Today I want to share how I made my own stencil and how I used that stencil to make curtains for my living room.
Well I didn’t make the curtains – they’re from Target. But I did stencil them and they look completely different. (And yes, that is a purse below, not curtains – stay with me!) Let me back up here. Last spring, Dan and I repainted the living room. It was gold with two deep red stripes painted around the perimeter of the room. Yes, lovely (she says sarcastically). This was pre-blog so I don’t have photos to show how awful it was. Trust me – it was bad. Anyway, we painted the walls a soft gray color. I hung inexpensive, plain white curtains until I could decide what exactly I wanted for window treatments. Fast forward to Christmas when I received this awesome camera bag. It’s from Jo Totes and it’s called Coral Rose.
Not only do I love this bag, I love that color. As I was admiring my pretty, new camera bag, it hit me. This is the perfect accent color for the living room. I knew I wouldn’t find ready-made curtains in exactly that color, so I took a picture of that bag with my iphone and headed off to Lowe’s to get my paint. (Why didn’t I just take the bag????). The color is SunRose.
How about that match! Spot on, right? Okay, I have my paint. Now I need a stencil. Helloooo Silhouette Cameo! I went looking through the online store, looking for the perfect shape for my stencil and came upon a quatrefoil lace background single fold square card (that’s a mouthful!). I had to do a little tweaking. For you Silhouette users, that means ungrouping, releasing the compound path, deleting the card section, then making the compound path again, and finally resizing. Sounds like a lot, but it only took a few seconds. I cut the shape out of a stencil blank I found at Hobby Lobby.
I covered the kitchen table with craft paper and got to work. I used a small foam roller to apply the paint. I wasn’t overly careful with it. I wanted the fabric to have a hand-painted look to it. The fabric does soak up quite a bit of paint. I used more than I thought I would. I started with a sample size and that didn’t even cover one panel. I went pack for a quart. Oh, and I did add fabric medium to the paint, although they still feel rather stiff. But who cares, they’re curtains, not blankets.