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« on: December 04, 2011 04:38:48 PM »

So we moved into a new house (you'll be getting a lot of threads from me about what to do with things-haha!) And we went to put shades up in the bedroom windows.  Our windows don't allow shades to into the frame and the windows each have a frame and are too close together to get the outter hooks to put them OUTSIDE the frame. (gotta love those old windows!) and one of them is completely ruined.

Is there anything I can do with that? I was thinking of using a part of it to make some new funky lampshades? Its too small to really use anywhere else and one end is completely ruined.

Any ideas would be awesome!

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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2011 08:59:22 PM »

You could make a portable chalkboard out of your shade.  You can find chalkboard paint at craft stores and home improvement stores, and just paint it on the shade.  I bet you could also just use regular acrylic craft paint, although the chalk might not erase so easily in that case.  Anyhow, you could bring out your chalkboard when you want to use it, and roll it up and shove it in the closet when you are done with it.  Or you could mount it to the wall using the brackets that were on the window, making sure to position them so that the shade hangs close to the wall (that is, hangs behind the roller rather than in front of it).  This would be fun for a kid's room.
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2011 05:04:05 PM »

OMG! You are brilliant!

Thank you for the awesome idea!

I just got some chalkboard paint for a Christmas project for a friend, so that'll be an awesome way to use what I have left!


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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2011 08:24:19 PM »

I can't take credit for the idea, although I do wish I had thought of it.  I saw it in a book from the 80's which contained hundreds of ideas for how to reuse things.  It was a very hippy kind of book with a few really cool ideas and some really weird ones.  I think it was Re/Uses by Carolyn Jabs, which you may be able to request from your local library.

I had another thought along the same lines.  Maybe you can use the reverse side of the shade as a dry erase board.  Try writing on it with dry erase markers and see if you can wipe it off.  If the ink doesn't just wipe off, you can probably use rubbing alcohol to get it off.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2011 03:21:14 PM »

you can cut stencils out of it then use it to cover a colorful trash can or make a lamp shade or place matts .

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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2011 05:46:50 PM »

I like the idea of covering things...since the texture of it is kinda cool

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