Sunday, May 31, 2009

Feeling a Little Shady

This weekend we made the Roman Shade for the kitchen! The windows in our house are not a standard size, thus the standard Roman shades you can get at Target and other retailers would not fit. It was either order a custom (read: expensive) shade or make one. By now you should know that Nate & I are cheap so we went with the "make one" selection.

The other great thing about this project was that we didn't have instructions! Can you believe it? So we did a little reverse engineering looking at a Roman shade my mom provided us. Here is what we did in case you ever want to make one:

Fabric: Our window (42" by 40") required a yard and a half of fabric that was 45" wide
Drapery cord (can be found at Jo-Ann Fabrics)
3 Eyehole screws (can be found at Lowe's)
1x2 board that is the length of the width of your window (42" in our case)
3/16" in Dowels, also cut to be the width of your window- Our window required 5 (can be found at Lowe's)
Coordinating thread
Staple gun

Measure your window (duh). Our window measured 42" across and 40" tall. Thus a 45" material would work well. I ordered 2 yards to be on the safe side.

The first thing I did was sew seams along the length of each side of the fabric so that the width was correct. After doing that, we made a pocket at the top of the fabric for a 1x2x42" piece of wood that would serve to anchor the shade. We used a staple gun to staple the fabric to the board for extra security, on the backside so they wouldn't be visible. We measured 9" from the bottom of this pocket to place our first dowel. We created 3/4" pockets for each of the dowels, spaced 9 inches apart. After all of the dowel pockets were created, the back of the shade will look like this:

After that, we cut a small hole in the top of the fabric in 3 places to place the eyehole screws. There are two eyehole screws on whatever side you want the cords to be and one eyehole screw on the other side. Nate used the drill to drill holes through the board to make screwing in the eyeholes easier. After that, it will look like this on one end (our left side):

After the eyeholes were screwed in, we used a awl to pierce the fabric behind each of the dowel pockets the same amount of space from the side that they eyeholes were. So our eyeholes were in 3" from the side, then each hole punched in the dowel pocket (but not through the actual dowel) was 3" from the side. Then it was time to run the cording. The first piece of cording has to go through the 2 eyeholes across the top, through the single eyehole, then get threaded down through each hole you just punched in the fabric. We had to use a large sewing needle to thread the cord through each hole. When you get to the last hole (closest to the bottom of your shade), knot the cord. Then, take a second piece of cording and run it through the 2 eyeholes and then immediately down that side of the shade, through the holes. You should have two long cord ends coming out of your shade through the 2 eyeholes - one of those cords running across the top down the right side of your shade and then one of those cords running immediately down the left side of your shade. We recycled the old cord ends from our honeycomb shade for the roman shade, Martha Stewart has a tutorial on using just about any found object for cord ends here.

Test pulling the cords before hanging your shade to make sure it works before hanging!

Now to hang the shade - we had two L-brackets already up that were holding the honeycomb shade up. We set the board on top of these L-brackets and screwed the board to them. This ended up looking and working really nicely.
And voila:

Close up of the print:

It is definitely an improvement over this:

The new shade also lets some light through, which contributes to more light, always a good thing!

This project cost us approximately $9, which does not include the cost of fabric because I used a gift certificate to buy that, and also does not include the cost of the board (we recycled one from something else), or drapery cord ends (also recycled). Basically the $9 was the cost of the dowels, eyehole screws and drapery cord. This project took us about 3 hours, mostly b/c I had to re-sew a crooked pocket and because we were figuring out what to do as we went along.
Back to the list:

  1. Sand cabinents, wood putty any existing holes

  2. Prime cabinets

  3. Paint cabinets

  4. Change cabinet hardware

  5. Change countertops

  6. Install sink and garbage disposal

  7. Install subway tile backsplash

  8. Install new microwave

  9. Remove upper cabinets that divide kitchen & dining area

  10. Paint pantry doors and install new door hardware

  11. Build and install cookbook shelf

  12. New light fixtures

  13. Make and install roman shade in window

  14. Install gas shut off valve

  15. New range/oven

1 comment:

caroldes7 said...

love them! can you make some for our bedroom??? :)