Thursday, August 2, 2012

Crafty, Creative, Custom, Cute Curtains

You like my use of alliteration there, don't cha?  Eh?  
So I have been jonesing for some yellow curtains for my dining room.  Here's my inspiration pic:  see the tiny sliver of curtain over on the far left?  

 Something similar to this, but I wanted it bigger and with square edges:

But alas, I couldn't find anything that came close to the picture in my head, and the nearest store that sells fabric in my area is really expensive ($25/yard... yikes!)  Since it takes at least 2 yards of fabric per curtain panel and I didn't care to spend $100 on 1 window dressing, I decided to make my own yellow curtains.

The previous owners had left behind several plain white curtain panels.  I took 2 of these, some yellow spray paint (Krylon's 'Bright Idea'), and painter's tape to create one of a kind curtains to meet my exact specifications.  Here's how I did it:

I laid out a design on my curtain panels with my painter's tape.  You can be exact with this and measure to make sure your lines are all straight, but I'm too lazy and too impatient for that, so I just eyeballed mine.  (That's also why my lines are a lot little crooked.)  You could also get fancy and use a stencil with the design of your choice, but I didn't want to spend more money and time searching for the perfect one, so I just came up with this and used what I had on hand.

Then, my handy husband rigged up some rope and knots (his specialty: rope-ology)  to hang them on so I could spray-paint them.  It took 2 cans of spray-paint per panel to get them fully covered.  Then, I simply removed the tape, and voila!  Customized curtain panels in my perfect shade of sunny yellow!

Here's the cost breakdown:
2 curtain panels: Free (left behind by previous owner)
4 cans of spray paint: $15.84
Blue painter's tape: $2.97

Saving $$ makes me happy  :o)


  1. I've stenciled fabric before, but never thought to spray paint the whole panel like that. We have a move coming up shortly, and this project will likely happen.

    1. You should definitely try it... it was really easy and fun!

  2. The crafty creative custom cute curtains are too good. Know all about it