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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stenciled Drapes!

Remember the little sneak peek I gave you of this project?!  Well, here's the story.  I've been making some changes in the family room lately.  One of the big changes I wanted to make was to switch out the velvet drapes for something a bit lighter.
These brown velvet drapes by Fieldcrest from Target worked for the Fall/Winter (especially at their under $20/panel price) but with Spring attempting to make it's appearance I thought something a little lighter and possibly brighter would be more fun!  Am I the only one that likes to change the way my windows are dressed, or in this case doors, with the seasons?  Weird, I guess.  This is the only room where I plan to do this.  Anyhow, because I didn't want to spend too much for drapes that will only be up for half of the year, I decided to go the drop cloth route like so many other bloggers before me :)  I also decided to use my free Ikat stencil from Olive Leaf Stencils.
ikat stencil
I received this little freebie with the stencil that I purchased to use in my dining room!   (Thank you Olive Leaf!)

I bought 2 drop cloths from Lowe's ($9.99 each).  Then I washed and dried them.  Then ironed and cut them.
I wanted them to puddle on the floor just a little (it's a personal preference), so I cut them at 88 inches which is a little longer than the 84 inch drapes they'd be replacing.  I used stitch witchery to hem the three unfinished sides.    For this non-sewing chick that stuff makes life saweet!  I added a little grosgrain ribbon trim to the edge with a little of the same amazing no-sew stuff!  First a navy then I layered over with a Greek key ribbon.
no sew trim

How awesome is that Greek key ribbon that I found at JoAnn's?!  Love it!

Once they were "sewn" and "trimmed", it was time to get my stencil on.
how to stencil curtains
I learned a thing or two about how to paint on fabric during the summer between 7th and 8th grade because I sort of started a t-shirt painting business in order to raise money for my 8th grade trip to Washington D.C.  :)  Ah, to be a kid again!  I learned about this stuff that transforms acrylic craft paint into fabric paint.  It's called Textile Medium.
painting on fabric
Why is this important?!  Well, if you've ever bought actual fabric paint then you know it typically comes in very small bottles, and it's much more expensive than your regular old acrylic craft paint.  In addition, fabric paint typically doesn't offer a wide range of colors to choose from in most craft stores.  Regular acrylic craft paint comes in every imaginable color under the sun!  Textile Medium gives you more options at a better price!  The product itself runs between $4-$6 for an 8 oz. bottle.  It lasts a long time because you don't need to use much.  What does it mean to transform acrylic paint into fabric paint? Basically, it means it makes the paint washable.  So, if you're painting fabric that you never plan to wash (like ever) then you don't need to use Textile Medium.  If however, you want to be able to wash your painted fabric; and you don't want to be limited and forced into buying fabric paint then Textile Medium is your best friend!  You can add it to any color acrylic craft paint.  You can paint t-shirts (: or pillowcases, hand towels, drapes, whatever, and you'll be able to wash your finished product!

Following the directions on the back of the bottle, I just mixed 2 parts paint to 1 part medium.  A random chopstick helped to mix it all up just fine ;)
fabric painting

fabric painting

I used a sponge-dabber-applicator-thing to apply the paint.
how to stencil on fabric
I dabbed a little paint off on a paper towel before applying it to the stencil.  I chose this color called Phthalo blue.  I loooooove this color blue.  I've been adding in some deep blue accents to the family room so this color was perfect!  I used a piece of cardboard underneath the fabric in case there was any bleed through, which there was just a little.
I just laid the stencil down with a little scotch tape and sponged on the paint.  You don't have to wait for the paint to dry to lift the stencil.  I worked in rows.  Top to bottom then back to the top again.  I didn't measure a single thing; just eye-balled it and it seemed to work out just fine.
stenciled curtain panels tutorial
Once the stenciling was done and the paint was dry, I used the iron to heat set the paint.  Just iron the back side to set the paint and you're painted fabric will be completely washable.

I will probably only hand wash these because of the ribbon trim.  Here's the finished product!

I love them!  I used drapery rings to hang them using my favorite pinch and clip method.  I love them so much that I may leave them up all year!  I love, love, love this stencil!  Drop cloths are pretty heavy and you'd think that the paint would make them really stiff, but they really aren't too stiff at all.  For any curious peeps out there, I have lots of left over paint.  I used about 3/4 of the bottle of blue paint and a little less than half of the medium.  I may have to start up the old t-shirt painting business to use up the remaining medium :)   Or maybe the kids and I will have a little pillowcase painting party!

I hope to have more pics (hopefully on a sunny day - if the sun ever decides to shine again!) of the changes I've been making in this room by the end of the week.  So, tell the truth, had you ever heard of Textile Medium before?  Anyone else in the t-shirt painting business in the early 90's?  :)


*****Update:  Since this post I have added more fabric to the bottom to hang the panels higher and have removed the ribbon trim.

We have also had the doors replaced with sliding doors and painted them black.
black sliding door

The family/living room now looks like this


78 comments:

  1. Oh, those are so gorgeous!!!! That is such a beautiful stencil. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. You are ridiculously brilliant. I love this!!

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  3. What an awesome job. They look fabulous!

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  4. This is beyond the most fabulous and savvy idea out there....look at you miss clever AND miss style. Love it.

    Cheers~
    e

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  5. Wow, those are pretty amazing. I am hosting a Swing into Spring link party. This would be a perfect post. Hope you stop by and join in the fun.

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  6. I was wondering with the sneak peak if they would be stenciled curtains!!!! I LOVE it - okay... maybe I am need to get back on my plan to do this in my dining room - totally saving this post for reference :)

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  7. They look amazing!! Love love love them so much!! :)

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  8. This turned out great. I painted on fabric in the 90's on my kid's clothes. It turned inexpensive plain t-shirts into cute custom clothing. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. they turned out GREAT!! i've been doing a major fabric search, to redo my family room drapes! have my brain working now! ;)thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. Funny because I just suggested that we paint curtains to a client! This turned out beautifully!

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  11. Carmel, first of all your blog looks fabulous! Second, these drapes are gorgeous - I can't believe they're handpainted! Really pretty - love the stencil you chose!

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  12. Love them. They turned out beautifully and what a cheap easy way to get custom made drapes!

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  13. Just gorgeous! I've been considering trying this technique out-now I will for sure. I just found you through the link party and now I'm your newest follower. I love your blog's design, it really grabbed my attention.I'm looking forward to your future projects. Stop by Brambly and take a peek. Have a beautiful day!

    Ann-Marie

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  14. I just have to get this out first: the blog looks *AMAZING*!!! Love, love, love the new look! And second, holy moly, I can't believe you *made* those fabulous curtains...they look so fantastic!

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  15. Thanks for all the love on the drapes! My kids want to know if they can paint some drapes for their rooms now :)

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  16. Carmel these are beautiful! You did an amazing job on them! The possibilities are endless and thank you for the tutorial!

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  17. Those are amazing! You did a great job!

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  18. AMAZING! Simply amazing..I love the blue pattern and how it all comes together in that room, you are so talented!

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  19. Those drapes are bananas! Love them- you are GOOD!!

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  20. I step away for two days and miss this??? Unreal. I am so amazed. They are gorgeous. can you please send me a pair. Thanks so much ;)

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  21. Such a cute idea! I actually HATE buying curtains, so this sounds like a fabulous solution! They look great...

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  22. Wow, they are gorgeous! I love the color and the ribbon is especially beautiful. You did a fantastic job with this project. I just found your blog and so glad I did. I'm a new follower and look forward to reading more. Stop by when you have a minute to say hello!

    Pat

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  23. Would you come and do mine? :D

    That turned out beautifully!

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  24. super job! thanks for the tip on the textile medium (I have some, though I've never used it)
    as part of the diy club, I get a stencil and I am having the hardest time trying to choose a multi-purpose stencil for walls/furniture, etc.

    I don't have any drapes in my house, nada! (cats) I have been wanting to do some drop cloth drapes, maybe I'll start small with a pillow.
    any ideas of a multi-purpose stencil design? I have to decide today! (cutting edge stencils)
    great tute, love your drapes!
    gail

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  25. Oh. My. Gosh. LOVE that! I am stealing......for real! They look so good in your room also!

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  26. Carmel, these look so good. Love the colors you chose too. Thanks for joining WUW last week.

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  27. They look great- Love them.
    Laurie
    Little Blue Chairs

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  28. What size dropcloth did you use?

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  29. This post rocked my socks!!! Thanks so much for this. I thought about doing this, but then was like...umm nah...So I spent $250 on ikat fabric...I feel lame:-)

    Thanks your comment on my post today. I have two Japanese sister in laws and 3 nephews. To hear someone say something like that ticked me off. Really, it don't matter who is in need. You help because it's the right thing to do..

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  30. Saweet!
    You did a fantastic job! I am so afraid to stencil anything... tried it once and everything bled through and edges were not crisp. Never tried it again. You inspire me to give it another chance! Thanks! Great post.

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  31. I LOVE THIS!! Thanks for the tutorial I had no idea! I just bought a TON of white material and now I know what I can do with it.

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  32. These look great!!! I may have to do this myself if I can't find the right fabric. And I love how you layered the ribbon trim. (i have that greek key too!!)

    and I just caught up on your other posts...love your wine bar and artwork over it!!! so clever with the frame and matte!

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  33. So glad you stopped by and linked up this awesome post. It really is amazing.

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  34. I love the stencil! You should check out my blog and see the rug I painted...I also made one with fabric.....www.mysimplehomelife.com

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  35. I've made valances for my son's room and our guest room but I definately want to try this. This is such a creative idea and I absolutely LOVE how they turned out. Thanks for sharing!!

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  36. I also like to change out my drapes, towels, mantel decor etc. with the seasons. I've had an idea in my head and have been looking for something in the store that matches my idea...then I saw your article and ..POW!! Thanks for the inspiration! I don't have to look for something premade...I'll just make them myself! I'm not usually all that creative, but you make it seem like even I could do it...thanks for sharing!

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  37. I LOVE this idea. Please share your secret for the pinch and clip part of the project. That would be a GREAT help for me.

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  38. See this post here for the "pinch and clip method" http://ourfifthhouse.blogspot.com/2011/03/pinch-and-clip.html

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  39. Found you on beneath my heart. Love love love this idea! I just did my first stenciling job, here: http://havenfromtheworld.blogspot.com/2011/03/take-good-take-bad-its-facts-of.html, and it was sort of a bust, but eventually turned out ok. I love the curtain idea, and the ikat patterns are so popular now. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  40. wow, your curtains look awesome! Thanks for the tute - I'm going to give this a try this summer when I want to change up my space. tfs!

    Christy :)
    @ linbry lane

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  41. Carmel,
    Your curtains are beautiful! I love that stencil! No one would ever believe those are dropcloths. Great job.
    Thanks for linking to my party!
    Blessings,
    Traci

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  42. I will be making these this weekend for my playroom!

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  43. I love these. They are such stunning. I will definitely be doing this project.

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  44. ahhh that is awesome. thanks for the tip on the medium stuff.. I'm seeing some painted pillow cases in my near future!

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  45. Hey girl, I know this is an old post, but I am thinking of using drop cloths as drapers in our freshly painted living room--at least until i can buy the fabric I really want. Our ceilings are 9 1/2 feet tall so I need something custom and don't want to pay a fortune. I think yours are beautiful! Do you still like them? Any tips for a drop cloth newbie?

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  46. Wow! That turned out really nice and neat :) I should really find time for project like this. It's really beautiful!

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  50. I saw you on Babble and had to check out the lovely ikat panels. You did an awesome job and I feel the need to make something ikat now! ;-) I have a random question- where did you get the chair with the wood trim and possible orange-ish fabric that's in front on the curtains? I think bought the same one, but second hand and was wondering if you knew the original store/cost. Thanks and the curtains do look amazing!
    Becca

    berger.becca@gmail.com

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  52. omg!! i love this! redoing my bedroom and will definitely have to try this

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  53. I love these! I've been looking for cheap curtains for my classroom and this just might do the trick!

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  54. Thank you so much. I'm removing the broken bi-fold closet doors in my sons bedroom and want to hang curtains instead. I was thinking of finding cheap bedsheets to use for curtains and then heard about using drop cloths instead. I like this idea better as they are cheaper and not flimsy like bedsheets. And I didn't want to keep them plain colored, so I was glad to find this easy to follow way for stenciling them. I'm not sure if I'm going to stencil or paint lines/plaid or just dye them one color. But regardless of what I decide, thank you for your great blog on doing this.

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  55. I love your whole living room! Awesome. I'm going to try this for my curtains for SURE. Maybe you've seen a dozen other bloggers using drop cloth for curtains but this is absolutely new to me, and BRILLIANT. Inexpensive, good weigh to it - genius. Can't wait!

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  56. I love the update! You have inspired me and just re-affirmed that I DO want to use drop cloth for curtains and to stencil a design on them! I also love the solid blue you sewed on the bottom...GENIUS!

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  57. I am full on impressed by these - like to the point of sprinting to Home Depot for drop clothes immediately :>)

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