Everyone needs an exterior door in their bathroom

Okay, so not really.  But, I have one.  It’s in my half bath downstairs and leads to my backyard.  To make things even more interesting the door has a full length window with clear glass (you’d think it would at least be frosted or something).  I can only assume the previous owners of our house had it installed under the assumption they would also install a pool.  Sadly, a pool never transpired, but the door was left to potentially freak out my guests and add a nice draft in the winter.  That being said, custom window shades are crazy expensive, so the ugly, stained, 16 year old existing shade is here to stay.

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What to do?  What to do?  Why, add fabric of course (I chose a Waverly pattern called Pom Pon Play)!  Here are the steps I used:

  1. Removed the old shade from the door and wiped it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust.
  2. Placed fabric face down on my work space (mine happened to be my dining table covered with newspaper).
  3. Unrolled the shade and placed it face down on top of the fabric.
  4. Trimmed the sides of the fabric to a width that is about 2″ wider than the shade (so you will have about 1″ of extra fabric on either side of the shade).
  5. Folded the trimmed fabric over the back of the shade and used fabric glue to secure the edges (Note: Use the glue to secure the edges only – don’t add glue to the middle of the shade.  I would also only glue to the edges a couple of inches at a time).
  6. Let the glue dry and placed the shade back in the existing hardware.  That’s it!

Half bath shade half bath shade fabric glue

So easy!  I’d have to say the hardest part was centering the fabric the way I wanted.  I’m very pleased with the end result, but I must tell you weight of the added fabric did affect the functionality a bit (makes the shade more difficult to roll).   Of course, this doesn’t bother me because I have a sneaking suspicion none of my house guests have any interest in opening the window shade while the bathroom is in use.

Half bath shade after 2

I think the entire project cost me less than $20 in materials.   A custom shade at that price almost makes me like having a creepy exterior door in the bathroom.  Almost.


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