My thrifty curtain project (that only looks good through squinted eyes)
I must have gotten overly confident with the recent success of Mission: Couch Rejuvenation and the DIY patio set, because I took on a serious stenciling project when I had neither the time, nor the energy to devote to making it great.
To give you the CliffsNotes version of the story … I started with four of these curtains I found on clearance at T.J. Maxx:
So I laid out my clearance curtains on a painter’s dropcloth and got to work. Never mind the fact that it was 4 p.m., the kids were up from their naps, the mister had just walked in the door, and everyone was asking about dinner. “No prob,” I thought. “I can whip these out in no time.”
I took out a few bottles of acrylic craft paint, added some textile medium to it (so the paint would adhere to the fabric and make it washable) and started stenciling the curtains using stencils from the Martha Stewart Crafts collection.
This is when things got hairy.
Problem Numero Uno: I should have secured the stencils better because it became very difficult to keep them in place and prevent the paint from bleeding under the edges.
Problem Numero Dos: I was rushed for time, so I got sloppy with the application.
Problem Numero Tres: I added too much textile medium to the white paint, so the large white stencils came out translucent-looking.
In the end, this is what I got: Dining room curtains that only look good if you cock your head to the side and look through squinted eyes.
I will say that the one good thing these curtains provide is a perfect transition between our living room/foyer paint color and the dining room paint color.
So even though I’ve been humbled by yet another craft project, I hope you can use this idea as inspiration, learn from my mistakes, and go create your own gorgeous, thrifty curtains that you don’t have to look at all squinty-eyed. 🙂
Have you experienced any craft project “fails” lately?