Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade

Not to long ago I stenciled drapes for my living room using Cutting Edge Stencils Nadya Damask Stencil. I intended on doing something for the dining room, but wasn’t sure what. Mostly, I was just too lazy to get around to doing anything. It bothered me everyday. There was no pattern in my dining room, no pop and I really wanted it to tie in more with the living room. This Friday night at around 10, after the kids were in bed, I cracked. I busted out a drape panel I had found on clearance at Target for like $6, and I turned it on its side (it wasn’t wide enough) and I chopped off one side to make it the right width for my dining room window. Then I used that iron on bonding stuff to “hem” it.

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Next up was stenciling. I have 10 weeks left in my pregnancy and my hips are bothering me big time. So my husband, bless his soul, got down on his hands and knees and stenciled this drapery panel for me at 11:00 on a Friday night. I know, he is amazing. Sorry ladies, he is taken ;). Nothing like a blurry Instagram photo to get my point across. We let it dry over night and then my mission Saturday was to turn it into a roman shade. Mission accomplished.

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

I would like to point out that I had no idea what I was doing and kind of just made it up as I went along. First up, Ross dug around in his scrap wood to see if he had a piece of wood I could attach this bad boy to. The DIY gods were loving us-said piece of wood existed.

I laid out the wood and stapled the fabric to it.

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

See the wood peaking out from the top. Next I flipped the piece of wood over so that the fabric would wrap around and hide it.

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Then, with literally no measuring, I started tucking up the fabric. It was like fabric oragami. Once I got a fold where I thought I wanted it and it seemed straight I pinned the you know what out of it. After this bad boy was all pinned I had Ross hold it up to the window to make sure I liked it. Seemed good enough, so on to the next step. For the next step I flipped the fabric over.

At this point I was like, hmm…what to do now. Then I had it. I would just apply ribbon down the shade, similar to how it runs on a real shade. I didn’t have any ribbon so off to JoAnn’s I ran. I grabbed ribbon and I guess what would be the equivalent of fabric tape.

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Then I flipped the wood over and stapled the ribbon to the wood.

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Then I flipped the wood back.

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Then I went crazy with my fabric tape. I stuck a little tape in the folds and then taped down the ribbon. I pulled out all the pins and then hoped to god when I picked it up it would all stay together.

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

It did! I snipped off the extra ribbon hanging over the edge. Ross just snuck his head under the fabric and threw two screws up, one on each side and the faux roman shade was done. No sewing required. My favorite part about a roman shade in the dining room vs. curtains is when Eleanor throws her food (yeah, she does that) it wont end up on my curtains. Hip hip hurray!

Then I was so proud of my accomplishment and wanted y’all to know how it worked with the rest of the space that I went snap happy and took a bunch of pictures. From the living room, from the dining room and everywhere in between.

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

Sunday morning after our pancake breakfast I sent the rest of the family to the basement. Don’t worry, there are all sorts of toys and a trampoline so they were plenty entertained. And I quickly snapped as many photos as I could. Later Sunday afternoon, me, my mom, SIL and aunt all took a drive (45 min.) up to World Market and I FINALLY found my inspiration for Eleanor’s new room. I cannot wait to share it with you all.

In case you were wondering this was literally the least important project in my entire house to accomplish. My husband is like, we have a whole room to do and a nursery to prepare and tons of laundry, why are you working on this now? The answer: I’m crazy.

It makes a big difference though, doesn’t it? Any trivial project move to the top of your list lately? What is driving you crazy and might have you cracking at 10:00 on a Friday night?

For more inspiration check out my project gallery and my house tour

We busted out the stencil again for my daughter’s reading nook (<–check that out there) in her big girl room.

Closet to Reading Nook- herringbone stencil & gutter bookshelves #biggirlroom

 

Sharing this project at: Tatertots & Jello: Weekend Wrap Up Party, Home Stories A to Z: Tutorials & Tips Link Party, Thrifty Decor Chick: Before & After Party

 

 

 

 

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Hi, I'm Megan--the crazy mom of three behind this blog. Please don't be intimidated by the name. Note it doesn't say BALANCED Home. We hardly have it all together, but together we have it all. Or at least that is what I tell myself. I love rearranging, decorating, creating, crafting, celebrations, family, and holidays. I share a little bit of all of that and more on Balancing Home. I am married to my college sweetheart (Is that a thing? Well now it is.) and he is a very talented designer. I use him for his skills so I can offer up sweet printables to all of you. If you want to learn more randomness about me or my blog, stop by my about page.
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  • Katie Pallen

    That turned out really nice! I love how it ties everything together.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! I love when a project goes my way :).

  • http://thebigwhitefarmhouse.blogspot.com/ Ashley at the BWF

    What perfect timing! I am planning on making a roman shade for my laundry room and this tutorial looks easy enough for me to tackle it! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      You are welcome! If you buy fabric vs stenciling you barely have any work to do. Best of luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.krueger.90 Cindy Krueger

    Love it!!! Looks awesome. It’s amazing what the nesting instinct will do…totally understand having that nagging finish something thought in the back of your mind and the clock ticking down knowing you’ll have less time once the baby arrives…so get that! Congratulations on mission accomplished!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks and yes, I blame nesting :).

  • http://www.facebook.com/lauren.flanders.9 Lauren Flanders

    It looks so good! What a beautiful dining room! The giant fork and spoon totally confused me at first, haha. I was like “why is there a window as a placemat?!” Apparently I’m a little crazy too. Keep up the wonderful work!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thank you.

  • Melissa Lea-Wood

    That looks beautiful, I love the idea of stencilling fabric

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thank you! When you can’t afford what you want, make it!

  • Hannah//The Bumbling Bee

    This looks amazing….I’ve been looking for something for our kitchen window, this will be perfect!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks. I still am looking for a solution for a pair of corner windows in my kitchen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/megan.c.sevy Megan Christensen Sevy

    Well I think it’s fantastic and I totally understand needing to do that before everything else. These little things make my heart super happy!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Exactly! Do you watch Ni Hao Kai Lan?

  • http://twitter.com/whbsblog Ann Marie

    wow. Just wow. I AM BLOWN AWAY WITH THIS! Now off to find a spot where I need one. ;) And I think your post finally convinced me that I need to just stencil my curtains already. The pattern really defines the room!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks Ann Marie. It is crazy the difference a little pattern can make.

  • Laura C

    WOW It really ties the room together!..Maybe my windows wont be naked anymore, tackling this on saturday :)

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Ooh fun! Bet it will turn out fab! Thanks :).