Tips & Tricks Thursday – Finally Finished!
Well, it may have taken a few days longer than anticipated, but I’ve finally finished my painted drapery panels (cue the Hallelujah Chorus)!
For the first time in 3 years, we have drapes in our master bedroom. That fact is difficult for me to admit publicly, but there it is…
The project was a bit more labor intensive than I had expected, but well worth the work. The panels look great.
Here’s this week’s tip and trick for DIY drapery panels from start to finish:
1. WHITE CANVAS PANELS
I used the Merete panels from Ikea. They are 98″ long and are two for $25. You can’t beat the price! One thing to consider: if you use these, the rings at the top are just under 1.5″ in diameter, which means your rods should be about 1″ (I found this out the hard way… It’s all in the details!)
Also, be sure to iron out the creases in your panels before you start painting.
2. 2 QUARTS OF FLAT INTERIOR LATEX PAINT
I painted 5 stripes (at 11″ wide) on four panels, and this was plenty of paint. Each quart covers roughly 100sf.
3. SMALL CABINET PAINT ROLLER
This roller worked great! I was even able to paint right over the metal on the rings (which wiped right off even after it was dry). Just be aware that touch-ups may be necessary (especially if you’re using darker colors).
Note: I used a brush on the first panel. I noticed that even with the flat paint, brush strokes were visible where I touched up some sections.
4. PAINTER’S TAPE AND DROP CLOTHS
I used the tape to section of each area. My stripes ended up being 11″ wide. I suggest always checking and rechecking the placement before painting!
Here’s the finished product:
What do you think?