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diy ombre curtains

after tackling the sunroom in a relatively cheap manner…i thought i should move on to the living room.  first up were the brown curtains that we were never really sold on.  they were ok when we got them but after having them up for a few months we realized we wanted something lighter.  i have been seeing a lot of these ombre style shower curtains, window curtains, bedding, etc. recently and thought i would take a stab at it.  and the added bonus:  i had bleach!

so here i went…

step 1:  prewash fabric

step 2:  roll up fabric and place rubber bands at the various places you want the shade to change.  also decide here if you want them to be lighter at the top and then get darker towards the bottom or vice versa.  i decided that i wanted ours to be lighter at the top and then get darker.  i also wanted the original brown to start right around where the window ends.  then i evenly placed 4 rubber bands on each curtain.

step 3:  fill up the laundry tub (or other large bucket or vessel) with hot water and bleach.
step 4:  place the first section of all curtains in the bleach solution.
step 5:  keeping an eye on the fabric, and knowing that the first section will be in the longest, move the next section in when you think you are at a good amount of time.  i planned to do 10 min per section.  so the first section would be in for 50 min, second section 40 min, third section 30 min, etc.  but after i was done i wanted the top to be  even lighter so i then went back and stuck the top part in for about 10 more min.  this part is probably a lot of guess work.  so do it when you have time to sit and watch.
step 6:  cut off the rubber bands and wash them!
step 7:  hang and enjoy!
and to recap…here is the before and after (sorry for the lighting in the after, i never seem to have time to take the pictures during the day anymore!):
all in all i like the effect.  it definitely lightens up the room which is what we wanted.  but the top never got white.  it is more of a peachy creamy color?  not terrible…but not what i wanted.  however i did find a cool print from urban outfitters that has blues and peachy creamy tones in it and ordered it.  so i will put that up and hope to tie it all together.  stay tuned!

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3 thoughts on “diy ombre curtains

  1. Jane's sew & tell on said:

    They look good!

  2. Amanda on said:

    How much bleach did you use?

    • sedwards515 on said:

      Hi Amanda – I wish I had an exact amount for you, but it was somewhat just a guess. Since I filled the basin of washer I probably poured at least 1 cup in. I do think that the more you use the faster it will work though. I would start with maybe 1/2 a cup and see how fast your material reacts. Then you can always add more if needed. Good luck!

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