Striped Curtain DIY Fail: Blogger Confessions

I think sometimes us DIY bloggers make everything look easy. We whip rooms together in a weekend, we post happy progress photos and reveals with pride.

But there’s a dark side to DIY. <insert dramatic music here> There’s the DIY fails we never publish on our blogs and we bury deep inside in our chest of shame.

So I’m sharing one today to keep it real.

I’ve been DYING for black and white striped curtains for my home office makeover. The only ones I’ve found online were on Overstock and they’re now sold out (please come back in stock, I beg!)


There’s also custom sewn curtain options on Etsy that are SO expensive.

I did what any DIY blogger would do…went on Pinterest, read a bunch of tutorials to come up with a tutorial that was right for me.


There are plenty of bloggers that have done this and succeeded, and I think I went wrong in using the very thin Vivan curtains from IKEA. They’re essentially paper. I also used Mod Podge on the painters tape edges to “seal” in the edges so paint wouldn’t seep under (a Pinterest tip that proved to be a not so good idea). This was also a bad idea because the black paint didn’t really take on the fabric that had Mod Podge on them.

Paint bled through the tape. I needed to buy way more black paint and textile medium than I could have imagined. The paper I put under the curtains to keep paint off my table STUCK TO THE CURTAINS. It took FOREVER to dry. Curtains felt crunchy.

Hot. Mess.

See for yourself:


At a quick glance, you’re like, those look fab! Then you look closer and you see the splotchy edges from the Mod Podge, the dabs of paint that got through the tape.

I wasted about 4 hours and $20 on this one panel, and in the end I ended up throwing it all away.

So, back to the drawing board on striped black and white curtains. If you see any, help a girl out, k?

I decided that although my home office vision includes lots of black/white stripes with gold polka dots, a bold floral would add a chic, bright, feminine pattern that would liven up the space. Here’s a sneak peek:

Monica Wants It: Home Office Makeover Sneak Peek

Still can’t help but to lust over striped curtains. Sigh! I’ll be posting a lot about my home office in the next few weeks because I have a two major furniture makeovers, DIY artwork, plus some fun staging advice I want to share with you all.

My latest post for True Value is up on their blog and it showcases the black, white and gold gallery wall I created for my foyer. Here’s a preview and to see the rest, head over to the True Value DIY Squad Blog!


Be back soon, xoxo!



  1. Courtnee Garr
    February 22, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    I love the floral!! I'm also loving the desk! Can't wait to see the entire room.I have a DIY I've researched to death but haven't pulled the trigger yet because I'm not sure I can pull it off. But, you never know until you try:)

    • Monica Benavidez
      February 23, 2015 / 10:08 pm

      Courtnee– you can do it! What have you been debating doing? If I can help at all, please let me know. 🙂 Hugs!

  2. Carli Bushoven
    February 24, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    I searched and searched for curtains like this for my master bedroom. I ended up going on etsy and buying them for about $100 which isnt terrible. It is frustrating though!! I can't believe they are so hard to find. I ended up having to get a custom pillow for my bed done as well so everything matched. Very hard to find white and black stripes for some reason. Good luck!!