I have been wanting to replace the bamboo roman shade that covers my front door for some time, but of course didn’t want to spend a fortune doing so. Recently I had picked up some upholstery fabric on sale and had intended to make my own.
I pulled down my old shade to inspect how exactly it worked and see if I could salvage the hardware for my new shade when the light bulb went off….why not just cover the old one? (I wish I had taken a picture of the shade before, but you can get an idea of it from the picture below)
I hemmed the fabric leaving excess to wrap around the back of the blind (I needed it to look neat because you would see it from the outside).
I installed some grommets at the top to allow the cording to go through the cover and used a very strong spray adhesive to glue the cover onto front of the old shade. I did this from top to bottom, a little bit at a time, while the shade was hanging, carefully evening out any bubbles.
I finished the edges by top stitching the fabric to the bamboo using a heavy gauge needle (surprisingly I didn’t break a needle doing this) I probably didn’t need to do this part, but I wanted to secure the fabric in place and I like the look of a sewn seam.
I finished the shade off by covering the top piece that hangs down and hides the hardware….once again, using spray adhesive.
And a few hours later…..walla! A brand new shade! The best part is I didn’t have to do a ton of measuring, install dowels, hardware, etc.
How cool is that? I may have “cheated”, but it saved me a whole lot of time and I am extremely happy with the results.