Striped Craft Room Walls

I actually made some progress in my craft room over the weekend. Let’s just say I was dreading painting the stripes (which is why you haven’t seen any updates in this room since I made my no-sew curtains).

But now the room is painted and I’m oh-so-happy that it was MUCH easier to paint stripes than I thought it would be.

how to paint striped wallI decided to only do two colors: bright white and a rosy pink. And I’m only putting stripes 2/3 of the way down the walls since I’m going to add a chair rail and picture frame moldings below.

So the first step was to paint the entire wall my lighter of the two stripe colors, Ultra White by Valspar (pardon the crazy mess).

white wall craft roomNext I figured out my stripe measurements while the paint dried. The wall width is 148 inches and I knew I needed an odd number of stripes. Odd number means you’ll have the darker color on the left and right corner so everything looks even to the eye.

I didn’t care exactly how many stripes I was going to have, somewhere in the 11 or 13 or 15 arena. BUT I knew that I didn’t want weird measurements. Example: if I was doing 13 stripes, it would have measured out to 11.38 inches per stripe. Kinda hard to measure that. 11 stripes on the wall equaled 13.45 inches wide per stripe. Basically 13.5 inches. DONE DEAL in my book. The last stripe was a smidgen bigger. Yeah, I don’t need perfection.

painting stripesSince I’m doing the chair rail, I marked 32 inches off the floor across the length of the wall (that means I only had to paint my vertical stripe lines 2/3 of the way down the wall, nice).

Next I went along the length of wall and gave a little pencil mark every 13.5 inches.

painting stripes in craft roomI used those little marks and my large level to draw the vertical stripes. Your level is EVERYTHING. Trust it, not your eye. You can double check your work with a tape measurer or ruler when you’re done, but since we trusted the level completely everything turned out perfect. Thank goodness.

painting vertical stripesNext it was time to tape up the stripes. Since we already had the lighter stripe color on the walls, we only needed to tape for the darker color. That’s why my tape job looks uneven, like every other stripe is too thin. We are only taping to paint the darker color. So tape on the OUTSIDE of those lines.

painting thick vertical stripesAnother tip: make sure you don’t tape directly on the pencil line. You want your new color to paint right over those lines. Beats erasing them when you’re done!

I also marked a light “X” on the stripes that were supposed to be pink so I knew to paint those. Didn’t want to accidentally start painting a white area. That could’ve been bad.

marked walls for painted stripesAnd here’s my best little secret… use Frog Tape (they are not paying me to say this either). So the main reason I was scared to use painter’s tape for stripes is because I know how paint can bleed underneath. But I knew that Frog Tape had some type of gel technology built-in so for this project I wiped down the tape with a damp rag to make the gel expand a bit. I don’t think this is how you’re supposed to actually use the tape but trust me, it worked. It was like adding a clear sealer on the edges but without the extra hassle.

frog tape painted stripesOnce the tape was ready I started painting. I used a brush to cut in near the ceiling and the corners but used a roller for the rest (ignore the first stripe, I got carried away with the paint brush). Painting the pink was definitely the fastest and easiest part of my project! Maybe 30 minutes to paint the stripes.

how to paint stripesThen about 2 hours later I removed the tape… to crisp, clean, perfect lines!

painting stripes on wallAnd here’s where I’m at now with the space!

craft room striped wallI’m loving this Ooh La La rosy pink color from Valspar with my new no-sew curtains. The color pretty much matches perfectly (although for some reason I can’t get the greenish blue color to photograph well).

craft room striped walls

how to paint striped wallI’m getting oh-so-close to getting this room complete.

Next on my list? 

• Chair rail & picture frame moldings
• Hang framed pegboards from old craft room
• Fing a rug
• Paint and reupholster some old bar stools for craft table

painted stripes craft roomAlright, I’m off to work on some moldings.
Wish me luck!

how to easily paint stripes

How to Make No Sew Curtains

When I first started shopping for my craft room curtain panels, I couldn’t find anything in the stores that totally wooed me. I found TONS of amazingly colorful, vibrant fabrics online, but well… I don’t know how to sew and was a little terrified of the process.

So while I’ve never actually tried no-sew curtains before, I wanted to take that risk. I mean, how hard could it be to wing it? Apparently not very, cause I feel like I nailed it. And aaaah, I’m in love. Now let me show you how I got my no-sew groove on…

how to make no sew curtain panelsFirst of all, I want to thank everyone that voted for this Braemore Gorgeous Petal Fabric last month. It’s so dreamy in person! And thick. Awesomely enough I didn’t have to line these curtains due to that fact.

So first thing I did was measure and cut (2) curtain panels at 100 inches each. The ceiling is 8ft tall (96 inches) but I needed room for a clean “hemline” so I added 4 inches on the top and bottom, minus the 4 inches that the curtains would hang down from the ceiling.

96 inch floor-to-ceiling length – 4 inch rod hang down + 8 inches for hems
= 100 inch panels lengths each

no sew curtains with heat bondSo my secret for these no sew curtains? Heat n Bond iron-on adhesive. I only needed (2) ten yard rolls to complete the project too.

no sew curtains for craft roomTo prepare for the Heat n Bond, I first ironed a one inch seam on the side edges of the curtain panels.

heat n bond no sew curtainsThen I laid a strip of the Heat n Bond on top of the seam paper side up. I ironed it for 2 seconds so it adhered the fabric, then peeled off the paper.

no sew curtain tutorialI then folded over the fabric again to create a clean backside seam as seen below, and ironed into place for 8 seconds on both sides of the fabric.

make no sew curtainsOnce the sides were completed, I used the same strategy for the top and bottom hemline, except I made the sections a bit thicker (I thought it just looked more professional looking!).

no sew curtains with heat n bondThe toughest part is making sure your measurements are done correctly, especially with hanging the curtains a few inches off the ceiling on the rod. I was pretty spot-on with mine, but if you want you can finish the sides and top, hang on the rod, then pin the bottom seam before you use the Heat n Bond.

Still impressed with myself that I created these
beautiful no sew curtains in one evening!

how to make no sew curtain panelsAnd did I mention how much I LOVE this fabric?
Ellie actually cried when she found out these were for my craft room and not her bedroom. Mother of the Year here. Well, I guess I foresee another no sew curtain project in my near future for that little ladybug.

braemore gorgous petal fabric curtainsI should mention that since I didn’t put a curtain rod pocket I had to use ring clips. That’s OK. I’m a huge fan of these puppies anyway. Adds a bit of glamour to the space, if I do say so myself.

how to make no sew curtains

no sew curtains with iron adhesiveNext on my craft room to do list is paint the stripes on the left wall and add some chair rail and picture frame moldings. Then hang things on the wall, find a rug, recover some chairs and I’m DONE!

craft room floral drapes

how to make no sew curtain panels

A huge thanks to the Online Fabric Store who provided the fabric.
All opinions are 100% my own.