Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Painted Orange Stripe Ikea Curtains

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How's everyone's day going?

Last night I made it to spin class.  For some reason it was really tough.  The instructor did a lot of speed work and had us go in & out of the saddle for most songs.  But that's what I love about spin class - every class is different!!  It was a great work out - I did 15 miles and was covered in sweat by the end of class!

I painted curtains for the new apartment.  We are going with a lime green & orange color scheme.  I bought these curtains at Ikea for like $39 for the set.  They are incredibly long, about 118 inches.  Just buy curtains that will fit your project.  Here's the tutorial for Painted Orange Stripe Ikea Curtains:

My inspiration came from Classy Clutter. 
What you'll need:
Curtains - I used Ikea white curtains, 118 inches long
Painters Tape
Paint Roller
Foam Brush
Textile Medium (I used 4 oz. total)
1 quart of matte latex paint

Start by taping off your stripes.  I did 10.5 inches wide.  This process is a little time consuming, but you want it to be perfect so that you'll have straight lines.

Make sure that the tape adheres well to the curtains.  I ran a lent roller over the curtains before taping.

Next, set up a painting area.  I just covered my apartment in tarps ;-)  Now mix the textile medium and paint together. 

Use the foam brush to paint the edges next to the tape.  You want to brush in towards the white area so that you don't push paint under the tape.

Now use the paint roller to fill in the middle.

Keep going until you are done with all the stripes and lay out flat to dry.

Once the paint has completely dried (about 3 hours), slowly peel off the tape.

And there you go - stripe curtains!!

The lines turned out pretty clean, if you look really close you can see some un-evenness.  But once they are hanging no one will notice those tiny imperfections.  
Also, be careful about drips - I dripped orange paint onto part of the white stripe area.  Luckily it's at the very bottom, so once I hem the curtains to fit my window that little mess up should disappear ;-)

It took me 2 days to complete both curtains.  A good tip to save you time on cleaning your brushes: just wrap them in tin foil and put in the fridge.  You can unwrap them the next day and the paint will still be moist.

The new apartment is coming along - I still have pictures to hang.  I'll do an apartment reveal sometime next week, so stay tuned!
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Stephanie said...

Looks awesome! I recently turned an IKEA sheet into a striped shower curtain. I was surprised how long it took to paint "simple stripes" :)

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Thanks! I'm so happy with the final product. I agree - for some reason simple stripes take FOREVER to paint! I'm sure your shower curtain looks great!

Andrea @ Decorating Cents said...

Love the bright orange.

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Thanks Andrea! These curtains remind me of your office curtains, great minds think alike :)

Simply Simplisticated said...

WOW! Such a Huge "PUNCH" of awesome color! I LOVE these!!! Great job!

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Thanks Deidre!! Painted curtains are an easy & inexpensive way to add impact to any room!

Jessi @ Practically Functional said...

Those look fantastic, I love the bright color! And thanks for the tip about paintbrushes. I always feel so rushed to get painting projects done in one day so I don't have to wash out the brushes twice, but that's a much better idea :-)

Thanks so much for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

being mom{me} said...

Hi, I'm visiting & a new follower from the WE DID IT WEDNESDAY party...I love these! They look awesome & I love the color too.
I hope you'll stop over:

Unknown said...

These are awesome! I need some new curtains for the craft room and this just might be it!

Britni said...

I'm a sucker for stripes!! They turned out so good! I really want striped curtains in my house and was thinking about making some for my bedroom, and this really makes me want to do it even more. I'd love if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday link party. http://www.hubbymademe.com/ I'd give you the actual link but it doesn't start for another hour ;)

Simply Tasheena said...

Love the transformation!

Mrs. Delightful

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Thanks!! The paintbrush trick saves so much time from washing out the brushes - thanks for hosting the linky party :)

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Thanks for stopping by!! Your blog is too cute, especially the stencils your kids did. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one making stencils the old fashioned way ;)

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Definitely try it out! It's an inexpensive project with an big impact!

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

This process allows you to match the paint exactly to your room and I think the stripes add a fun & contemporary look! I've linked up to Throwback Thursdays, thanks for the invite & for hosting!

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Thanks Mrs. Delightful!

Theresa said...

These curtains are beautiful. I need to try this!
Do you know how well they wash? Just wondering. Thanks for the tutorial.

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...
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Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Thanks! I honestly can't say since I have not washed the curtains. But I would assume that latex paint would hold up pretty good on fabric curtains. Let me know if you try it out! Thanks for stopping by :)

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I love these! Great job! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Throwback Thursday. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-7.html Hope to see you at the bash. Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Thanks Kathryn!! I've linked up to your party and we'll definitely be back next week with another great DIY craft!

Tamsyn said...

These look really great! I'm thinking about painting some fabric and making some roman blinds for my little guys room. The tips you gave are awesome, thank you!

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Good luck! I will warn you, the paint makes the curtains a little stiff. I'm not sure how it will work with the folds of roman blinds. If you try it out, please let me know!! Thanks for stopping by :)

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thank you so much for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Elizabeth @ Southern Color said...

Thanks! I've linked up today's post: DIY Chevron Stripe Quote Board. Have a great day!

Britni @ Hubby Made Me said...

And that's perfect for me because I always have a hard time finding curtains to match my room!! Thank you so much for sharing this at my Throwback Thursday party. I hope to see you again this week :)

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