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These Are the Best Privacy Options for Your Bathroom Windows

by Jennifer Farley

Bathroom windows are unique, both in form and function. They need to let light into a small space, while at the same time, afford you privacy. Here's how to get the best of both worlds.  

Bathroom Windows Privacy Solutions For Every Budget

Every bathroom in my home has a window, some of them quite large. Our current master bathroom even has one in the shower. That doesn't seem so bad (hooray, natural light!), except the window looks directly out onto the porch right next to our front door. 
Hello Mr. UPS man, don't mind me, I am just standing here taking a shower...

Obviously, we had to remedy these problems. Bathroom windows are a good thing! They let in light and help ventilate the bathroom when needed, but they can be inconvenient when you need to go about your bathroom business. Here is a wide variety of solutions for your bathroom privacy that fit a variety of budget needs.       

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Roundup: 10 Beautiful DIY Backyard Shade Projects

by Faith Provencher
Roundup: 10 DIY Backyard Shade Projects and Ideas
Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle

I don't have a lot of tree cover in my backyard, so I've been in hot pursuit of a way to create shade... and I thought I'd share my findings with you in case you're in the same boat! Keep reading to check out ten of my favorite DIY ways to create backyard shade.   

 

Roundup: 10 DIY Backyard Shade Projects and Ideas

1. These sheer curtains would add a magical touch to any yard. Get the tutorial here. [Photo: Sunset]

2. Head over here to find out more about this pretty fabric awning. [Photo: vtwonen]

Roundup: 10 DIY Backyard Shade Projects and Ideas

3. This gorgeous fabric shade is held up by vintage milk jug containers. Learn how to make your own here. [Photo: Bright Bold Beautiful]

4. A wooden pergola would be a pretty addition to any patio. Find out how to make one here. [Photo: DIY Network]

5. This patio cover idea uses lattice to add an interesting touch. Get the tutorial here. [Photo: Kenarry]

Roundup: 10 DIY Backyard Shade Projects and Ideas

6. Get the tutorial for this simple canopy here. [Photo: Martha Stewart]

7. Check out the instructions for this backyard shade here. [Photo: All You]

Roundup: 10 DIY Backyard Shade Projects and Ideas

8. This canopy uses a combination of fabric and wood to create a colorful source of shade. [Photo: 2 Boys 1 Girl and a Crazy Mom]

9. This shade sail is attached to the house using rope. Get the tutorial here. [Photo: Instructables]

10. Learn how to create one of these beautiful shade sails here. [Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle]

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How to: Make a Modern Paper Lamp Shade

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make a Modern Paper Lamp Shade

Q: What's more fun than a brightly colored, modern, pleated paper lamp shade?

A: A brightly colored, modern, pleated paper lamp shade you made yourself!

Because paper is somewhat rigid and requires only minimal interior framing, it is perfect for making lamp shades. You start this project with a rectangular sheet of paper, pleat it in two different directions, and then, to make a sphere, reshape the pleats by arching them open one row at a time—no cutting involved. It’s a really cool process with beautiful results.

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How To: Turn Mini-Blinds into Roman Shades.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Turn Mini-Blinds into Roman Shades.
Face it: No one ACTUALLY likes the look of mini-blinds, but many of us simply continue to let them hang cause they're there, and they do their job, and it's easier than starting over. So, check out this tutorial: Jenny from Little Green Notebook offers a how-to for turning your mini-blinds, already sized and hardware hung, to create custom Roman shades.

Simply determine how many folds you'd like, cut out all but that many of the slats, glue on...

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How To: Customize Roman Shades.

by Chris Gardner

Every television design show lauds the ease of the basic Roman shade, which can be endlessly customized. Well, fine, but I still don't know how to make one...and those strings intimidate me.

Luckily, I have Jennifer's how-to from Apartment Therapy. "Jennifer took simple, plain and inexpensive Roman shades from Target and completely transformed them with a graphic patterned fabric from IKEA — providing customized window coverings on a...

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Sensational Sun Shade From Upcycled Umbrellas.

by Chris Gardner

Crafty Crafty writes about this portico made from 'cycled 'brellas. "The team over at craft portal ReForm School created this giant sunshade almost entirely out of recycled brollies The end result was achieved by simply sewing the edges of each umbrella together, then adding eyelets around the perimeter. It worked a treat during a party they were throwing for fellow crafters and lent a really festive look to the patio."

Sensational Sun Shade From Upcycled Umbrellas.

DIYable for sure...

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