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« on: January 24, 2004 03:52:00 PM »

I made my own shower curtain instead of spending 20+ bucks on some fancy-schmancy one from the store.  All in all, I think the whole thing cost me about $5.  

You'll need a clear vinyl shower curtain liner, acrylic paint, a paint brush (or more than one if you don't want to have to run to the sink every time you want to use a new color), and a stencil (of course, you can freehand it if you're feeling saucy).  You'll also need lots and lots of Q-Tips, which I didn't figure out until I had already started (which is why they're not represented in the photo).  It doesn't hurt to have a couple paper towels handy in case of an accident.
http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50/GinaNadine/Shower%20Curtain/th_YouWillNeed2.jpg

To make the dots, I traced a circle onto a piece of heavy cardboard and then cut it out with an X-acto knife.  Go nuts and make whatever shape you want to.  I've seen a shower curtain that had different colored hearts all over it...that would be totally cute.  I would've done that, but my boyfriend has to use this curtain too.  

First, take the curtain and lay it flat.  Shower curtains are usually packed with a powdery substance all over them so they don't stick to themselves, so take a damp cloth and clean off the side you'll be painting on.

Now, put down your stencil and go to town!
http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50/GinaNadine/Shower%20Curtain/th_Stencil2.jpg

Here's where the Q-Tips come in: when you lift the stencil up, the edges will probably be a bit jagged.  The Q-Tip works really well for cleaning up the edges.  (Obviously, you should do this while the paint is still wet.  It is dry in the photo because the picture I took of me Q-Tipping didn't turn out, so I went back later and did a little re-enactment so you all could see what I meant.)
http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50/GinaNadine/Shower%20Curtain/th_QTip2.jpg

Let it dry for an hour or two, depending on how thickly you spread the paint.  This will seem like an eternity because you will be so excited about your new shower curtain and you will want to hang it up right away.

Some notes, tips, and things I wish I had known beforehand:

1.  I used acrylic paint for a couple reasons: It was super cheap (those little 2 oz. bottles were 67 cents each!) and it just seemed like it would hold up okay based on my past experiences with acrylics.  I honestly have no idea if it's going to peel off or if the humidity from the bathroom is going to ruin it.  If anyone knows of a better kind of paint to use, speak up!
2.  Cardboard was just an okay stencil material--it got kind of soggy after a while from all the wet paint.  Plastic or maybe foam would've been a better choice.
3.  It is easier to have one stencil per color of paint you will use, especially if you're like me and you don't like cleaning things off.
4.  The same thing goes for paint brushes.
5.  Don't touch the paint if you're checking to see if it's still wet!  I did this and my finger took a big chunk of paint with it.  
6.  After it dries, you may want to slap on another coat of paint; when you hang your curtain up and light is able to shine through it, your brush strokes will be a bit more noticeable.  A second coat will alleviate this.
7.  Hang the curtain up with the painted side facing out and away from where the water will be hitting.  

Again, I have no idea how well this is going to withstand two showers a day, but the materials were so cheap that if it totally falls apart, it won't be much of a loss.  If anyone else tries this, I'd love to see pics!  Here's the finished product hung up:
http://img17.photobucket.com/albums/v50/GinaNadine/Shower%20Curtain/th_AllDone2.jpg

Cheers,
Gina.
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2004 03:26:35 AM »

Great project, Gina.

When I thought about making a shower curtain, all I considered was sewing - not among my strengths.

Now I can paint one! And since when do shower curtains last forever anyway? If it doesn't hold up, at least you've got an original for awhile, then you can use it as a tarp or dropcloth down the road...
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2004 09:47:18 PM »

I love this idea! How has it held up, months later?

I can't wait to live in an apartment with a shower bigger than a coffin, then I'll have an excuse to try my own.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2004 12:38:10 AM »


I can't wait to live in an apartment with a shower bigger than a coffin, then I'll have an excuse to try my own.

do those exist?  Grin this is a great idea, Gina nicely done
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2004 05:24:44 PM »

wow that is so cool! i love the spots
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2004 08:01:56 AM »

very nice  Cheesy

i am wondering if it can also be sprayed instead?
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2004 08:16:14 PM »

Thanks for the feedback, everyone!

These days, the shower curtain is...well...the dots/paint are holding up quite nicely.  The side that faces in toward the shower is a bit icky--it's got a pretty healthy layer of water spots on it, but I was expecting that to happen.  I've been tossing around the idea of trying to clean it up with CLR.  One final piece of advice I would give is, if the shower curtain you buy comes folded, that you try to avoid painting directly over the folds.  The folds do smooth out over time, but not so much if you have painted over them.

As far as using spray paint instead of acrylic: That seems like a good idea!  The color would look a lot more uniform that way, I bet.  (Will spray paint adhere to vinyl, though?  I hope this isn't a totally dumb question--now that I think about it, I've never really used spray paint!)
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2004 01:48:58 PM »

Awesome idea, i can't wait to try this!  thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2004 08:17:21 PM »

As far as using spray paint instead of acrylic: That seems like a good idea!  The color would look a lot more uniform that way, I bet.  (Will spray paint adhere to vinyl, though?  I hope this isn't a totally dumb question--now that I think about it, I've never really used spray paint!)

Krylon just came out with a new spraypaint that's supposed to stick to any plastic straight outta the can -- no priming required. Maybe it sticks to vinyl too, since vinyl's just a specific type of plastic.
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2004 09:06:33 AM »

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These days, the shower curtain is...well...the dots/paint are holding up quite nicely.  The side that faces in toward the shower is a bit icky--it's got a pretty healthy layer of water spots on it, but I was expecting that to happen.  I've been tossing around the idea of trying to clean it up with CLR.  One final piece of advice I would give is, if the shower curtain you buy comes folded, that you try to avoid painting directly over the folds.  The folds do smooth out over time, but not so much if you have painted over them.

Three words baby: Plain White Vinegar.  The stuff is amazing, and enviro friendly.  You can just put it in a spray bottle and dilute it 2:1 water:vinegar, take down your shower curtain and lay it out on the kitchen floor, and spray it with the vinegar solution.  Then wipe it off with a sponge after a few minutes. 

You could also try just pouring some on a damp sponge too,  i guess - silly me I always want to do things the hard way. 

I discovered this last weekend when my bathroom sink was just insane gross with lime from the hard water here.  I couldn't get it off with any amount of scrubbing or comet so I did what any sane gal would do - I called mom.  She said fill the sink with water to cover the stain, and dump in about 2 cups of plain white vinegar.  Came back an hour later and it was like easy off - drain and wipe with a sponge and the sink is like NEW!

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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2004 06:36:02 AM »

Three words baby: Plain White Vinegar

Seconding that  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2004 05:46:21 PM »

i painted a shower curtain years ago and it lasted about 3-4 years? until my little brother pulled on it and ripped all the holes at the top, but the paint was still fine!

i used latex paint left over from the walls and trim and spread the shower curtain out in the yard and splattered paint off the paintbrush onto it, it looked very 80s but it was great.
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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2004 08:40:14 AM »

I love the Idea. you get a gold star
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« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2004 04:02:11 PM »

yay polka dots! unfortunately i just got a new shower curtain
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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2004 08:51:36 AM »

jazmine-

this should probably not be in this section (AWESOME SHOWER CURTAIN IDEA THOUGH GINA)  I want to try it with that krylon spray paint...

but check out http://frugalliving.about.com/library/blvinegararch.htm?terms=vinegar  There are hundreds of ways to use vinegar... including hair rinse, air freshener, vinyl floor cleaner, sunburn cure-all, WRINKLE preventer, spot-free dishwasher agent, eyeglass cleaner, countertop cleaner...  blah blah blah i should shut up now. 

i love vinegar!  sooo cheap, friendly, and versatile.  kind of like me...Huh

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« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2004 05:37:57 PM »

Actually I made one last month, and had concerns about using acrylic paint -- you know, with the potential to peel off, and such.
 
I made one using sharpies on the clear vinyl.  I didn't have much want or need for colors, though since I was only drawing skulls and hearts.
The only thing I've noticed about using the Sharpies is that the bottom of the curtain, sometimes slides INSIDE the tub, even though I have a liner, as well and do not want it INSIDE, and when this happens, the Sharpie seems to bleed onto the tub.  Strangely this is not difficult to remove, and simply requires water rinsing, but it's still annoying to have to clean up when it appears.  Otherwise, I have loved having my custom made shower curtain.  And I'm not sure I could find one that had the imagery I wanted, anyway.

Here are pictures.

 

Anyway . . .
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« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2004 05:45:25 PM »

wow. if i had a shower curtain that cool i might get exited and pee in my pants Wink how long did it take you?
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« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2004 07:24:56 PM »

Perhaps if you used an outdoor sealant just over the circles, it would protect the design and not get the rest all icky.  After the circles dried, you could reuse the stencil for spraying or painting sealant.  And MissErika, maybe if you sealed the bottom few feet it would protect your tub.

Not sure if that would work, though--I have tentatively scheduled my first sojourn with real outdoor sealant (not Mod Podge) for tomorrow, so as of yet have absolutely no experience with it.

Just an idea!
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