Friday, July 10, 2009

trash to treasure:: plastic mini blind transformation

Here we are for Brassy Apple's trash to treasure party. Plastic mini blinds need some help- so here we go- covering them with fabric. **These are the first ones I have ever tried to cover- so there are many imperfections - but I have learned how to do it-- and can see how easy it is once you get the hang of it-- and I am going to cover every mini blind in my house!!!

This is the window in Dave's office/piano room/game room. We just don't want to spend money on window treatments right now- this project was perfect as it cost a total of $0. I had the fabric on hand. (for this one I sewed together large patches of material first)

Go and see the Little Green Notebook. She is the brains behind this project and she has step by step instructions.
Here is another mini blind that I covered for my art room. I love the Amy Butler fabric on top. You can still pull the cord (it is behind the fabric) and the shade raises or lowers.


This shade took me 35 minutes from start to finish. (that included the glue drying time!!!!!). Once again- I know there are little imperfections here on my experiments- but this technique has so many possibilities and has me excited about each window in my house!


Ok, tell me- would you try it?

21 comments:

Madison said...

Wow Sara those look GREAT!! I love them but unfortunatly they won't match my bedroom.

Love, Madison

Julie said...

absolutely!! i can't wait to get home from vacation to do this!!! I have so many scraps of fabric sitting around and this is perfect to use them up!!!!
by the way - yours look awesome!!!

Jessica said...

YES I would try it!
My friend gave me a bunch of shutters - odds and ends- and I am excited to try to remake them into something fabulous like your blinds! Great job!!!

lori vliegen said...

these are fabulous!! i can't believe the transformation! and i agree....that amy butler fabric is yummy!! :)

Sue said...

I would try it, even with my skill-less, uncreative nature. I don't have scraps of anything of any sort (I toss or give away anything unused) but I think I could find some on sale somewhere. When Jedidiah is about 2 years old (perhaps sooner - depends on his temperament) I will try it. I just have to remember!

Stephanie said...

This is such a great idea, and I have the perfect windows with ugly white blinds that I've been wanting to change but have no cash to do so. Thanks for sharing, I'll post mine whenever I get to them.... could be a while!

Gina Lee Kim said...

I wish I grew up in your house when I was littler. I grew up in a very beige world...beige that reminded me of wet-bandage! Your blinds are amazing. You'd make Amy Butler proud!

Jill said...

ABSOLUTELY!!! What a great idea!!!

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

W-o-W (okay, I know that's a theme word of mine for your site now!)

This is amazing. Mine would be even easier because I have those plastic tug-and-it-rolls-up shades. I'd just need to fabric glue the beautiful stuff, let dry, rehang. Why have I not done that???

I also have bamboo shades for the playroom, but parts have suffered... do you think it would work just to glue fabric directly over the bamboo? Hmmm.... possibilities!! (as if I don't have enough going on- ha!)

Denise said...

That is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your colorful world with the rest of us. I don't comment much, but I love visiting your site because it always makes me smile. You are always inspiring and so much fun!

ByHISgoodGrace said...

Wow, Sara--you can do anything! That looks awesome--both windows do! What a clever idea.

Mark & Trish said...

I have had big plans for my blinds since we got this house, so I will be trying it very soon. I'll have to call you for some pointers =0)

Heidi said...

When you said you were going to cover mini blinds I thought you were going to cover each strip of plastic! So not what I thought but they turned out really neat! I may have to give it a try. I don't have curtains up in my bedroom and I've been thinking about blinds. Now I may actually do the blinds since you showed me a way to pretty them up. Thanks Sara!

Jana said...

Ok, I have been catching up on your last few posts. Love the house tour! I am going to make your pretzels. They look delicious and now I am craving pretzels. Thanks!!! I love the Trust In The Lord painting. Don't be surprised when I ask for you to paint me one!!!
Actually I have a new painting for you. I will call when I know the colors. My Mom wants one ordered for her friend whose family is going into Full time evangelism. She was finding out the colors of their trailor.
I do love the blinds!!! Although I will not be attempting them. I can't even sew a button on!!!!

Keri said...

Wow Sara! What will you try next? I love the new window treatments - they are beautiful. I don't see an imperfections - they look perfect to me!

Gina Lee Kim said...

Sara...you crack me up :)

Gina Lee Kim said...

Sara, you crack me up!

Sarah said...

I was looking at this the other day, I wish I'd thought of this while we lived in our old house! We had tons of those metal or plastic blinds and I hated them!
In our current house, we have 2" wooden blinds which are a lot better.

Oh, and thanks for stopping by my blog! Knowing you...or well....reading about you, I have no doubt you'll be able to do something wonderful with purple paint. Just be sure to snap some pictures to share!

ko said...

2 cute!!! mine would probably never come out that GOOD! :( I hope the kiddos are feeling better!!! thanks for the sweet thought on our little guys name! :) We love it too!!!!

Ruth said...

I love this idea. I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Ruth

SHnaydo said...

You are the bravest get-er-done blog friend I have! I have NO idea how you did this but I LOVE it! Great job! Now am I as go-get-em-er as you??? Hmmmmm