Painted Curtains with Jumbo Polka-Dots {& a grandkid’s room update}

 Polka-Dot Painted Curtains~ Raise your hand if you love polka-dots.  Keep it up if you are a sucker for a jumbo polka-dot!  Well then you have to stick around to see how I made these Jumbo Polka-Dot Painted Curtains!  I was driving in the car the other day listening to “Wheels on the Bus” for the gajilienth time, when I realized that in all the fall frenzy I hadn’t given you an update on the Grandkid’s Room I’ve been working on over at my mom’s house.   Last time I mentioned it was when I showed you how to get Perfect Paint Lines when Painting Stripes. It is sooooo close to being done.  We have just a few finishing touches.  I can’t wait to show you the big reveal, which should be in a few weeks!  (I promise I’ll get my act together.)  But one of the biggest wow factors in this room have to be these painted curtains that were inspired by a pretty pricey fabric.  This project costed me right around 30 bucks for both curtain panels!
How to Paint Curtains: Painting Jumbo Polka-dots on these curtains saved a lot of money on this room makeover.


To catch some of you up on the situation, my mom (the best Uma ever) has always wanted a bedroom at her house that is special for when the grand kids come over and asked for my help to make it happen.  First, we came up with a gender neutral color pallet of navy and turquoise with a little bit of green.  The original plan was to buy some fabric that we had seen with large navy blue polka-dots on it.  When we realized that it was going to cost us over 100 bucks to make them, we had to come up with an alternative and I’m so glad we did.  I am a sucker for a jumbo polka-dot and think that it is kid like, but more graphic than juvenile, so it will grow with the four grand kids that will nap, play, and have sleepovers in this room.
This is how I got the look.  You will need:
  •  curtain panels (I got mine from Ikea for 12 dollars for the pair on sale)
  • craft paint that works on fabric or fabric paint
  • something round from around the house that is the diameter that you want your circles to be
  • a pencil
  • and a small paint brush.
The hardest part of this project is finding a space big enough to lay your curtain panel out flat.  It will need to stay there for about 24 hours so keep that in mind.
I’m not big on measuring, so I just started tracing my bowl in the top right corner and worked my way down the curtain in a straight line, spacing my circles about 10 inches apart.  When I got to the bottom, I went back up to the top and started my next vertical line 10 inches away from and half way between the top two in the line I just made.  You can see the pattern in the picture below.  There are a few mistakes, but when they hang it looks fine.
When you are ready to start painting it is best to fill in the middle part of the circle first and then carefully do the edges.  Be sure to get a pretty thick coat of paint (especially if you are using white like I did,) because when the sun comes through them you can see where there isn’t enough paint.  I had to do a few touch ups after I hung them up the first time.
 I ain’t gonna lie.  This is a little bit time consuming…but totally worth the money saved.
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 What do you think?  Totally worth the time and effort right?  This was only one of the ways we saved some serious cash in this bedroom.  It will all be showing up here soon along with the finished room!

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home (formerly TinySidkeick,) where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

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