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Pom-Pom Roller Shades

January 30, 2012
by thenestinggame

You know how sometimes you can stare at something literally day after day after day and it doesn’t bother you and then ONE DAY you think you will throw up if you have to look at it for a single second more? I don’t know what flips the switch, but that’s what happened to me and my paper window shades this weekend.

Yes, I have paper shades up in the house that I’ve lived in for more than 2 years.

But here’s the thing about paper shades—-they don’t really look all that bad.

With the curtains, you don’t even see the chip clips holding them up.

But, after 2+ years, gravity begins to take it’s toll and the pleats turn to paunch.

(Good Lord, I realize I just posted all these pro-blogger photo tips last week. Shooting windows ain’t easy. Bear with me.)

Despite this room getting very little natural light, there’s a streetlight that allegedly shines in through the curtains and blinds Taylor nightly so he cannot sleep a wink. So,  I went to Home Depot and had roller shades cut to size. I told the Home Depot guy the full width, 39″, and he trimmed the shades to 37 1/4″, allowing 3/4″ on each side.

Then I headed to the insane Gail K Fabrics to pick out some trim. (The place is one-fourth insane/awesome and three-quarters actually insane.) I had my mind set on some pom pop fringe in apple green to match our headboard or plum to go with the chandelier. Well, no-go on those two options. Out of what they had, my options were brown and fuschia. I needed 74 inches total and they had just enough of the pink, which was clearly more fun than brown. But that meant I couldn’t screw up. Here’s hoping.

So I unrolled a shade and flipped it over. I laid out the trim and made sure to cut it evenly so I had enough for both shades. The trim is kind of stretchy, but I didn’t try to pull it too taut.

I attached the trim with fabric glue. Then I held up the finished shade and it proceeded to all fall off. Whoops. I guess vinyl doesn’t qualify as fabric. No worries. I pulled out the big guns.

Well, actually it’s a mini version. But it worked like a charm.

Then it came time for installation. First I ripped down the paper shades and used a little Goo Gone to get the stickiness off where the shades had been attached. (For two years…)

I installed the brackets for the shades and even busted out the power tools to do it. I forgot to take a photo, but found this one online. It was pretty simple. Just remember to put the bracket with the opening facing out toward the room so you can slide the shade in.

And here’s the after! It’s a tiny little touch, but it makes me smile.

A few detail shots by day and night:

Total spent: $44. Twenty bucks for each shade and $4 for the trim.

Only 4 paper shades remain…. Which will be the next to go? It’s my own personal Hunger Games.

See more of our master bedroom: Summer vs. Winter bedding / Our Dressers 

See more window treatment projects: DIY Greek Key Roman Shades / Living Room Sheers 

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2012 10:20 am

    I still have paper shades in my house as well. For 4 years. I should probably get on that… I had no idea roller shades were so inexpensive!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 30, 2012 10:53 am

      I know. And the fact that Home Depot (or Lowe’s) cuts them to the right size—-I don’t know why I always thought it was going to be so difficult. It’s not!

      Glad I’m not alone in my paper shades… They really do filter the light very prettily. If they were uglier I might have been more motivated. :)

  2. Elaine Smart permalink
    January 30, 2012 10:48 am

    Am sure Taylor is happy that he can now have a good night’s sleep!

    Congrats on the sponsors!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 30, 2012 7:40 pm

      Thanks, Elaine!

  3. January 30, 2012 2:14 pm

    Love the pom poms! We still have paper shades in the master bath (going on 2.5 years). Out of procrastination, I’ll probably leave them until they start to crumble like the ones in our dining room :)

  4. January 30, 2012 2:56 pm

    o no! while thrifting in slc there was a whole bag of apple green pom pom trim that I just barely passed up. I think the fuschia looks fantastic, in any case, though!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 30, 2012 7:46 pm

      No way! I wish I’d done the shopping trip, but I knew I would want to buy everything I saw!

  5. January 31, 2012 4:17 pm

    Thanks for the comment! I still can’t believe you got to hang out with Emily. You’re so lucky. And you know Emily loves pom-pons right?

  6. Martha Hopkins permalink
    February 1, 2012 1:28 am

    I love these! They make me happy!

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