Painted Shower Curtain

Painted Shower Curtain

Recently I painted several rooms OC-48 Hazy Skies by Benjamin Moore.  I am in love with that color.  One of the rooms is a downstairs bathroom. You know how one things leads to another,  I needed a new shower curtain.

The bathroom ceilings are not that tall, and the normal size shower curtains make them look even shorter.  I found a tall shower curtain online and ordered it.  I thought the height would help the room. It looked like a cheap prom dress, I took it back and bought two other ones (normal size this time) I did not like them either.

Pinterest to the rescue! I came across these curtains from Ballard Designs:

(Burlap Crewel Damask Panel from Ballard Designs)

I used a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby to buy this large stencil.  

(I have entered several blog giveaways for one that is similar to this, I haven’t won one yet!  I will not give up!)

How to paint a shower curtain, made from a drop cloth!

My fabric choice was the frugal woman’s linen.  The all around versatile drop cloth.   The one from Ballard Designs is burlap, I thought the drop cloth would work better for me.  I folded the fabric to find the center, used blue tape to guide my placement and I started stenciling.

How to paint a shower curtain, made from a drop cloth!

I used Annie Sloan Old White paint, it dried very quick.  I hung it the same day and used my steamer to get the wrinkles out.

How to paint a shower curtain, made from a drop cloth!

The Old White looks great on the drop cloth.

How to paint a shower curtain, made from a drop cloth!

I used an oil rubbed bronze tension rod and hung it at ceiling height.

How to paint a shower curtain, made from a drop cloth!

The room doesn’t look like it’s cut in half with the tall shower curtain.

How to paint a shower curtain, made from a drop cloth!

I hung another rod on the inside with a plastic shower curtain (tall also) on it.  When the shower is in use you can leave this one open, creating all the light needed.

I’m very happy with my new shower curtain.  Have you found anything on Pinterest that you’ve recreated??  I have a long list of projects~all from Pinterest!

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  1. says

    Hi Debbie,

    Wow, and Wow! Your shower curtain is fantastic! The stencil is so lovely and BIG!
    What a great job you did, fabulous idea!! I have just been inspired to try stenciling…
    You make it look so easy! I think these curtains would look great anywhere!
    All the Best,

  2. says

    I just pinned this. Your shower curtain looks GREAT! I’m getting ready to do a mini-over in our guest bathroom and now I’m thinking instead of stenciling the wall maybe I’ll just do a shower curtain. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. says

    This looks incredible! I saw those curtains in the Ballard magazine and loved them and yours look just as great but at a fraction of the cost…love it!


  4. says

    I like yours better than the inspiration photo!!! Great job. Let us know how well the paint holds up over time.
    (I love your mirror too!!)

  5. says

    Wonderful post! Your shower curtain looks fab. Am thinking of using burlap for new living room curtains in my home but thought they’d look too plain – never thought about painting them!!! I’m another Pinterest fan too. Such wonderful ideas but so little time to do them all……. lol x

  6. says

    Debbie it looks fabulous, you did a great job on the stencil. I was an avid stenciler years ago and always enjoyed it. I think I may have to give it another go, you’ve inspired me!

  7. says

    Hey Debbie aka Roomie for Haven!

    Fab job on the curtain, it turned out great – it looks exactly like the one you found on Pinterest for your inspiration!


  8. says

    Debbie I have a question….do you have a constant drip of creativity and energy ruining thru your veins? OMG! I love the shower curtain you rock!!

  9. says

    It looks so beautiful Debbie and I think it’s better than the Ballards one! I have always used window drapes as shower curtains because of that whole length/flimsiness issue with regular shower curtains. I think you knocked this way out of the park!

  10. says

    Debbie, I love your shower curtain more than the burlap panels from Ballards and I am sure it cost a whole lot less, too. That looks so good. Thanks for joining the party.

  11. says

    Great, GREAT job, Debbie! Your shower curtain looks fantastic! You must be thrilled with what you’ve done … I know I would be! It’s even prettier than BD’s version. Well, WELL done!

  12. says

    Debbie! These are absolutely the perfect solution. I love the stencil, the height, the bronze shower curtain. You did a fabulous job. I have a question for you, are you happy with the weight of the drop cloth? Does it make it heavy? I so adore this inspiration (yours look so much better than BD–shhh.)

  13. says

    It came out great I have been wanting to do this in my living room, but haven’t had the courage yet! I’m going to jump in soon! Thanks for sharing!

  14. says

    What a wonderful idea…I actually like yours better. I’ve never used the chalk paint on fabric before…I guess I’ll have to stay tuned to see how it holds up. Way to be resourceful!

  15. says

    I love it! You did a fabulous job with the stencil and it looks a lot better than the PB style. I really like that you made the shower curtain taller…looks perfect. I will be interested to know how the paint holds up on fabric.

    I’m a new follower and so happy to have found your blog! Off to check out more of your creativity.


  16. says

    Another great project Debbie-well done. Thanks for sharing your tips. My weekly Pinterest linky party is on again for 2012! Please pop on over if you have 5 minutes to spare-I would be so thrilled if you could join in!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for me.

  17. Gee Singh Newbanks says

    Luvly Debbie. Funny, I have been looking at my shower curtain and thinking that I wished it went all the way to the ceiling as well., for the same reason. Low 8 ft ceilings in the bathrooms…
    Now I have a sweet idea to ponder!

  18. says

    Love it! I’ve been searching for a good stencil for my bedroom curtains; that’s a great one! Good ol’ drop cloths…don’t know what I’d do without them!!

  19. says

    I’m so glad you shared this on fb today! I am getting ready to make valances for my breakfast nook, and have a ton of dropcloth left over from my pillows. I may just have to grab another to make a shower curtain! I seriously love it, and I have a huge stencil from Cutting Edge that I haven’t used yet! Thanks, Debbie!

  20. VICKI says

    Thanks for a great inexpensive idea! I have never stenciled anything. Do I have to use a certain type of paint?
    Thanks again!!

  21. says

    Great idea! I would love to try this as I am renovating a bathroom in my house and find the shower curtains to be either too busy, too colorful or down right boring! Thanks for sharing and writing such a great blog!


  22. says

    Gorgeous!! I love the stencil design better than the original pattern. You did a fabulous job! Your bathroom looks so nice and I do love the shower curtains when they are hung “taller” than the norm. This is inspiring!



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