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 cost 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!

In case you missed the last Grandkids room update, check it out here: Perfect Paint Lines when Painting Stripes.

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Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home 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.

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

  1. Awesome article! I just posted this on Facebook and my followers really enjoyed it.
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  2. These look amazing! I have just bought my daughter some cheap plain calico curtains (I love the look of calico) and was pondering what I would do with them. I might just have my answer! I wonder if using a simple circle stencil would be faster though?

    1. Yes! It would definitely be faster with a stencil. Just remember to not have too much paint on your brush or roller so that it doesn’t bleed through. You could also use a spray adhesive for fabric to keep it nice and tight to the fabric. I’d love for you to send me pics if you try it! Let me know how it goes 🙂

  3. Congratulations, it looks really great. A simple method, but this ideas was beautify the room. I can try in my childrens room.

  4. […] dots on them.  But when we realized how expensive the fabric was, we had to go to plan B.  So I painted some Jumbo Polka-dots onto some grommet top curtains and ended up liking them better than the […]

  5. I have been looking for pink polka dot curtains and am having no luck. I am really not a DIYer either … but I am tempted to try … unless you want to make some for me and I will pay you! 😉 Half kidding, half not! 🙂

    1. Hahaha! I would totally take you up on it if I had the time, but summer with my little lady home has me way short on time. In all honesty this is a super simple project that you can totally do! I believe in you and the money you save to get exactly what you are looking for is going to be so worth it! Let me know if you need more encouragement and please send photos of your finished project! I’d love to showcase them in an upcoming reader’s spotlight post 🙂 Happy polka-dot-painting!

  6. Hi there! this post caught my eye on Pinterest! Love it! I’m wanting to paint my own curtains for the living room – green horizontal stripes on white curtain panels. From what I’ve read Ikea is the best place to buy the curtains. I’m curious…which white curtains did you purchase for this project…there are a couple different ones that they sell. Are they fabric or more like plastic? And from the picture it doesn’t look like the curtains are super thick for blocking out light…right? I’m just trying to judge what I would need buy for our living room which lets in TONS of light! Anyway, great post! And I host a link party w/6 other ladies every weekend. I’d love to have you share this at our party! I know my readers would love it!

    1. Hi there! These are MERETE curtains from IKEA. They are a thicker fabric, but definitely don’t block out all light and are a slightly off white color. They were easy to paint, but the paint did soak through in a few spots. I think they would be easy to add a black out lining too if you wanted them to black out all of the light. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions and I’ll see you at the link party!

  7. Gena Thomas says:

    Totally adorable and opens the idea door to so many possibilities.

    1. Thanks Gena! I know what you mean…these won’t be the last painted curtains I do, I’m sure!

  8. […] kiddos next summer so I know these tips will come in handy.  I absolutely LOVED these polka-dot painted curtains from Tiny Sidekick.  This inspired me to try to paint the curtains in my son’s bedroom! […]

  9. OMG! These are so adorable! They look terrific and I can’t wait to see the finished room.

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  11. Oh my goodness–these curtains are SO cute! I may have to do this for my son’s room–pinning it now! I’m so happy you linked this up at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

  12. Those polka dots are so cute! I love them paired with the stripes on the wall 🙂

    1. Thanks! I love the two prints together and like that it isn’t to matchy-matchy. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Thanks so much Christine! Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

    2. Misty Smith says:

      I love it, but my daughters curtains are light green,and i wanna paint them pink,im going with the princess theme,any suggestions? ??????

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  15. I adore polka dots and jumbo ones are the best! These turned out so cute! Great job!

  16. They look awesome, and I love the stripe you did on the wall. Can’t wait to see the finished room! I have been working up the courage to do a room reveal for the kids’ rooms I’ve been working on , but it always seems like there is just one more project I want to finish first.

    1. Thanks Alexis! I know what you mean…is a room ever really done?

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