Painting Window Shades

What about painting window shades? I am thinking of changing my bedroom comforter. The wall color will be OK but the shades will no longer work. They are decorative shades with some fringe on the bottom. Any suggestions short of buying new shades? These shades are about 45 or 50 inches wide so a bit more costly than the regular size.

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Donna from Michigan

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October 31, 20050 found this helpful

I have never done this, but I seen it once in a womans home while in the military. She took wallpaper and put it on the shades. We weren't allowed to decorate with paint so she did this instead...easily removed when she moved. Good Luck.

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October 31, 20050 found this helpful

I see no reason not to paint the shades. You may need to remove the trim and replace it with new in a color that works.

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October 31, 20050 found this helpful

You could also cover the shades with fabric in a pattern or color of your choice. Just use spray adhesive on the window shade to adhere the fabric.

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October 31, 20050 found this helpful

I've never tried this myself, but I saw an easy idea to change window shades on a TV decorating show. The show host used spray adhesive in a can on the shades and then attached fabric to the shade that was a better match with the room's new color scheme.

Tori in PA

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November 2, 20050 found this helpful

I have tried painting lampshades and it looks uneven and splotchy with the light on. I think the same would happen to window shades with the light shining through from outside. I'd try covering them with light-weight fabric or wallpaper.

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November 11, 20050 found this helpful

here's an idea, why not sponge paint your shades? you could do this treatment on both sides, this way, you have gorgeous color but no worries about spotches! Have fun. Designer Mom*

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November 14, 20050 found this helpful

Sponge painting is a great idea! Thanks. I might try that.

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July 18, 20070 found this helpful

What keeps the paint from cracking when you roll the shade up and down?

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February 10, 20090 found this helpful

Has anyone ever tried to paint those pleated window shades? I've been considering it.

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April 7, 20110 found this helpful

It would depend on the fabric/paper/plastic from which the shade is made. I painted some years ago. I think they were paper or plastic. i just used acrylic paint with a brush and painted vines and flowers. They were very attractive.

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