Hand-Painted Curtains

Time: 2 hours
Materials: sheer curtains, fabric paint, brush

DIY Brushstroke Curtains

One of the better changes I made in my office makeover was swapping out the dated half-window lace curtains for ones that pack a bit more punch. And while this project took longer than I initially thought it would, I’m pretty pleased with the results. Here’s how I did it:

DIY Brushstroke CurtainsI used cheap sheer curtains (these cost about $13 per panel).

DIY Brushstroke CurtainsIf you aren’t in the habit of making brush strokes, I reccommend practicing on scrap fabric or paper until you get the feel for it. You might also want to start at the bottom and work your way up so that your best strokes are near the most visible point.

There are a few things you should also consider when painting curtains:

– Have enough paint! Two panels took me two full bottles of paint to complete. And I mean every last drop.

– Wear clothes you don’t care about. Since the paint is intended for fabric, you better believe it will stain.

– Protect the surface you’re working on. I found it easiest to work on the floor with cardboard (from the box from my desk) underneath. Just be careful to not let the curtain dry on the cardboard. You’ll want to move it a bit as you go, otherwise the fabric paint that bleeds through the sheer curtains will cause your fabric to fuse to the cardboard.

Let dry and then hang.

PS I really wish I had better pictures to share, but curtains are surprisingly difficult to photograph!

DIY Brushstroke Curtains

DIY Brushstroke Curtains