Hanging curtains over the closet has been on my to-do list for a very long time. Like always, I can never find an in-store solution to a problem: A curtain that is long enough, stylish enough and inexpensive. DIY bloggers to the rescue! I came across 2 very helpful tutorials for making a painted Ikea curtain.
Painted Chevron Curtain from Kristen F. Davis Designs and Dwellings By DeVore's Striped Shower Curtain. Thank you ladies for sharing these tutorials, you made this DIY a breeze.
You will need...
Ikea MERETE curtains
Tarp or protective plastic
Ikea VAGEN rod set for hanging
Knee pads or bath towel, rolled up
1. Layout your curtain over the tarp or plastic.
2. Determine your stripe width. For my curtain length I settled on 9 3/4", which yielded 5 painted stripes and 4 non-painted stripes.
3. Using a pencil & yardstick, mark lines on your curtain based on your measurements.
4. Tape over your line marks. Make sure you tape on the right side of your marks! A good tip from both ladies. I used tape markers to keep track.
5. Start painting! I edged in with a brush as Kristen suggested, then filled in with a roller. 2 coats. Another good tip - remove the tape before the paint is dry. It yields crisper lines.
6. Let dry overnight and hang. The curtains are a bit stiff at first but they soften up over time.
As you can see from this picture taken when we moved in, there was only one closet door present.
The door is still present behind the curtains. My original plan was to make it a magnetic chalkboard, but I'm finding that the magnetic part might not be an option because of the glass surface. So now I'm thinking of making it a fabric covered pin board or perhaps removing it altogether.