Roman Shades


We live in a bi-level.  Have I ever told you that?  Well, we do and I really hate the ledge that goes around the entire outside of our living room.  It’s impossible to put up nice fancy drapes without them sticking out from the wall.  I could do blinds, but that is booooringggg.  roman blinds with chair

So, I was cruising around my favorite place to burn up valuable time, Pinterest, and I found a tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic on how they made simple roman shades out of drop cloth.  The instructions seemed easy enough and they didn’t do it the “no sew” way either.  As a DIYer I am learning that when you try and cut corners, you will pay for it 6 months down the line.  close up

I bought some beautiful linen from JoAnn’s at 50% off and a white flat bed sheet for my lining.  Since we are in the basement, I don’t mind some light shining through in the morning.  It is incredibly dark down here, and it’s our family room so I want it to be bright.  If I was going to do this for my bedroom I would buy blackout fabric.  This is my favorite trick and a great way to save money on fabric.  You can’t beat that much white fabric at $4.  I used this same method in the pop up.trim

After I had the first roman shade up, I realized that they were kind of plain and needed some adornments!  I found this trim at Hobby Lobby and I used my 40% off mobile coupon.  I only needed two yards for no more than I was going to do.


I haven’t shown you the finished shelves!  I organized the books by color rather than size or type.  I love it!  left_tv


I can now cross off a few items off my list. I finished painting the shelves and we hung a new light fixture to shine some light on those beautiful books!

I also finished my great big rug and I have a cost effective solution for that too.  Who wants to spend thousands on a big rug, when they can just spend a few hundred?  Stay tuned.

  1. Caulk all the seams of the trim
  2. Paint the shelves
  3. Install Airstone (It is amazing!)
  4. Install crown molding
  5. Touch-up wall paint
  6. Rug
  7. Finish painting desk
  8. Hang new light fixture
  9. Make roman shades
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