Another project I tackled this week was making faux roman shades for our new bedroom.
I wanted something simple to hide our blinds and decorate the window without being a big focal point. The barn door headboard is a huge focal point, and so will our closet. Hopefully the closet will be done this weekend, so check back next week to see how we've squeezed into a single closet while still managing to make it look nice!
These blinds were already installed on the windows in this room--it used to be our boys' room, remember? While bamboo shades are much prettier and trendier (it's a word, right?), we're trying to do this room switch while spending as little as possible. And you know what? Who sees them anyway? Just me and my husband, and I like how the white just blends in with the trim and isn't trying to make yet another statement in this small room!
I used 1/4 of a drop cloth canvas to make each faux blind (there are two). I actually used one of these panels from our old room and cut it in half. Then I experimented with a million and six different folds. I toyed with the idea of making a real roman shade, but decided to leave well enough alone.
Once I got the folds right, I lined them up under my sewing machine with a strip of canvas on top, then just sewed away, folding and tucking the raw strip to make a ruffle. Since one of the flaps folds over the back (to avoid a rod pocket), I had to stop the sewing machine about two inches from the top and sew the ruffle by hand while making sure I didn't sew through the back layer and not have an opening for my curtain rod!
And for now, that's how they hang. I'm not sure I love the rod--well, I like the decorative finial, but the rod hangs a good four inches from the wall. Oh well, if it bugs me I can change it later!
By the way, just how do you take pictures of windows during the day? I know you're not supposed to use flash and natural light is the best for photos, but I kept coming up with this:
Ok, I just can't end with that picture, so here's another one so you leave here with good memories!
Ahhhh... Much better. Oh, I forgot to mention that this project was free! The curtain hardware is from our old room (which was from our old house and originally from Bed Bath & Beyond with a gift card from our wedding and a 20% off coupon) and the curtain panel I cut up was from our old room and is really a drop cloth that only cost $10 at WalMart and I'm getting another project out of it too!
Hope you like the faux roman blinds! Come back next week for more on our new bedroom. It's almost done!