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Coverin vinyl window shades

annabanana | Posted in General Discussion on

I have expensive vinyl window shades designed to keep the sun from fading the furniture.  Over the years they have faded and no longer accomplish that purpose.  The original color was a dark blue (although they are not considered room darkening and I would not want that)  I would appreciate any suggestions as to what I could do to cover them to accomplish their original purpose.  It may be a crazy idea…but sometimes someone has a great answer.

Hopefully and thanks!



  1. sueb | | #1

    Hi annabanana,

    You could paint them or you could cover them with fabric.  If you want to keep them a solid color I'd just paint them.  If you wanted to add a print to the room then cover them with fabric.

  2. mimi | | #2

    Annabanana:  (I love your name!)  Take the shade down and extend it all the way out.  Inspect the roller and find out how it is attached to the shade, sometimes they can be taken apart and put back together easily. 

    My aunt, who taught me to sew, used to do this to faded linen shades (this was before vinyl became the norm).  If you can detach the shade from the roller, great; if not do not worry, it will still work.  This is a job you almost need an extra pair of hands for!  Measure the shade and cut fabric to fit, apply adhesive (the new spray adhesives are very good for this), wait a few minutes if the adhesive says to.  Start at the pull end and smooth on the fabric from the center out, going about a foot at a time.  You can finish the sides with a gimp or twill tape if you want, or apply a fray stop product.  The room darkening effect will depend on the type of fabric you use and the density of the weave.  The new indoor/outdoor fabrics (like Sunbrella) are great for this as they will not fade when exposed to sunlight.  I have seen these at our local fabric store, so they are availabel to the home sewer.

    Good luck!


    1. roone | | #4

      Hi mimi this is roone, I just read your response to annabanana regarding the covering of the roller blind. What a great idea. I don't have any to do but I wish I did. I will store this idea for the future. Thanks Roone

      1. mimi | | #5

        roone:  you are very welcome.  mimi

  3. mimi | | #3

    I had a student in kindergarten about 10 years ago named Anna, a cute little blonde in braids.  She looked as if she should have been on the label for Dutch Boy;)  She was the only Anna I had in 15 years of teaching!

    Let me know if you run into problems with your shades.


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