Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Stenciled Curtains

I really love the look of woodblock print inspired curtains from stores like West Elm, World Market, and Anthropologie.  But the price is usually out of my range or the colors or pattern are just not quite right.  So being up to trying new things I decided to try my hand at painting a stencil on the curtains we had in our bedroom.

I found a medallion-type stencil from Michael's and some acrylic paint in "Citron" to go with our blue and green bedroom color scheme.  (I'm not sure how acrylic paint will do with washing, a fabric paint may have been a better choice.)  I decided to slightly change the medallion pattern for alternating rows by painting or leaving out the little diamond shapes at the edges.

The painting part didn't take too long, but waiting for the paint to dry between the rows seemed to take forever!  But eventually everything was painted and here we have the finished product:

And here's a picture of the before for comparison's sake:

I think the new curtains add a nice pop of color.

And a little closer:

Because the pattern was painted on using a sponge brush the paint application was not even giving it a bit of texture which I think adds to the handmade look.  (Sorry for the wrinkles, I'm not much of an ironer!)

I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.  Having only one small window in our bedroom makes the room a bit dark but these new curtains sure do brighten things up!

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Anonymous said...

Very nice! Perfect colour too for your room - I like!

Chef in Training said...

I love them! The go nicely with the blue walls! great job! I found your blog through a link party and I am your newest follower I would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

Michele said...

I too, admired the wood blocked curtains at west elm and world market and have entertained the thought of diy. Yours are a tempting inspiration. Great job and awesome!

Our Lovely Bungalow said...

Thanks for the comments!
Linda :o)

Jess said...

FWIW, I've painted a number of fabric items with straight acrylic paint, no fabric medium, and they've held up quite well in the wash. I use cold water, gentle dryer cycle or air dry. As long as the paint on your curtains is completely dry before you wash (which it obviously is!) you should be fine. I love the pattern and color you've chosen-- might have to do something like that myself!

Our Lovely Bungalow said...

Thanks for the info Jess! I was a bit worried that I might never be able to wash them! :o) Good to know the acrylic paint should hold up in the wash. Thanks again!
Linda :o)

Kristen said...

These turned out so pretty! I love the color you chose!

Jessica @ Balancing the Dream said...

Wow! These turned out great!! Good color choice! I may have to attempt this project! Thanks for sharing!

Delightful Deets said...

These look great! I love the colors in your room! Found you from Somewhat Simple and featured you on my Friday 5!

rockisshell said...

I am very happy with how it turned out. After only one small window in our bedroom makes the room a little dark, but this is no doubt the new curtains brighten things.

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Unknown said...

They look so pretty! I love how they pop in your room! I featured them on my blog today!

Waseem said...

Turned out the colour you choose...look so smart.

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