Ombre: dip your curtains
Give a pair of plain cotton curtains a trendy new look by dipping them in diluted
1 Wash the curtains to ensure that they’re clean and dust-free. Don’t let them dry – the paint will create a graded effect if they’re dipped when wet. It’s advisable to use unlined cotton curtains as these will absorb the paint best. 2 Dilute 250ml of fabric paint in 1 litre of water; make sure the paint is mixed well to prevent uneven blots on the fabric. 3 Pour water into a large plastic container (a baby’s bath tub works really well!) until it’s about two-thirds full, and then add the paint solution. Test the colour on a piece of offcut cotton before you start dipping. 4 Lower the wet curtain into the container with the heading of the curtain going in first. The amount of fabric you submerge in the tub will depend on how much colour you want on the curtain. Leave the dipped end of the fabric to soak in the tub and hang the other end over a chair back.
After soaking it for an hour, hang the curtain out to dry, taking care that the undipped end doesn’t come into contact with the paint.
The curtain will be quite light in colour once it’s dried after the first dip, so keep dipping and drying it until you achieve the colour intensity you desire.
Iron the curtain once it has completely dried after the last dip to ensure colour fastness.
Like the triangle pattern on the wall? It’s done with a stamp in Annie Sloan’s Graphite paint. Apply the paint on the stamp with a sponge roller and press it against the wall in an irregular pattern to create a vibrant focal feature. Order yours
Tip Use a large jar or bottle with a screw cap when diluting the paint so that
you can give it a good shake – this will ensure a
Shopping list • unlined cotton curtains • Heritage Fabric Paint (find it at PNA, Builders or craft shops)
Tools • large plastic container or baby’s bath tub • piece of offcut cotton • iron • bottle with screw cap