Today is the Summer Style Soiree Link Party! This month our muse was Jacqueline Kennedy.
If you have been following along here, we have been making our summer rental a cozy little home for the next 3 months. We were in desperate need of some window coverings, so I decided to make these DIY border curtains.
Studying some images of Jackie “O”, I quickly discovered an ongoing theme with her fashion…
*Photograph via The Huffington Post
She had a lot of black and white going on. Like, A LOT. She always stuck to very clean lines and structured silhouettes for the most part. I found several images of her wearing outfits like the one above. Then, there is that iconic pink and black suit. She had an East Coast sensibility and always looked put together, whether on a boat or relaxing at home.
How appropriate for the month of June, since we just moved into our summer rental here on the East Coast!
That image above is the inspiration for my DIY Border Curtains. My love for black and white spaces will never die out. It’s my go-to for a beautifully designed space. Sometimes just the most simple contrast of black and white can add style. I feel like our living room is saying WOW now. It is full of drama.
This is so easy to do. If you can tape a straight line, you can do this.
Here is what I used:
Ikea Ritva Curtain Panels
Black Paint mixed with Fabric Medium and a Paint Brush
Painter’s Tape (I used Frog Tape Multi-Surface)
Tape Measure and Pencil
Before you start, make sure to iron or steam out the fold wrinkles in your curtain panels. I just spread my curtain panels out on the floor and began.
I wanted my black border to be thicker so I opted to measure 4 inches in on each side.
Once measured, I taped off my border.
For the paint, I just followed the mixing instructions on the back of the fabric medium container. You can pick this up at most craft and fabric stores. I’ve used this before for pillows and it works like a charm.
I protected my floor by placing cardboard boxes underneath the edge I was painting. This also acted as a knee pad while I was painting so that was great!
Once you have a border painted, remove the tape right away to ensure a crisp straight line.
When you are done, just follow the instructions to set the paint to the fabric. You will want to do this so you can wash your curtains and not have the paint fade or wash out.
After they dried and I set the paint, I could not wait to install these babies!
They just stop me in my tracks. It’s like seeing a gorgeous woman from afar in an evening gown. The really do make the room, do they not?!
I also wanted them to pool on the floor a bit. It just felt right.
Be sure to check out these other great Jackie Kennedy inspired projects from these talented bloggers listed below and link up your own at the end of this post:
Dimples & Tangles
Life in Velvet
Our Fifth House
Rain on a Tin Roof
Southern State of Mind
Now it’s your turn! I can’t wait to see your creativity. Just link up your Jacqueline Kennedy inspried project below:
Be sure to join me back here tomorrow for the Summer Home Tours!! 23 amazing bloggers sharing 23 inspiring homes all decked out for summer!
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