Tackling the Laundry Room: DIY Chevron Curtain Tutorial

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The laundry room was a clutter magnet, and no matter what we did, we could never keep the two shelves in the room looking neat or organized. That simply wouldn’t do for the SYLVANIA Blogger Makeover Challenge. I had to make the room look good! My solution? Cover up the shelves!


I initially planned to hang bamboo blinds, because I knew they’d be easy to pull up and down as needed to access everything behind them — including laundry detergent, my hubby’s toolbox and more. However, we quickly discovered that — much like the situation in my daughter’s room — the entire ceiling in the laundry room is covered with electrical wiring. Hanging blinds was a no go, because we were afraid to drill through the ceiling.

Instead, we decided to grab a simple tension rod and use a curtain to cover the shelves. And this seemed like as great a time as any to finally paint a chevron pattern on a piece of fabric. In this case, I chose a simple drop cloth as my medium. Why a drop cloth? Well, mostly because it was cheap, but also because I knew I wouldn’t be afraid to “mess it up.” I was also able to find one in the exact width I needed, which meant I could avoid sewing.

You’ll need…

  • Drop cloth (buy a size as close to your final measurements as possible) or curtain
  • Straight pins
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Painter’s tape
  • Low- or zero-VOC paint (we used Behr’s paint & primer in one)
  • Roller and tray

Step 1

Hang your drop cloth in the space with curtain clips so you can find the right length. Pin the excess to the length you desire, and cut off the excess.

Step 2

Measure your chevron lines, and trace them onto the drop cloth LIGHTLY with a pencil. I cannot stress enough how important it is to sketch your lines lightly. It can be tricky to get the measurements right, and chances are, you’ll have to draw your lines more than once. I got so frustrated with the measurements at one point that I was ready to scrap the project altogether. Thankfully, my husband swooped in and saved the day.

Eventually, we got the measurements right.

Our curtain is 68″ wide. I wanted two points on the chevron, so we divided the width into 4 sections, each 17″ wide. The marks we made gave us the ends and centers of the chevrons. Vertically, the curtain was 47″ long. We divided that into 4 sections, each 11.75″ tall. Then, we essentially connected the dots.

Confused? Yeah. We were too for a while. So I created the graphic below to better illustrate what the final measurements should’ve been. They were slightly different, because we messed up. But this is how it should’ve looked.


Measurements will differ depending on the size of your curtain panel and the number of chevron points you want, but you get the general idea. If you still need help, check out this chevron curtain tutorial from Kristen over at kfd designs.

Step 3

Using your light pencil marks, use painters tape to mark off the segments. You’ll need to tape on the outside of the sections that are to be filled with paint. So the center between those two segments, the tape lines will be might closer together. That is how it’s supposed to look.


Step 4

Lay a thick sheet or drop cloth on the floor and place your taped curtain on top of it. I would advise using cardboard or something else to prevent the paint from soaking through the curtain to the floor underneath. We didn’t, and the paint soaked through the drop cloth AND the sheet underneath to the carpet. NOT a good look, but we fixed it with some low-VOC paint thinner.

Step 5

Roll on your paint! Use as much or as little as necessary to achieve the color saturation you want. Because we were using red paint, we had to roll it on pretty thick to avoid bare spots.


Step 6

Pull the tape while the paint is still damp. Then let the paint dry completely. Hang your curtain(s) and enjoy!


Again, this project was incredibly frustrating for me during the measuring phase. But the result? Completely worth it!

I love the tailored look of the crisp chevrons against the organic look of the canvas dropcloth. It is easily my favorite part of the laundry room makeover.

If you try this project, I’d love to see your results! And if you loved this, you will LOVE my chevron IKEA dresser makeover!

DISCLOSURE: This post is part of the SYLVANIA Blogger Makeover Challenge. I received a $500 Lowe’s gift card along with compensation for my participation. However, as usual, all opinions are completely my own. Check out all the SYLVANIA blogger room makeovers on their Facebook page. (sponsored opp)

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6 comments… add one
  • Avatar Stancie April 21, 2011, 1:25 pm

    I love this, Jennae! It looks GREAT….makes me want to do this! Thanks so much for sharing your instructions 🙂

    • Avatar jennae April 21, 2011, 2:20 pm

      Thanks Stancie! I was incredibly happy with the way it turned out — though I was so frustrated with the process that I almost didn’t finish! I should’ve made the graphic example first so I’d have something to go by. Oh well…lessons learned, right?

  • Avatar Liz April 22, 2011, 1:24 pm

    This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Avatar ellie October 17, 2011, 3:20 pm


    Not sure how commenting on an old post works. Hope you get it! But I was wondering how the paint holds up to washing. Did you do anything special? Would the whole thing turn pink? Not that I actually wash my curtains that often but thought I’d ask before I dove in. Thanks!

  • Avatar Donna December 16, 2011, 12:45 pm

    Brilliant! I have the same problem and I also am chevron-obsessed, so this is a project I’m definitely going to try! Thanks for sharing!

  • Avatar jessica August 16, 2012, 8:20 pm

    What type of drop cloth did you use? I want to do this in our living room we have two big windows and then a normal size one but yea if you can let me know which type of cloth you used id appreciate it thanks 🙂

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