So, remember when I talked about painting curtains and how easy it looked? Well, how wrong I was.
I went to Joann’s and bought some fabric paint. I opted for yellow since I’m thinking of changing up the color scheme in our living room (I want a grey couch, possible grey wall), so I figured I needed some color. The fabric paint colors are pretty limited, and even more limiting are the ones that come in a spray paint. So, I went ahead and bought the brush kind with a new roller brush.
I brought all my supplies home:
And, I started taping off the horizontal stripes I wanted to paint. My curtains are 92 inches, so I opted for 10 inch stripes, minus the top 2 inches where the grommets are. The tape didn’t really stick on to the fabric, so I thought rather than taping it all and then painting, I should tape, paint, tape, paint, etc. I set everything up on my dining table with a piece of cardboard underneath in case there was any bleed through.
Things were still going well at this point. The fabric paint and roller were a slow process, but I had time, so not a big deal. Then, as I looked at my curtain all painted pretty, I was super happy with how everything was turning out. I asked Sean to help me hang the first panel so I could admire all our work. That’s where things went haywire.
So, in the blinding sun, every stroke and thin layer of paint was now so visible. But not just that, the yellow color that I had so carefully chosen was now a blinding orange color in the sunlight. Definitely not what I thought matched my color scheme. Want to see?
Yep, pretty terrible. Sean tried to say that he liked it, that it had a sort of “patina” look to it. I told him that it looked like we DIY’d curtains and that we did a crappy job. The one saving grace? At night (or when the sun starts setting), things actually look pretty good.
So for now, one panel is up so that we don’t have peeping toms, but clearly I’m going to have to get some new curtains stat. Either that, or get to work on adding a second and third coat. But, by that time at $4/each for a bottle of paint, it seems like new curtains are probably the better way to go. Have you had a DIY fail?