Finally, That Roman Shade

It has been quite a while since I posted about that roman shade that I hated

There were many things I didn't like about it, but chief among them were the proportion of the pattern to the solid, the pattern (I loved before, but once it went up in the room I did not like it), and the fact that the shade looked like it was being birthed out of the wall because the window had no trim.

So on to roman shade 2 I went. I snatched up fabric pretty soon after I made that first one, but I have worked on the shade in small parts here and there for the past, ohhhh, 2 months. Seriously. It has been sitting on my floor in various states of this:

For 2 months.

Now handicapped by my damn cast, I decided it was finally time to do something about it (mostly because getting around it on my art room floor in a cast was a little difficult). Down came the old shade

I ripped off the fabric and reused the 2x2 on the new shade

Once the new shade was wrapped around the 2x2 and stapled in place, I pre-drilled and screwed in 6 eye bolts into the 2x2 and called Chris to help me hang it in place (1 person to hold, 1 person to drill). And voila!

Now, there are a few things that got changed with round 2 that I like, and some that I don't. This time I used white fabric for the lining because I hated seeing the gray fabric when I walked up to the house from the outside. The downside is that it lets in more light so you can see the dowel rods through the light fabric on the sides. I actually like the light that comes through the fabric, but I don't like that you can see the dowel rods. Things could be worse though. The curtain still looks like it's been birthed from the wall, but I've got plans to make a valence (thanks for the lovely suggestions from you amazing readers), I just haven't gotten around to it yet. I also obviously need to hem the bottom because it's looking like a hot mess currently. But those are definitely projects that Cast Meryl will be doing.

Once the curtain was up it was time to see if the shade actually worked. I got out my string...

And started passing it through all the eye bolts and down through the rings on the dowels

After I strung the first one I pulled on it to make sure it worked, and hooray it did!

Then it was just a matter of repeating the process for the other 4 sets of rings

Next was screwing in the hardware to hold the now braided cords (there were 5 in total so braiding them keeps them all together)

And the verdict???? That motherfucker works!

Hooray! I still have to make the valence and hem the bottom to the correct length, but it is awesome having a roman shade that I now really like! There are still some things I could have done better, but hey, I'm happy with it. And for my first (I mean second...) time making a roman shade, I say not too shabby.


Heather said...

That's a huge improvement! I love the fabric.

meryl rose said...

Thanks Heather! I think so too :)