How-To: Customize a Plain Shower Curtain With Paint

HGTV Magazine shows you how to put your stamp on basic items with these easy makeover ideas.
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Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

By: Jessica Dodell-Feder

Materials Needed:

  • plain shower curtain (such as Park B. Smith white bamboo pique shower curtain, bedbathandbeyond.com)
  • stencil (Script 20" monogram with circle frame, stencilplanet.com)
  • stencil (Sunny Goode Knot 13" stencil, palettepaint.com)
  • stencil (Sonic border, royaldesignstudio.com)
  • mounting adhesive
  • sponge brush
  • fabric paint (Textile Screen Printing Ink in green, peacock blue, magenta, and orange, dickblick.com)
  • painter’s tape
  • foam roller

For Monogram

Coat the back of the stencil with repositionable mounting adhesive and center it on the curtain. Use a sponge brush to fill in the stencil with fabric paint. Let dry, then peel off the stencil. Block off a three-inch border with painter’s tape by running it along the sides and bottom of the curtain. Use a small foam roller to fill in the gap with fabric paint. Let dry, then peel off the tape. Follow the instructions on the paint’s packaging for setting the color.

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RX-HGMAG015_Customize-It-108-b-3x4

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

For Knot Pattern

Coat the back of the stencil with repositionable mounting adhesive and center it at the top of the curtain. Use a sponge brush to fill in the stencil with fabric paint. Let dry (speed up the process with a hair dryer), then peel off the stencil. Repeat, working your way out, spacing the designs an inch apart on all sides. Follow the instructions on the paint’s packaging for setting the color.

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RX-HGMAG015_Customize-It-108-c-3x4

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

For Diagonal Dots

Coat the back of the stencil with repositionable mounting adhesive and position it at a diagonal in the curtain’s top left corner. Use a sponge brush to fill in the stencil with fabric paint. Let dry (speed up the process with a hair dryer), then peel off the stencil. Repeat to create a continuous diagonal stripe of dots. Spacing each stripe a few inches apart, repeat steps 1 to 3 with alternating paint colors. Follow the instructions on the paint’s packaging for setting the color.

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RX-HGMAG015_Customize-It-108-d-3x4

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

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