Hi friends! Thanks SO MUCH for all the postive feedback from my Reading Nook! You all are the BEST and sure know how to make a girl feel proud of her work! 😉
That being said, I had a ton of requests for the tutorial for the ikat curtains. Today’s the day! It’s so so easy just a little time consuming but oh so worth it!
First, you need curtains. You can purchase some plain window panels but if you want to do this project around $5, do what I did and make two curtain panels using a flat twin sheet from walmart.
I measured 5″ strips of some cheap painters tape. Just any tape will work. This is just a guide. I used painter’s tape because it doesn’t leave any residue behind.
Then, we taped off the design. Oh! I say “we” because my friend, Jen, helped me with this projects. Friends make projects 10x more fun and Jen is super talented!
Basically, I found an ikat design online that I liked and mimiced the look with tape to get the overall shape of it. Ikat is awesome becuase it isn’t meant to look clean and polished and perfect. Messy texture makes it better! I love it!
I decided I wanted a chevron/zig zag line then a few diamonds and just alternated. Next we placed the horizontal tape line every 8″ to mark where I wanted to change colors for the ombre effect. I used Sherwin Williams “Emotional”. I ended up mixing 4 different coral colors adding more white to get each lighter and lighter for the ombre. Then I used some gold craft paint to do the center of the diamond.
Okay so I didn’t get a photo of the next step! D’oh! but it’s easy! I took a fine tip craft paint brush and made about a million teeny vertical lines! Here’s what it looks like when you’ve brushed it on.
When you’re done painting, let it dry and peel off the tape. Each panel took about an hour to paint so just watch a movie or FRIENDS if you need some entertainment! 😉
*Note* I did not use a fabric medium. Just plain latex paint like you’d paint a wall with.
I seriously love them! I love how they complete the look of this little reading nook!
If you like this, do me a favor and pin it and share with your friends!