Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Painted Fixed Roman Shade

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day Weekend is my fav weekend of the year because it usually means that we are celebrating my birthday! I'll spare you all of the pics from the weekend, but it was a good one. Thanks to my lovely family and friends, I had a girl's night, birthday bbq at my house (I didn't have to cook a thing), and I received some lovely presents.

Last week a left you with a peek at my latest project. Did any of you guess that I was going to make a faux fixed roman shade out of a shower curtain that I spent way too many hours painting?

The door that leads to the garage from our den isn't pretty. At all. There is a weird screen over the window that needed to be covered up. In true Nikki form I decided that I would try to cover it very stylishly without spending much money.

I am a big fan of the chipper pattern, but I needed it in navy.  I couldn't find it in navy, but my friend Liz painted the pattern on her breakfast room chairs. She is brilliant like that. This is why I like paint so much. It comes in any color. Armed with a no longer used white canvas shower curtain, leftover navy paint from the built-ins, a small piece of cardboard cut out in this pointy oval shape, and my paint brushes, I painted my own chipper pattern.

Let me just say that while I am very happy with the end result, the process was pure torture. I traced each pointy oval with a pencil and then filled them in with paint. It took forever! It wouldn't have been bad if I was good a pacing myself and had spread this out over a few days, but I did it all at once. I just couldn't seem to stop until it was done. Not pacing yourself = torture. Otherwise, it was quite simple.

 I chose to do a fixed roman shade because I didn't need it to function. I just wanted the ugly screen/window covered up. I followed this tutorial from Centstional Girl.

Later this week I plan to show you a true before of this room and another little update that I made.

This post is linked to these parties:
Tatertots and Jello
Just a Girl

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  1. That looks great! I can only imagine how annoying it was to paint all of those :o).

  2. The pattern turned out great! The door looks nice now.

  3. Totally awesome! But you make me want to vomit when you do all this stuff yourself. I AM trying to teach myself to do needlepoint so I can be a little proud of that. ;)

  4. OH my goodness girl! Great job with this! Love the pattern you chose and what patients you've got!

  5. U did a GREAT job!!!! It looks wonderful!!!!!!

  6. New follower from Tatertots and Jello. I LOVE these! I have a back door that I need something on and haven't found what I like in the size I need! Should just make something myself. :)

  7. The shade looks totally awesome and I agree with Anna it makes me mad that you can do all that yourself.

  8. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.


    Come strut your stuff.


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