I love the privacy of blinds, but I absolutely hate how synthetic and manufactured they look. As I mentioned before, I enjoy a good cottage, which is the antithesis of mass production. However, I am not a fan of the price tag that usually accompanies unique items. But with a little effort (and patience) I was able to disguise my plastic blinds as a classy shade. Let’s take a peek-see.
Supplies: Fabric glue. Scissors. Fabric. Tape measure. Blinds.
Step 1: Measure your window dimensions.
Step 2: Let your blinds out all of the way, so the cord on the side is all the way up to the top. Then cut away all of the little ladder strings, but make sure to STAY AWAY FROM THE MAIN, THICK CORD. When you’re done you should only have the 2 thick cords left.
Step 4: Reinstall the big bottom slat and tie it off. Cut away the extra cord and replace the plugs. Recalling the window measurements, decide how long you would like your blinds. I added an additional couple inches because I didn’t know what kind of mistakes I would end up making…true story.
Step 6: Fold the top of your fabric over and glue it to top thick park of the blinds avoiding the ends as you need them free to put them on the brackets.
Step 7: Space your slats evenly down the fabric. I spaced mine 3″ apart because I wanted smaller folds. The bulkier you want your shade, then farther apart the slats need to be.
Step 8: Glue your slats with the convex side down so there is more surface area for the glue to stick. Make sure not to glue the main cord to the fabric as it must slide smoothly.
Step 9: Fold the other sides of the fabric over the slats and glue them down. Fold the fabric at the bottom under and behind the big bottom slat and glue down.
Step 10: Hang shades up as you typically would (once dry). If necessary you can glue down the sides to the brackets. Then stand back and feel super proud of yourself!