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How-To Roundup: 10 DIY Roller Shade Makeovers

by on Nov 29, 2020

DIYers have been making over inexpensive roller shades for some time now. These projects, however, are some of the most successful transformations out there. Using fabric, paint, paper, and, in one case, a paperpunch , there’s something for everyone. 

Paper flowers (cut from scrapbooking paper and attached with grommets) plus some lengths of ribbon and these cheap roller shades look like a million damn dollars. Love them!

Pull down window shades are white with yellow stripes and purple flowers.Midwest Living

Simpler yet equally fresh, are these rick-rack embellished shades:

Neat bed centered between pale nightstands with lamps, in front of double window with roller shades and bright orange curtains.HGTV

Did you know you can spray paint roller shades? That’s how Clare made her chevron shade.

Interior view of a room having three windows and wooden floor.Projectophile

A bit of glue adhered the fabric just to the edges of this roller-blind makeover.

A sink is set into a white cabinet under the window.A Well Dressed Home

If that last one was a bit too ‘tame’ check out this eye-popping fabric-covered blind (unlike the last project, the maker used spray adhesive to adhere the fabric to the entire shade):

A roller shades open in windowThe DIY Mommy

One more ‘textile’ roller-shade, this time from Martha. What sets this one apart is that the existing shade was removed entirely, and a section of  a map-printed table cloth was stapled on the roller. Clever and charming.

The word Florida is printed in red on the top part of a door.Martha Stewart

Another offering from Martha, this time using wallpaper to cover the shade. 

A window covered with a piece of cloth having a tree painted on it.Martha Stewart

Paint and a stencil give this shade loads of style and attitude:

Light coming in through a window with black and white curtains.All Things Beautiful

If you have a steady hand, how about hand-painting a roller shade? 

A tree image is on a frosted glass window in a bright white modem bathroom.AT

And, finally, the paper punch technique. Katie used an ‘all-over’ star punch ($11.99 at Amazon) to great effect on the inexpensive blind in her bathroom. Whimsical during the day….

This busy bathroom features both a display of white stars and colorful polka dots that seem to match the bottles around the sink area.Color Me Katie

and magical at night:

A window shows a yellow light with stars on it.Color Me Katie



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