Rustic Stenciled Curtains – Stenciling 101

I am a novice at stenciling.

I have done a few little ones here and there, but they usually get all smeary and I end up painting over it or trashing the project. So, when Cutting Edge contacted me about trying one their stencils I jumped at the chance.

You see, I needed to learn and practice and get some confidence, so I decided to start with curtains for my bedroom. I needed something that went with my new headboard, and this was the perfect opportunity. I chose my stencil, Nagoya, and after it arrived I watched a few videos

from the Cutting Edge website and these folks made it look so easy...but really, how is it not going to smear?

I laid out all of my supplies on my kitchen floor,

where I actually  had room to spread out the entire curtain....which is a dropcloth! Then I taped the  my stencil along the edge of the curtain, as I was only planning on doing the four sides of each panel.

I poured my paint in a paint tray and got my little roller covered and then rolled off any excess, you don't want too much paint, that's when you get paint seepage under the stencil.

Don't push too hard, that will also lead to smearing.

But, actually that was the only place I got smearing/seepage. It was turning out pretty good!

I definitely thought this part would get messy. With Cutting Edge stencils, you overlap the design to ensure correct placement.

Once again, I was pleasantly surprised, no messy streaking or paint transfer. The paint really didn't leak onto the bottom of the stencil! It was clean all the way around!

I finished the first side and then readjusted to start the second side...

and then...



Cutting Edge didn't count on my stellar planning and forethought! Der, luckily I noticed it quickly and it came right up. After a trip to the garage for an old painting sheet to protect the floor, I really got rolling.

Now, we are getting somewhere!

Then, I decided to get crazy with my old fence wood again. I took 6 boards and mounted them horizontally across my window. I just screwed the suckers right in.

Then, I tried mounting cute knobs up there to hang the curtains from, but it looked weird and too busy. So I guess what I did?

I nailed those curtains into the wood!

Oh yes I did!

I actually think it looks good. Our blinds are completely room darkening so I never need to close the curtains anyway.

I attached these big wrought iron hooks from Hobby Lobby to the wall to use as tie backs.

I absolutely love how it all came together.

I am just moving on this bedroom remodel that snuck up on me.Can't wait to share the entire room in a few weeks!


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  1. These are beautiful…you did a wonderful job!

  2. these are just fantastic! i love them! i must try! 🙂

  3. I have been wanting to try a stenciling project. The curtain fabric was drop cloth, you said? I love your wood addition!

  4. These look great – need something just like it for my bedroom too! I’ll put it on the list (ie I’ll pin it!)

  5. Hi Kim! Who would’ve thought you could just nail your curtains to a board. I love this! My curtain rods are so heavy and come away from the wall all the time. I very rarely close them on some windows. I might just do this. You always have such great ideas. (The “Thriving on Thursdays” party is open if you’d like to share these, if you get a minute? Thanks lovey!)

    Anne xx

  6. Oh I love your curtains… need to do something like this ASAP!

  7. I am addicted to stenciling and always looking for a place to stencil. Love what you did with the curtains. The colors are so me too! Visiting from Tips Junkie party. With love, My

    • WELL, thanks for stopping by. I am going to stencil my dining room wall next…it could easily turn into an addiction:)

  8. Kim, I love the blog makeover Vanessa did for you. It’s just fantastic and I’m glad everything’s working again for you. I want to thank you so much for linking up each week to my “Thriving on Thursdays” linky party. You always have such fantastic ideas. The party will be starting again in just over 12 hours so if you get a chance, I’d love to see what you’ve been up to this week.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  9. JaneEllen Jones says:

    Smart girl using a dropcloth. I have been using them for a few years now for this and that. I have a couple of them that are used for a couch slipcover and to cover the seperate back pillows on sofa. I get tired of the couch, (was a hand me down) so I bought a big dropcloth to cover it for the summery times. Gives couch a new lighter look. I’ve thought about trying to dye one in my washer, have you ever done that? I want to make some new curtains for our room so will be dropcloth shopping this spring. Love your blog. Am so enjoying going onto so many blogs, seeing all the people that make their own home decor or remake of something else.

    • OOOH- dying it in the washing machine sounds like a fun idea to me!!!! I haven’t done it, but now that you put that idea out there I may have to try it:)

  10. Nailed the curtains to the wood??!! You go girl! That’s awesome! I am really liking the wood boards up there too. You are so creative!

    • Awww, thanks so much! My husband does look at me questioningly when I mention ideas like nailing curtains to the wood! Sometimes it works sometimes not-haha


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