Anybody like Pintrest? I do too. In fact, I like it so much, I’ve manmaged to get myself into some rather tight places because of . I blame it on the projects I see other people pin…I want to do them all. I never think I can’t do it. If I like it enough, it will be done.
Do you remember the post I wrote about my mini-blind project? (https://nantubre.com/2014/01/29/sneaux-days-and-cabin-fever/) I saw a project like that on Pintrest and I jumped in with both feet. After all, the mini-blinds in my bedroom are old, as are the curtains. So what if they are a crinkle-y silk blend. They are old and I’m tired of them. I thought it would be a good thing to do something with them before they dry rot. And we all know that any project off of Pintrest is easy, right? RIGHT? You know where this is leading, don’t you…
It is easy if you do it right. Measure twice, (or more) cut once. Don’t do like I did and lay the mini-blind on top of the fabric and cut around it. That doesn’t work. You will have to start over with another panel. And don’t believe that you can spray glue a room darkening panel onto the fabric. That doesn’t work either. And I’m not so sure I should have used a hot glue gun instead of fabric glue. The hot glue tends to melt the plastic mini-blind slats, to say nothing of how HOT glue will blister your hands even through the fabric. ’nuff said, you get the point.
So this is how you turn old mini-blinds into a roman shade:
Start off with a panel of fabric measured correctly to the size of your mini-blinds. Make sure you leave a two-three inch border. Fold the border in to finish all sides and glue them or use hem tape to keep them in place. Again, I used hot glue. I don’t recommend it. Once you have the fabric panel the way you want it, lay it face down on the table and lay the mini-blind on top of it. Make sure the bind is extended as far as it can go and cut out that little string thingy that holds the slats in place. DO NOT cut the string that pulls the blinds up and down! After you do that take the end piece completely off by popping out the little tabs on the bottom that the string goes into. You will see the end of the string tied into a knot. Pull that out and remove the bottom bar off. Remove all but 6 or 8 slats. Measure down how many folds you want in your roman shade and place these left over slats at every interval, cup side down. Run a bead of glue along the slat and turn it over onto your fabric. Be sure NOT to get any glue on the string or you will have royally screwed the whole project up.
Repeat until you have each slat in place. A better idea would be to glue two slats together and use that instead of one. Seems like it would be more durable. I wish I would have thought of that before. Anyway… When you get to the end, poke the string through the holes on the bottom bar and tie knots in them just like they were before you took it apart. Now keep in mind that the strings that pull the shade up and down will be on the BACK of the shade, but that won’t matter at all. It still works. Before you know it – Voila` – done deal that took only an actual hour of labor from start to finish if you don’t make very many mistakes.
Now…this is where things got complicated for me. I decided to take the leftover curtain fabric and make a valance complete with trim that included tassels. Lots of beautiful tassels.
It didn’t take long. I pulled out the hot glue and consider my work a success because I only blistered two fingers. I love the way the tassels looked on the silk blend fabric. So shiny!
This is what it looks like when it is pulled up a little bit:
So there, how do you like them?
I hate them.
The roman shade is ok, but I don’t like the valance. But after all that work and all those tassels, I’m leaving them like they are until I can not bear it any longer. It won’t be long. At least the beautiful lamps I inherited from my mother really, really look good against them.
On a lighter note, I got a new/old lamp to go over my dining room table, pun intended. I replaced this
with this: We picked it up from a place near Inglewood Plantation (here in Louisiana). As far as I am concerned it is perfect for that antique industrial look I’m going for. Now I have to figure out what to do with my Queen Anne style table and chairs!
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