Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DIY Painted Curtain Tutorial!

For a long time, I had plain curtains from Target hanging in our guest room. When Jared and I decided to swap the guest room for the office/studio space, I decided to spice up the curtains! I love chevrons and painting, and after perusing Pinterest, I thought I had found the perfect tutorial for easy peasy painted curtains. I pinned it and later when I decided I wanted to give it a shot, the tutorial was for something entirely different. I saw simple striped curtains in the picture and decided that obviously they were painted and pinned it. (In case you're curious, this is what I pinned.)

I'm not sure why my brain leapt to that conclusion, but whatever. I came up with my own!

Here's what you need:
1. Curtain panel(s). If you don't want to spend much money, check out Goodwill or another thrift store to find cheap curtains to experiment with.

2. Painter's tape. DO NOT SKIMP ON THIS. I thought  I could use regular masking tape for a painting project once, and if I wanted my project to look horrible and messy then that would have been a perfect plan. But I didn't want that, and you probably don't either.

3. Acrylic paint in whatever color you'd like your design to be. If you have fabric paint, then that's even better. I didn't use it because it is pretty expensive. Whatever you choose, make sure you have plenty. For this one curtain panel, I went through at least 3.5 2 oz bottles of acrylic paint.

4. Normal painting supplies like brushes, water, etc.

5. A template or pattern to work from. I wanted a chevron pattern, so I used a memo pad from the kitchen and taped it together to be a giant chevron. 

6. An old tablecloth or something to protect the work surface.

7. Optional: fabric medium. Fabric medium turns regular acrylic paint into fabric paint, which is pretty awesome. I use it for my hand-painted bags and it works great! I didn't bother using it for this project because 1. It's kind of expensive and 2. I have never ever ever washed my curtains before this project, and that's the primary reason you use fabric paint or fabric medium. In fact, I thought it was a joke when someone brought up washing their curtains. I'm sure we've all got better things to do with our time. Like make cool stuff! Am I right? If you do happen to wash your curtains, it's probably best to invest the money in fabric paint or the fabric medium. Martha Stewart makes a great fabric medium that you can buy from Michael's for about 6 or 7 bucks.

First, I went ahead and washed and dried my curtain. That was the first and probably last time I will ever wash a curtain. I ironed it and hemmed it because it was a bit too long. Then, I spread it out flat in my studio floor.  I put my chevron pattern on top of the curtain and my sister and I taped along the sides of the template.

I think there might be part of a grocery list on the end there.
I enlisted my sister's help on this project because she's really good at math and I am not. I needed help with the spacing! Plus, I like her.

Once we got the curtains all taped up, I hung them back up so that I wouldn't mess up the tape, and they hung there for probably 2 months. Not because that's necessary to the project, but because I got seriously busy, then lazy, then busy again. 

 As you can see, I started with two curtain panels. Originally, I had the genius plan of just quickly (ha!) painting these bad boys outside in the driveway, and things were going good for a while until an unfortunate gust of wind blew one panel over my head and directly onto my paint. It wasn't good. Not to be deterred, I decided I liked the idea of just using one panel and started painting.

 If you attempt this project, be sure to check the tape and make sure it is all firmly stuck in place. Even after a couple of months most of my tape was still stuck, but there were a couple of rogue pieces that were coming loose. Probably out of protest. Either way, you want your lines to be crisp, so double check before you paint!

I love watching Hoarders while I'm trying to work. It inspires me to keep my space pretty and not junky.
Because I was painting the panel on my worktable and didn't have a ton of space, I painted a section and then waited until it was pretty dry to take the tape off and move to the next one. It took a couple of hours to paint 4.5 rows. (My bottom row is only half a chevron.)

Once everything was dry, I hung up the panel, and noticed that there were some places that I missed with the paint. I figured I had one of two choices.

1. I could add a lining to the curtain, which would probably involve math...
2. I could just add more paint.

I added more paint.

It was easiest to see the places I missed while the panel was hanging, so I just added more paint while it was hanging up. This was pretty easy for me with just the one panel, but if you didn't have a ridiculous painting accident and you have two panels, I'd only do one at a time. After that, you're done unless you used fabric medium, in which case you need to heat treat your curtains so you can wash them. The instructions should be on the bottle of fabric medium, but if they're not, I heat treat by putting whatever it is in the dryer on high for at least an hour.

After all was said and done, I like how the curtain turned out! I really like the geometric shape and the pop of color they add to the studio.

And now, here are a couple more photos! (Please excuse my messy desk. In a dream world, I would have a spotless house and studio, but I guess if I'm busy creating stuff, I'll never have a clean house! oh well!)

My dancing lady approves.

If any of y'all try this, please let me know how it goes!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Photo Friday 8.24.2012

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle ! For more Photo Friday, click here.

It's hard to tell from this picture, but I weeded our front flower garden! I think our house is so cute!
Recognize that painters tape and that color?
FINALLY FINISHED THE CURTAINS! I'm going to post a tutorial soon!
One of my music students' brother gave this to me after he tried to steal Big Bertha. He's like a little sour patch kid.
I can't wait to add these stickers to my orders!
This cast iron skillet is one of my prized possessions. When Jared's MeMaw passed, I inherited this perfectly seasoned skillet.
I get so excited about clearance plants! I don't know their botanical names, but that's Mother-in-Law's Tongue on the left and Jade on the right.

I made a little crown for Daddy to wear at church out of a toilet paper roll. I think this is such a cute little idea! Maybe I'll do a quick tutorial for this too! It is easy peasy!
Here's the birthday boy in his crown. I should have made it taller because his hair blocks it!

This week has been super productive! I love it!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Happy 50th Birthday, Daddy!

Daddy turns 50 years old today. He's been a great influence and role model for me and my sister over the years.  He's been an excellent example of what a husband should be to his wife, a father should be to his children, and a man should be to his friends. He doesn't have gobs of useless education, but he has common sense and a great brain for business. He's one of the smartest men I know and I love him. In a world that is constantly pushing young women to fit in an arbitrary mold, Daddy always taught me and Katie (and all of our friends) that it's okay to be whatever we want as long as God is in the middle of it. He's pretty much awesome all the time.  Plus, he's a bit silly. 

These two photos are from Jamey Guy Photography.

Daddy and Jared wearing Burger King crowns while driving through Little Five Points.

These photos are from various instagrams, facebook pages, and Katie Weeks Photography.

Happy Birthday, Daddy. I love you!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Photo Friday 8.17.2012

Welcome to Photo Friday where I share my week in photos! Follow me on instagram @TristanTuttle !

This week has been jam-packed with stuff, but first...

Puck had stayed up all night sick, and once she seemed to feel a bit better, I let her on the couch...she looked so pitiful, but then she looked happy!

Jared and I went to an incredibly beautiful wedding!

This little vignette was outside of the porta-potties. They were hidden behind the giant piece of tin. I've never seen such cute porta-potties in my whole life. 

Bethany and her father.

The reception! The entire wedding was absolutely gorgeous!
We've been recording Kate's solo project, so I made a little photo grid of our time in the studio this week! 
Katie has written some really anointed and beautiful gospel songs. 

Here she is being interviewed by Peter Chagnon of Newlife FM!

While working at Parrie's this week, I saw the fog settling over this little walkway and I had to snap a picture.

A beautiful swallowtail butterfly at Parrie's!

I've been working on organizing this house, and these Goodwill baskets (plus one more not pictured) are going to help me accomplish my goal!

I've started a collection of plants in odd containers. A cactus in a glass shoe that my grandma gave me and a mystery houseplant in a shell. I bought the shell at the goodwill too!
Jared and I went on an impromptu date to Olive Garden. Jared always gets the never-ending spaghetti and meatballs and every time he regrets it. 

To some, this is just an empty chair. To me, this is a symbol of progress. That chair has not been empty in a year and half. It has constantly been covered in construction materials, tools, computer parts, etc., but not anymore!
 I'm really proud of the progress I've made this week on getting the house organized and together! I'm hoping to put together a whole post about it once I'm finished! How close are y'all to accomplishing your goals?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Summertime To-Dos Before it's too Late!

Sitting by the river is a summertime tradition.This photo is by Katie Weeks Photography.
The past couple of mornings have had a tinge of Fall in the air. I have mixed emotions about this new meteorological development. On the one hand, the blistering temperatures this summer are exhausting and a little cool breeze would be nice, but on the other hand, I'm not ready to give up all the warm weather activities! I'm sure the temperature change is just a giant trick on Mother Nature's part, but just in case, I've compiled a list of things that I'd like to do before Fall is upon us for sure!

1. Hangout with some of my Crafty Day ladies at Sweetwater Beach near our house.
2. Eat cantaloupe until the juice runs down my elbows. 
3. Start some of my backyard landscaping.
4. Get my bathtub pond started.
5. Do a photo shoot with my sister. (She's booking photo shoots now, so if you'd like to see more of her work,click here.)
6. Play a few more bluegrass festivals. 
7. Camp by the river again and splash in its cool waters.
8. Go to the drive-in with Jared.

Do y'all have any end of the summer plans?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Another Giveaway!

Hi! As most of y'all know by now, I travel with my family in a bluegrass gospel band. We've recently finished up a new cd! We don't even have cover art for it yet, but we are so excited we wanted to give away a copy. If you're interested in winning your own copy, share this photo on your facebook page by clicking here.

The giveaway closes at midnight on Wednesday August the 15th. Happy sharing!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Photo Friday 8.10.2012

Welcome to Photo Friday where I share my week in photos!

We celebrated Daddy's birthday a bit early this year! We camped at Toccoa Valley Campground and had a fun little party! I accidentally bought a broken 5 so I duct taped it.

All Daddy wanted for his 50th birthday was a copy of Go Dog, Go! and a bag of Double Bubble.

Rain Lilies at Grandma's house

Daddy with a cute kitten at Grandma's house!

I decided to attempt to weedeat our backyard. This time, I WAS NOT getting poison ivy. I'm so glamorous.

That same night, I dressed up just so I would feel better about life. it's surprising how well that works sometimes!

Pinyan Lane in the morning

I think this is called Sylphium, but I'm not sure. Parrie would know!

Jared and I went bowling with our dear friends Tori and Andy as well as Baby Brooke. She's great at bowling!

I hope y'all had a great week!

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