How to paint curtains? Well, it’s easy as 1-2-3! All you need to follow four simple steps, and you finished!
Perhaps you use a distinctive colour palette for your UK room. It’s hard to find a curtain that can coincide with it.
Some people in the United Kingdom would hang a neutral palette or a white one.
But don’t you know that you can paint your curtains in any colour that you like?
Read further to know how to do it.
Before we get right into it, let us first know the things that you need to prepare.
Here’s the list!
- Drop cloth
- White curtain panel made of cotton material
- Adhesive spray
- Fabric paint
- Painters tape
- Water and spray bottle
- Stencil brush
4 Simple Steps To Paint Curtains
How to paint curtains?
After you have prepared all the things needed, follow these easy steps:
Step #1. Preparing the fabric
It is best to wash the fabric first before painting it.
You can also hem it to your window size.
Step #2. Securing the stencils
Lay your curtain on top of clean drop cloth with its ride side facing you.
Start securing the stencil in its proper position using a painter’s tape or a stencil adhesive.
You can overlap various stencils or run them over the edge to achieve any look that your desire.
Step #3. Applying the first layer
Before you apply the paint, lightly spray your fabric with water first.
Then, thinly apply the first layer using any textile medium.
In doing this, ensure to follow the direction provided by the UK manufacturer of the paint.
This step usually indicated on its bottle.
Step #4. Adding more colours
You can add a second or third layer of different colours over the first layer to achieve any desired effect.
Let it dry first before removing the stencil.
You can continue adding more paint to complete your design.
You can do the same process for your other curtains.
If they have dried off already, hang them in your room.
Best Paint For Curtains
Getting the right paint is crucial in achieving the best results.
Below are some of the good options that you can try.
Option #1. Fabric medium and acrylic paint
Fabric medium and acrylic paint come in any colour you like.
Typically, the medium and the paint are available in tiny bottles and comes at relatively low prices.
Using these, you can put together the fabric medium, paint, and water, then mix.
To know the correct amounts to use, refer to the instructions provided in the container.
Many people in the UK prefer to use this on their projects because they can get any colour they like.
Plus, they are very inexpensive.
Much more, this fabric paint is soft to the touch.
However, they may not be the best paint to use when you want to achieve very saturated and vibrant colours.
That is because adding fabric medium into the mixture tends to dilute the paint’s colour.
Option #2. Fabric Paint
You might as well purchase those paint that intentionally formulated for fabric.
It is like acquiring a colour that already comes with a fabric medium.
This particular paint can also provide an excellent and soft finish.
One downside of this, however, is that it is only available in limited color options.
Plus, they are typically more expensive.
In this section, we will answer some of the most common questions related to painting curtains.
Question #1. Can I spray paint my curtains?
Yes, you can spray paint your curtains too.
Through this, you can quickly achieve any pattern or design that you like.
Question #2. What paint will stick to the fabric?
We have discussed several options when it comes to choosing the right fabric paint earlier.
Among all them, acrylic fabric paint tends to stick well on fabric.
Well, it specially intended for this purpose.
Fabric paint, or what some people in the UK refer to as textile paint, is usually an acrylic polymer.
After they bond this acrylic with colour, they emulsify it making this paint more durable against sunlight, multiple washes, and routine use.
Question #3. How long does paint fabric last?
Both fabric paint and paint mixed with fabric medium last for a reasonable time. It can hold up to numerous washings.
But if you use paint, make sure to heat set your painted fabric to be completely washable.
You can do this by ironing the backside of your curtain.
Question #4. Does fabric paint crack?
Fabric paint is permanent. This kind of paint also does not require a heat setting anymore.
Once it dries, you will see that it is very flexible and soft to the touch.
It also sticks to all textiles to not harden, peel, or crack even after routine use and wash.
It’s A Wrap!
Painting fabric is the ultimate solution when you can’t find the right curtain that can coincide with the colour scheme of your room.
However, the process can be very messy.
But if you are still up for the challenge, grab your working boots and start painting your curtains.
Remember that this can be a trial and error process.
You may or may not achieve the look that you have envisioned.
But with the right paint and some extra patience, I know you can do it!
And that is how to paint curtains.