How to Paint Custom Flower Medallions for Curtain Hardware

Painting Flower Medallions

Today I’m sharing all the details for painting your own curtain medallions like the ones used for Lily Grace’s Princess Curtains shared in my last post.

One of the first elements we talked about when designing Lily’s window treatments was the idea of using medallions for the hardware instead of a traditional rod and rings.

This resin flower tie-back was the perfect choice. Now to make it the perfect color!

Pink & Lilac Curtains for a Princess

The walls in Lily’s room are a pretty pink with the bedding in shades of pink and purple.

Resin Flower TieBack-Medallion (2)

The medallions aka curtain tie-backs are resin and come in traditional wood tones or gold. Not quite the look we were going for.

Resin Flower TieBack-Medallion Priming Medallions (2)

The first step was a good coat of spray primer.

Priming Medallions

The brackets got a shot of primer as well.

Painting Medallions

The medallions were painted with several coats of Velvet Crush acrylic paint by Apple Barrel.

White Washing Painted Medallions

The next step in getting the look I wanted was a white wash.

White Washing Painted Medallions (2)

This was achieved by watering down white acrylic paint…

White Washing Painted Medallions (3)

liberally painting it on…

White Washing Painted Medallions (4)

and then wiping back off the majority of white paint.

White Washing Painted Medallions (5)

I used a dry sponge brush to get the excess white wash out of the crevices.

White Washing Painted Medallions (6) White Washing Painted Medallions (7) White Washing Painted Medallions (8)

I kept dabbing and wiping with a scrap of old t-shirt as well as the dry sponge brush until I achieved the look I wanted.

White Washing Painted Medallions (9)

During the process I got a bit carried away and wiped the paint down to the primer on some of the high spots. I touched up some of these spots with more paint but left others as they were because I liked the way it looked.

Pink & Lilac Trim (2)

The medallions were then sprayed with a coat of clear sealer for a subtle shine and to protect the finish. Here you can see where I painted the brackets pink to match the walls.

Custom Painted Medallion Tiebacks

I LOVE the way these turned out!
The crowning touch for Lily Grace’s Princess Curtains.
And much cuter now that they are all decked out in purple.

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7 Responses to How to Paint Custom Flower Medallions for Curtain Hardware

  1. Lori says:

    Such a super job, that is one lucky little princess!

  2. Cute, cute, cute…you stay one busy lady. I have only one house I am doing and I can’t seem to do anything else. Great job!

  3. That is such a pretty color, I’m seeing it pop up around the web. I think they’re calling it radiant orchid. The curtains are gorgeous, too. Your daughter must be feeling like a little princess!

  4. Cynthia says:

    Great tutorial. I just received my ceiling medallions for the new house. I can’t wait too paint them soon. Updates on the house coming!!


  5. Cute doesn’t quite describe them, I always love how whitewashing softens the color. I love the curtain fabric also. As always a great job!

  6. Kathy says:

    The attention to detail is just amazing. The purple paint color you picked works perfectly with the drape trim not to mention the bed ruffle. Your decision to use medallions rather than rods and rings was so smart. Very unique.