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Guest Project — Paint your Curtains!

 Hi! I’m Rachel from first home makeover

I couldn’t wait to share this mini-makeover with you.  After the stencil project I did on our back door, found here, I knew that I’d be temporarily obsessing over stencils.  I immediately started thinking about what else I could stencil away.  And that’s when I began wandering around the house, staring at random items and furniture, trying to come up with a good stenciling idea.  I walked into our guest bedroom and looked around for a moment.  Got it!  The curtains in the guest bedroom were just so drab and borrrrr-ring.  Wouldn’t you agree?  So that was it. The guest bedroom curtains it was.

The curtains used in this project are very basic (inexpensive too) and you can score them at IKEA for just $19.99.  Once you’ve got your curtains picked out, here’s what else you’ll need:
  1. Craft Knife  ($4)
  2. Overlay Film ($9 for a whole book.  If you’re crafty, a DIYer and creative I’d suggest you buy the whole book.  Trust me, it’ll get used!)
  3. Fabric Paint  ($2 each – I used 5)
  4. Sponge or roller brush  ($2)
  5. Double-sided Tape  ($4)
  6. Ruler
First, I cut the lining out of the curtains.  This won’t make a difference in how the curtains will look.  I found that doing this made it easier to flatten the fabric and keep everthing straight while stenciling.
Next, I did an “image” search on Google for “stencil patterns.”  I found a pattern I liked, expanded the image to a good size and printed it out.

I traced the pattern on a peice of clear overlay film and used a craft knife to cut it out.

Because my pattern isn’t solid, I had to do an additional cut in the center of the stencil.  This important step gave me the mini stencil [I’ll refer to this as the “star”] shown below in my left hand.
If I were to paint the big stencil above, without the “star” in the center, I’d get a solid pattern- which I didn’t want
Then, I took quick measurements on the curtain to ensure my patterns would be evenly spaced. After that, I placed double-sided tape all around the back of the stencil- really getting in close to the stencil’s edges.  This was very helpful in keeping the stencil in place and pressed tight against the fabric.
Finally, I was ready to paint away.
I used the end of a pen to put pressure on the stencil.  This helped adhere the tape to the fabric.
Here’s the stenciling in progress:
My suggestion is to use a sponge brush because they are super easy to work with. I’m not sure I would have achieved these results with a roller brush- they can get really messy.
This is the first panel that I finished.  Pretty awesome!
Overall, stenciling my curtains was fun, fast, easy-breezy and budget-friendly.  All said and done, this makeover cost $48.00 – WITH THE CURTAINS!!!
Rachel — I want to make those curtains for EVERY room in my home. 
I LOVE them!!!

Rachel’s blog is one of my newest favorite reads!!

She has great ideas! 
She painted this rug:
I think this is my favorite. I love this privacy design she created on her door:
You need to check out her fabulous kitchen makeover.
Her kitchen went from this:
to this:
Amazing, I know!!! 
Go on over and see Rachel and her fabulous ideas at
first home makeover!!

PS — It’s Friday and you know what that means!!! 
Woo Hoo!!  
***It starts tonight at 6 PM {MST}***


  1. These curtains are fabulous! This is definitely on my to-do list now. We're moving into a new home we call "The Queen" and it has 45+ windows! So I've been looking for creative ways to get some curtains in there without paying an arm and a leg. Can't wait to try this out!


  2. I've come arcross your website a few times now and love the stuff you do! I especially LOVE these curtains and couldn't find the ones I wanted for a decent price and googled painted curtains and came across this! I'll def have to check out Rachel's blog for her other ideas!

    I'm your newest follower and would be honored if you could check out my new blog at


  3. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says:

    Love these! Shared on my FB Page! She is super talented!

  4. What a fun way to liven up your home.

  5. This is fabulous, thanks for introducing us to Rachel and her blog! I've featured this post today on Craft Gossip :) http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/paint-your-curtains/

  6. Thank you everyone for all the kind words and for stopping by my blog. I truely love all the projects I've worked on – and reading your kind words makes it all that much more rewarding.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. The curtains are awesome. I can so see them in my house. Can you paint some for me? LOL

  8. In this wonderful life... says:

    soooo cute! LOVE THE CURTAINS!

  9. This is such a fabulous idea! I can't wait to try this! :) Thanks to Rachel for sharing this!

    {I also love what she has done with her home~ it looks wonderful.} :)

    Jen, I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

  10. Dawn (Bee and Rose) says:

    What a talent! That's a great idea to spruce up plain old curtains! Love it!

    (huge Halloween giveaway on my blog this week…come and sit a spell!)

  11. mr. pineapple man says:

    wow!! loving this, and your blog!

  12. cleverlyinspired says:

    So cool!!! I would love to be featured in your blog roll…I have gotten so many readers from your site 😉 Thanks!!!

  13. Those curtains came out really fab! Awesome job and idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife says:

    Wow…those curtains add so much! I love it!

  15. I love the curtains. I have been looking for ideas to change my existing curtains and this is perfect.

    Love her rug and the kitchen makeover.


  16. Dyche Designs says:

    What a neat idea, and inexpensive too.

  17. Great idea…love it! Price is fantastic compared to buying something like that new!

  18. So pretty!! Good job!

  19. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage says:

    WOW!! Gorgeous!! Love this!

  20. wow, i love those!! love your blog, always has great ideas…and thanks for featuring her blog, i can't wait to read her ideas too. Happy Friday to you!!