours?
Seeing how great yours look up, I am eager to get mine finished.

Lisa said...

Your space looks fabulous with the painted curtains! I love the tone-on-tone and that beige you chose is so pretty and easy on the eyes. I've painted curtains before too and love how you can get the perfect shade for your room by doing this.

Titti @ Shoestring Pavilion said...

That looks fabulous! Way to go, you!

southernfriedyankee said...

popped over from domestically speaking because i am about to paint some curtains. but wait hold up...was that a GDC ruler? it's all in the details. and now i gotta follow.

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

they look great. I am in the middle of making mine with stripes. Started with drop cloths and it's not going well . . maybe I should hit target. Did they take a long time to paint? Two coats???

Kailey B. said...

LOVE!

calicathy said...

Just spotted your comment and link on A Thoughtful Place when I was thanking her for her striped drapes tutorial. Yours look fabulous! I wish I had seen these BEFORE I did all that darn sewing, I could cry! Good job!
Cathy
http://theloganslanding.blogspot.com/

Nike said...

Can not tell you how much I LOVE this project. Amazing!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Beautiful - your room looks so much better with the curtains and I love that colour of grey! I linked this to my stripes post too, well done!

Bonnie ~ a wee Meenit said...

are these fabulous drapes stiff at all??
I love the color too!!

Bonnie said...

Did you have trouble with the paint bleeding onto the white sections?

S said...

Just saw this on Pinterest. I saw white tablecloths for $7 bucks apiece at Sam's Club which are 104" already. No sewing to achieve your look. Thanks for your inspiration.