DIY Shades

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about the white shutters we got from our Facebook friend, Toney…


In that post, I mentioned that we were still trying to figure out what to replace the temporary paper shades on the upper half of our windows with. They’re okay for now, but they’re a pain in the booty to move up and down, so we just keep them up 24/7- which isn’t ideal. 

Since that post, I’ve searched and searched for solutions, but I never could find anything that looked/costed/worked just right. Up until a few days ago, that is. I opened an email from my friend, Kristine, and BAM! Super cute/affordable/functional window treatment inspiration!

Basically, she used all this stuff…

…to cover up a plain, black-out roller shade…

…so that it’s hidden most of the time, but there for privacy whenever she wants to pull it down:

Pretty neat, huh? I’m still not exactly sure when or how we’ll go about putting our window treatments up- but man am I inspired by Kristine’s project! (Thanks again for sending it so that I could share it here, Kristine!)

PS- Click on the banner below to read Kristine’s full DIY Shades tutorial post!

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  1. Denise Carter says

    So did she add the material to the blackout shade or is it just under the material? Really cute.

    • Layla says

      Hey Denise!

      Check out that last photo- it sort of shows how the fabric just hangs in front of the roller blind. Kristine has more detailed pics and info over at her blog. Such a fun project! :-)

  2. stacia says

    something else you might consider, Emmie roll-up blinds from ikea.

    i have them in my bathrm and kitchen. they are hung with a tension rod. they are linen. you can hang them however low or high you want by by using the buttons that are on the blinds.

    love them.

    • Layla says

      Hi Stacia!

      I love those too. Are they easy to roll up and down a couple of times a day? We have six windows, so whatever we end up going with has to be super up-and-down friendly! :-D

      • stacia says

        not as easy as the type that have a pull cord. but it didn’t stop me from buying them. i have 4 windows in my bathroom and every night i roll them down and every morning i roll them up.
        i also have them in my kitchen but i keep those up all the time.

        it takes time each day but i still love the clean look of them.

        • Layla says

          Ohhh, gotcha. :-) Our windows are like 8 feet tall, so I’m not sure that’ll work for us- but man I love those shades…so pretty! :-D

  3. JeanniePage says

    In your original post about your shutters, I commented that I also purchased shutters for my older home – but realized after getting them home – that they’re about an inch or less too narrow for my window frame and you mentioned yours were also, so I was wondering how you installed them. Any tips would be appreciated!

    • Layla says

      Oh, we just stuck ‘em up there and since there’s a piece of wood running down the middle of the glass, we’ve just left ‘em! :-D We may do something later to “bridge” the gap, but we haven’t thought about it yet. #ProcrastinationStation ;-)

  4. Dawn says

    Perfect! What great idea! Those will work wonderfully! How nice that a blog world friend shared with you and you shared with us!

  5. tracy says

    What an excellent idea and it really doesn’t seem that difficult! Hmmm, you’ve got me thinkin’ ! Thanks for the idea :)

  6. julianna says

    if you decide on black out shades in any portion of the house, you’ll appreciate it the most in a napping child’s room. you can’t even imagine the difference a little dark makes for a afternoon nap.

  7. says

    LOVE this. I have seen so many tutorials on decoritve shades but I was looking for one that I can actually use and that looks pretty! :) Super cute idea. And I love those little log buttons or whatever they are.

  8. says

    What a great idea! Perfect for the grandbebe’s playroom/sleepover-at-Nonna’s room. Want the light-bright-open windows while they play, and the black-out shades to keep them in bed in the mornings until at least 6! :)

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