One of the most asked questions I get about my kitchen remodel has to do with my striped curtains.  It’s also one of my favorite things in my new kitchen.  (You can read about my kitchen remodel here.) No one can believe they are painted.

I bought the curtains from Ikea for $19.99. Since I hadn’t painted fabric before, I wasn’t sure how they would look. I didn’t want to spend a lot on curtains, just in case….

Supplies needed:

  • plastic drop cloth  (the paint will bleed through the fabric)
  • tape (I used the Scotch blue, not the green tape!)
  • white foam roller
  • paint (I used regular latex paint-color BM Revere Pewter)
  • measuring tape

1. Cover the area with the drop cloth.  Lay the curtains on the drop cloth and make sure they are smoothed out.  You may need to iron the curtains.


2. Measure and tape the curtains

 I wanted the stripes 12 inches apart and I wanted the stripes to start at the top of the curtains.  I measured off 12 inches for the painted area.  Make sure you take the width of the tape into consideration when you are taping the stripes. It can get a bit confusing.  Make sure you press the tape so paint cannot leak underneath it.

3.  Paint

Paint one coat and let dry.  The fabric soaks up the paint A LOT!  Add a second coat about 15-30 minutes later.


4.  Remove the tape

The key to clean lines is removing the tape while the paint is still wet. As soon as you are finished  painting, begin removing the tape.

5.  Hang the curtains

I hung up the curtains before they were completely dried. Once they are up, you will see areas that need to be touched up.  I touch up the curtains while they were hanging.


It was a time consuming job, but it was WELL WORTH IT!  I absolutely LOVE the curtains.

linking up to:  We Did It! Wednesdays, The DIY Dreamer, Creatively Tuesday


16 Responses to painting striped curtains

  1. WOW! Put me on that train of people that can’t believe those are painted. They are just beautiful!! Can’t say enough about how great they turned out.

  2. THOSE are awesome. I love it. I want to make some too; now I just need a house of my own to decorate. I am ready to be done renting.

  3. Hannah says:

    I love these! I have wanted to do this for ages, now you’ve made me motivated to do it! Fantastic job- they look excellent!!

  4. Kimberly says:

    Thank you!! I have been going crazy trying to find curtains that match our colors. Now I can stop looking &’start painting!

    • Kim says:

      Thank you for you taking the time to leave such a sweet comment! I’d love to see your curtains when you are finished painting. Good luck!

  5. Mary Grace says:

    These are beautiful! I love how they turned out, might have to give this one a go for our french doors! Thanks for sharing =)

  6. Lovely! Thanks for a wonderful tutorial. :-)

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  8. Beja Foster says:

    As usual, I am such a contemplator about every little project… should I this, let me look up how someone else did that, let me see 400 ideas that might help me get my idea done…

    Oh the JOY when I saw you at The Rustic Pig! I have to search & pin no more. I was trying to figure out how I was going to make these, and your tutorial has simply convinced me…. now for finalizing the color ;D.

  9. katie says:

    Have you tried washing them? How did it go?

  10. Trisha says:

    Where did you buy your paint…… Home Depot or Lowes..?

    Were these the curtains you used? I’m looking to do the same thing!

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