Make It: No Sew Roman Shades

diy faux roman shades
Photo: One O

I’ll be the first to admit that making roman shades as not been my forte. My last two attempts were nothing short of disastrous. The shades looked great when completely let down. And that’s all they did, because I was so confused when sewing them that I did things wrong and they never pulled up correctly! I think I might go the “no-sew” route and try this faux version!

 

DIY faux roman shades
Photo: One O

 

The tutorial looks easy enough! Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Affordable & Awesome Do-It-Yourself Window Treatments

10 diy window treatments

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. And that can be the case when it comes to window treatments. If you can’t find the perfect curtain, rod, or shade, make it! We’ve rounded up ten window treatments that you can create yourself!      

 diy confetti drapes

Have a party in the bedroom with confetti drapes

no-sew roman shades

Use old blinds to make roman shades! No sewing required! 

tea towel window treatments

Use tea towels to cover up small windows in the kitchen!  Continue Reading

Curbly Giveaway: Win $1000 from Blinds.com

Win a $500 gift card to Blinds.com!
And you thought you were done getting gifts this winter! This week, we’ve teamed up with Blinds.com to give away two $500 gift cards; that means two lucky winners will get five big ones to spends at Blinds.com, where you can find an awesome selection of blinds, shades, shutters and drapes. Read on to find out how to enter!

Tomorrow, we’ll show you how we worked with Blinds.com to revitalize the windows in the Curbly House. Continue Reading

Make It: A Simple Wool Blanket Window Shade!

created at: 10/03/2011

It’s time to cozy up for fall!  Turn wool blankets into repurposed window shades in a few easy steps–then sit back and bask in the warmth of your handiwork!  

 

By using Army surplus blankets, which hover around $15-$20, you can get a great looking window shade at an even better cost.  Matt Pierce from Wood&Faulk shares this simple DIY project on ReadyMade, so head over for the full tutorial!

Meanwhile, can you think of any other great ways to repurpose wool blankets?   Continue Reading

How to Hem Wooden Shades

Ready-made Roman shades of the wooden variety come in many widths, but their lengths are generally about 72″. That’s long, especially if your window is only 38″. Although the shades work fine for any length, that’s a lot of weight to which to subject the shades’ mechanisms. Plus, there’s excess bulk at the bottom of the window. You don’t have to live with ill-fitting shades like this. You can hem them, and it’s a surprisingly fast and easy procedure to get a custom look. Continue Reading