I’m breaking away from nursery posts today to bring you a living room update! Our big projects are coming to a close (more on that soon!), which means I have been focusing on decorating details.
One thing we’ve been living without since demo (late July) is curtains. It’s like living naked for the world to see. So exposed. I mean, cool, if that’s what you’re into. But um, I dig privacy.
Since we have so much neutral happening in our grand room, I wanted some curtains with a punch. As it would turn out, punchy curtains are really hard to find unless you want to pay $50+ per panel from a fancy store or custom order on Etsy. Pretty much all other curtains are simple and neutral.
For a good long while, probably since Avatar was the cool thing… I’ve been wanting to try making fabric paint with textile medium. Painting curtains was the perfect experiment.
I started with a plain white set of IKEA LENDA curtains, drew out a design on a scrap paper, got some votes, then started taping. Nothing is trustier than FrogTape for crisp lines.
I mixed regular latex paint with the textile medium in an old mixing bowl that I was planning on tossing.
The ratio is 2:1. 2 parts paint to 1 part textile medium. The handle broke off my measuring cup, so I used this old one to measure out 2 cups of paint.
I was so worried that the textile medium would change the color of the paint, but it didn’t.
My preferred color of mustard was Sherwin Williams Kingdom Gold (6698).
I rolled on the paint to cover the curtains nice and saturated-ly.
I let it dry over night for good measure. The next day, Buster watched while I joyfully peeled the tape off.
However, I made a HUGE mistake. Michael, I’ve made a huge mistake… Normally when I paint, I use these old sheets as a drop cloth, and it’s fine. But I REALLY should have been wise enough to use a heavier drop cloth, or a tarp. The curtains were completely fused to these sheets. Peeling them apart was akin to what I imagine an exorcism would be like. Very gripping.
But the trouble didn’t stop there. Because it majorly bled through onto my floors. It was like a school bus died all over my front room. For anyone wanting to know how to get paint off floors, warm water with a little Dawn and some elbow grease does the job.
Luckily the only mishaps were with my supplies. The painted curtains were more than perfect. It’s the love affair of the century. Move aside William and Kate, we have new things to gawk over.
The final step is to heat set the fabric paint. You can iron, or tumble dry. I tumbled of course.
I used this tip to hang the curtain rod. Please disregard my swollen pregnant hand and robe sleeve. Take some cardboard and make a template to mark the holes. Flip the template, and use it on the other side of the window for a perfect match.
The curtains need to be hemmed, but I’m not sweating that chore until after Thanksgiving. We have people to entertain!
They are extra beautiful at night.
And extraordinarily magical from the outside. I’m sure all my neighbors think I’m the coolest 🙂
And for pinning convenience, here you are!
Now that you’ve read my adventures in painting curtains, are you going to paint some fabric of your own?