Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Striped Curtains

Hello Party Box Design Fans! It's me again...Shara from Little Gray Table. Sorry I haven't stopped by recently. Summer has been busy. Jess really wanted me to share with you my latest project so here you go!

So, you've probably seen the bazillion pins on Pinterest with striped curtains. I decided to jump on the stripe curtain bandwagon. I've been thinking about it for awhile but was indecisive about what color to do. I debated between gray, aqua, red, and yellow. I have a lot of gray and aqua furniture and red accent pillows but only a touch of yellow so I finally chose yellow.
I bought the plain white, tab top Lenda curtains from Ikea a couple months back. These were a great deal at $19.99 per package of 2 panels. I need 4 panels for my living room so cheap was the way to go. Plus I love Ikea curtains because they are so long that you can hem them to fit your space.


I searched several craft stores for fabric paint but all the yellows I found were too lemony or too neon-ish. I wanted a warm yellow so I decided to use chalk paint. I picked Ce-Ce Caldwell's Carolina Sun Yellow. Chalk paint is amazing in that is can adhere to any surface. I does not crack like latex paint when you use it on fabric. It gives it almost a canvas feel and after washing it, it feels soft just like cotton.
I decided how many stripes I would need. I wanted to start with yellow and end with yellow so I went with 5 yellow stripes per panel. I measured approximately 10 inches per stripe. I fudged a little because when they are hanging up, it's really not that noticeable if it is slightly off. Once I taped down the stripes on the first panel, I placed the next panel on top and measured the stripes off of the first one so each panel would be consistent.


Once all the panels were taped, I started painting. The chalk paint goes on smoothly but it takes a long time to achieve coverage on each stripe. I only applied one coat on each stripe. It gives it more of a faded, beachy feel instead of perfect, precise color. So beware of that if you do decided to use chalk paint.




I'm liking the pop of yellow in the room. I'm a little disappointed that they turned out so splotchy. The color seemed even when I was applying it so I 'm not sure what happened. I think I will grow to love them though. I do need to raise my curtain rods higher up (they were here from the previous owners) and I need to hem them. It's definitely a project I would do again but it did take me a lot longer than I had planned. Sometimes projects don't quite work out the way you envisioned but that's the fun of crafting. I like playing with new materials and seeing how they work together. Overall, I like them.

What do you think? Stop by my blog for other fun projects! I'd love to have you along for the ride!

Happy Crafting,
Shara

Pin It