Monday, August 16, 2010

Dressing Up Basic Roller Shades

Every since completing Isabella's Girl's Dream Bedroom last year, I've been wanting to return and hang roller shades on the windows, layered behind the drapery panels.


The day finally arrived to add them and it ended up being a very fast and simple project. I began by gathering the supplies: basic roller shades, decorative shade pulls, trim and fabric glue.


A mark was made at the center point near the bottom edge of the shade.


The pretty decorative pulls were screwed through the shades at this point and secured on the back side.


I considered using numerous trim styles but, with Isabella's help, I ended up selecting a simple ric rac in a pretty bright green. There is already an abundance of color and pattern in the bedroom and this selection is just enough to add color and interest to the shades while avoiding becoming too busy for the room.

A length of trim was cut just a bit longer than the width of the shade.


The trim was turned over and fabric glue brushed on with a fan brush.


Next the trim was positioned in place above the decorative pull with the sides being glued and attached next.


The trim was pressed firmly onto the shade to help the glue adhere...


...and a few quick measurements were taken to ensure the trim ran evenly along the shade edge.


The ends were cut, leaving approximately 1/2 inch of trim extending past the shade.


Fabric glue was applied to the backside of the trim...


...and turned under and pressed into place as the glue dried.


The same steps were repeated for the other two shades. Then a second row of ric rac was attached to each shade just above the first, following the same steps.





I also considered adding a thinner turquoise ric rac to the shades, but it looked too busy for this room. However, I can imagine having a lot of fun by adding multiple layers of trim to create shades that become a focal point of a room, paired with simple drapery panels.


If I had known how easy this project would be I wouldn't have waited so long, and before I knew it the dressed up shades were ready to be hung in the room. This also ended up being quite easy, except I need some better tools. My battery powered screw driver gave up, requiring charging, half way through the installation. An "old school" screw driver came to my rescue because I was too impatient to see them hung in place and take some photos, which of course I'll post tomorrow!

31 comments :

  1. I love the lime green ric rac!!

    Happy Monday!
    xo Laura

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  2. The ric rac was a nice addition to the shades! I can't wait til tomorrow. I know they are are going to be too cute in the room!

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  3. Girl, I think you've earned a good 18v drill and a compound miter saw with the success of all your recent projects! :)

    These look great -- can't wait to see them hung!

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  4. This proves that simple details make the space. Will be back to check out the final product!

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  5. Its the simplest of things that make the biggest impact...can't wait to see the reveal!!

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  6. Thank you for this! I can't wait to try it myself.

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  7. Love this! I have three windows in my office that are screaming for my attention....something like this just might be the perfect solution. Thanks so much, looking forward to seeing the final pics!

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  9. These look great. I really like the hooks on the shades and the ric rac gives it a very complete and neat look. I also like your "old school" screw driver reference. It is good to know that the old way still works.

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  10. Too cute! loving the lime ric rac and I agree - it's just right without the turquoise! Can't wait to see them in place :)

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  11. Fabulous! Thanks for the how to! I can't wait to tackle my ugly shade hiding under my valance!
    Take care
    Kristin

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  12. Fabulous! Thanks for the how to! I can't wait to tackle my ugly shade hiding under my valance!
    Take care
    Kristin

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  13. Fabulous! Thanks for the how to! I can't wait to tackle my ugly shade hiding under my valance!
    Take care
    Kristin

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  14. i love that you chose a green trim...its going to look beautiful! another layer of yumminess added to an already stunning room---perfection!

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  15. Such a simple little diy that makes such a huge design difference. Love it! Such small details really add up to a great finished space.

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  16. Oh! They're so cute! Can't wait to see them in the room.

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  17. Such an easy and fun project that makes basic roller shades look custom! I cant wait to see the afters :)

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  18. You have a real talent for jazzing up plain items! I'm sure this will look great in the room.

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  19. Just PERFECT!!
    Don't get me started on tools that run out of juice half way through a job, argh. A new cordless drill is on the top of my birthday wishlist.
    Angex

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  20. you are SO creative! can't wait to see them installed!

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  21. Very sweet project! I'm going to give it a whirl when I get home vacation next week - thanks!
    Deb
    Living Livelier

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  22. Hi Janell,

    Can't wait to see how the blinds look tomorrow when you post the pictures!!! Love the decorative pulls, they add that something special.
    I didn't comment on the previous post, but loved seeing the boxed beam ceilings. I think a lot of people when they are building their home forget about the ceilings. If I ever built, I would love to incorporate this, such a standout feature.
    Thanks as always for sharing.
    Take care
    Janine
    XXOO
    Tasmania, Australia

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  23. Janell,

    Just checking in between vacations, and I knew I would be in for a treat! Love what you are doing with the shades. Such a brilliant move. Can't wait to see them up!

    And that red chalkboard dresser Janell - you are so talented it makes my head spin!

    A warm hug to you. Mon.

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  24. Love it and oh so easy! I love the lime green color!

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  25. Love how they turned out! Where did you purchase the roller shades? I've been looking at roman shades for our master to put behind our drapes but I love this idea!!! You are so extremely talented.....

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  26. I'm linking to your post tomorrow at Dollar Store Crafts: http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/10/what-to-do-with-roller-shades/

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  27. Brilliant! I love roller shades because they keep the light out so well. Great for naps. Your additions are perfect. Love em!

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