Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Stenciling Curtains

I wanted some new curtains, something cheerful, a splash of color.  I searched everywhere, and finally found the inspiration here;


Alas, not in our budget, but I just could not get them out of mind.  You know when you see something and that's it. You could buy something else, but you will always compare it.

Well I then found new inspiration here;

and here;

So I started to plan my own stenciling project.
Here it is!

I started with plain curtains.  I thought about using canvas but found these for a super reasonable $14.99 /pair.   They had a nice bronze antique grommet and a sheen to them.





I ironed them.




I  had some old large boxes and found the right stencil and fabric paints at the craft store, of course, used my coupons.

I started with a sponge dabber. But ended returning to a stencil brush, you know the kind, sorry, didn't get a picture of it.  I think it used less paint, and I like it's handling better.
Sounds like I'm talking about a car, doesn't it.

I ended up needing 4 bottles for 4 panels.  
I mixed satin finish colors,  geranium and tiger lily for an accented effect.



Different people have talked about using the stencil glue, I didn't, just my true blue painters tape.
Make sure that it is flat, you can see a little bubble above, it was flat when painting.
I used another stencil in the same package to help measure.


Here is one all done! The first one took me forever...
Thankfully the remainder went faster.
I ironed them again to heat seal the paint, or you can tumble dry them.



Here the final product! 
I think they turned out pretty good.
Now just have to wait for some bamboo shades to go with them.
Or may be I should just paint my cheap vinyl shades with a faux bamboo look?
Hmmmm...




Would love to know what you think?



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20 comments:

  1. They are stunning, and look better than the Anthropologie ones (not massed produced). Love it!

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    1. Eleni, I LOVED them!!! What a wonderful idea. They turned out lovely!!! I am so happy they were featured too!!

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  2. I think yours are better than Anthropologie too! Great job! (:

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  3. Thanks so much! I really like them, close to love!

    Getting ready to do it again pretty soon, with another set.

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  4. I really, really like that you took the stencils and made your own pattern. They look amazing. Awesome Job!

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    1. Thanks Mary Jo, it was worth the effort! Thanks too for commenting, it's nice to know.
      Have a great day!

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  5. Wow! Those came out wonderful! I love the pattern and color. And that Martha Stewart craft paint is my favorite.

    Have a great week!

    Angela

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    1. Thanks Angela, I appreciate your comment, you have such good taste, it means a lot.

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  6. BEAUTIFUL... What a great idea! Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches!

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  7. Thanks Nicole, we are really enjoying them. BTW, LOVE the chevron bag tags! If you haven't visitied D and S yet, go take a look! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Watch out Anthropology. Your curtains look stunning. Really well done!

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    1. Thanks Amy, hee hee hee. I'm going to try your mango salsa this weekend with spareribs! YUM! Already drooling.

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  9. Stenciling curtains are great. You can know all from this post

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  10. Better than the ones you took your idea from. Great job!

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  11. These are gorgeous. I love the color combination.

    By any chance are you willing to share where you got the curtains?



    Followed from Knock Off Decor.

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    1. Thanks. I don't remember which store exactly as this was a few months ago, but it was one of the "fashionista" chains.
      Hope this helps.

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  12. Very pretty, great job!
    Wanda Ann @ memoriesbythemile.com

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  13. How beautiful. You must have a lot of patience. Those look amazing. Job well done. Take that anthropologie :)

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    1. Patience, hmmm, yes-yes I do have lots of patience, for some things. For other things-not so much. Thanks for popping over to share the day and for the compliment!

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  14. How satisfying to make something so lovely.

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