Roman Shades on a Dime. Or $24.

When I realized that I had enough leftover fabric from Jude’s duvet cover to actually make something with, my thoughts flew to the tiny window in his playroom. Sometimes, especially in the mornings when the time is just right, the light just pours into that window. I’m thinking we might could eke out a few more minutes’ sleep if that window had the proper treatment.

Lauren Corbyn suggested heading over to Little Green Notebook and checking out the amazing DIY idea of recycling those awful metal blinds we all have into fab roman shades. Since I didn’t have any kind of blinds on that window at all, I thought, hmmm, this could get expensive. I hopped into Goodwill and found a set of shades, but they were $12, and there was no hardware, and it was just too wide. So it was on to Home Depot, where I did not have high expectations. Well, apparently I am mini blind-clueless because when I went to price things out at Home Depot, I was shocked to find out that I would only have to spend $9 for my little tiny window, AND they cut it to size for me. Folks, it doesn’t get much better than that. So during my Mother’s Day Out, I spent the early afternoon carefully following the instructions from LGN et voila! I am amazed. The hardest part about this project was the installation of the darn thing, but it really was the easiest thing ever. We have really nasty miniblinds in all 3 bedrooms upstairs, and they are going to see new life now, thanks to this tutorial. Ugly blinds, be gone! I think that roman shades look oh-so chic layered under curtains, and I cannot wait to get my hands on them!
my DIY roman shade
By this point, I figured I was on a roll, and I might as well do the other (ugly) blinds that were already hanging up in his room. For $15, I got a pretty yellow stripe fabric – ignore the terrible picture below. It was really hard to get a good photo of these. To be fair, this one was a lot harder because the window is so much bigger. It probably could’ve been easier w/ two people to do it instead of just one, but oh well. It could probably also use a little ribbon or something to spice it up, but I’m super pleased with the results. It looks SO much better than the mini blinds.
DIY Roman Shades!

So for a grand total of $24, Jude now has a new window treatment in his room & playroom, and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you to Little Green Notebook for sharing your expertise with us here in blogland!

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4 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Becky E. said,

    Awesome. Love it. Will do it at some point in my life I’m sure. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 2

    Chrysi said,

    Wow, Rach! Love it.

  3. 3

    laurencorbyn said,

    Looks great! Glad to know it really is easy and inexpensive.

  4. 4

    Amnah said,

    So cute! LGN always has the greatest home tutorials that are actually worth trying. I’ve been wanting to try this idea for a long time. One day…


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