A Fresh Look on Lace Curtains

A picture of blue and white lace curtains

A classic color combination and a love for lace bring refreshing style to simple guest-room curtains.

As a place reserved for welcoming our nearest and dearest, guest rooms should offer not only the essential comforts, but also a sense of warmth and personality. With that spirit in mind, material maven Leigh Pate of Pate-Meadows Designs set out to reimagine traditional lace curtains for her guest-room windows. Envisioning a blue-and-white scheme and a contemporary twist, Leigh chose a bolt of lace trim from a crafts store to accent ready-made curtains. Then came the fun.

Turning to the same Classic Teal by Valspar she used to update the dresser, Leigh created a fabric dye by mixing two parts of the leftover paint with one part Martha Stewart’s Tintable Fabric Medium. She soaked the lace trim for 45 minutes to achieve the brilliant blue she desired. 

For added polish, Leigh created a few pleats in the store-bought panels and accomplished this no-sew feat with the help of a tack gun.

Once the painted lace dried, she attached it with fusible tape. To complete the look, Leigh mixed more of the paint with a glaze and used it to customize basic posts and tiebacks. 

A picture of blue and white lace curtains

The end result is a pair of curtains perfectly suited to the space and the promise of a stylish stay for overnight guests.

Learn more about the project in this video from Pate-Meadows Designs.

Get more blue and white style ideas in our January/February issue!

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