Monday, November 23, 2009

diy lined bamboo shades

so after we painted the living room this summer, we replaced the white blinds with a lovely bamboo shade. two thumbs up, looked good. except..at night. totally see-through. our across-the-street neighbors probably saw a leettle bit more of us than they'd like, what with those late night snack trips to the kitchen in our skivvies and i-forgot-to-get-my-jeans-from-the-dryer-before-gettin-nekid incidents. oops. something had to be done.

enter target.

on saturday, i picked up a package of blackout drapery liners for $25. in an uncharacteristic act of preparedness, i'd previously measured all of the windows/rooms/doors in the house and stashed it in my purse for just such an occasion, so i figured that two 27 x 60" panels would cover my window, lengthwise.

chez stone, i took the bamboo blind off the window and laid it on the floor. here it is on top of the two carpet remnants we've got home on approval (i think we're going to go with the more neutral one on the left for the living room, you like?). one blackout panel is laid across the length of it.


to get down to business, i moved to the office/studio to be a) closer to my sewing machine and b) further from my dogs' tendency to lie on top of floor projects. i sewed the two blackout panels to each other along their length. the material was thick - kinda suedesque - and i may or may not have broken a needle. so, be careful of that. theoretically.


i wanted the blackout lining to end at the first line of stitching running down the bamboo blinds, so i lined up the hemmed "bottom" (now side) of the joined panels with the stitching on one side of the blind, then folded the excess on the other end to line up with the stitching on that side. below, you can see the "top" end of the panels with the trim meant to attach to your drapes - this is the end i removed. the hem at the other end was 7" wide, so i measured 7" and cut the other side, then sewed it down to make matching hems on both sides. capishe?


now, the liner was ready to attach. when attaching, be sure to place the lining UNDER the ropes that raise and lower the blinds, like so:


otherwise they won't roll up with you're finished. and that would be lame. when my liner was all lined up on my shade, i attached it with fabri-tac, which said it would permanently attach a variety of substances, including fabric (check) and wood (check). sweet deal. totally worked.


i glued along the top edge and both sides, leaving the bottom unglued because i was a) tired of gluing b) aware that it would always be rolled up in the bottom of the shade even when it's all the way down, because the shade is longer than the window. be sure to put something under the blinds when gluing, as it can leak through the slats, and you don't want it to stick to your brand-newly-refinished hardwood floors. i managed to avoid that mistake thankyouverymuch, just wanted to warn you. after everything was sewed and glued, it looked nice and neat, like it was meant to be:


and now instead of this:


(see our pod? it's still there. i'd rather not talk about it.)

we have this:


ta-da!! no more see-through! no more free shows for the neighbors! good news. i actually didn't mind the see-throughness, but it was a serious privacy issue, especially since we converted the den into the dining room and moved the tv to the living room. we'll be spending a lot more time in here now, and we don't want everyone on the street up in our bidness all the time. i've got a curtain project in the works too, so stay tuned.

lagniappe: behold captain fantastic and the big dogs in the guest room (now the studio/office) two weeks ago in the midst of moving all the furniture out. notice the cream wall-to-wall carpet. and the adorableness.


you want more? can you handle it?


gooooooooood dooooooogs. snuggling daddy. aaaawww.

and here, friends, was the new studio/office last week:


look at those floors! ooooooh! aaaaaaah! ignore the midst-of-moving-back-in-detritus littering the place and focus on how that stain looks so gorgeous with the white trim and blue walls. i heart it.

16 comments:

Destination Seaborn said...

Nice job! That's the perfect solution!

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

Such a great idea! I'm totally kicking myself now because I recently returned a clearance bamboo blind (simply because it didn't offer enough privacy) and purchased a plantation blind which cost much more!

Holly said...

I once bought bamboo blinds and promptly returned them when I drove down the street the first night and thought, wait, didn't I just hang blinds today? Oh yes, I did, they're just SEE-THROUGH!
Wish I had thought of your clever solution!

Cindy said...

Well now, aren't you the clever one. I shall copy you. And follow.
And I love your doggies.

LeslieJ said...

La, here's a killjoy question: what does it look like from the other side, or does it not matter?

Staci K. said...

Perfect!! I have these blinds in my family room - while privacy really isnt an issue, the glare on the TV is! I may just have to try this too.

la said...

thanks so much, y'all! leslie, good question. i made sure that the seams and edges looked nice, so it just looks like a lined shade from the back. when it's down, you definitely see white from outside the house, but that's what you'd see with any lined window covering. it's not necessarily 100% my ideal look, but now that this is our main hang-out room, privacy is important!

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

great job! I didn't realize those liners did such a good job!
gail

LeslieJ said...

You're right, Lauren. As long as you keep it trimmed and pretty, it's the same as closed/lined curtains.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I've got the same blackout liners in our master bedroom. I was wanting to replace mini blinds with roll up shades, but wanted to make them more blackout - this is the perfect solution - Thanks!

stephanie said...

excellent work, la! i give thanks for you and your fabulous creative problem-solving....also your fanatically neat (in a good way) work...you show us how it's done! i bet you have some slightly disappointed neighbors, though. xox

Joshua and Rachel said...

My mom sent me the link to your blog because I am going to be lining my shades as well! I do have one question.. when you put the fabric under the ropes, did you re attach the ropes or just leave them hanging? I didn't know if it would pull up the same way if it was not attached.. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Awesome job! Is your shade a rollup type? Mine are Roman shades with several eye hooks the ropes pass thru. Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

When the blinds are rolled partially up if it the liner you're seeing, from inside the house?

love this idea

Marti said...

I have yet another question. My shades look like yours, except they have an extra cord thing which was a real pain to take off and put back on again. I used the same liner you did, and after I finished, I hung the shades and I can see white through the bamboo. Is yours like that too?

Blackout Blinds said...

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