This summer we moved into a little home of our own, after living with my parents for the past few years, and I've caught the decorating bug bad. I've never been much into decorating. I think because we've always rented & I've always felt like we didn't have the extra funds for it. And even though we are still renting now, I feel so much a desire to make our space beautiful & comfortable & nice.
In our living room, I knew that curtains would make a big impact for a small price. I'd seen a few DIY painted curtains on pinterest & loved the look of big stripes! So I bought a canvas drop cloth & picked out a nice mustard yellow paint color at the home improvement store & set out to get these curtains made!
I measured my panels & cut them down leaving one side on the drop cloth hem intact (less sewing later). Then I measured my stripes (mine are 10 inches tall) & then taped them off. Next step was painting. This took more time & paint then I originally thought. But a few days of work during school & nap time & they were done. The material sucks up a lot of paint, but it is also really easy to get nice clean lines on the canvas. I ended up using about one quart of paint on these curtain panels.
For the unfinished edges of the curtain, I just folded them under & ran them through my sewing machine. I would suggest doing this before you paint as you won't want to use your hot iron on the painted sections. I painted first, but luckily the canvas folds over really easily & it wasn't difficult to hem without ironing. You could also just hot glue the hems if you didn't want to sew.
These curtains took more time to make than I expected, but it was totally worth it! I spent about $35 to make them & I got the exact look that I wanted. I love them!