Hi Sarah and thanks for having me again on your blog! This time I’m back with a quick tutorial on how to make wide striped curtains for cheap.
There is a back story to this project that you should
know. First of all, we have both a den
and a living room in our house (a 1968 brick ranch). We decided when we moved in last May that the
den would eventually be our tv/hangout/family room so we set to work on redoing
it. That left the living room with the
old furniture in it. In a weird way, I
felt bad for that room. As soon as we got new den furniture and moved the tv it
was pretty much just sitting there empty
and not fully decorated. I decided I
wanted it to look finished “just in case”.
Just in case my social life takes off and I host gatherings at my house
and need a spare sitting room or just in case we want to spend time in a room
without a tv. Neither of these scenarios
are very likely, but I assigned myself with the project anyway.
I wasn’t going to spend a lot of money on it because when we do the big kitchen remodel, that room will become a formal dining room. After talking to Mike (my husband), we decided that my budget was $0. If I wanted it to look better it was time to get creative and make use of what I had.
My decorating style goes something like this: First, I realize I need to decorate a room. Second, I panic and obsess and bore my husband with said obsession because I have no idea what I’m doing. Third, I get over myself and decide to just go with it because I’m too cheap to hire help. Fourth (and finally), I decide to start with curtains since they are such a huge part of the décor of a room. Note – this is not a recommended method, but it works for me, well, so far anyway!
I read on A View Along The Way...
A View Along The Way
and on All Things Lovely...
about painting striped curtains. I had a light bulb moment and realized that I had the necessary supplies on hand:
· Hem tape
· An iron
· Measuring tape
· Painter’s tape
· A paintbrush
It went pretty quickly and easily from that point. I used a king size flat sheet (ivory) and cut it into four panels (each about 24-26 inches wide). I cut the length of each panel to 96 inches. Then I used my iron-on hem tape to “hem” the edges. So far none of these steps required any knowledge I’ve acquired since the third grade.
All Things Lovely
Once my panels were cut and hemmed, I measured off 12-inch sections and marked them. I used my painters tape to mark off the sections I was painting. Remember at this point to put the tape at the top and bottom of the stripe so you have a full 12 inch section of stripe. After I did this I used my tape measure to double check and make sure that each section that was to be painted was 12 inches.
People it’s simple: measure twice, paint once!
View Along the Way
I let the panels dry thoroughly in my garage and peeled the tape off to reveal perfect stripes.
I love how they turned out!
If you were to buy the materials you need for the project you could expect to spend:
· King sized flat sheet from Walmart - $16
· Two small containers of rustoleum paint - $12
· Iron on hem tape - $5
· Painters tape - $5
· Textile medium - $5
I have to tell you – I’m pretty impressed with myself! Once I got them hung, I moved out the old coffee tables, one of the end tables, and rearranged some of the furniture and used stuff I already had. I also hung two paintings by the lovely Sarah Hayden in that room. Now the room has a bright, more whimsical feel to it instead of the traditional feel it had before.