Ummm….. no…. and that’s a huge understatement because my master bedroom has THREE!!!
Before removing the shade from the window I measured the bottom of the blind to the top when pulled completely down.
Then I lay the blind on the floor and measured that same distance, 60″, and marked the spot with a marker on both sides of the shade.
Enter my fun and funky fabric. It has a vintage/retro vibe to me, and I fell in love with it. I thrifted two double size flat sheets a while back for $1 a piece. I just knew I would find a use for them someday.
It’s a lightweight cotton which is perfect for this project. Anything too heavy wouldn’t work because the shade would become too bulky.
I cut my sheet in half and 65″ long. This left me with a few inches to spare on either side and the bottom.
I hate ironing, so I didn’t even iron the fabric before starting… and it didn’t matter a bit.
Once I was sure I had my fabric where I wanted it with enough overage on all sides I started gluing it down.
I turned the fabric up at the bottom of the blind about 8-10 inches and sprayed the adhesive. I then pulled the fabric back into place, and smoothed it out with my hands
Next I pulled the rest of the fabric back toward me to where I had sprayed the adhesive and I sprayed about another 8-10 inch area.
Then I gently moved the fabric into place and smoothed it down with my hands.
I continued to do this along the shade.
Working my way slowly along, spraying and smoothing, spraying and smoothing.
It’s important to make sure that there’s adhesive coverage all over the shade or the shade might not roll up properly.
Once I reached the top I then turned the shade over and trimmed the excess fabric from the sides, and bottom.
Then I spray glued the edges down. This is what will be facing the street.
The spray adhesive that I used was Elmer’s Craft Bond. It’s what I had on hand and it worked great. I had a window open a bit to ventilate the room. It can be a little fumey because it’s rather a large project. The best scenario would be to do this outside, but with the crappy weather we’ve been having lately that was impossible. A garage would also be good.
The directions read that for a permanent bond surfaces should be adhered within 15 seconds so working fast is the key, which is why I did small sections at a time.
I added pink duct tape along the top of the blind where the cut fabric edge is. This gives it a nice edge and protects the fabric from fraying.
According to the directions the adhesive needs about 1 hour to set, so I hung it up for a couple of hours.
Then I removed the shade, rolled it all the way up by hand, and installed it back on the brackets in the window for the big test.
And it worked. Yay!!
My shade roller is visible at the top because hanging the shade this way makes it sit further back in the window, which means more light blockage.
No worries. My next project is an easy and inexpensive window valance to cover that up.
Here’s the before and after.
It’s so freakin’ cheerful. I love it!!
That wacky pink floral makes me chuckle every time I walk into this room. It’ll really cheer up the space on those freezing cold and sunlight-shortened days of winter, and that’s exactly what I want.
So it is possible to turn ugly duckling boring vinyl shades into beautiful unique swans, inexpensively, and tailored to your own style. In my case this makeover will cost about 50 cents a window. How’s that for thrifty?
So, one window down and two more to go… and then the window valances. Little by little this master bedroom makeover is getting done, and I’m having such fun.
Have a fun and fabulous day, and until next time..,