Tuesday, August 9, 2011

DIY: Greek Key Roman Shade

Sorry for the absence.  We're putting our house on the market and we are furiously (and frantically) finishing home projects.  I'm exhausted and blogging has taken a hit.  Anyhow, I wanted to share the DIY roman shade I completed.

It's for our upstairs (recently renovated) bathroom.  The greek key trim is from M & J Trimming.

Some white duck cloth from Joann's, Greek Key trim and a Home Depot (Providence) natural bamboo shade and viola: 

I was inspired by this photograph:

and I followed John's Journal tutorial.  If you haven't seen her dining room shades, they're amazing!

I would love to do this project again and the greek key trim made me so happy.  I was torn between the green or black greek trim, but I'm so happy I decided to go with the green.  

I do have 3 to 4 yards (60 mm) of the M & J Trimming's black and white Greek Key Jacquard trim if anyone is interested.  It retails for $9.98/yard and I'll sell it for $9.00/yard.  

Let me know if you're interested.  


  1. It looks so awesome, Fran! I admire you getting all these projects done--I know it can't be easy!!

  2. Bravo! I do hope you can take that beautiful shade with you when you go.

  3. It looks GREAT! Good luck putting your home up!

  4. Fran, it looks fabulous!!! Seriously- love it!!

  5. This was a great idea and upgrade. Good luck with the sale of your home. You will probably be able to sell it on your style alone:)

  6. Oh, Fran, it's beautiful. I was already planning on adding Greek Key to my dining room curtains and this clinches it. Love!

  7. They look fabulous. Are you leaving them for the new owners when you sell? I think I'd buy the house for the window treatments alone! Good luck with your sale I know it's hard keeping the house "showing ready" with a child in the house.

  8. You've knocked it out of the park, Fran! It's gorgeous. I'm keeping John's tutorial on hand when I tackle the Roman shades in the guest bedroom.

    And GOOD LUCK with selling your house! I'm very anxious to see where you end up--are you staying in CT?

  9. Wow those turned out so well. Thanks for the step by step pictures.

  10. Well done, Fran! It looks so custom. The Greek Key trim really takes it to the next level. I'll have to try my hand at one of these--thanks!

  11. Stupendous! Really, Fran. You have the BEST taste. Is the color a yellow-y green? It looks that way in the photos.

  12. Too funny, I was in the middle of a very similar project over the weekend using plain old grosgrain. I love the greek key and will probably end up copying you :)
    Love the way yours came out.

  13. This looks fantastic! I'm a huge Greek key fan. . . although I don't have any of this pattern in my own home. I think that needs to change! Good luck with all the exciting things going on with house and baby!!

  14. That is so amazing. I have seen a lot of roman shades recently but this is definitely one of the best out there. Great job!

  15. LOVE the greek key trim & have a question--are your drapes lined? i've seen this tutorial and love it, but I always wonder if the bamboo would be hidden with a lining behind the shades. Do you have any input on that??

  16. GREAT project! Absolutely love!


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