DIY Painted Curtains

I used to be a safe color kinda girl. You know, lots of blacks, browns, dark colors.  But then I grew up and decided to step out of the box, just a little bit and bring in some bold colors. So I picked a color that I really liked and painted my curtains to bring in more color.  Below is a quick tutorial on how to make your own DIY Painted Curtains with Cabana Stripes.

Here’s a list of the materials that I needed:

  • Curtains
  • Paint
  • Rollers
  • Paint tray
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drop Cloth
  • Measuring tape / ruler

Gather up your materials so it will be a smoother, quicker process.  Once you have them all, let’s get started!


I chose the white curtains from IKEA since I just happened to be there.  Any white curtains will do.  I also picked up my paint from Walmart in a color that I really liked. It doesn’t match my blues exactly but it is in the same family.

White Curtains and Paint Swatch


Lay down a drop cloth and tape it down tight.  Then lay down the curtain on top and tape that down as well.

Next, we measure out the stripes we need.  This is a little tedious but worth it when it’s all done.  The curtains measured 98″ and I knew I wanted 5 turquoise stripes and 4 white stripes. So if you divide 98″ x 9 stripes, you get stripes of about 10.89″ tall.  So I marked out the stripes using a measuring tape.

Note: Please use pants that do not bleed.  I must have kneeled down on something and cut my knee.  When I looked down at my curtain, there was blood stains. 🙁  Not cool. I had to use peroxide to remove it.  Just a helpful tip.

I also marked out which stripe to not paint with some painter’s tape so I didn’t confuse myself.  Then we start rolling on the paint.

DIY Painted Curtains



After it’s all painted, let it dry thoroughly before lifting it up.

Oh and another TIP: there’s no need to soak it all in one shot. I kept adding paint so it was thoroughly covered.  Well… my curtain didn’t dry quickly because there was a pool of paint underneath my curtain.  Sigh.. it took hours for it to dry.

Finally it dried and I was able to hang it up.  Please excuse my poor quality photos.  I didn’t have my camera with me and I was so excited to get it up here.

DIY Painted Curtains
Hope you enjoyed my little version of DIY Painted Curtains.  I think I’m breaking out of the safe color box pretty well.

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

Love, Lucy

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