Painting plain curtain panels allows you to get the exact design and color you want. I always seem to have a hard time finding curtains that I like. I searched around looking for striped curtains. I was inspired by the Crate & Barrel Alston Panels for $99 a piece. So they were either way out of my price range or not long enough. I decided to customize some plain curtain panels from IKEA by painting gray stripes on them. They look amazing and totally changed the look of my family room.