Are you bored with your plain old white roller shades? Well, why not spruce them up using just a little creativity along with some paint, sponges and stencils? Instead of investing in expensive new window treatments, I recently gave my rollers shades new life and you can too. Here’s how:
First of all, gently remove your shade from the window. Be sure to mark the exact spot where the shade hits the sill so your artwork is completely visible when your shade is in the closed position. Now, wipe down the shade with a little soap and water so that you have a clean canvas to work on. Let dry.
Next, choose a theme for your new window shades and then head over to your local craft store to browse the aisles for sponge paints and decorative stencils. I prefer the all-in-one sponge paint kits; however, you can also purchase paints, sponges and stencils separately.
For a lovely kitchen shade, use sponge paints in the shapes of apples, cherries or grape clusters. Dab your sponge with paint and practice on a piece of paper. When you find the right consistency of paint, press the sponge onto your shade. You can simply line the bottom of your shade with your images or create an all over pattern. And if you make a mistake, quickly wipe the area with a soapy cloth, dry it and start all over again.
For a small den or home office, consider a soothing shade design like falling leaves, for example. Using a sponge kit, once again, paint falling leaves down the center of your roller shade. Next, create a pile of leaves along the bottom in array of rich colors like gold, burgundy, yellow and tan.
For a whimsical bathroom shade, you can use rubber ducky sponges or a tropical fish theme. Sponge paint or stencil the images onto your shade in vibrant colors and then randomly add light blue bubbles to your artwork.
Create a delightful roller shade for your little girl’s bedroom using pink butterflies, fairies, flowers and more. And for a fun boy’s room, consider painting sports shapes like basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs and footballs directly onto your white roller shades.