Friday, April 23, 2010

Weekend Project: Painting Bamboo Shades

I've been a busy girl around the house and at work this week!

One of my projects that I've been wanting to get done for a while is to paint a bamboo shade that I got when Linens N Things was going out of business. It's been sitting in the office waiting patiently on me for probably a year now, after I saw and was inspired by Eddie Ross and his dining room from the New Orleans Home & Garden Show.

This project was super easy. The hardest part is finding a place where you can unfold and lay the blind flat (the freezer in our garage worked well for me).

You'll need a bamboo shade, some paint, a brush, and a rag to wipe off the excess.

I decided I wanted to go for a whitewashed effect, so before applying the paint to the shade, I would wipe off much of the paint from my brush. If you are doing this, you don't want too much paint on your brush at all. If you're going for a more solid look, you can skip this part.

Start at one end and work your way up (or down) the shade.

All finished and drying! This only took me MAYBE 10 minutes, tops. So easy.

And, voila!

I really like how the shade looks in the bathroom, and I like the whitewashed effect. (Plus, if ever I'd like to change it, I can always paint right over it!)

Have a great weekend!!


Anonymous said...

Love beautiful, old driftwood!

E + J

Linda said...

Looks great!

Jessica said...

well done! I like how soft and kinda worn in it looks now

Appletree said...

Good work and a shout out from Eddie himself!

Melissa said...

That looks great! And very unique!

Emily A. Clark said...

This is a very cool idea. I've never seen this done before. Thanks for sharing it!


Anonymous said...


my favorite and my best said...

how cool!!!

Design A-Peele said...

genious! I would never have thought of that!

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