Thursday, September 13, 2012

Painted Canvas Curtains DIY


This summer we moved into a little home of our own, after living with my parents for the past few years, and I've caught the decorating bug bad.  I've never been much into decorating.  I think because we've always rented & I've always felt like we didn't have the extra funds for it.  And even though we are still renting now, I feel so much a desire to make our space beautiful & comfortable & nice. 

In our living room, I knew that curtains would make a big impact for a small price.  I'd seen a few DIY painted curtains on pinterest & loved the look of big stripes!  So I bought a canvas drop cloth & picked out a nice mustard yellow paint color at the home improvement store & set out to get these curtains made!


I measured my panels & cut them down leaving one side on the drop cloth hem intact (less sewing later).  Then I measured my stripes (mine are 10 inches tall) & then taped them off.  Next step was painting.  This took more time & paint then I originally thought.  But a few days of work during school & nap time & they were done.  The material sucks up a lot of paint, but it is also really easy to get nice clean lines on the canvas.  I ended up using about one quart of paint on these curtain panels.

For the unfinished edges of the curtain, I just folded them under & ran them through my sewing machine.  I would suggest doing this before you paint as you won't want to use your hot iron on the painted sections.  I painted first, but luckily the canvas folds over really easily & it wasn't difficult to hem without ironing.  You could also just hot glue the hems if you didn't want to sew.


I made hidden loops on the back of the curtains for hanging.  And because I was so excited to get them up, I didn't take any photos of that process!  I used this method here.  My loops are spaced about 5 inches apart.  I think all curtains that I make in the future will be done with these hidden loops.  They are so inexpensive, and easy & make the curtain hang so nicely.

These curtains took more time to make than I expected, but it was totally worth it!  I spent about $35 to make them & I got the exact look that I wanted.  I love them! 

16 comments:

annie and m said...

The curtains are adorable - I love stripes & all things colored mustard. Great job!!
xo,
--Anna

Lauralee said...

Wow those are awesome! I LOVE IT. If only I could convince Barak that mustard yellow is a gorgeous color! (Then I might have to come steal them).

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

they look awesome!

chanel said...

You never cease to AMAZE me!! these are awesome and totally YOU! what a fun project and must make you so happy/proud every time you look at them. love it!

Hambergoosa said...

So excited for you, I remember reading a long time ago about the sudden lay off and quick move and now whenever I hear my sewing machine going it reminds me of what your husband said when you first got your machine back out, it sounded comforting. I hope that my family finds mine as comforting as yours!

jen @ jkjk said...

These look fab! Nice work!

Erin said...

They look great!

Lala said...

Candace, I love this! Pinning it now.

sew nancy said...

This is such a great idea. I love it.

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Cath Brookes said...

I love these curtains! You have inspired me to make my own.

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