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….
- 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.
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.