Monday, October 17, 2011

Roman Shades from Mini Blinds

We’ve been needing some major updating in our bedroom. I’m working on a headboard plan, so I thought I should tackle the window treatments as well. We’ve had these treatments for about five years, and I have loved them.
My mom made the valances, and we used some of her old drapes to balance out the windows. They have held up well and looked great, but it was time for a change. I’m going for a less-is-more look in our bedroom now since it’s so small. It's always been small, but I just now noticed! We have a huge bed and dark furniture, so I want it to feel larger. When I saw this tutorial on making roman shades from mini blinds, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I was going to attempt doing a tutorial for y’all (took pics and everything), but this one is so clear and fabulous, I just want you to use it instead.

First, I had to find some fabric that I loved. Our walls are blue and our coverlet is cream, so I wanted to keep the fabric neutral. Enter this fabulous fabric I found at JoAnn’s! It was on clearance for $8 a yard, then 50% off that, plus a $1.50 end of bolt discount, plus a 20% off entire purchase coupon. I got 3.8 yards for $11! I did a happy dance in the aisle when I found the fabric. E was yelling “No Mommy!” She hates it when I dance. I’m not THAT bad.

I got these mini blinds at Wal-Mart for about $10 each. I needed two.

I used Liquid Stitch to glue my blinds to the fabric and Stitch Witchery to hem the sides of the fabric. The main thing when gluing your fabric to the blinds is to make sure you don’t get any glue on the lift cord. Your blinds will not slide up and down if the lift cord is not completely free.

Ben decided to take a pic of me hanging the blinds. I love a good power drill!

Here’s the before of the other side of the room. Don’t you love my alarm clock I’ve had since I was in middle school? I just can’t part with it!

TaDa!! Here are our new Roman Shades! I am so happy with the results. The room looks so much lighter and brighter. I still need to get some black out shades to go underneath because we like our bedroom nice and dark.

The blinds go up and down very easily. I chose to extend the fabric outside of the molding because of the way our windows had been installed. There was no room to mount the blinds on the inside of the window. The window frame is almost flush with the molding.

Close up of the pleats. This fabric could not be more perfect for our room! I am still pinching myself that I got such a great deal on it!

Here’s the whole room with both Roman Shades. Tiny, isn’t it?

Tackling the headboard is next, and then I’m thinking the bedside tables need a nice coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. Then, maybe I’ll be done!

Making these shades was so easy! The hardest part was measuring and making sure my fabric was even. I think my total for this project was around $35 for BOTH shades!

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Ashley said...

I made blinds for my house this way, too! Using the same tutorial - it's great! I've done the bathroom and kitchen, and have the fabric for my living room now, too.

michele said...

fabulous and looks like a million bucks! i have never seen this done...brilliant.

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MJ @ 517 Creations said...

FABULOUS! Those blinds look amazing and really change the look of the room! Great work, girl! :)

Renewed Upon a Dream said...

I REALLY want to do some of these in my house... I'm kind of scared I'm going to mess it up though. We live in a rented house & have tons of shades I could pretty-up!

J's mom said...

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J's mom said...

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Jen @ Creating with the J's said...

Brilliant!!! and the end result is amazing! Great job! Thanks for sharing!

At The Picket Fence said...

Those look absolutely gorgeous Beth! You did such a great job and that fabric is perfect. :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday!

shelby@honeysuckle said...

This is SO great! I am hoping to add some roman shades to our mudroom soon!

Anonymous said...

What a great tutorial and such a pretty fabric too!

Deborah March said...

Oooohhh, GORGEOUS fabric...I can see why you were so delighted to find it...great job on the mini-blind shades too!

Deborah (visiting happily from you'll drop by to say hi!)

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

Good thinkin on the blinds! What an easy an inexpensive alternative!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Fabulous post! Great job. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

abeachcottage said...

That looks great and it helps to make your room appear larger. Well done! It turned out lovely

debbie-- said...

They look great, headed over to check out the tutorial!

patti west said...

Your shades turned out the fabric you chose!! This is funny - I printed out a tutorial for making these last Friday. I want to add them in a bathroom. Hope mine turn out as nice as yours. :)

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

Wow, they look awesome! I'm going to try these on our nasty blinds that came with out house!

Amanda said...

oh my goodness!! I love this!! I've seen it before but I have to say I like yours the best!! Great job.

td said...

I love your blinds.I've made quite a few myself over the years,but I was just wondering how you got the pleats so crisp. They look sup tailored. did you "train" them?

Latoya @ The Scott's Crib said...

I never knew you could glue them directly to the fabric...I'm going to have to give this a go...thanks for sharing, they look lovely!

Sherryd said...

I've seen this done in several tutorials and have always been a bit afraid to try it, however your way seem quite simple. Thanks for sharing, great job and I love the fabric!

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Very pretty! They turned out so well and give a completely different look to your room. Nice job!

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Roxie Tenner said...

An effective step to prolong the lifespan of blinds is to place roman shades. Yours look so nice, and it's a good way to make your windows look more interesting. The shades look so chic and stylish. Such is a cool benefit of DIY-ing things! :D

Suitable for Velux ® roof windows said...

We have blackout blinds in our street-facing bedrooms and once a year I trim the ends with pinking shears - they don't have plastic bars hemmed in, like your blind - this keeps them looking new and fresh!

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