How to Paint Striped Curtains

Give plain curtains a bit of personality with this easy painted stripe technique.

Decorating with Striped Curtains


Vertical and horizontal striped curtains introduce pattern and color into your home with this easy technique. Try a bold hue in a neutral room, or keep your scheme subtle with black-and-white striped curtains. By painting curtains, you can save money and create a custom look you'll love.

Paint curtains on a budget with our easy DIY instructions.

What You'll Need

To paint striped curtain panels, you'll need the following supplies:

  • Drop cloth
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Thick painters tape
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Paintbrush
  • Chalk-finish paint

How to Paint Striped Curtains

  1. Start with a solid lined curtain panel. Lay it over a drop cloth on a flat surface.
  2. Measure out your desired stripe widths and mark with a pencil.
  3. Apply painters tape across the width of the curtain panel, smoothing out the fabric as you go.
  4. Working in sections, spray a stripe area with water to help the paint glide on and soak in for better coverage.
  5. Swirl paint onto the fabric using a brush. Paint away from the tape edge for a clean line. Repeat for each stripe.
  6. If desired, apply a second coat.
  7. Once dry, peel away the painters tape, hang, and enjoy!


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