Stenciled Drapes

Let me start by saying I have never successfully stenciled anything. I see beautifully stenciled things and wonder, HOW DID THEY DO THAT? Making the decision to stencil my drapes was a big one! I was really nervous, but I knew I wanted some bold curtains and this was the most affordable option. When I looked into stenciling one name in the blog world kept coming up over and over again. That was Cutting Edge Stencils. I am in love with the results.

Stenciled Drapes

Stenciled Drapes

I feel like they completely finish off the space. Best. Decision. Ever. If it turns out you all have lots of questions I might do a more detailed post. Here are the deets on our stenciled drape adventure.

We started by rolling out some old wrapping paper and taping it to the floor using painters tape. Then we put the curtain panel down on the wrapping paper and smoothed it all out. We put down our stencil, held it down with four kitchen cups (classy, I know). I used the Nadya Damask Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, Tulip Fabric Paint (not puffy paint) and Cutting Edge Stencils Roller (I highly recommend. HIGHLY). For those of you who are wondering, our drapes are cotton sailcloth type from Walmart (You know, like $9.99).

The trick is to not put too much paint on your roller and to use quite a bit of muscle (pressure) when rolling. The stencil has a portion of the other parts on it. This means you just line it up with the already painted part and stencil away. As long as you lay it out well the first time you will be golden. I was shocked to see that you could lift the stencil right away and even overlap without smudging or anything.

We used about one bottle of paint (smallish, craft size bottles) per a curtain and each curtain took about an hour. We would rock one out during nap time or while the kids were sleeping and managed to finish them all in one weekend. Part of the reason we did one curtain at a time was by the time we were finished there was a lot of build up and the stencil had to be cleaned anyways.

Shhh…don’t tell the husband, but I plan on doing the dining room curtains now too! In fact Ross did three panels and I did three panels. It was a team effort.

If you are considering stenciling I HIGHLY recommend using a Cutting Edge Stencil and roller. Obviously, I am very happy with my results. To be sure one of you gets to do just that, Cutting Edge Stencils is kindly giving away a $50 credit to their store! Before we get to the giveaway I am going to flaunt more of my hard work and share quick video for those of you who want more specific details.

Stenciled Drapes

Stenciled Drapes

Stenciled Drapes

Stenciled Drapes

Stenciled Drapes

Stenciled Drapes

Stenciled Drapes

Stenciled Drapes

Stenciled Drapes

Stenciled Drapes

Stenciled Drapes





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I was provided with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, but all opinions and ideas are my own.

  • susie vandeventer

    Oh goodness I love many — but my big project choices are Nadya Damask (for curtains in our den, and the Beautiful Birch for the Guest Bath walls. Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

  • Julie Spear

    There arew TOO. too many beautiful stencils to pick a fav… but this Nadya Damask is right up there in my top 5!!! like the commenter below, I also LOVE the birch stencil, and the morroccan stencils as well! PLEASE I hope I win, I have plain Jane drapes, dying for some stencil love…. THANKS for the inspiration, your drapes look FABULOUS!!!

  • Jessica Bennett

    I had my eye on the damask pattern as well! I am wanting to do our new living room curtains in a sweet potato color stencil with turq and zebra accents!

  • Cara Suttles

    I love so many of the all over patterns. I want to stencil our dining room

  • Michaela Hamilton

    I love the Casablanca or the Zangora. This would be the perfect way to update our master bedroom! Would love to win! You did such a BEAUTIFUL job!

  • Katie

    The end result is fabulous! Wow, you make it look so easy and the finished product is gorgeous! Would love to try it in my house! :)

  • Kristy Sutton

    All of the stencils are gorgeous, how could I pick just one? I love damask, butterflies, and birds, so I’d probably pick one of Thor’s for my first go at it. Maybe the damask with birds. Love it!

  • Heidi @ Decor & More

    Oh my gosh — I’m dying for their Moroccan Dream stencil for this exact project! My dining room is crying for drapes, Megan!

  • Lana

    I would LOVE to WIN the ANNA DAMASK stencil!!! It is my all time favorite!

  • Kathleen@miss Hannah b.

    I love stenciling. The Moroccan dream stencil is perfect for my house!

  • Jessie

    I love their Marrakech stencil and would love to do a wall and some curtains with this pattern.

  • kstinson

    I have been looking to use the Vision allover stencil on some panels for our dining room! Love it!!!

  • Brianna

    I like the Moroccan stencils and the Nadya Damask stencil and I’m thinking of stenciling some fabric for a headboard. They sure do look great! I may just hire you to do my stenciling from now on.

  • G Johnson

    I would love to make an outdoor art piece using the dandelion stencil – my 3 year old grandson loves blowing the “puff balls”!

  • Jessica

    I’ve been wanting to try this. I love the stencil you were provided with. Very pretty!

  • Kari

    Love the Nadya Damask Stencil- just like you used! We so need some curtains…can’t wait to try this technique!

  • Sharlene Piscitelli

    Love them all but especially the zinnia grande stencil design

  • Kari Roy

    I have been wanting to do new curtains that are white with some type of blue pattern on it but can’t find any I like or the right color or that I can afford! This is the perfect solution. I’m thinking white with blue Marakech Trellis from Cutting Edge! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Melissa Baern

    I love all their stencils; I think I’d like to use one of the damask ones in a bathroom. And I was just thinking about stenciling curtains.

  • Lori Bernstein

    Your curtains came out gorgeous!! I would love to try this in our dining room. I really like the hourglass all over stencil and the Marrakech Trellis stencil.

  • teri pastorino

    these turned out fantastic

  • Kathleen C

    I would of never thought they could turn out that nice. Reminds me of material from India. Nice job, they look great.

  • Kathleen C

    I love their Lisboa Tile stencil… and many more.

  • Sarah Hoffman

    I love the Zagora stencil!

  • Amy Marshall

    I like the Fuji allover stencil for my basement curtains. It is an unfurnished room at present with super-ugly cheap curtains at the windows and door. I am planning a curtain intervention!

  • Kristin Colvin

    I love the stencil you used, Nadya Damask! Your curtains look designer, I love them! I’m definitly stealing this idea

  • Tricia Egan Trovillion

    Love the Marakesch or the Lily (all over) patterns!!! Would LOVE to win this!!!!

  • Theresa Manz

    It really looks great and gives the room a great finish. I might have to copy this idea! I love the Hollywood Squares stencil.

  • AshleyElizabeth

    I have been wanting to paint my own drapes for the longest time!!!! Store bought ones and the fabric I have found just don’t cut it. I love the Moroccan Dream all over stencil. Love, Love, Love!

  • CarolG

    Love the drapes….as I said on facebook….adds so much dimension to the room…I would choose the Kerry Damask.

  • Bets

    It’s really hard to decide, but I think I like the Diamond Damask the best.

  • Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker

    I love the Turkish Tulip stencil, your drapes look amazing. I really need to get up the courage to do this!!

  • Shelby Roberts

    soo awesome!

  • Shelby Roberts

    Nagoya Allover Stencil…love it!

  • Destiny Hisey

    I love the Deco Damask Wall Stencil!

  • Amy Cosgrove Vaughn

    i love the trellis all over stencil! AmyVaughn @ ourpinteresting family

  • Allison Z

    The Moroccan dream all over stencil would be amazing on drapes or even a painted kitchen backsplash!

  • Allison Z

    The Moroccan dream all over stencil would be amazing on drapes or even a painted kitchen backsplash!

  • Sonali

    What a lovely DIY project. I am tempted to make polka dot curtains for my upcoming nursery !

  • Sonali

    What a lovely DIY project. I am tempted to make polka dot curtains for my upcoming nursery !

  • Cyndi

    Really great idea!

  • Cyndi

    Really great idea!

  • JenP

    Love your room! The drapes are, indeed, the finishing touch.

  • JenP

    The abundance damask would make an interesting pattern on drapes, too!

  • cassie

    ooooo the Nagoya Allover Stencil !!

  • cassie

    ooooo the Nagoya Allover Stencil !!

  • Michelle@OurWonderfilledLife

    Beautiful drapes!! I like the geometric patterns. I have been looking at the moroccan dream for our powder room, many great choices!!

  • Susan

    I’m so impressed! I think they are beautiful and would love to have them in my home.

  • Angela Hunt

    I love how your curtains turned out!!! I think I would get the stencil you used!!! LOVED IT!!!

  • Stephanie

    I have some plain IKEA curtains that could use this facelift. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  • Lindsey Lowrey

    Love this idea. I especially like the damask stencils in Kerry & Rachel’s Brocade! Good project!

  • Carol

    Your curtains are AMAZING. They are absolutely stunning.

  • Carol

    I adore the damask stencils!

  • Kelly

    Marrakech trellis all over stencil

  • Carrie

    WOW. Those are AMAZING! So funny, when I clicked over I thought, huh, I just saw similar curtains on Joss and Main today. Ummm, yeah. You curated that collection. No wonder you added them to the sale! But I love them in blue, and the fact you made them makes it even better. Pinning for sure!

  • Susan

    Rabat stencil. There are some amazing options!

  • Jessyca Booth

    There are SO MANY awesome stencils! How did you ever choose? I have been waiting for this post because I want to attempt the same thing so badly but I’m kinda freaking out about it. I love how yours turned out though!

  • Carissa

    Love these! These turned out awesome. Stopping in from Crafterminds

  • Carol

    After shopping for fabric, I’ve come to the conclusion correlating my own may be the only way to get the color mix I’m after

  • shelby@honeysuckle

    Umm…those are stunning! I recently DIYed myself some Restoration Hardware Knockoff curtains:
    Would love to try a stencil sometime though!

    • Megan Bray

      Thank you. Stopped by and checked out yours. Great knock off!

  • Andrea

    I love the change. They pop so good against the lighter walls and I love that orange shelf.

    • Megan Bray

      Thank you! I am really happy with how they turned out.

  • Genevieve

    Awesome! I plan on stenciling some curtains for my mom in the near future. I hope you don’t mind that I included a photo and link in a post I did on stencils.(I’m new to blogging and unfamiliar with linking etiquette). Thanks for the inspiration!


  • Katy Bastow

    I am dying over these curtains! I really like the Coqo curtains from anthropologie, but they are about a half-million dollars (per usual:). These look remarkably similar and at MUCH less for a little elbow grease. THANKS for posting this! I plan to make dark navy blue ones just like this!!

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks! I totally know the feeling. I was swooning over all these curtains and fancy fabrics I couldn’t afford. Finally took matters into my own hand. Good luck!

  • Kathryn

    Love your drapes. Did you purchase the small or the large stencil? Choices are Small: Sheet 24″x30.5″ design 21″x 27″.
    Large: Sheet 24″x30″ design 19″x24″

    • Megan Bray

      It was the large. :)

      Megan Bray
      Balancing Home

  • bonnie

    Please share your wall color? Ive been looking for just the right blue, love the curtains!