The TV Room Window is Done...Minus Shade

This front room window has been a long time coming in getting finished. After I stained it (a month ago, hello unpainted walls), the sill was looking worse for the wear

And I definitely needed to clean up where I'd gotten stain where it shouldn't be

The sandpaper came out to get the sill down to bare wood

It appears that the sill is redwood, but the quality of the wood didn't seem super great, so I was eager to use the wood filler to get things nice and even and smooth

The next day the wood filler was dry so I went back to sand it down, which took a long time and made my arm tired and actually (pathetically) made my middle finger and pointer sore for like 3 days

It would have made my life easier if I had used the palm sander, but, well, I didn't

The wood filler filled things in really nicely because the sill wasn't in terrific shape before

But it was looking good now so I brought out the stain I custom mixed 1+ years ago to match with the original baseboard stain throughout the house

And I got to staining

After one...

...and two coats...

...I wasn't liking how red it was. Our baseboards aren't nearly as red, and I made sure to mix the stain a lot before I used it, but I suspect that because the sill is redwood the red stain really pulled that red out. My solution was using a 3rd coat on the sill and this time using the gel stain which had a lot more brown to it. And my oh my it looked sooooooo pretty

I waited several days to really let everything cure and then I lightly sanded it down to get it ready for the first coat of poly

After it dried came another round of sanding and then it got the second coat. But after that second coat we thought the window frame looked not as rich and gorgeous as the sill did

And that's how I decided to put a THIRD coat of stain on the window. And let me tell you, it takes about an hour each coat with all the little nooks and crannies and making sure everything is even and smooth and blah blah blah so it's not my favorite thing to do. But FINALLY this past weekend I got my shit together and put on that 3rd coat of stain. And I wasn't nearly as careful as I should have been (because I was annoyed with round 3 of stain)

So when I was done I spent another 45 minutes with a bunch of fucking q-tips and nail polish remover cleaning up all my smudges. But I have to admit it looked gorgeous after

I love how rich the color is (after 3 coats)

And I can finally check staining the window off my list. Now I have to figure out how the hell to sew a roman shade. It's in my "Sewing 101" book, but the instructions are like 8 pages long which indicates to me that it is not sewing 101.


Cheryl said...

Window looks fabulous!

Roman shades are easy - just tedious. Lots of bits have to be lined up just right - especially if you are making more than one blind for that window & want them to match.

Draw it out on graph paper - to lay out where you want the cords to raise & lower them as well as sizes if more than one on the window.

Lay everything out on the floor before you cut and sew - both to match the fabric pattern if necessary and to line up the rings for the cords.

Easiest way to attach the rings is to use ring tape - twill tape with rings alredy sewn on at regular intervals. Usually found in drapery section of larger fabric stores but might need to visit fabric store that specializes in home decor fabrics.

Let me know if you want to see some pictures of the ones I made years ago. They are no longer hanging but I've saved them and the mounting hardware is still in place. I can take some detail pictures for you and maybe find old pictures of them hanging.

Heather said...

I think Cheryl needs to write a post about roman shades--I want to make some too and I've been too intimidated to start!

The stain looks FABULOUS.

Shasha Kidd said...

There are tons of roman shade tutorials online using lots of different techniques. When I made mine, I basically make a rectangle of material, attached a support so they would fold in the correct place and attached rings. You can glue on the support piece, sewing on a casing, or use ring tape as Cheryl suggests. But the ring tape will show as dark vertical bands on the curtain when the sun is out and the curtain is down, which is why I went for gluing on light plastic ribs and sewing on rings by hand.

Cheryl said...

Thanks Heather - I'm actually a better cheerleader than tutorial writer. There is nothing complicated about these shades - careful measurements, marking, cutting, sewing & ironing will make all the difference. Just take it one step at a time.

Shasha is right - lots of tutorials out there - here are two I found that look good to me - actually might be easier to hand sew the rings rather than using the ring tape.



My shades were in my bedroom - SW corner of our house in FL - if I would have been smart I would have used a blackout lining! I used a "home decor" fabric so it was fairly substantial and lined with cotton blend broadcloth. Yes the ring tape & stitching was noticeable but not in a bad way.

I "trained" my blinds by raising them up to the very top & smoothing the folds across the blinds & clamping for a few days. The fabric was substantial enough to hold a reasonably horizontal fold without any sort of support running across the blind.

I also didn't wrap my blinds around the mounting board. I attached velcro to the front edge of the mounting board and the top edge of the blind so that I could take them down to wash them. Of course running the cords to remount them was always a lot of fun - didn't wash them often!

Bottom line - don't be intimidated! Home decor sewing is generally quite simple.

meryl rose said...

Cheryl, I would LOVE some great reference photos! And thanks so much for the tutorials link. Hopefully between those I don't sew a disaster :)