Curtain Call!

The dining room has been nearly complete…it was just waiting for curtains to go on that bright teal curtain rod. I had been thinking about what these curtains should look like. I didn’t want anything heavy. I didn’t want anything traditional.

finished brighter dining room at

I love this fabric from Ikea and thought it might be just the right thing, especially with the new black and white rug:

britten nummer fabric - Ikea


In fact, I already had some of that fabric here from another project and I liked the look of it when I looked at it in the dining room.

But it wasn’t quite right.

Numbers just didn’t seem right in the dining room. It’s all about the food, people. OK – and wine.

Then it hit me…I could make my own curtains, using the Nummer fabric as inspiration, but have it be all about food and eating.


I went to Ikea and got a package of Vivan – plain white – curtains.

vivan curtains - Ikea

 $9.99 for two panels. Perfect.

I got out my trusty Sharpie pen…

trusty sharpie pen to make curtains at

…spread out the curtain on some cardboard, and went to work.

making curtains out of Ikea curtain panels and a sharpie at

Hank helped, of course.

Note the clothespins in the picture above. The clothespins held the curtain in place, on the cardboard, so that it didn’t move while I wrote on it.

I had sort of thought out the kinds of words I wanted to use, but, in the end, I just free-wrote it. I repeated the pattern/words every three lines.

curtain up close at

The first line is about eating.

The second line is about cooking.

The third line is about kinds of food.

I alternated with printing and cursive and funky lettering.

And when I got to the end, I put the cap on my sharpie and hung up my handiwork.

finished custom curtains from

I love them, especially with the black and white rug.

They’re light, airy, and full of words – love that.

finished custom curtains with teal painted curtain rod from

All you need is $10 for curtains, a sharpie, and about an hour and POOF! you have your own, personalized curtains.

homemade custom curtain closeup at

They’re making me hungry!

curtain-collage - Dogs Don't Eat Pizza

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  1. OK. That’s very clever. I didn’t know you wrote the words. They looked so good that I thought you purchased the fabric that way! The translucent nature of the fabric makes the fact that it is covered in words not at all overwhelming or distracting. Bravo. Proving yet again that good penmanship is important.
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  2. Awesome! So creative and they turned out great!

  3. These are so awesome Karen. I really need to try this. I pinned them twice because I could NOT resist XO

  4. Really really great idea! These kind of projects make me smile…taking a concept and making it fit our style and spaces. So cool!
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  5. Sooo stinking cute, Karen!! I love it! Pinning! {well of course I am ;) }
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  6. wow! It sure helps that you have such cute handwriting! Love these!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!
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  7. This is such a great idea!!!! I love it. Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d} ~ linking to our party board and sharing…AWESOME!

    Have a great week.

    Mary Beth
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  8. Love the curtains, Karen!

  9. Your curtains look awesome, well done. Great way to personalise your decor!
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  10. Loving your curtains & your blog. My dog does eat pizza crust, he is a guts. Nice to come along another blog with a furry mascot :) and thanks for linking up with Eat.Pray.Love :)
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  11. fabulous! and i love how you free handed them, not stressed out with perfection.
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  12. Those curtains are awesome!!! Great handwriting on it too, it makes it look so professional! Love them and pinning them!

  13. I’m so glad RED chose to include these in her Looksi curated board. It was such a great project! :)
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  14. Awesome! I’m thinking of this in my bedroom with poetry, bible verses on marriage and love…. Thanks for the inspiration!!!! :)

    • Karen Cooper says:

      What a great idea, Renee! I have another friend who teaches biology, and she made these curtains for her classroom with scientific terms on it. They are awesome! The possibilities are endless. I’d love to see your finished curtains!

  15. What a clever idea for personalizing curtains. I’d love to see your friend’s biology curtains! Thanks for sharing with this week’s Throwback Thursday party.
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  16. Hi Karen, found your post on Hometalk. Love your curtains! The handwriting makes them so unique! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

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