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DIY Painted Curtains

April 10, 2017

When Mr B surprised me with THIS idea, I searched Pinterest high and low for a solution to our living room's 4 double stacked windows.  Living in hot Las Vegas, we have sunscreens on the windows creating privacy during the day, but not at night.  There are shutters throughout the house, but I wanted a softer look to the living room.  This is the third time I will have changed the look of the room (Whew!) and knew it needed to be simple and not expensive!

One of my most favorite Pinterest wins were these painted curtains I first saw on the Dear Lillie Blog.  I chose a yummy butterscotch color to repeat pillow coverings I had made.  The white panels were from Target, two per package.  Score!  And just the amount of sheer I was looking for.

Now, it was time for Mr B to do his magic.  It's a little scary to go bold, but here we go!

We used just regular ol' flat paint, roller, and the blue EdgeLock painter's tape.  The panels were 84" long so we bought a 4x8 pressed wood sheet for a work surface, covered it with some plastic clamped to the board.

I wanted the color blocks to be at the top and bottom which gave me even 12 inch widths.  We measured carefully and placed the tape within the unpainted section.  The grommets were covered up - any paint that gets on them can easily be scratched off.

I was nervous about paint getting under the edges, but all eight panels came off without any bleeding!

Helpful Tips:

  • This really is a two-man job . . . or a man and a helpful woman.
  • Paint when or where the panels can dry quickly.  As you can tell by Mr B's apparel, it was still cold outside.  We had to move the panel indoor to our kitchen floor to dry, while we got the next one painted.  You'll want to be able to move the panel straight to hanging on a rod to minimize any wrinkling.
  • When rolling the paint out, use even strokes along the tape until fairly saturated - don't brush against the tape.
You're probably thinking . . . Wow, that is sure a bright gold!  Remember the first rule of painting - lighting, lighting, lighting.  It was difficult to take pictures because of the abundant light our home has.

It's the perfect pop of warm butterscotch paired with the varying shades of gray in the room.

The sheers were added for more light filtration during the day and more privacy at night.

After we had the double stacked windows framed in, a friend said, "So, pretty.  It looks like a loft in here!"  "Looks like Pottery Barn."  

Whatever the case . . . it fits the bill for Mr B. 

Let me know if you try this idea.

Thanks for stopping by!  I enjoy good company.


  1. They look lovely! They look so professional! Greaaat idea and job.

  2. Thank you! I was pleasantly surprised at how they turned out and how much we enjoy them.


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