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

  • Apron
  • Plastic containers (3)
  • Canvas drop cloth
  • Rubber gloves
  • Crafts paint (2 per color)
  • Plastic sheet
  • Water
  • White curtain panel
  • Scissors
  • 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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Cut both car sponges in half using scissors.

Step 4

Lay the curtain panel over your work surface, and lightly spritz it with water from the spray bottle.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Repeat the process with the remaining colors, continuing down the length of the curtain. Use areas of overlap to add interest.

Step 7

Lay out the curtain panel or hang to dry, then repeat with any additional curtain panels.

Comments (1)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
July 20, 2018
Can you wash these?