How to Paint Striped Curtains

Striped curtains offer a casual yet impactful way to dress windows. Skip the store and learn how to paint striped curtains for the same look. This easy painted stripe technique gives plain curtains a bit of personality in no time.

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

Vertical and horizontal striped curtains introduce pattern and color into your home. With DIY striped curtains, you can save money and create a custom look you'll love. Try a bold hue in a neutral room that needs a little lift, or create a striking design with black-and-white striped drapes. These easy DIY instructions show you exactly how to paint striped curtains perfectly. This DIY curtain idea uses chalk-finish paint, which gives a matte look.

What You'll Need

  • Drop cloth

  • Solid lined curtain panel

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil

  • Thick painters tape

  • Spray bottle with water

  • Paintbrush

  • Chalk-finish paint

How to Paint Striped Curtains

Step 1: Prep the Curtains

Start with a solid lined curtain panel. If needed, iron out any wrinkles before painting curtains. Lay the panel over a drop cloth on a flat surface.

Step 2: Measure the Stripes

Measure your desired stripe widths and mark with a pencil. Rather than just marking at the edge of one panel, measure and make several marks across the length of the curtain panel to help you apply the painters tape straight.

Step 3: Mark with Tape

Apply painters tape across the width of the curtain panel, smoothing out the fabric as you go. Check as you go along to make sure the tape is straight. Press down the edges of the tape to ensure no paint seeps underneath. 

Step 4: Prep for Paint

Working in sections, lightly spray a stripe area with water. This will help the paint glide on and soak in for better coverage.

Step 5: Paint Stripes

Swirl paint onto the fabric using a brush. Paint away from the tape edge for a clean line. Repeat for each stripe. If desired, apply a second coat.

Step 6: Remove Tape

Once dry, peel away the painters tape, hang your striped curtain panels, and enjoy! If you’re making a set of vertical striped curtains that will hang together, repeat the steps, but check to make sure the stripes are in alignment from one panel to the next.

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