I had every intention of doing this project on our master bedroom black out blinds. But as luck had it, someone left an old roll of white black out blinds right behind out house yesterday (I love our magical back alley!). So this project is a bit of a tester. Because so much of DIY is trial and error, I’m going to do this project on a throw away set of blinds and if it goes well I’ll redo it on our master bedroom ones later on.
A bit of backstory now that you know about my habits of picking up other peoples discarded belongings (which some might call garbage). When we moved into our home, the previous owners left all their window dressings. I really mean dressings, it was as if the house was getting ready to go to the fanciest of balls everyday! Unclear if they were vampires, but they certainly wanted absolutely no light to enter the house at any point! I really do hope they never read this blog! They not only had black out blinds on every window but they also had the heaviest ceiling to floor, wall to wall, drapes as well. We took down the drapes right away, but seeing as the house is old, and nothing was built to today’s regulation, we kept the blackout blinds. We didn’t want to have to have custom sized blinds made.
**They must have opened the black out blinds behind the curtains for this shot of the bedroom You really had to look past the decor to see the potential for this house!** Fast forward a year later and I’ve had enough of these stark white blinds…but still don’t want to pay for new ones. So here is how I converted my stark white basic black out blinds to whimsical, soft, boho inspired window coverings. Remember my post from last week? Well this is where we are going to use those Natural Tea Dyed Pompoms.
What you will need for this project:
– Blackout blinds
– Non bleached cheese cloth
– Adhesive spray
– Fabric scissors (or any scissors)
– Trim, I used pompoms
– Plastic gloves
– Hot glue gun
Firstly you’ll want to remove the blinds from the wall and make sure you clean them. Nothing sticks well on a dirty surface. Once clean and dry, bring all your materials outside. You will not want to do this project inside. The spray adhesive will certainly not just land on your project and you definitely don’t want to inhale it.
Heres what I started with
Unroll and lay your blinds on the ground about 5 inches longer than they ever would be in your home- most blinds are made longer than you will need them for, so no need to do this on the entire length of the blinds, just on the length you will see. I did this in the back alley, but if you were doing it in your yard I would use a tarp to protect your ground/lawn.
Spray time! This adhesive dries really fast so be prepared with everything you need. Get your gloves on (things are gonna get sticky!) and spray your blinds from about 10 inches away making sure not to hold the nozzel in one place for too long, keep it moving! Once sprayed, immediately lay your cheese cloth. Start at the bottom and lightly brush out the wrinkles with your fingers. Move your way up until all the wrinkles are gone…Or most are gone! I found it dried so fast that I couldn’t make it the entire way. Once it was dry I sprayed the entire thing again and brushed out the remainder of the wrinkles until the entire thing was smooth. I then gave it a good once over spray and left it to dry. Make sure to do light layers of spray adhesive or it won’t dry properly.
Once fully dry you’ll go ahead with fabric or very sharp scissors, and carefully trim the excess cheese cloth from the edges of your blinds. You may need to spray after wards again to make sure none of your sides came up during the trimming.
Once trimmed, measure to see how much trim you’ll need and cut 2 inches longer. It’s easier to trim excess off after instead of gluing it in the exact correct position.
Take your hot glue gun and add glue to the bottom edge, 5 inches at a time. Adhering the trim as you go. Only doing 5 inches at a time will help the glue stay hot until the fabric hits it and give you enough time to get it into the perfect position. Trim the overhand once fully dried.
Let dry completely.
And finally hang!…Or in my case, redo the entire project on blinds that we can actually hang in our home. Haha.
Yes, that’s Matts hand holding it up so I can take a picture without installing the blinds!
*If you decide to not use cheese cloth and instead pick a different fabric, make sure that fabric is as thin as cheese cloth. If it’s too thick, the blinds will never roll up properly
*Don’t wear gloves when you’re using the hot glue gun, only when using the spray adhesive. If hot glue hits plastic gloves, it can melt the gloves to your finger and it will not feel good!
*Get creative and add as much or as little trim as you like. Or even go crazy and mix and match different patterns of trim.
*Use non bleached fabric for a warmer boho lookPS. How do you take pictures of blackout blinds?! Its so dark!
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