Plain to Pretty: Sponge-Paint Curtains

DIY Pretty Curtain

Who says your bed post drapes have to be boring plain? And who says you must break the bank to buy some pretty, well patterned curtains to beautify your bedroom, when you can do-it-yourself? Yes, you can turn those plain curtains into one-of-a-kind beauties with this really easy painting technique, which yields a gorgeous watercolour effect. Add an impressive pop of DIY interest with sponge-painted colours. The excellent news is that you can use any colour of your choice. Follow these steps for a beautiful bedroom statement piece. Watch video for better understanding.

What You Need
·         Apron
·         Plastic containers (3)
·         Canvas drop cloth
·         Rubber gloves
·         Crafts paint (2 per colour – regular wall paints or latex paints can do the job too)
·         Plastic sheet
·         Water
·         White curtain panel
·         Scissors
·         Car sponges (2)
·         Spray bottle
·         Stir sticks


Step 1
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 colours 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 colours, 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.

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