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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:



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.


I painted 5 stripes (at 11″ wide) on four panels, and this was plenty of paint. Each quart covers roughly 100sf.


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.


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?



17 Comments Post a comment
  1. Tiina, they turned out great! They add such a bold wonderful element to your room! Great job! xo Kristin

    November 1, 2012
    • Thanks, Kristy! Now it’s onto the next project. I’m going to take a cue from you, and spray paint the small cabinet in our hall. I’m thinking black!


      November 1, 2012
  2. OMG. Great DIY idea, Can you imagine the applications: they are endless.

    November 1, 2012
    • Thanks, Benji! I love all of the potential applications. I’m thinking I may need to “update” my living room panels. Maybe a long vertical stripe around the frame of the panel?


      November 1, 2012
  3. Looks great! But, how’s the texture? Is it super-stiff from the paint? Or flexible? Interesting idea!

    November 1, 2012
    • The texture is a little stiff, but still hangs nicely. I did have to fuss a little bit with the stiffness on the painted stripe at the bottom. Once I got it situated, though, it worked just fine.


      November 1, 2012
  4. Love! They look fantastic! And we just bought the same curtains at IKEA, so I know what a steal they were! 😉

    November 1, 2012
  5. I’m usually afraid of DIY projects because the details intimidate me. I’m so grateful for your humor and honesty when relaying your experiences! They make me feel like I can tackle projects like these too.

    November 2, 2012
    • Tina, every single project seems to be an experience with trial and error (sometimes more error!). Humor is the key to sanity during the whole thing!


      November 2, 2012
  6. Ann Milne #


    November 3, 2012
  7. These look great…I absolutely love them! I could have sworn that I was looking at the drapes we just sewed for our living/dining room area!!

    January 22, 2013
    • Thanks Gabbi! They were a lot of fun to make. I’ll have to check out yours, too!


      January 22, 2013

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