9.12.2011

Painted Faux Ombre Chevron Curtains

* You can see my newly updated room here.

I sat on this idea for awhile before I implemented it.  It's a running joke in my family that I was born in the wrong decade. :)  I tend to have good ideas, but majority of the time they are already implemented by someone else.  I was not surprised to have found that my "original" idea had already been photographed in a national magazine, on popular furniture website, performed by a popular blogger(s), and found among numerous link parties.  I was bummed, but I am use to it.  I knew chevrons are really hot among the blogging community right now, which is cool.  I love chevrons.  I mean I painted my walls in a chevron print and now on a set of curtains.  Heck, I even used the pattern on my snack bags.
(And I just realized right now that I may be coming across as a chevron freak.)



So this is how my faux ombre chevron curtains came about.


This is the magazine that graced my presence while thinking about painting curtains.  I didn't think curtains could be painted.  I thought I was going to take a risk and wing it, but a Better Homes & Garden Special Interest Publications confirmed that it could be done.

That's the #1 Dang it.



{Super cute!}

Once I knew that I could paint the curtains, I went with latex paint.   Latex paint is cheap, and there are tons of colors.  I picked out 4 colors from Lowe's and got them in sample cans. About a month or so later,  I was browsing the internet, and I came across this tutorial.

That's the #2 Dang it.

On the flip side, I was happy to read her tutorial because my first and only attempt was the right attempt, so I didn't waste any time or money.  By the time I read that tutorial, I had already completed my first panel.  Trust me though, I can totally relate to Kristen because I have had many projects go sour.

Halfway done with my curtains with one sore back (I worked on a coffee table), I was browsing the web (again) for cute rugs for my kitchen.   I came across this on Pinterest.



Yep, that's an ombre chevron duvet.  #3 Dang it.

I guess I do have something going in my favor.   Ombre chevron curtains.

Next on my list.  A valance for this sucker.

You can now see my full tutorial at Remodelaholic and read a post at Apartment Therapy.
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75 comments:

  1. gorgeous!!! love this look. i love how the colors in the chevron stripe go from light to dark too :-)

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  2. Great minds think alike I guess. I bought 4 drop cloths with plans of paint ombre chevron stripes on them for the curtain in my family room months ago. I have been dragging my feet on getting them done and now I am seeing it everywhere. I keep thinking "dang I totally thought I made that up." These are GORGEOUS!:)

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  3. Thank you both for you kind words!

    @ Laura- Isn't that the funniest and most frustrating thing ever??!! I will be posting a tutorial up soon, so you should come back and check it out.

    And I totally agree ~ Great minds do think alike! :) I would love to see your work once it is completed, so drop me a line, if you want when it is done.

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  4. I love those curtains! They look fantastic!

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  5. Thanks Brooke! You can see them the next day you come over for VT.

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  6. I am going bananas over these. They are gorgeous. I would love to give them a shout out on my blog. Let me know if that's okay! Beautiful.

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  7. By all means Courtney. PLEASE do!! Thank you so much! :)

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  8. Original or not... these curtains are amazing! You did a fabulous job, I am quite impressed and inspired!

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  9. These look AMAZING! I can't even believe you made these (and not just from fabric you found that already had the ombre + chevron gorgeousness) - I LOOOOVE it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  10. The curtains are awesome! I'm wondering what fabric/curtain panels you used? They have a nice sheen which totally glams up the whole project. :-)

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  11. Thank you everyone!!

    @ As Is~ I used Hancock's Tiffany Drapes. They are my favorite! (I have a some in my bedroom too, but in a different color.) They have a nice backing, so it helps block out light. Plus, they are substantial curtains for the price. If you use a coupon, you can get the curtains for around $21-$23 a panel, which is great compared to some mass retailers out there. Are you going to the High Point Market in Oct.?

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  12. This post is so funny! Literally within the past two weeks I have been gathering images to post themed collections...only to have those same themed collections posted by big and famous blogs. I just can't seem to get to the front of the line! Love the curtains! Included them on my Pinterest chevron board.

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  13. Blue Velvet Chair - This is me clicking the "like" button.

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  14. WOW, Nance--these look A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Great job :)

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  15. This turned out darling! I love them! Chevron is so in right now and I am trying to figure out a place to work it into my decor... Curtains is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!! I would love it if you would link it up to my Ta-Da Tuesday link party!! http://mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com/2011/09/ta-da-tuesday-link-party-4.html

    xoxo, Ashley J

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  16. they look awesome!!!
    lovely job.
    cheryl xox.

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  17. I love how your curtains came out! I haven't seen much ombre chevron, but I love it together as much as I love those two things by themselves!

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  18. They look great!!! You should go into business!!! I need to look at your blog often to get ideas!!

    Glenda Skinner (Jeff's mom)

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  19. I can't wait to see them in person this week! You are amazing!

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  20. Wow, you have patience to do all those chevrons! Good job! Saw you on linky party and now google following you, Karima :) www.karimascrafts.com

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  21. wow, i LOVE this!! so amazing. i love the ombre effect. beautiful.

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

    letbirdzfly.blogspot.com

    thanks so much for sharing!

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  22. I am a self confessed Chevron Freak too! :)
    Love what you did!
    Beautiful.

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

    A Mother Seeking...

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  23. I love your curtains! You did a fabulous job! This is exactly what I want to do in my living room.

    I would love if you would share with my Blog Stalking Thursday Linky Party. http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/
    See You There!

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  24. I love this! Chevron is so fun! I really like the ombre look as well as the metallic!

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  25. Beautiful. I love the color shades...so relaxing for a bedroom. Good job!

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  26. Wow! These are absolutely amazing! I love all things chevron, add in the ombre, and I'm in heaven. I'm impressed and can't wait to check out some of your other projects.Thanks so much for linking to my party so I could find you.

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  27. This is amazing! This is way better than the other ones I have seen around blogland. I'm a new follower. I hope you'll stop by!

    http://theloops13.blogspot.com/

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  28. This is so pretty!! I love how you changed the paint colors too. Thank you for sharing!

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  29. ooooh-la! ombre wins! you rocked these drapes so much that i'm gonna have to follow you now to see what you do next!

    amy

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  30. You did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. My gosh, you came up with the Missoni chevron print before Missoni was cool! This is the same Missoni that crashed the Target website when all their goods became available this week. LOVE your project and the ombre pattern kicks it up a notch. Good job!

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  32. Awwwww, thank you everyone! I am glad the hard work payed off not only for me but for others too!

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  33. I love these! I'm a chevron fanatic and you just did a fabulous job on these! I featured them on my blog today!

    http://craptastickatie.blogspot.com/2011/09/five-feature-friday-9.html

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  34. So very cute! I love the fresh look of the Chevron Pattern. I seem to have great ideas that have already been born, too! You're not alone!

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  35. This. is. amazing. You just married TWO of my obsessions. Love it!!

    mylifeasamrsh.blogspot.com

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  36. Wow I LOVE these!! The ombre...the chevron...the colors...so perfect!!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

    christinasadventures.com

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  37. I featured this today on my blog!! Come grab the new updated "featured" button!

    http://christinasadventures.com/2011/09/sunday-features-38.html

    I also pinned it!

    http://pinterest.com/christinasadven/20-below-features/

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  38. I'm with you (and Laura above). Bought the drop cloths months ago for Chevron curtains, still haven't gotten around to it, and now they are everywhere. Sigh. Well, they're not everywhere in my house, so I'm still going to do it, darnit... Sometime. Yours look great!

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  39. Thank you people! You all are too sweet.

    @ Kayla- Girl, get to it! :) Can't wait to see the end product!

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  40. I just love your chevron curtains. You did a great job. I will be featuring them tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  41. This is great! I featured it today, feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

    http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/2011/09/delightfully-inspiring-thursday-party_21.html

    DaNita

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  42. I've totally had this happen to me before with projects, but I don't think anyone should have to apologize for coming up with similar ideas. Great minds think alike, ya know?

    I love how your curtains turned out! Mixing the chevron and the ombre which are both popular trends, make this project super awesome. Great job!

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  43. These are fabulous! I would love to have you come do a special guest post about these are Remodelaholic. If you are interested, please let me know! Thanks!

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  44. Oh, I just saw these on Judy's blog DIY design and had to come over and tell you how perfect those curtains are. They are unique and yeah maybe not an original idea, but your choice of colors and the perfection of the chevron makes them look like a million bucks! Stunning they are! I am going to pin them on my Pinterest for everyone to see!

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  45. @ Remodelholic ~ I would be honored! Thank you!

    @ Stephanie ~ Thank you so much! I am a detailed-oriented person (well, for most things :), so I tried really hard to make them look good! The curtain panels also have a sheen to them, which I love. You can find them at Hancock's. Thank you for pinning it!!

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  46. I pinned this - they are gorgeous...they may have some popular elements (ombre and chevron) but I haven't seen anything remotely similar to your curtains. I love the colors and the sheen of the fabric/paint. you did an amazing job and they turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing.

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  47. I love the ombre curtains! What a great idea! I just installed no-sew chevron curtains in our bedroom. I just can't get over chevron! http://doordiy.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/no-sew-curtains-no-really/

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  48. a) those are BEAUTIFUL!
    b) I never would have thought to do an ombre chevron, it's so classy!
    ♥ this!!!!

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  49. Fabulous curtains!
    I'm in the middle of fixing up an entire foreclosure house, so I've been in color-picking-insanity over here with all the colors that go in each room.
    I would love to know the 4 colors you used. It would be nice to know an ombré color combo that already goes together just incase :)
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  50. Hi Unknown! Here are my color choices, but I do not have the lightest one since it was not printed on my sample can. I am sure you can find something that goes well with the other colors.
    Lowe's Valspar in Satin Base 2 Antique Blue
    " " Base 1 Paradise Blue
    Olympic Base 2 Satin Rendezvous

    Maybe I can help you with your "color-picking-insanity" :) and tell you the BEST thing you can do for your home is to keep the colors neutral and cohesive. This doesn't mean you have to use painter's beige for the entire house, or even at all for that matter. You can add pops of color throughout your home, but for reselling, it can be overwhelming for the buyer (and seller :) if you designate colors to particular rooms. For instance, I would not recommend having a green kitchen, blue living room, red bathroom, yellow bedroom, etc. Does that make sense? I apologize if I am spitting out info you already know. :)

    I hope those colors are helpful. Best of luck!!!

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  51. beautiful!


    www.fauxtreschic.blogspot.com

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  52. i forgot to mention along with "beautiful" that it's beaming! did you notice in your photos that the white sateen material has some golden hues shimmering after you painted the chevron stripes? it's amazing what paint and creativity can do!

    i think i'm on a bit of a chevron kick too.



    jen
    www.fauxtreschic.blogspot.com

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  53. Nancy - Your ombre chevron curtains are incredible! The paint colors you put together with the fabric of the curtain are exactly pitch perfect. Beautiful and inspirational work!

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  54. Lovely!!!!!! I just bought 6 yards of gray chevron fabric from Fabric.com to make something similar, but I love that yours are hand-done. Your curtains are beautiful =)

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  55. Absolutely beautiful.

    I just revamped my soffa...Interested to pop in at my place?

    Happy Monday.
    /CC

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  56. Your curtains are gorgeous, just beautiful! I have this linked to my ombre post too today, for inspiration!

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  57. Where did you get your curtains at and what type of paint did you use?

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  58. If you want to give your bedroom a soothing feel, then think of the colors that relax you and help in revitalizing your energy.

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  59. Turned out great! Love the ombre. I linked to your post in a post on my blog via your image! http://www.hypheninteriors.com/2012/09/20-things-you-can-paint.html

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  61. Beautiful! I just did my first painting-on-fabric project. I used leftover fabric from shortening these curtains: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80173916/, and painted over & filled in the wiggly stripe pattern with gray paint. Then I used it to recover a chair cushion. It looks great, but the latex paint definitely makes the fabric stiff in the painted areas. I'm considering painting curtains too - are your painted stripes stiff from the paint? They still look so soft and flowy in the pictures. I've read some posts from people who add fabric medium to the paint. What are your thoughts?

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  62. Thanks Jessi! My curtains are not stiff, but I am not sure why that is. I did not use a fabric medium, though I have read many people like to add that to their paint. My paint was latex, and I applied 1-2 coats. My polyester curtains are thicker than standard curtains too. They block out the sun.

    I have a set of brown curtains that are exactly like the ones in this room. I plan on painting them entirely in latex. I plan on sharing that experience in the future, but it won't be anytime soon. Maybe in a month or two? I'm curious to know how the curtains will react to being completely covered in latex paint.

    The curtains in this room have a great drape and are still pliable. Not crunchy or hard. Hope that helps!

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  63. Did you post any tutotial for these amazin curtains?
    I want to paint my yellow mustard curtains in the living room.

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    1. I did. The link is in this post or under my Home Projects link at the top of the page.

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  64. you have a lot of interesting ideas and i love your pretty tastes always, thanks, my blog at Curtain designs

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  65. Hi there,
    I only just found this post and I adore those curtains (I should say ADORE them), I'd love to do something similar in my family room, however I have three pets (who like to look out the windows and grubby up the curtains) so I was wondering if these painted curtains would be washable? I guess it pays to be so behind the game because maybe you've tried it?
    I don't wash my curtains often, but it would be nice to know if I'd be washing all my hard work away if I did!
    Thanks so much!

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    1. Thanks! I have not washed mine, and they have held up well with my son. You could add a medium to the paint to make it washable, but I would test it first before diving into the project.

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    2. Thanks Nancy...now for another 'newbie' question...what kind of fabric medium should I use? Do you have a favourite brand/type?

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    3. Martha Stewart has a nice one. White bottle with blue labeling found at any Michael's.

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