DIY Stenciled Curtains

For the past three or four days I have been a busy little bee, which may explain my inability to get to work on time, shh don’t tell anyone! See, I have a problem leaving the house on time when I immerse myself in diy projects. The project of the week was to stencil curtains for the dining room. I wasn’t really looking forward to the project because I knew I would have to do majority of it alone until Milla came home from work and helped. I owned up to the challenge anyway because I couldn’t just let a free stencil go to waste. Thanks ( Cutting Edge Stencils!)

The neglected dining room was finally getting some much needed attention. First the fabulous craigslist buffet and now the curtains. white ikea grommet curtains merete
At first we had simple white grommet curtains from Ikea, but we were both looking for a bold pattern to liven up the dining room. Try not to stare at the ugly ceiling fan, we have plans for that and the mirror.

I laid the white curtain on a tarp  to setup my painting area. Breeze wasn’t much of a helper as you can see, he was more interested in the birds and squirrels outside. We decided on a geometric stencil, specifically the Oasis Allover Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils. We love the Moroccan style and thought it was a great complement to the floral and chevron in the living room.

The color of choice is Synergy by Sherwin Williams. Place the stencil over the curtain panel and tape it down to prevent shifting. You’d want to use low tack tape to be on the safe size. I also used spray adhesive, but as the curtain flattened out I didn’t really need it. Also a small high density 3′ roller works better than 6″ rollers. When you load the paint on the roller, make sure to roll of excess on a paper towel to the point where you can’t see any wet paint. This will prevent bleeding. Ready to see how the first time went??

I was surprised it went on so easily and with no bleeding. This stencil is the best. And while I do love the stencil, I did get a little tired after awhile, but that had more to do with it being well after midnight when I finished the last curtain. I’m pretty sure a flat surface like a wall would be much easier to do. I took breaks in between when I had to work or when I was just tired of stenciling, but I managed to complete the last panel today! Yay, here is how it looked after I was done.

I was really scared to mess up and thought I did in some areas, but you can’t tell. I’m not the type that harps on perfection anyway. I allowed them to dry for a bit and then hung them up.

Aren’t they great? Now my question to you all is should I keep the lamp shade as is or go with basic white shades? I’m leaning toward basic white shades. Here’s a closeup.

I didn’t really go for full paint coverage for two reasons, I didn’t want to add too much paint and cause bleeding and two I like the screen printed appearance. Remember that ugly ceiling fan? Well at the suggestion of one of out great readers, I bought white replacement fan blades from Home Depot 5 for $15. It makes a world of difference! Thank you so much Yanelle!

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Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects, Tutorials

About Kahli

Kahli was born one minute after Milla. She is a pinterest addict and will dedicate numerous hours to cataloging inspiration.

32 Responses to DIY Stenciled Curtains

  1. Amanda

    Those curtains are INCREDIBLE!!! I’m speechless!

    • Kahli

      Thanks Amanda! They were a little time consuming but well worth it!

  2. Katie @ Wildwood Creek

    One word–GORGEOUS!!!

    • Kahli

      Thanks Katie! I don’t know if I’d do them again lol.

  3. Adventures in Dressmaking

    Those look AMAZING!! Great job, and what a beautiful room!

    • Kahli

      Thanks so much, the room is not nearly done still needs artwork and decor accessories

  4. marilyn

    They look wonderful! I love the color. 😀

  5. cassie

    those are so fun and add that color you wanted, so you should definitely leave the sideboard alone! :)
    awesome job!
    i will probably need to get to ikea in the next couple weeks- we should meet up! i always head to the white marsh one.

    • Kahli

      I just told Milla that I really didn’t feel like painting it haha. Yes we should definitely do that. We’ll even take off work. Have you ever been to the college park IKEA even though it is bigger than the whitemarsh IKEA I hate it lol

  6. Latoya @The Scotts Crib

    They look beaut tiful! I can’t wait until I get my stencil. I have multiple uses in my head already!

  7. Kat Aste

    Curtains are amazing but spray paint the whole fan white!

    • Kahli

      Believe me I would like to do just that, but I can’t since we are renters.

      • Barbe aka Bee

        Kahli, are you able to replace the entire fan until you move? I’ve done that many times with lighting, as well as, plumbing(faucets) in my rentals. I just replace them when I’m ready to move. -_^

        • Kahli

          We were too scared to take down the other part lol. That’s why we replaced the blades at least

  8. Dana @ Circa Dee

    I am stunned! This looks amazing. Great job.

  9. Eileen

    What an awesome idea! We’re renting, too. It’s nice when you can get such a gorgeous color into a room without having to worry about re-painting, isn’t it? I’ve never been brave enough to try something like this, but I have to admit you’ve officially inspired me. They look great!

  10. Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy}

    Oh wow… I wish I didn’t have the patience of a 4 year old because I would so be doing something just like this. Alas, I will just have to live vicariously through your incredible efforts. Bravo! xx

    • Kahli

      Lol you should go for it! Do it!. What am I talking about! I don’t think I’ll ever stencil fabric again lol.

      • Milla

        Yea kah we will not be doing this again lol

  11. Barbe aka Bee

    WOW!!! What a fantastic look! Way to go . . . You are so creative. Please don’t change your lamp shades. I think the band gives it that elegant finish that goes great with your vintage style. Didn’t realize you were renters. I’d like to feature you on my blog; perfect example of having style and decor in a rental. Thanks so much for sharing! : )

    • Kahli

      Oh we would love to be featured. Yes we have to try to spruce up our apartment as much as we can!

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  13. nikki

    These turned out great! I’ve been trying to decide for months if I want to tackle this. This is helping.

  14. samaa @ Honey Sweet Home

    Wow girls these look incredible!! I can’t get over it, they are soo nice! Do they feel stiff at all from the paint? You did a fabulous job :) and I LOVE the colour!

    • Kahli

      Yeah they are a little stiff but the curtains didn’t have much drape to begin with because it was a heavier weight. But if you need it to be softer adding fabric medium will work

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  17. Rachel

    These curtains are great! How did you keep the stencil placement so even?

    • Kahli

      Hello Rachel,

      I used some re-positionable spray adhesive at first with not a too much tackiness to it. But trust it is not completely straight the pattern is just so busy that you can’t really pick up on the mistakes lol.

      Word of advice it is not a quick process at all.

  18. Kathy, Petticoat Junktion

    Kahli, The curtains are a work of art. I love stencils. That’s the only way I can paint a design! I stopped by to tell Milla I appreciated her visiting Petticoat Junktion.Then I got wrapped up into reading your posts. Love what you girls do and you are both soooo funny. I enjoyed reading your posts. Have a great weekend.

    • Milla

      Thanks for coming by Kathy! We are always looking for new blogs to visit. And thanks to link parties we found your blog. Great work you have over there. Toodles!

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