roll-up shades

cindylueMarch 9, 2005

I posted this on home decorating but you guys might have some answers for me too. I just put up inexpensive(cheap) roll-up blinds on the windows in my living room per DH request. They are so ugly! i thought maybe about wallpapering them, but will they still roll up if I do this. I think fabric might be more bulky. Anyone have any ingenious ideas?

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Cheri_C

I have seen where they stencil a design on them and also use trim like beading on the bottom. You could also use ribbon to decorate the bottom. good luck!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2005 at 12:36AM
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beagler1776

Had been thinking about doing the same to those in my daughter's room, but they suddenly lost their recoil! :( Anyone have suggestions for this problem? Otherwise I guess I'll bite the bullet and make some simple fabric shades myself...

    Bookmark   March 10, 2005 at 7:47PM
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goofyj

They will still roll with fabric on them. The problem usually comes when they are verrry long and are intalled too close to the window for the thickness of the shade with the fabric.

Unless the spring is broken you can tighten it back up by unhooking the sloted side of the roller. The other side is usually a peg that goes straight into a hole. Leave that side in and unhook the slotted side and roll it up by hand. Do a little at a time and check it or you will get it too tight and it will go around and around a few times at the top instead of just stopping. Hope this makes sense. If you get it too tight you can adjust it back.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2005 at 12:04PM
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nanatink

If you're going to cover them, just make sure to do so in something thin. A thin wallpaper, thin fabric, latex paint, or whatever should be fine. And whatever you do don't roll them up for several days in case there's some moisture left in them or you might never get them to pull down again without ruining your new finish.

Have fun!

    Bookmark   March 12, 2005 at 11:58AM
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Chris_eastTX

Are they the bamboo looking or the white ones? You can usually find some pretty fabric marked down at walmart for about $1 or $2.
Have thought about doing it for our sliding door in our kitchen.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2005 at 1:53PM
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cindylue

They are the white ones. I had to give up the idea, I had an 87" window for one of them. I tried to put 2 together to make a long one, but it was too heavy for the clutch. so, after (D)H critisized me for trying to make something out of nothing like I always do, I ordered brand new ones to fit. That will teach him!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2005 at 2:38PM
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maddiemom6

Cindylue... I am sorry your husband did that to you.. that makes me sad. I feel very blessed that my husband really cheers on my ideas and gives me lots of support. For my older roller blinds.. I took off the vinyl fabric and just attached the fashion fabric.. they worked like a dream.

maddiemom

    Bookmark   March 17, 2005 at 9:08PM
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