A Little Twill Tape Can Be An Unhappy Window's Best Friend

August 11, 2010

I finished a cute little piece yesterday to show to all of you today. I've been waiting and working on it for a while and now that it's finished I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. One thing, I have nothing to show for it. Why? Not to put all the blame on the Mr. but he had to work late last night. In fact he has to work late every night this week so I won't get out to take photos until the weekend.

But don't worry about tomorrow, I take my own Thrift Store Thursday pics:) Thank goodness for makeshift garage studios.

Instead today, I want to show you a neat little project I had been procrastinating on for some time. I bought these plantation blinds a couple months ago at the Home Depot on a HUGE discount. Like 80% off. Only, they didn't have the neat twill tape running down the cords like I had wanted. So I took them home, hung them and made my own twill treatment in the living room which came out great! The only problem is that I also needed to do the twill treatment in the kids room and I was too pooped to get up on that ladder and do it all over again.

Until Monday. I just got this surge of energy. I had brought the ladder up to take down the 'Happy Birthday Lily and Molly' sign and decided to finish their bedroom blinds once and for all.

If any of you would like to try this to save some money it was super easy. All it took was a little hot glue and a large roll of twill tape from my local wholesale bargain fabric store.

I didn't take any pics while I was doing it but its pretty easy to explain. First I measured how long each piece should be by holding it up to the blinds and doubling it from the bottom. I took that piece and used it to measure eight more pieces since that's how many I needed.
Then I took off the clipped wooden piece that covers the top of the blinds. I hot glued the twill strip to the top of the blind, ran it down to the bottom and hot glued it to the bottom. I then ran the twill tape up to the top of the other side and hot glued it there. I did that eight more times, clipped the wooden pieces back on and presto, twill tape plantation blinds!

I can't tell you how much more it is to purchase plantation blinds with the twill tape. At the Home Depot the price goes up like 120%, because you have to custom order it. PLUS, at my latest visit, I noticed that IKEA now sells plantation shutters in wood colors and white for uber cheap....but no twill:(
Now my house is finally symmetrical again!

One downside, I can't pull up the blinds, BUT since we have small children I cut off the cords anyway. We simply use them by opening and closing them. You could make fully functioning blinds by hot gluing 2" pieces of bias tape to either side of each twill tape under each slat but I just don't have that kind of patience....or time.
Now to get to the other hundred house projects that have been sitting on the backburner. What home decor projects have you been procrastinating on this summer?

And in case you missed it, the title of this post is a spoof off of a quote from Dolores Claiborne:) 

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Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness, I'm trying to convince my husband that our house would be so amazing if I didn't have a full time job! I finally finished my night tables yesterday, but still have to refinish our dressers and bedroom entertainment center (an old wardrobe we converted). I also want to hang a bunch of pictures and geometric shelving units as well as chinese lanterns in the bedroom. We need to paint our living room and put in wood floors, too. SO MUCH WORK! I love this project you did!


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Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

Love them! Great job!

Pretty Zesty said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cool design!

MikaMale said... Best Blogger Tips

oh!What a gorgeous job!!!pretty and easy are the best words ever!!!;P

mumble mumble...you asked "What home decor projects have you been procrastinating on this summer"...my own project was to delete a writing on the hallway and to replace it with another... Now I remain only to erase the pencil guidelines I made before writing!!!

It looks wonderful!I'm very proud of it :D

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

great, this looks very very nice!
there are so many things in my mind I would like to do in our house...ahhh...one day I will find/make time

love from amsterdam

Elizabeth of Online Fabric Store said... Best Blogger Tips

Neat trick. Would not have thought of this.

BluBabes said... Best Blogger Tips

I just finished one Kathleen. It's called The Mad Hatter Chair. Come see. We have the same blue plaid dress as your darling daughter.

Design Lab 443 said... Best Blogger Tips

I need to replace the old cracked tile in the kitchen but I can't deiced if I want to do tile again or maybe wood floors. That is only one item on my long to do list!

Maura said... Best Blogger Tips

Brilliant solution, and how lovely they look. :) Nice job!

I'm happy to see that a stylish blogger I really admire has a child's room as small as ours, *and* chose the same sweet blue plaid dress for her daughter. Maybe I'm OK after all ;-) (thanks for the boost).

Wisy said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohhh, tons of stuff! We oved to a new flat recenly and managed to acquire lots of old furniture that needs doing up: two chairs (from a skip), one bureau (from a charity shop) and a over-a-100-year-old trunk. that's not even including making new curtains and blinds, etc etc etc.

Loving your project :)

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