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Add a burst of color to your bathroom or any room in your home. Use paint and our free downloadable stencils to transform plain window treatments into embellished shades.
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Download the paisley stencils. First, print the stencils out and arrange them on your window shade. Move the pieces around until you find an arrangement you like. If necessary, print them out again and increase or decrease them to your desired sizes. Have a local copy shop soft-laminate the printouts. Cut out the patterns using a crafts knife on a cutting mat or hard surface that won't be damaged by cuts.
When applying stencils, lightly mist the back of the stencil with spray adhesive. Before applying the stencil, let the adhesive dry until it is tacky. The stencil should stick to the window shade, but be easily repositioned or removed. Use this technique when applying each stencil.
Choose a height and width for the two stripes at the bottom of the window shade. Using a ruler and pencil, measure and mark the height of the first stripe. Apply painter's tape horizontally above the pencil line. Paint the first stripe using a 1" paintbrush or small foam roller. Let dry. Apply additional coats as necessary. Remove tape and allow the stripe to dry completely. Repeat with the second stripe. The stripes shown are 2-3/4" (Very Berry) and 1" (Twist of Lime) wide.
Paisley 1: Start with stencil A. Lightly mist the back of the stencil with spray adhesive then arrange in place on the window shade. Fill in the stencil with Very Berry. Apply paint in thin coats and let dry completely between each layer until it reaches your desired shade. Add dots to the painted portion by dipping an unused pencil eraser in Twist of Lime and stamping onto the window shade. Finish the pattern by adding stencil B in Very Berry. Once dry, use a pencil eraser or artist's paintbrush to add dots to the "fins" in Sunday Times.
For paisley patterns 1, 2, and 3 we enlarged the stencils by 50 percent.
Paisley 2: Position stencil B on the window shade and fill in with La Fonda Geranium. Once the fins are dry, position stencil A inside the fins. Fill in stencil A with Powder Peach. Once the paint is your desired shade, remove stencil and let dry. Next add stencil C to the center of the paisley pattern in Passion Pink. Fill in the stencil's dots by using the pencil eraser stamping technique. Add dots to the fins in Ultra White.
Paisley 3: Apply stencil B to the window shade. Fill in the stencil with Orange Crush. Next add stencil D in Orange Crush inside the fins. Once that portion is dry, apply stencil E to the center of the paisley pattern in Ultra White. Next, apply stencil A in Passion Pink. Apply additional layers as necessary and let dry. Finish by adding stencil C to the center of the pattern and dots to the fins in Sunday Times.
Paisley 4: Follow the instructions in Step 3 for Paisley 1 to apply Passion Pink, Orange Crush, and Sunday Times.
Paisley 5: Follow the instructions in Step 3 for Paisley 1 and substitute La Fonda Geranium Red, Passion Pink, and Sunday Times.
Paisley 6: Use the instructions in Step 5 for Paisley 3. Substitute the paint colors for Orange Crush, La Fonda Geranium Red, and Ultra White. Use Ultra White for the third layer, flowers, and dots.
Finish the scene by adding flowers from stencil F in the blank spaces of the window shade. Use each color to fill in a flower-shape stencil.
If hanging the painted window shade in a bathroom, leave the shade down after baths and showers and give it ample time to dry before rolling up.
Lay the painted window shade on a flat surface and let dry for about a week before hanging or rolling it. Once the paint has cured, install the window shade.