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Wallpaper Window Shade

A length of wallpaper is all it takes to turn a plain roller shade into a work of art -- complete with its own frame. 

Wallpaper Window Shade

Photography: johnny Mi l l e r

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2010

Introduction

A length of wallpaper is all it takes to turn a plain roller shade into a work of art -- complete with its own frame. Showcase a very special piece, a favorite vintage paper, or a remnant. You can tie the room together with a pattern that echoes an existing motif, or build a head-to-toe look by using the same paper that's on the walls.

A reverse roll-shade (meaning a shade that rolls from front) works best. Ask for remnants at a wallpaper store for this project.

materials

  • Wallpaper

  • Roller shade

  • Nonskid metal ruler

  • Craft knife

  • Wallpaper adhesive and brush

  • Uncoated lining paper

  • Rolling pin

  • Matte finish protectant (optional)

steps

  1. Select wallpaper in a thickness similar to the shade's.

  2. Measure and cut wallpaper to fit shade, with extra to wrap around bottom of shade and roller at top.

  3. Prepare proper adhesive; ask wallpaper dealer for guidance. Some papers come preglued and need only to be dampened; others call for paste. Delicate papers should be backed with uncoated lining paper first. When applying paste, work from one end to the other.

  4. Lay shade flat on a work surface, and mount paper on shade, working from one end to the other and smoothing any bubbles with a rolling pin. Let adhesive dry. To protect delicate papers, spray with a matte finish for papers (available at art-supply stores) before installing the shade.

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