Don’t Cost A Dime: Dining Room Curtains

You may remember from this post that I said I would like to have some patterned curtains for our dining room. Two weeks ago, I finally got around to doing something about it!

Last year I had started doing some things to my dining room because I felt like it was a bit boring. I still feel like it needs more, but I’m in the process of deciding what that “more” is. But, with my new curtains, I now feel like I’m one step closer.

I have been thinking that the room needed some pattern desperately and replacing the curtains was the perfect spot to add it. I had seen this shower curtain in an old Domino (RIP, I miss you Domino!) issue and loved the fabric and thought it would be great for my dining room (sorry for the bad picture, it’s a scan!):

fireworks shower curtain

But… it was a bit out of my price range. Then two weeks ago the idea came to me that maybe, just maybe, I could recreate the look myself. So I put on my thinking cap and here is what I came up with:

firework curtain 1

What do you think? I’m so much happier with a bit of pattern in the room and the best part? They didn’t cost a dime!

Here’s how I accomplished this:
1. Find a white sheet. I already had a queen sized flat sheet that I cut in two, hemmed them, and then created a pocket at the top for the rod to go through.
2. Create a stencil in photoshop, print it out and then cut it out with an exacto knife.
3. Using black fabric paint, stencil your design on your sheet.
4. Hang curtains and then stand back to admire them. Post pictures on your blog if you want to :)

Super simple and super cheapo. Have I ever told you how much I adore inexpensive (or free!) projects?! Just a reminder, here is the before and after:

Before, boring white curtains:
dining after

After, super duper patterned curtains (I also rehung the rod to make the window appear larger):
firework curtain 2

I know, I know. I still have some things to work on in this room. But I still have my thinking cap on so we will see what I come up with in the future :)