Painted Muslin Window Panels

How do you get six window panels for $45?
If you have an idea of exactly what you want for your windows
and a little time to create it….you will be happy you did.

My friend Kristie and I started a little makeover on her family room.
(she is a super busy mom with three boys – she doesn’t have a lot of time –
so I am helping her)
We bought 9 yards of muslin that was about 100 inches wide ($5 per yard with our coupon). Folded the fabric into 3 equal parts and snipped them with scissors at each end. Then ripped them apart. Folded each third in half lengthwise – snipped and ripped them again to make (6) 108 inch long panels.
Neither one of us wanted to sew.
After folding the fabric in half lengthwise again, Kristie used Stitch Witchery and her iron to “faux sew” the top, bottom and one long side of each panel.  I stepped in to help her paint the black and white stripes that she had been imagining for her fun and colorful family room.
We folded the tops down 7 1/2 inches and ironed them for a little top valance. From that fold we measured 13 inches down and taped off a straight line across. Each black stripe measures 18 inches. (2 stripes per panel)
I hung them 10 inches above the window molding.

I chose the rod finials – the large window is a little more decorative than the other two – no reason. I just like it.

Luckily, all the stripes lined up and look great!

But don’t expect ‘perfection’ when you use paint on fabric. We found a few areas that are ‘wavy’ or ‘smudged’. When they are all hanging up – they look perfect.
Six window panels for $45!
Just what Kristie wanted.
And since the black paint was out…
This makeover isn’t over yet.
Fireplace redo, wall decor and pillow embellishments coming soon.

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John Dudley

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Patricia Cooper

Love these! What type of paint did you use?

chateau chic

Oh Wow, what a fun way to add terrific window treatments.BTW, did I see you over at Kelly's saying you've been looking for a canvas bin forever? If so, I have one and want you to have it if we can figure out how to get it to you. Maybe meet halfway?Mary Alice


Is there anything you can't do??? Wished you lived next door to me! Can't wait to see more of your friends room, she is so lucky to have you to help her!


the paint looks great, and i really like the folded piece at the top! the paint really freshened up the table, too:)

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky)

How sweet of you to help your friend. Love the impact of the drapes and how they add interest and softness to the windows. Love the black on the table. Did you guys really paint it right there in the room. I'm so clumsy I have to use big drop cloths even for small projects lol. I can see a tv nook project in your future too.



Lynn @The Vintage Nest

they look awesome! I never would have gotten the stripes to match up. 🙂

Christine Vandormolen

Your friend is lucky to have you..just think of all the projects I would have you do for me if you were here….lol…you would never be bored!!!


What an inexpensive but great look.Laura

Down to Earth Style

Thanks Cynthia…Kristie is busy – a working mother, even. She handles it well. Have a fun weekend coming up!


Gorgeous and they do add so much elegance to the room. Your girlfriend must have her hands full with three little boys.Cynthia

Down to Earth Style

Thanks for noticing the table….sometimes I just expect the pictures to fill in for my lack of explaining. 😉

Down to Earth Style

You are way sweet…Thank you. I like helping my new friend here in VA. :)I didn't even realize I was still a \”no-reply\” – duh! I think I changed it. If I still come through that way next time – let me know. I will email you my address but I need yours too b/c I am buying the sweet bows. 🙂 Can't wait!

Down to Earth Style

Thanks Kelly – I work on these little projects when the little guys are school. Soon I will share the rest. Thanks for stopping by.

Down to Earth Style

Jules – you would like these in your bedroom – maybe even your cottage. Pretty easy. Love to hear from you!

Down to Earth Style

For girl like me that like easy and fast – painting is the best solution. :)Thanks Katie

Down to Earth Style

Just a little labor – no big deal! They do look like they were more expensive for sure – Thank you!

Down to Earth Style

They're bold and look great with all the red, green and yellow.

Down to Earth Style

We seem to be on the same page a lot. Muslin is my favorite fabric these days. Burlap is so messy.

Susan @

The curtains look awesome Holly and that table did a 180 when you painted it black! Great choices for that room.Susan

Shabby chic Sandy

This makeover is looking great! Love the curtains 🙂 Your friend with the 3 little boys reminds me of when mine were smaller–my daughter is 14 months older than my twin boys. When you have 3 young ones you need help from an awesome friend like you!I wanted to response to your comment on my blog–since you are a no reply blogger I'll reply here :)I would love to make some bows for Mazi! I am not set up to sell them yet but would love to send you some and see how they work for her. Please just send… Read more »


What a great idea! I like the stripes. I love no sew drapes myself. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your changes.

Julia Terpstra

Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow! That final picture of the room with all those stripes lined up is perfection! I'm with you … who wants to sew? Man would those look nice in my bedroom. And the price? Amazing! Great job, girlie!

Katie Mansfield

Painting fabric. Who knew? It looks great.

Lynn Fern

Yup love it! And, they look like they cost way more than $45!!!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage

Gorgeous! They add so much to the room!

Gee Singh Newbanks

Nice!!!! Hahahahha… you are not going to believe but I was just replying to your email and telling the Mr about a project I want to do w/ muslin. Luv the drapery panels. :-).. Gee