If you recall, I’m in the middle of updating my den/office (technically my formal dining room). Last week my husband and I repainted the room, which made the room look so much brighter and more updated, but we still have a ways to go.
These last few weeks, I have spent some time slowly stenciling curtains for this space. WHY in the world, you might ask, would you stencil curtains? Why not just buy them from a store…or find fabric and hand make them? Well, I’ll tell you why…1. I’m a TERRIBLE seamstress and sewing curtains just wasn’t something I was interested in doing 2. I didn’t want to pay $30/yard for fabric that I liked for these windows. Either I found really expensive fabric in the right color…or fabric that was in my price range in the right design, but wrong color.
So stenciling your OWN curtains is a fabulous way to find a design/pattern you like and have the opportunity to use ANY color your heart desires! So I hooked up with my friends at Royal Design Studio, picked out this Chain Link stencil and got started on my DIY Stenciled Curtains.
My personal tips for stenciling curtains:
- Take your time. You won’t get these done in a day (well, you might, but it will be a long day). Set aside a space where you can work on the stenciling, let it fully dry, then move onto the next. These are CURTAINS we are talking about…you can’t just repaint them like you can a wall and fix your mistake. There is ZERO room for error.
- Offload your brush. Less is more when stenciling. Add some paint to your brush, dab it on a paperplate, and then dab at your stencil being careful not to let the bristles lift the stencil up (trust me, I know that it happens if you’re not careful).
- Wash and dry your stencil after each use. I do this to ensure that my curtains turn out the best they can. I simply hose my stencil down outside after each use and then dry it off. Some of the paint does stick to it, but I don’t worry about that.
- Iron your curtains prior to stenciling. Enough said.
- Make sure the surface you’re stenciling on is clean. I swept and then steam mopped my basement floor before I stenciled my curtains.
- Lastly…don’t get upset if they are not “perfect”. I’m not gonna lie. My curtains are not perfect. I messed up…in several spots. Standing back and looking at them you can’t tell, but you can see some imperfections in the painting. It happens and it’s the risk of DIYing something. If you want that “perfect” fabric look…you’re probably better off purchasing the $30/yard fabric you’ve been eyeing.
What you need to stencil curtains:
- Stencil from Royal Design Studios
- 2 1/2″ Stencil brush from Royal Design Studios
- Curtains from Ikea ($24.99)
- Adhesive spray
- Paint and a lot of it…I used 10-12 bottles of Martha Stewart acrylic paint (color is Deep Sea)
- Fabric Medium (Martha Stewart Brand is what I used)
- Paper plates or something for your paint
- Damp rag on hand in case you get paint on your hard floor–you’ll thank me later
- A brush to mix your paint and fabric medium (the stencil brush really eats paint, so you don’t want to use this to mix your paint and have tons of paint in your brush when beginning stenciling)
HOW TO STENCIL CURTAINS:
After you have washed and ironed your curtains and cleaned your hard stenciling surface (I stenciled in my basement) then you can get started!
1. Tape off your curtains so they are taut, but not stretched out. You don’t want them moving while you’re stenciling.
We ended with this….
Dislaimer: Royal Design Studio did provide me with a free stencil and brush to use as part of my review; however, all opinions expressed are my own. Winner of the stencil must reside within the U.S.