I know that you’re expecting to see a post about my dipped dining room chairs, but I’m having technical difficulties which I’ll elaborate more on later. So while I’m literally waiting for paint to dry, I decided to get started on a project for Derek’s living room. His windows are just about floor to ceiling height and require 106″ drapery panels, which are impossible to find so I decided to make him some custom panels which ended up being much cheaper and the perfect length.
So I went to Hobby Lobby knowing that the fabric wasn’t on sale so that I could use my 40% off coupon on one whole GIANT cut of fabric. Six yards to be exact. I chose a white “twill” which was really more of a canvas texture than a twill, but whatever. The fabric was $6.00/yd so with my coupon it came out to about $33. It was 54″ wide so I knew that I could cut it in half to create 4 panel total [cut in half lengthwise and widthwise]. Derek decided that he wanted wide grey horizontal stripes to add some oomph so I also snagged some grey latex paint at Lowes for $8.
YOU WILL NEED
fabric [or pre-made drapery if your windows aren't freakishly tall]
interior latex paint [in the color of your choice]
small paint roller
drapery ring clips [unless you're using pre-made drapery panels]
First I laid out the entire yardage of fabric and folded it in half lengthwise and cut it to create two 109″ panels. I then folded down the top and bottoms 1.5″ each because I knew that I would be hemming it and I didn’t want that part to mess with my striping calculations, and each panel needed to be 106″. So I ironed the two folds and laid each panel on the floor to begin measuring.
Because each panel needed to be 106″ tall I calculated that that there would be 10 stripes that were 10.5″ tall which gave me an extra 1″ at the top for the ring clips. So I measured out every 10.5″ on both sides of the panel to lay down the tape evenly.
I was really nervous about the tape not being straight since it tends to get wavy the longer it is, but Derek the genius decided that if we both pull an end really tight and stuck it down like a plumb line it would be straight. Plus this big 54″ panel would end up being cut in half to create two panels, so you really would’t notice if the stripes were a little off.
Sidenote: When placing the tape it’s important to remember that the white stripe will have the tape placed on the inside of the marks, while the colored stripe will have the tape placed on the outside of the marks so that they are the same size. I kind of struggled with this part and had to redo the second panels because I had the tape on the wrong sides. Ooops. We also marked the portions that would be white with a piece of tape to so that it was obvious which stripes wouldn’t be painted.
You’ll want to do two coats of paint. I got a little excited with the first panel and did one coat and peeled the tape up and then in the morning when the sun was out I realized that it definitely needed an extra coat. So we put tape back down and I applied the second coat. You live and you learn! Must. Have. Two. Coats.
This is my tape removing method. Derek thought it was absolutely ridiculous, but it seemed logical to me. The socks were to keep my feet from sticking to the plastic drop cloth. Aren’t they snazzy? Thanks Edwina! You want to peel the tape while the paint is still wet so that you don’t peel up the paint with it after it dries.
I was really surprised with how clean the stripes were. Usually when I use painters tape the paint seeps a little, and with fabric I was extra nervous, but I did smash it down until my fingers burned so that probably had something to do with it?
I picked up these drapery ring clips at Home Depot for $7 for 7 rings. Seven? Really? Who wants an odd number of drapery clips? I had to buy three packages because I needed 16 [4 for each panel]. So I have a few extra for when I have a hankering to make more panels.
And voila! I still need to hem the sides but I needed to get them out of the way so they’re temporarily hanging for now until I can sew them this weekend. Four 106″ panels take up a lot of space! Also there is an extra grey stripe at the bottoms of each panel but the drapery rods need to be moved up above the molding, and I didn’t want them dragging on the ground so they’re pinned up for now.
And now for a nice moody night shot..
Derek just loves how they turned out, and I really love the instant coziness they created. His living room is starting to look like complete!
fabric – $33
paint – $8
painters tape – already had
drapery clips $21 [for 3 packs]
Total – $62
So two sets of 105″ drapery panels for $31 each.. you really can’t beat it! Have you ever painted drapery before? It was so easy and actually really fun!