How to Paint Cloth Roman Shades

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Roman shades are versatile, easy to hang and available in a variety of sizes and styles. Roman shades are ideal for windows in your sunroom, outdoor space or kitchen. Most Roman shades are cream or white. What if you want to change the color of your Roman shades to match the decor of your room or space? You can. All you need is the right paint and about an hour to spare.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric paint (jar, not pen)
  • Soft brush (flat shader-type) or sponge
  • Clean rags or towels
  • Newspaper
  • Water
  • Dish washing soap
  • Latex gloves
  • Apron or other cover-up
  • Remove any dust, dirt or debris from the Roman shade by wiping it with a wet towel. If any spots are present, scrub with a solution of dish washing soap and warm water. Let the Roman shade air dry outside.

  • Prepare a paint work surface by laying down some newspaper on a flat table or desk. Then set up your paint, brushes, towels and a small bowel of water (to clean up any spills). Put on gloves and a coverup to prevent paint from splattering on your clothes.

  • Place the Roman shade on the work surface. Tape off any sections of the shade you don't want to paint---wood trim, panels you want to paint another color or any strings you don't want to get paint on. Start applying fabric paint using a brush or sponge. Work in sections, brushing in one direction only, and do not apply the paint too thick.

    To paint the Roman shade's frame, place a piece of newspaper over the fabric portion; then run a strip of tape down the side of the newspaper. Paint the wooden frame using a brush or sponge with a craft paint, stain or paint designed for wood.

  • Apply a second coat of paint and other colors or effects (decorative elements like stars or flowers), if desired, once the first coat is dry. Otherwise, let the Roman shade dry for at least 24 hours before hanging.

  • Repeat steps for other Roman shades you want to paint or add decorative elements to.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the Roman shade is clean and dust/dirt free before starting the painting project. To speed up the drying process, sit the Roman shade in front of a fan or outside.

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