понедельник, 25 января 2016 г.

Easy step by step tutorial to make beautiful DIY ombre curtains from inepensive white curtains. Such an inexpensive way to add major style to a space.

Easy step by step tutorial to make beautiful DIY ombre curtains from inepensive white curtains. Such an inexpensive way to add major style to a space.


Easy step by step tutorial to make beautiful DIY ombre curtains from inepensive white curtains. Such an inexpensive way to add major style to a space.


These are amazing!! Love the ombre effect and it works fantastically with your dining room as well as the living room. It totally brings the blue from the living room into the dining room.


Thanks Stephanie! I am loving them!


I love how your blue curtains turned out, and I love how you created the ombre effect. Honestly, I’ve tried to use the “slowly pull it out of the bucket” method, and I don’t like the way it turned out as much as yours with the paintbrush. Thanks for the tip!


Thanks Jenny! I really love how they turned out!


Love these! And blue dyed curtains would work in just about any room in my house too ;)


I’m pretty sure that just means we have a ‘whole house color palette’ ;)


Our dining room has been this close to being complete for awhile now. The only problem: the white wall and white curtain combo was seriously lacking in color. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to try a project I’ve been wanting to do for months: DIY blue ombre curtains.


I could have just replaced the boring curtains, but that’s not how I do things. I had two perfectly good pairs of white curtains that I knew I could make work. Call me old-fashioned, but I just have this need to work with what I’ve got instead of just buying something new. (Plus, I really wanted to try making some ombre curtains.)


And even better, I’ve joined up with five other creative geniuses for this month’s Create and Share Challenge. We each created something fun using a pair of simple white curtains, so if ombre isn’t for you, keep reading for more beautiful ideas at the end of this post.


Easy step by step tutorial to make beautiful DIY ombre curtains from inepensive white curtains. Such an inexpensive way to add major style to a space.


Most people that dye their own ombre curtains choose to dip-dye them. Basically that means you dip the bottom of the curtains in a bucket of dye and slowly lift it out so that the top is lighter than the bottom. But that seemed messy and way too unpredictable for me, so I went my own way.


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Materials needed for ombre curtains


White cotton curtain panels (I used Lenda curtains from Ikea which are dirt cheap. I just cut off the tab tops and used curtain rings. Be forewarned though: they do shrink if you wash them so be sure to get the extra long ones.)


Tulip One Step Tie Dye in your chosen color (I used blue, turquoise, and teal)


Stiff paintbrush


Trash bags


How to make ombre curtains


First of all, even though you aren’t dealing with buckets of dye, this is still very messy. Be sure to protect whatever surface you are working on very well. Because dye has one job and it is very good at it. Whatever it touches will change color! That includes your skin, so be sure to wear the gloves that are included with the dye.


tulip one step tie dye blues


As far as the dye, there are actually quite a few great colors, but they didn’t have exactly what I was looking for so I mixed my own color. I used a combination of blue, turquoise, and teal dye to make my own color. I followed the directions to mix each dye with water and then mixed my custom color in an empty squirt bottle. I made sure to keep track of the exact mixture so I would be able to mix more if needed. The recipe for the color I used is 30 teaspoons of blue, 20 teaspoons of aqua, and 15 teaspoons of teal. It made a great dark turquoisy-blue.


Once your work area is well-protected, spread out the bottom of your curtain panel. Make sure that you have a cup of water and your paintbrush nearby. I wasn’t able to take many pictures of the actual process because you need to work quickly, so I will do my best to explain my process.


I started by brushing water on the bottom few inches of the curtain panel and then squirted a line of dye along the bottom. I quickly used the brush to spread the dye all along the bottom edge. I added a few more lines of dye until the bottom six inches were covered. Then without adding more dye, I wet the paintbrush with water and dragged the dye up the curtain.


As you continue to brush upward and keep adding water to your brush, the color will get lighter and lighter. It is important to complete the dye process as quickly as possible and not let the dye dry before you finish.


brushed ombre curtains


Once everything is dyed and looking good, you are supposed to cover the dye with plastic for 6-8 hours. This is no big deal when you are dyeing a t-shirt, but when you are working on huge curtain panels, it is a little more difficult. I rolled each curtain up like a burrito, making sure not to let the dyed area drip onto the white part of the curtain. Then I stuck the dyed end into a trash bag and left it overnight.


dyeing curtains


In the morning, I carefully removed the trashbag and rinsed the excess dye off. Again, be careful that no dye splashes onto the white part of your curtains. The final step is to let your curtains air dry and then they are ready to hang.


Easy step by step tutorial to make beautiful DIY ombre curtains from inepensive white curtains. Such an inexpensive way to add major style to a space.


I’m loving how light and airy they are without being boring. I’m not sure whether they will stay in this room, but I’m definitely glad I finally tacked this project. (And let’s be real, this color will clearly work in any room in our house!)


living and dining room with blue touches


Funny story, when I asked my husband what he thought about them, he said, “They’re nice. Are you going to finish dyeing the top part?” Haha, um no, that’s the whole point.


Easy step by step tutorial to make beautiful DIY ombre curtains from inepensive white curtains. Such an inexpensive way to add major style to a space.


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Have a wonderful week!


Original article and pictures take http://www.lovelyetc.com/2016/08/diy-blue-ombre-curtains/ site

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