How to Sponge-Paint Curtains
Turn plain curtains into one-of-a-kind beauties with this easy painting technique, which yields a gorgeous watercolor effect.
Plain to Pretty
Don't leave your four-post bed draped in basic white curtains. Add an impressive pop of DIY interest with sponge-painted colors. Follow these steps for a beautiful bedroom statement piece.
What You Need
- Plastic containers (3)
- Canvas drop cloth
- Rubber gloves
- Crafts paint (2 per color)
- Plastic sheet
- White curtain panel
- Car sponges (2)
- Spray bottle
- Stir sticks
Prep your work surface. Lay both the plastic sheet and the drop cloth over a large, flat surface.
Create your paint mix by pouring one tube of paint into a container and diluting it with at least 2 cups of water. Stir until evenly mixed. Repeat with the other two colors and containers.
Cut both car sponges in half using scissors.
Lay the curtain panel over your work surface, and lightly spritz it with water from the spray bottle.
Begin painting by dipping one sponge into the first paint color. Wring out to avoid drips before blotting the sponge onto the curtain. Use any pattern desired.
Repeat the process with the remaining colors, continuing down the length of the curtain. Use areas of overlap to add interest.
Lay out the curtain panel or hang to dry, then repeat with any additional curtain panels.