Saturday, November 26, 2011

craft room redo: curtains

After a slow start at my new craft room I feel like I'm cruising right along now.  The curtains are done!  I kept envisioning grey and white striped curtains, so I created some with muslin and spray paint.

I bought some white muslin and cut it to size.  I hemmed the top and bottom.  I knew I wanted to use curtain clips, so I didn't have to create a pocket.  Since I had a selvage on each side I did not hem the sides...this was mostly due to laziness (hey, at least I'm honest).

Then I measured and created stripes with masking tape.  The stripes are four inches high so I doubled up some two inch wide masking tape.

Then I sprayed away.  I used a surprising amount of spray paint.  Perhaps I used too much, but it took more than two cans.  

Pulling off the tape revealed perfect stripes.

Here they are hung in my room.  I only did one panel for each window because I don't want to block too much light (light is a major reason for moving my craft room).  

I thought the grey and white could use a punch of color so I added a big red grosgrain ribbon.

The spray paint did make the curtains a bit stiff, but they still fold nicely.

I still have a lot to do before the big move.  The next big "to-dos" are, shopping, shopping!


areyoukiddingme said...

Cute...but vaguely reminiscent of those old-time prison uniforms. ;) Love the red ribbon for contrast, though.

Design Eat Repeat said...

Oh my word. I'm in love with this. Love the pattern...great job!

laxsupermom said...

The curtains look terrific! Love the pop of the ribbon tie back! Can't wait to see the rest of the room.

Karen said...

Those are great! Did you just use regular ol' spray paint or was it a special type? I didn't know you could use spray paint on fabric with such awesome results.

Megan said...

I'm not sure that it matters, but the spray paint I used was primer. I wanted a "non-glossy" spray paint, but that is all they had. Before I spray painted the fabric I Googled it and read an article about it. I figured I'd give it a try! They certainly don't look like "formal drapes", but they are perfect for a craft room!

Bethany said...

The big red ribbon takes it from pretty to perfect :) Nice job!!!!

Boden said...

I would NEVER have thought of painting the curtains myself! I absolutely adore your craft room curtains, and the pop of color in the ribbon makes them just perfect. I'd be thrilled if you came and linked up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at


Toqua's Crafts said...

Wow! I wouldn't have ever thought about spray painting material for curtains... or anything else for that matter! But... a GOOD idea!!

They turned out GREAT.
I think those bright red tie backs are PERFECT!

JoAnna of re-U creating new spaces said...

This is very cute!

Anonymous said...

Megan, I'm not even sure you check in to your old blog any more. Let's just say I miss you and your thoughts. In this post life, there aren't many lanterns to light the way... and you were one of the best lanterns when I needed one. Just wanted to say I miss you.

Anonymous said...

you have just made my day! i love to spray paint. AND i need to make curtains for our sliding door. AND muslin is super reasonable.
you are amazing amazing amazing! going to work on them soon using your fab tutorial! =)

Andrea said...

Those curtains came out great. I say you have guts for trying this lol. I am glad i stopped over from M.M.M. I started a link party on thursday too.
I also started welcoming guest posts.

Jenny Hall / Seamingly Smitten said...

I LOVE the strips and the Red Ribbon!! Very modern look and you're so lucky to have your own craft room!!

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Kindra-At Home With K said...

I love the look you created on your curtains using spray paint! How clever!
I'm your newest follower! Come on by for a visit sometime! I have a weekly linky party called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. It's for projects made for $10 or less. I would love to have you link up sometime!

KelliB said...

CUTE!!! I LOVE THESE! I would of never thought to use spray paint! I would love for you to share these at my linky party going on now over at The Inspired Collection! Please stop by !


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